Heimtextil 2019: Toward Utopia

Heimtextil, the World’s largest textile and home textile trade fair, will be held from January 8 through January 11, 2019 in Frankfurt am Main. Since 1971, the trade fair has traditionally been more focused on sustainability and innovation. In recent years, and 2019 specifically, this trend has only been strengthened. What should we expect to see from the organizers and over 3,000 exhibitors?

Textile plays an irreplaceable role in an interior. It can change the atmosphere miraculously quickly and create a sense of well-being. Today, textiles are available to cool and reduce noise, while being environmentally friendly, antibacterial, waterproof and non-flammable; special abrasive fabrics, modular carpets or sun protection, innovative wall coverings ... Trend AIT received a Coex material from Heimtextil 2018. It was a specially processed, non-combustible cotton fiber that can be washed at very high temperatures - excellent for hospitals and accommodation. Last year, The Chieftain Fabrics brand introduced the recyclable and environmentally friendly artificial leather that you would see, for example, at the Dublin Airport.

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Thomas Fedra

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Thomas Fedra

Sustainability, Innovation, and Five Design Trends for Heimtextil 2019 in Trend Space Hall 3.0

In September 2018, the London-based design studio FranklinTill presented an outline of trends for the new year. According to them, people no longer want anything complicated, but long for good relationships and spirituality. "We live in times of insecurity, and distrust spread amongst people. A natural response is an effort to find a sense of life and the emergence of a lifestyle that helps us maintain a positive relationship with the environment. Our life is actually a search for a new utopia - a society that serves everyone without distinction, " explains Caroline Till, founder of FranklinTill.

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book / Charles Emerson

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book / Charles Emerson

Pursue Play is a trend built on the idea of game. The game helps us in the midst of chaos and turbulent times to find a sense of life. Bold and cheeky products, shapes and colors with a touch of surrealism, rich basic colors, and a combination of high gloss and matte textures.

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

Seek Sanctuary can be symbolized by clean lines and minimalist living. Combining a minimalist palette of colors with carefully selected design details, shapes and curves, and fancy upholstery, it creates a sense of comfort and warmth.

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

Temporary shelter from the Internet, a town-country getaway, return to nature - Go off-grid trend. The combination of durable technical properties of outdoor textiles and materials used in working clothes requires sophisticated, utilitarian aesthetics and promises long-lasting durability and functionality. Colors and patterns are inspired from different forms of nature.

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

For those who feel the virtual world more feasible than the real world, can find themselves in the Escape Reality trend. Fine, glossy surfaces change while moving, creating a tiny and inimitable form of motion. From pearl effects and high gloss, to extra-terrestrial and ethereal combinations of light pastel shades.

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book / Nicholas Worley

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Heimtextil trend book / Nicholas Worley

For the nostalgic lovers of beauty and luxury, who are confronted by the turbulent and insecure present, there are high quality materials and rich colors in the Embrace Indulgence trend. Modern style and massive crafts combine to form a utopian vision of the future in luxury.

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Pietro Sutera

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Pietro Sutera

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Thomas Fedra

photo Messe Frankfurt GmbH / Thomas Fedra

The accompanying program includes expertly-guided tours led by renowned architects and interior designers, informative lectures and competitions for young designers.

NEW & NEXT: new competition gives young university graduates the opportunity to present the final work of an international professional at the Heimtextil trade fair, and to establish useful contacts within the textile industry.

House of Textile (Hall 9.0): competition for students of architecture, residential design and textile design. The aim is for students to understand the role of home textiles in the living and working space, as well as recreation and travel in 2025. Ten of the best virtual space ideas will be recognized and presented. The five top textile designs from the students will be exhibited.

Ideas about trends in the coming season can be made by designers not only from the entire fair, but also from Hall 8.0 at the DecoTeam stand.

Interior designers, furniture designers for the hotel industry, and all who plan textile equipment should head to Hall 4.2 on the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo. This format took place for the first-time last year, and this year it is being expanded to bedding and mattresses. Sample design concepts are handled by the Swiss Atelier Ushi Tamborriello.

The special show Carpet by Heimtex will introduce trends in floor coverings. For those who want to discuss the latest innovative approaches and print technology for wall and floor textiles and decorative fabrics, can attend the Printed Interior Decoration Lectures.

We have briefly brought you a few points about the extensive program, and look forward to what New Year and Heimtextil will bring in fabrics.


text: Hana Janišová | translation: Phoebe Nielsen | photo: Heimtextil archives

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