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Textile Architecture in INT. Furniture Faire | MDT-tex
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Textile Architecture in INT. Furniture Faire | MDT-tex

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  • Use

    Outdoor Equipment
  • Applications

    Exterior; terraces, rooftops, public spaces, gardens, plazas, parks, restaurants, cultural sites, temporary structures
  • Characteristics

    Water and corrosion resistant, aesthetic appeal, provide shade, rain protection, fire retardant, high resistance, create unique atmospheres, innovative, high-tech
  • Format

    4 large umbrellas of type E XXL
  • Sizes

    Length: 8m | Width: 8m | Heights: 7m, 7.5m, 8m, 8.5m
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Milan International Furniture Faire is situated at the seat of the Lombard Province government, in the courtyard of Palazzo Isimbardi. The exhibition features four customized XXL Tulip Umbrellas of 8m diameter in the palazzo courtyard. The combination of the arches and renaissance architecture with these high-tech umbrellas from MDT-tex impressed visitors to the Faire.

The Tulip Umbrellas are only one of the many models MDT-tex offers to their clients. Specializing in textile architecture for over 20 years, the tensile structures provide not only shade in sunny days, but create a distinctive atmosphere, with innovative materials and unique proposals of high aesthetic appeal. By adding textile architecture spaces gain new expressiveness.

MDT-tex in INT. Furniture Faire

The Renaissance-Palazzo architecture in Milan city center provided a great logistical challenge. Narrow entrances, narrow streets and the strictest conservation of monuments and historic buildings made the construction of four tulip umbrellas XXL with special heights from up to 8 m an almost insoluble challenge. The Palazzo Isimbardi, in the heart of the Milan city centre, presented a truly amazing display during the Milan furniture fair in April, 2010 in a spectacular exhibition of several furniture manufacturers and design partners. The tailor-made installation of the 8 x 8 m tulip were constructed with the greatest precision, down to the very centimeter to compliment the inner courtyard and the arch-shaped Renaissance arcades.

By installing Tulip umbrellas the city was able to maximize usage and enjoyment of the courtyard area while protecting valuable exhibits from the elements. Tulip umbrellas of this size require an extremely solid anchorage. This requires exact planning and careful conversion on the building site. MDT managed the integration of these large umbrellas, in a challenging environment.


Total roof area approx 225 sqm
weight about 350 kg
membrane MDT-tex 200 polyester
transport volume 2 truck (1 truck = 85 m³)


MDT-tex | Tulip Umbrellas

  • Opening and closing by hand crank or electric motor
  • All materials are water and corrosion resistant
  • All parts attached by screws
  • Maintenance-free gearbox
  • Lighting available
  • Cover zip allows for easy replacement
  • Easy installation with the foldable adapter
  • Water can be drained below ground level for permanent installations
  • Safely handles winds up to 60 km/h (with the proper bases)
  • All mechanical and electric construction units are checked by TÜV Germany

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