The Heimtextil 2017 is over and both Frankfurt fair and the countless exhibitors are satisfied with this year’s event. As a trade fair for wallpapers, carpets, curtains, cushions, table runners, blinds, upholstery materials and bed linen, the organizer has attracted nearly 70,000 trade visitors. Shortly before the IMM Cologne, we also attended the trade fair in Frankfurt and were inspired by the presented innovations and trends.
Colors, shapes and surfaces, but also innovative production processes, sustainable concepts and creative ideas of young talents were in the spotlight.
In hall 4.2 you could look at the creative ideas of young designers who interpreted Upcycling 2017 in the Young Creations Award. Whether a raincoat from an old tent or a stool in tree trunk look from paper or carpets out of old mattresses. The ideas were very creative and one or the other will certainly find its place.
In this hall they also presented the “Design Live” area, the world’s largest international platform for textile design. More than 200 exhibitors from 26 countries showed their creative designs which could be used as motifs for home and household textiles. Theoretically, one could have the same pattern / design for bed linen, towels, carpets, curtains and table runners. There was certainly no motif desire unfulfilled, because the variety of designs went from classical elegant, over playful and blooming, to modern and extraordinary. There was something for every taste: ethnic patterns, geometric shapes and organic lines, stylized blossoms and abstract patterns. For children’s textiles stylized drawings of animals, police and fire brigade were shown.
In the halls 3 + 4, fabrics for windows, upholstery, pillows and blankets were presented.
We liked the very open, net-like structures on curtains and drapes which put the primary function of the curtain in the background and emphasize the decorative aspect of fabric as a design element. Secondly, we also saw a lot of elaborately sewn fabrics, which by refined folding, gathering and quilting, gave the respective model an interesting and almost three-dimensional look. These were often spotted with opaque fabrics – makes sense, because the effect would probably be lost with transparent fabrics. Two extraordinary trends which we will surely see more frequently in our homes in the future, since such a curtain or curtain is a real eyecatcher.
The amount of possibilities, the individualization of the fabrics and the processing possibilities were a main concern for many exhibitors.
Straps, ribbons, borders, tassels, embroidery on filigree silky curtains and heavy velvet curtains offered an almost overwhelming selection. And it was not just about length and width, but also about UV resistance, flammability, seam closures, suspensions, as well as combination articles.
To help businesses in presenting their products effectively on a small space, DecoTeam has created inspiring presentations with their new extended range.
Under the mottos “Natural Grays”, “Elegant Grays”, “Smart Pastels” and “Modern Pastels”, the team presented its trends for the coming season with a clear color setting that should give the specialist an orientation and trend security. Not only PANTONE’s colors of the year 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity were presented, but also the trend color gray. From workshops to current trends on the topic of customer acquisition to online marketing, the DecoTeam events offered visitors real value.
Also the halls with innovative wallpapers had a steady rush at Heimtextil 2017.
On the one hand there were wallpapers with integrated LED lighting, but also many wallpapers with rhinestones and with the finest glass and mirror particles, which gave a different impression depending on light angle. There were no preferences for the motifs or colors. Plain earth tones with rhinestones were as popular, as floral motifs which were decorated with rhinestones. In general, we saw many wallpapers with silky shine or glittering effects.
Another trend in wallpapers were the 3D optics, either classic with foaming or embossing or with a deceptively real look through high-tech printing. There were also photorealistic wallpapers with industrial motifs such as brick walls, sturdy wooden beams or espresso cupboards.
Cushions with ethnic motifs continued to be trendy, but they are often stylized in geometric forms, such as the rhombus, the zig-zag or the hexagon now.
But also cushions with lush fabrics, fringedlook, small tassels, velvet optics and sequins were very popular. The trend colors were gray nuances such as anthracite and dolphin, various blue tones, sea green, rose quartz, a covered red-orange tone like the Pantone “Flame” and a covered yellow. We especially liked the sequins pillows by Blyco – through two-colored sequins you could “draw” on the pillow by wiping or brushing motifs onto the surface.
Pantone’s “Greenery” was limited among the exhibitors, instead they convinced by the wealth of ideas that the color green could be displayed in different ways.
Leaves were present almost everywhere. No matter whether it was yucca palms, exotic lotus leaves, green floral motifs, or watercolors in sea green to blue-green – the wealth of ideas was extraordinary. We liked this very much because a similar green tone was already a very strong trend a few years ago called “apple green”. The reinterpretation of “greenery” in the form of tendrils and leaves is therefore particularly clever.
Innovative digital printing machines were also part of the exhibition expositions this year, since the Heimtextil is a pure trade fair, the manufacturers also come here to present their machines to the manufacturing industry. We were impressed by the speed and high accuracy of the digital printing.
The “Theme Park” of Heimtextil 2017 in Hall 6.0, showed the trade visitors the future colors and textures under the topic “Explorations”.
The trend researchers followed the discoverer and researcher spirit of modernism and have categorized four trend directions for 2017/2018. It was tried to figure out which colors, patterns, textures and haptics will be trending in the home textile segment. A successful presentation, which still left a lot of space for creativity and discovery.
All in all, we had an insightful time at the Heimtextil 2017 – with plenty of potential for future trends and inspiration for new designs. In just a few days we will travel to Cologne to look at the tendencies in the interior sector. Stay tuned for more interesting articles.