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Heimtextil records renewed growth in exhibitors

Textile interior design is the focus of international attention at Heimtextil in Frankfurt this week.

10th January 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Frankfurt


Textile interior design is the focus of international attention at Heimtextil in Frankfurt this week. From 9-12 January 2018, representatives from industry, commerce, design, architecture and the hotel industry gather at the world's leading trade fair for home and contract textiles.

“With 2,975 exhibitors from 64 countries, Heimtextil is on a growth course for the eighth consecutive year and is continuing its remarkable success story in a challenging market. Over the next few days, we will be experiencing a globally unique design show with a variety of product innovations and textile inspirations by international market leaders,” said Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt.

A high-calibre event programme with well-known guests and renowned industry experts will highlight themes relating to furnishing trends and design, architecture and the hotel industry.

More materiality

Martin Auerbach, Managing Director of the Association of the German Home Textiles Manufacturers, is pleased about the continuation of the trend towards more materiality in private and public spaces.

“Home textile products are again significantly more visible than they were a few years ago. This confirms the signals we have observed over the past one to two years,” he said. “The diversity of home textiles products, designs and colours makes the international trade fair platform for home textiles a trailblazing annual event to start the year. Although the economy over the past year is likely to remain below expectations – not all of the figures from German industry are available yet – the overall mood in the sector is good.”

VDT targets wallpapering world record

In cooperation with Heimtextil, the Association of the German Wallpaper Industry (VDT) is aiming for a world record in continuous wallpapering on a 100-metre-long action area. In hall 5.1, the area will be wallpapered both day and night from 8 to 12 January. Through this, the audience will experience how wallpaper can create atmosphere and noticeably enhances rooms.

With 2,975 exhibitors from 64 countries, Heimtextil is on a growth course for the eighth consecutive year. © Messe Frankfurt/Heimtextil


The upholstery section will see renewed growth in the number of exhibitors thanks to the participation of well-known manufacturers such as Beaulieu Fabrics from Belgium, Konrad Hornschuch from Germany, Luilor and Vigano from Italy and Dina Vanelli from Turkey. Due to the great demand, presentation possibilities for high-quality upholstery and decorative fabrics have been created for the first time in hall 4.2.

Trevira is also present here with a promising highlight. For the first time in several years, the company will take part in a big community presentation with its CS partners. These include Engelbert E. Stieger and Getzner Textil from Austria, Jenny Fabrics and Swisstulle from Switzerland, Pugi from Italy and Spandauer Velours from Germany.

Contract furnishing as a top theme

A central role in the trade fair’s programme is played by the range of contract furnishings and fittings, which Heimtextil sums up under the title Interior.Architecture.Hospitality. With the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo, Heimtextil is launching a new event format in hall 4.2.

The world's leading trade fair for home and contract textiles is taking place this week. © Messe Frankfurt/Heimtextil

The following renowned suppliers will be presenting their textile products and material solutions in an exclusive setting: Drapilux-Schmitzwerke, Low & Bonar, Gerriets and Maasberg from Germany, Forster Rohner from Switzerland, Chieftain Fabris from Ireland as well as The Cotting Group (Griffine) and Senfa from France.

Furnishing trends of the future

The programme highlight for those interested in design is the Theme Park. In this trend and inspiration area, visitors and exhibitors alike can look forward to a wealth of material innovations, colour trends and new designs. The overarching theme is The Future is urban.

An accompanying programme of talks and guided tours will give far-reaching insights into new design projects. For the 2018/19 season, a team of seven international design studios have isolated the most important themes from various general trends. The London-based studio Franklin Till was in charge of the design of the Theme Park.

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