The future of flooring: Textile students to watch in 2018

Hanover-based trade fair Domotex is key in the interiors calendar, delivering fresh trends from the world of rugs, flooring and interior textiles. This year’s show also hosted NuThinkers, a space for students and emerging designers to present new work. Projects challenged the future of flooring, within the home as well as commercial spaces, with multi-purpose features, innovative designs and ecological solutions. Here are three of the designs that caught our eye.

Hbksaar University of Fine Art students Donata Koschel and Vicky Pyper responded to a brief regarding the theme of change. Their feet and floor project Coiled Up is a multi-purpose design that functions as a rug, laundry bag or storage basket. The rug has a beautifully knotted seagrass design, with a neon polyester rope threaded round the edges to alter the shape and purpose of the rug. Answering storage needs across the home, the handcrafted product has a contemporary look and feel.


Coiled up by Donata Koschel and Vicky Pyper


Merve Adimlar and Nathalie Brack from Hochschule Hannover, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, respond to their experience of spending extensive periods of time indoors continuously breathing in the same air. With Pump Air Carpet the air is purified in a natural-mechanical way by walking on the carpet, this is inspired by photosynthesis, applying some of the ideas of interior air purifying. Adimlar and Brack transferred this principle with sustainably produced materials and applied it with a geometrical designed carpet. The backing is made of natural rubber covered with a thick layer of merino wool, and surface is finished with thin sheets of plywood creating a sleek finish. The diverse range of shapes and colour leave opportunity to customise the carpet to individuals.

Pump Air Carpet by Merve Adimlar and Nathalie Brack

Hochschule Hannover students Sarah Gerner and Johanna Kolbs showed an interchangeable flooring design called Fairkorkt, inspired by butterfly wings. The haptic design uses a two-tone colour palette, so that the user can switch the moods of a space. Natural cork and organic cotton fleece respond to growing interest in ecological and vegan-friendly materials. The user-friendly design is best experienced barefoot.


Fairkorkt by Sarah Gerner and Johanna Kolb

WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors subscribers can access our full trend report from Domotex 2018 here.

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