From a bed spread that has LED-lit constellations to a expanded interest in sustainability, WGSN Senior Editor Gemma Riberti reports on the biggest talking points from Heimtextil
January is back, with its train of new beginnings, new intentions, and a whole new trade show season to come!
Heimtextil kicked everything off last week, summoning us to Frankfurt for the biggest international fair dedicated to home and contract textiles. What we saw there both confirmed the forecasts we had predicted and shaped how trends will move forward.
This edition did not disappoint, delivering great inspiration and direction – with three overarching themes that will influence 2016.
We recently mentioned how this is a strong and defining direction for this year, and exhibitors across the show definitely confirmed that, with a grand parade of lavish textiles, precious metallic sheen and ornate décor. From liquid silks to heavy draped satins, these gorgeous fabrics exude luxury without the need for added embellishment and leave the solid, smooth surface to play with the light.
And if there must be an ornament, then historical damask is the pattern of choice – refreshed and reworked for 2016 with plays of relief, cloqué, layered pattern and ombré effects.
This is key as well – across the show, we noticed how it is all about the surfaces, the textures, the subtle yet refined details that add interest and uniqueness to the fabric. Whether it’s an intricate décor, a fil coupé, an embroidery or an imperfection due to a slub yarn or a natural fiber included in the textile, the hand is intrigued and the customer is enticed.
Highly tactile but also quite daring and fascinating is the Celeste project by Swiss manufacturer Schlossberg: a bed spread that has LED-lit constellations embroidered in its surface. This gives a whole new meaning to the saying about falling asleep under the stars… There is a rechargeable battery hidden at the bottom corner, and the best news is – the bed linen is machine-washable. This was definitely a show-stopper, and its potential applications in the contract market are quite interesting as well.
Heimtextil embraced the growing conversations around the importance of sustainability and Eco-conscience in interior design with a dedicated Green Village area, hosting dedicated talks by certification bodies and quality-mark organisations. We noticed an increase not only in the presence of the usual suspects such as linen or cork, but also of new interesting projects such as Eco Fr by Christian Fischbacher – a blend of viscose and linen that is flame retardant as well as 100 % ecological and biodegradable – or D’Avo with Love, a Portuguese initiative transforming waste from the home textile industry into children’s clothing.
Heimtextil also hosted the 4th edition of the Young Creations Award: Upcycling dedicated to the many ways that designers are creatively using recycled waste for the interiors markets. The award this year went to both Domus Academy, Milan student Marina Varfolomeeva with her ‘Renewal Room’ concept, and, for the Contract category, to Potsdam University of Applied Sciences graduate Katrin Krupka and her ‘Recreate Textiles – Collection of Materials made from Industrial Cotton Waste’.
We are passionate about sustainability at WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors – our subscribers can find plenty of information on the latest material developments and directional projects across our Textiles, Packaging as well as Materials & Surfaces categories, while our extensive reports on the Heimtextil 2016 show is also live on site. Join WGSN.