Technical Absorbents
Techtextil North America

Free membership

Receive our weekly Newsletter
and set tailored daily news alerts.

Industry Talk

Promoting young talent at Heimtextil

With a wide-ranging talent promotion programme and a new competition, the exhibition is placing newcomers in the spotlight.

11th July 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Frankfurt


Young companies, as well as prospective product and textile designers, will be presenting refreshing inspirations and innovative textile developments at Heimtextil, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles from 8-11 January 2019. With a wide-ranging talent promotion programme and a new competition, the exhibition is placing newcomers in the spotlight.

With the New & Next university competition, Messe Frankfurt is promoting young talent in the industry and giving textile designers of the future their first international platform. “The competition offers university graduates the opportunity to present their final dissertations to an international trade audience at Heimtextil and establish contacts with representatives from the industry,” said Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles and Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.

With the competition, Heimtextil is targeting national and international universities that specialise in textile design and related courses of study. The winners of the competition will have a stand at the New & Next exhibition in the Textile Design product area. University representatives will be able to register for the competition free of charge at from mid-August onwards. The deadline for submission is 30 September.

House of Textile

With House of Textile, the Association of the German Home Textile Industry (Heimtex), working in cooperation with Heimtextil and various universities and colleges, has launched a competition for students of architecture, interior design and textile design.

The aim is to get an idea of what role home textiles will play in the areas of living, working and travel in 2025. The ten best ideas for a virtual room will be implemented and put on display at Heimtextil 2019 in hall 9.0. The five best textile designs from students on textile design courses will also be exhibited there.

Talent Lab Lectures

As part of the programme for the target group of architects, interior designers and hotel furnishers, Heimtextil is offering a series of lectures aimed especially at up-and-coming professionals. Students of architecture and interior design in particular are invited to attend the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Lectures on 11 January 2019 to enable them to gain an insight into the furnishing of commercial properties with textiles through lectures and a discussion panel.

ZVR Junior Day

For vocational school classes, master classes, PLW competition participants and the ZVR Junior Circle, which will be reorganised this November, Heimtextil is working with the Zentralverband Raum und Ausstattung (ZVR) to develop its own programme to attract young talent to the world’s leading trade fair.

“Heimtextil is a must for all young interior designers. This is why ZVR is looking forward to being represented at the trade fair alongside its juniors again in the coming year,” said Heike Fritsche, looking ahead.

Young master meet at DecoTeam

Up-and-coming interior designers are invited to the DecoTeam stand on 10 January in hall 8.0. The young masters will also design a showcase while with DecoTeam. “At the world's leading trade fair, prospective furnishers will gain an optimum insight into which trends will be in vogue next season. We look forward to enjoying discussions with the new generation and are looking forward to their product presentation while they are with DecoTeam,” commented Ottmar Ihling, DecoTeam spokesperson.

Latest Reports

Business intelligence for the fibre, textiles and apparel industries: technologies, innovations, markets, investments, trade policy, sourcing, strategy...

Find out more