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Textile trends for interior, architecture and hospitality

Textiles have a particular significance when it comes to property planning, interior design and the hotel industry.

7th December 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Frankfurt

Interiors, Construction

Textiles have a particular significance when it comes to property planning, interior design and the hotel industry. High demands in relation to these are not just about the colour, design and texture of the material. At the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil, taking place in Frankfurt next month, visitors from the contract sector will not only find a unique variety of textiles for various applications, but above all international expertise on their functional characteristics, as well as application examples for innovative construction projects and individual planning.

This offer is summarised under the title Interior.Architecture.Hospitality. Architects, interior designers and hospitality experts can inform themselves about the latest trends and solutions in first-rate lectures. Renowned industry experts will guide visitors through the trade fair from a user’s perspective. And a varied supporting programme offers the opportunity for discussion among colleagues and to garner inspiration.

Exclusive format

In the exclusive Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo exhibition format, architects, interior designers and hotel furnishers will find high-quality products for textile furnishings. Current participants are Rummel Matratzen with mattresses especially dedicated to the hotel sector, upholstery fabrics with functional properties by Höpke Möbelstoff and MP, Decorum and Tecnografica with design wallpapers and wall coverings, as well as Art Marin and Serge Ferrari with acoustic solutions and sun protection systems especially dedicated to architecture, hotel and contract business.

Emma Wessel (Stijlinstituut Amsterdam), Titia Dane (FranklinTill Studio), Anne Marie Commandeur (Stijlinstituut Amsterdam). © Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH/Pietro Sutera

“Also worth seeing is the presentation of the Expo and lecture area in hall 4.2, which has been realised according to a design concept by the Swiss studio ushitamborriello Innenarchitektur_Szenenbild,” organisers report. “Ushitamborriello was inspired by an old Japanese tradition, Furoshiki. This is the artistic skill of being able to cover almost any shape using a square piece of fabric and with the help of special folding and knotting techniques. The presentation illustrates the extraordinary flexibility and effectiveness of textiles in room design.”

In hall 4.2, Trevira CS will be presenting a trend area specifically for the contract market entitled Trends in Contract by Trevira CS. Here, interior designers, designers and outfitters can find out about innovative textiles and colour trends in the home textiles and contract sectors. A high-calibre trend panel comprising Sebastian Herkner/Studio Sebastian Herkner Offenbach, Markus Hilzinger/FINE ROOMS Berlin, Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk/JOI Design Hamburg and Sylvia Leydecker/100% interior Cologne, chose Trevira CS Stoffe to present at the fair.

Carpet by Heimtex

The benefits of textile floor coverings can be experienced at the Carpet by Heimtex stand in hall 4.2, the stand of the Association of the German Home Textile Industry. Architects and contract decision-makers will find valuable ideas for the modern use of textile floor coverings by the participants Aquafil, Balsan, Findeisen, German Rugs, Object Carpet, TFI-Institut für Bodensysteme, Toucan-T, Uzin Utz and Weseler Teppich.

Pursue Play – Gallery Party by GGSV. © Heimtextil trend book

Lectures and seminars

The topics for the lecture programme were developed in close cooperation with the industry experts from AIT Dialog. The Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Lectures will take place in hall 4.2. In the lectures, internationally renowned experts will present their visionary architectural projects and concepts.

The lectures on the first day of the fair will tackle various topics relating to temporary buildings and three-dimensional structures under the title Space. The second themed day of the lectures will be entitled Atmosphere and will examine the extent to which atmosphere has a positive effect on our well-being. The question of Healing Architecture and its influence on health is gaining in relevance, particularly in the area of care spaces. The focus of this themed day will be on housing models for special situations in life, as well as hospitals, nursing homes, retirement homes and hospices.

Pursue Play – Lego House by Big Architects. © Heimtextil trend book

Under the title Printed Interior Decoration Lectures, specialists will also provide information on the latest technologies and possibilities for using inkjet digital printing for individualising wall and floor coverings and decorative fabrics for contract furnishing according to your own creative designs.

The third themed day deals with the question of Identity. In times of an increasingly flexible society and nomadic living and working models, the need for individuality is becoming ever greater. Identity – whether in the sense of connection with the location or on a conceptual level – is an essential success factor for the hotel industry.

The new knowledge forum Sleep! The Future Forum will also focus on the hotel industry on Thursday. Here, international experts will speak about the current state of research in sleep medicine.

Guided Tours

Visitors can explore the numerous Heimtextil highlights on their own or join one of the many guided tours aimed especially at interior designers, architects and hoteliers. The starting point for the guided tours is the counter for the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Tours in hall 4.2.

Pursue Play – Walala X Play by Camille Walala for Now Gallery, photography by Charles Emerson. © Heimtextil trend book

The requirements of interior designers are the focus of the guided tours of the Bund Deutscher Innenarchitekten (bdia). The AIT tour takes architects and interior designers through the exhibition halls on 9, 10 and 11 January in search of textile solutions, innovative products and trends. The AHGZ Allgemeine Hotel- und Gastronomie-Zeitung will offer trend tours especially aimed at housekeepers, hotel planners and interior designers as part of the Hotel Day on 10 January.

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