Exhibitors, 2,975 in number, presented their latest styles, colours and designs for textile interiors at Heimtextil in Frankfurt. The show focused on flexibility, individuality, and innovation for a healthier and sustainable furnishing style. “The future is urban” was the title of the “Theme Park” which showcased importance of being comfortable in all areas.
Heimtextil was held during January 9-12.
Presentations in the “Theme Park” showed whether at home, at the office or in a hotel – people want to and should feel comfortable where they live and work. The omnipresent Hygge zeitgeist was represented in the form of harmoniously coordinated styles and colours.
Powdery tones in combination with mostly light natural materials provided a relaxed, open cosiness. The palette ranged from delicate rosé, lilac and coral, and sand, grey and nude to pastel aqua and petrol varieties. These soft nuances were underpinned by clear lines, velvety surfaces, shine and sensual structures. Amongst these, there were the harbingers of somewhat livelier world of colours with tones such as apricot, berry, pink and mint. Having already made its entrance to the world of fashion, purple also reinvented itself and ran the gamut from lilac and lavender tones to dark ultraviolet.
At the same time, the classic indigo blue continued to develop into a cool trendy colour. Typical designs included new interpretations of traditional patterns, batik looks and washes that convey the impression of something being handmade. The mix of blue and natural tones had a particularly original effect on raw textiles, which contrasted the general digitalisation of life with the charm of the imperfect. Also on the rise were denim fabrics that gave the interior a casual touch.
In the urban jungle, lush green tones and lush plant and leaf motifs created a pure feeling of nature. The green colour scheme was interrupted by subtle berry and rose tones. Black provided targeted modern accents across all colour trends. In combination with gold and meadowlark, a cool sunny yellow, it unveiled its exclusive effect in graphic designs. The use of metallic shine was omnipresent.
Graphic patterns remained in vogue. In amongst the many elements borrowed from the 1950s and Art Deco, there was increasing inspiration mixed in from a new ethno style that was young and fresh. Structures that offer a very haptic experience and appeal to the senses remained a trend. On display were grained and openwork surfaces, leaf structures as well as artistic graphic patterns or nature-inspired 3D effects on rough and high-gloss fabrics. The play with opposites, such as coarse and fine, matt and smooth, transparent and opaque, created suspense. Such designs offered many exciting possibilities, especially for window design and room layout.
The “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo” placed a special focus on contract furnishing. In addition to the high demand for flexibility, there was a noticeable increase in interest in sustainability. This applied in particular to innovations that brought the environment and economy together, such as the COEX fibre from Maasberg. The specially processed cotton was flame-retardant, washable at the highest temperature, causing a stir in many sectors such as clinics. The fact that environmental awareness is no longer regarded as a niche area was also shown by the Irish company Chieftain Fabrics. With its recyclable organic imitation leather, it has handled major projects such as Dublin Airport and the Chelsea football stadium.
Healthy living and working remained one of the top themes in the furnishing and upholstery fabrics sector. Companies such as Drapilux and ATN presented several new products that air-condition flats or dampen the sound. They are certified organic, waterproof and/or flame-retardant. Despite all the high-tech, the textiles still looked very natural. This also applied to outdoor fabrics in linen, flannel or woven looks from Ter Molst. When it came to soft feel-good textiles for indoors, high quality wool was exploited to the full at Luidor. Dolce Vita combined natural fabrics with fresh colours for a bold mix and match with interesting structures and young ethno styles.
The “Carpet by Heimtex” area of the Association of German Home Textiles Manufacturers offered exciting potential for floor coverings. Ege Carpet gave an insight into the fascinating photo-realistic future of the carpet. In cooperation with Werner Aisslinger and Hadi Teherani, Vorwerk succeeded in creating a highly flexible, bitumen-free tile concept. Its geometric cuts and free forms allowed for the creation of individual, expressive carpet compositions. Artistic patchwork, patches and used looks in design continued to follow the major trends in terms of colour.
The new products in the field of privacy and sun protection at the show highlighted the right transition between indoors and outdoors. For example, MHZ presented a new roller blind design that combined all mounting and operating modes in one model. Rooms with different possibilities can thus be designed in a visually coherent manner. With an eye on both the environmental aspects and the demands of urban nomads, Kadeco is expanding a “small solution” for the motorisation of blinds and roller blinds. The solar panel, which functions independently of power sources, can easily be removed and installed when moving flats, including the roller blind.
Digital printing was another show stopper. It provides an increasing number of possibilities and greater precision. Kornit Digital, for example, develops colours with special luminosity. The new process integrates the neon tones pink and yellow directly into CMYK printing. This means no change of cartridge is necessary, whether for neon highlights or simply more luminosity for different textile types from single jersey to swimwear. Imaginative, floral designs and neo-Romantic artworks in photo-realistic quality stand out in the designs. Motifs of this kind decorate not only walls, but also elaborately structured sound-absorbing textiles for individual workspaces.