With over 3,000 exhibitors and 70,000 trade visitors, Heimtextil, an international trade fair for home and contract textiles, is one of the largest annual furnishings event, held in January in the German city of Frankfurt.
This year, a new format for contract industry textiles aimed specifically at interior designers and hoteliers revealed new trends for commercial spaces, displaying everything from acoustic textiles to modular carpets, from special abrasion-resistance properties to innovative wall coverings.
Continuing with the sustainability zeitgeist, the Remade Materials library showcased some of the most exciting innovations in textile manufacturing to reduce waste. As space limitations engender more-adaptable living spaces, functionality, longevity and adaptability become more important in interior designs and products. Consumers pare down their environments and declutter their homes to create more flexible spaces and more personal expressions of identity. Another highlight is the increasing collaboration between designers and artisans, in light of the renewed interest in craftsmanship.