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Heimtextil Trends-2016/2017

Heimtextil trends for 2016/2017 look promising and worthy to be one of the most important ones in the business. “Well Being 4.0” is the key trend for the next Heimtextil and it comprises 4 themes named Protect, Energise, Nourish and Enrich.

Forecast Courtesy: Heimtextil Theme Park

New design themes will be defined by an integrated approach which restores a people-centred design focus with a stronger appeal to the senses. ‘Well-being 4.0’ is all about textile furnishing that exudes an aura of relaxation and calm. Everything will be geared towards offering a better life and greater well-being. At the same time, technology and science intertwined with textiles play a key role. The number 4.0 echoes ‘industry 4.0’ and stands for smart, digital and customised solutions. Below is an overview of the themes that are going to rock the upcoming trends.

PROTECT: good for us

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This trend predicts a clean aesthetic, or crisp, understated design. It goes hand in hand with a versatile range of wellness products and detox programmes. As a valuable and rare commodity, silence takes centre stage. It becomes an antidote to a world where we’re constantly connected and increasingly feel the desire to switch off and do ourselves some good. The trend is all about protecting our physical, but above all our psychological needs.

Colors reflect the idea of purity, lightness and silence whether found in daylight or at night.

ENERGISE: digital dreams

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People use technology to boost their feelings of well-being. The borders between being online and offline are becoming blurred. And the digital world is encroaching on our physical world. In this process, light is becoming a new way of creating intangible shapes and highlighting dynamic contours. The color spectrum pulsates between strong and weak contrasts. At the same time, bright and virtually fluorescent colors vibrate in comparison with darker electric-blue shades. This high-energy trend livens up the aesthetic with intensive brilliance and gloss, kaleidoscopic patterns and humorous, athletic designs.

The color palette pulsates with high and low contrasts. Intense and almost fluorescent shades vibrate against deeper electric blue hues.

NOURISH: sensory design

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Urban and natural landscapes converge and spawn a new, sustainable world. The focus is on making areas green. The color palette celebrates the beauty of greens, as well as dark browns and greys, in harmony with elements such as the soil and stone. Natural materials are coupled with pioneering design. Handcrafted products play a special part in the process by accentuating the beauty of the source.

The emphasis is on greenery with colors that celebrate the beauty of a green hue and its environmental elements, such as earth, stone, deep browns and greys.

ENRICH: appealing to all the senses

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he focus is placed on opulent and highly decorative elements which blend cultural references with the past and future. Ornamental ensembles and shimmering, classy materials are eye-catching. Superb, rich colors like plum and crimson abound with metallic gold, brass and bronze elements. A hint of the Orient is blended with iconic patterns which reinterpret classicism with splendour to perfection.

Generous, deep colors such as plum and carmine red flourish with metallic accents of gold, brass and gunmetal.


Heimtextil Trends 2014/2015: Progress! and Revive!

Here is a glimpse of the most awaited Heimtextil Trends for the upcoming season. The 2014/15 trends are structured into two major categories – “Progress!” and “Revive!” Each of which is subdivided into two themes: “Generate Collision!” and “Engineer Nature!”, and “Exalt Purity!” and “Rejuvenate Craft!”, respectively – dealing in detail with the exploration of progress and renewal of textiles in interior design.

Trend Courtesy: Heimtextil-Frankfurt (For a complete trend report, please contact Messe Frankfurt-Heimtextil)


Look forward | A brave new world in which science and technology are the driving forces behind innovation across the design industry.

Generate Collision: Harness technology to generate uniqueness

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Emerging materials and technologies allow replicable unique and personalised results. To accommodate the demand for unique, individualised products, designers increasingly experiment with novel materials and technologies. Computer algorithms and similar technologies facilitate the mass production of customised items because, for example, panels of fabric can be printed digitally without the design having to be repeated. Similarly, playful printing and marking techniques enable uncontrolled artistic expression. Colours are swiped over or drawn, dabbed or splattered on surfaces. Designers experiment with ways to allow production processes to determine the look and texture of the final product.

Engineer Nature: Synthesise the natural world for a sustainable future

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The convergence of science and the natural world uncovers progressive synthetic solutions for a more sustainable future. New textile techniques intertwine living systems with and biological and texture technologies copied from nature to form novel fabrics. Designers technicise nature by growing their own materials and copying nature’s processes. This innovative approximation of biology to materiality goes hand in hand with new responsibilities; designers also are beginning to rethink the consequences of modifying their former lifestyles. Where the design sector turns biology into a new medium for creativity, scientists leverage the complexity of living systems using technical processes. We are experiencing a design trend that explores the concept of creating natural works using artificial means and which allows itself to be inspired by the interaction of science and design.


Look back | In the pursuit of more meaningful and authentic experiences we appreciate the importance of learning from the past, rediscovering and reviving the value in tradition.

Exalt Purity: Strip back to reveal purity and integrity

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In search of a sense of spirituality natural materials are celebrated in their purist form. As a response to mass production, the interest in objects that have personalities and are accompanied by stories is increasing. In the quest for meaning, this movement honours natural materials by embracing their imperfections and highlighting their origins deliberately. The results are primitive yet modern aesthetics. Wild and coarse nature with its unadulterated colours, textures and shapes acts as the generator of ideas. In this way, designers focus on the humble, the pure, the unadorned.Pristine, untreated materials are used, and resource-saving production processes and the longevity of products define the main criteria. Animism, essentialism, minimalism and reductionism prove to be the decisive trends.

Rejuvenate Craft: Revisit tradition to enhance authenticity

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Reviving and renewing traditional craft techniques to enhance narrative and meaning to objects. Designers work with recycled materials, conjuring up the concept of an improvised lifestyle as a counterpoint to our technology-dominated society. Uniformity is replaced by the collage look to stage the unexpected and evoke alluring visual tension. Using the language of traditional craft techniques such as embroidery, weaving or knitting, designers tell stories about their lives. The revival of craftsmanship gives rise to a wealth of textures.

Heimtextil Trends: 2013/2014: BEING

We all have been waiting desperately to receive trend updates from the world’s most influential Home Textile Show, Heimtextil. This time they have come up with the concept of BEING, that features 4 distinct representative personalities, each with their own hopes, desires, aspiration and ideas.

The names of the 4 trend topics for 2013/2014 are, THE HISTORIAN, THE ECCENTRIC, THE INVENTOR and THE GEOLOGIST. You can see their ideas of the 4 types of personalities in a video by Heimtextil, below.

THE HISTORIAN: A treasurer of the past, seeking value and discovering ways to make history relevant to contemporary life. Partial to noble products of supreme craft and artisianship with aristocratic élan.

The Historian: Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014: Being

The treasure box of Western civilization in the late 16th  and 17th centuries has been thrown open. This period continues to inspire due to the extreme richness of its historical arts and crafts. All treasures are crafted with supreme artisanship, the ornaments are expressive, the embellishment is opulent and the details refined.

The Historian: Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014: Being

Who we are and how we live: These are lovers of luxury who appreciate the value of well-rooted quality and the concept of pedigree. Born into a technology-dominated culture, they are devoted to finding ways to fit history into their contemporary lifestyles. With a disdain for disposable gadgets, they chase concepts of beauty with intrinsic value, historical magic, storytelling and craftsmanship.

Shades of value: The historian palette is muted by the absence of bright light. Daylight shimmers through to reveal pearlescent pales, candlelit metallic sheen and dim and mysterious dark shades.

THE ECCENTRIC: A hunter and collector, chasing the exquisite and the unique, cherishing and mixing discoveries with daring eclecticism. Assembles flamboyant concepts that have a timeless quality and an extremely decorative character.

The Eccentric: Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014: Being

Daring flamboyance is mixed with a passion for decorative arts and crafts, creating a contemporary curiosity cabinet filled with the unique and the one-off. Products of true origin show folkloric aspects, exotic references and tribal influences, all matched freely with the traditional and authentic to create a generous and eclectic mix.

The Eccentric: Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014: Being

Who we are and how we live: These people are hunters and gatherers: free-spirited individuals who lead an abundant and Burgundian lifestyle and share a common preference for the decorative and outspoken. Contemporary dandies and modern bohemians are touring the globe for joyful experiences and meaningful products. They scavenge the globe for the iconic and the extraordinary and are aware of the cultural context and origin of the trophies of their tours.

Palette of passion: A range that stages the abundant as well as the understated to enable the flamboyant color clashes where extravagance meets elegance and exoticism.

THE INVENTOR: An intelligent free thinker, experimenting and researching solutions to make life fulfilling, fun and exciting. Fond of concepts in which function meets fun, wellness and entertainment. Eager to leave a personal trace on designs.

The Inventor: Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014: Being

We’d all love to invent our own personal living  environment that eases our life and accommodates  our most intimate desires. To discover challenging  ideas that explore the fringes of the possible, with the  satisfaction being more in the process than the result.  To create concepts where function meets up with fun  and wellness with entertainment. To conjure up the  sensorial, the kinetic and interactive and link these to  our favorite media, allowing us to play our way  through the day.

The Inventor: Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014: Being

Who we are and how we live: These people love experiments, seek adventure and yearn for undiscovered worlds of wonder. They are opportunistic characters who like to try things out and   make their mark on the design and production processes. Connected to friends and the world, they are ready to share both the inner and outer.

Power play: The intrigue is drawn by the strange contrasts, combining the clinical with the organic, the hot with the frozen and sparking understated functionality with a healthy dose of fun. A playful range of vivid shades.

THE GEOLOGIST: A nature lover, preserving as well as exploring the deepest layers of the earth and digging down for the unseen and the unexpected. Values the precious imperfections of geological textures, the science of nature and its surreal quality.

The Geologist: Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014: Being

Celebrate nature and strive to reconnect with it by exploring the unknown and the unexpected. Embrace its ravishing powers, which are both destructive and beautifying at the same time. Value the precious imperfections of geological textures, the constant evolution of organic growth, the continuous change triggered by erosion, oxidation, natural distress and nature’s own self-destructive forces. Listen to the Earth, experience it to the fullest. It is the science of nature and its surreal aspects that inspire. Some of these traces of nature’s energy can fiercely liven up our home environments.

The Geologist: Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014: Being

Who we are and how we live: These are lovers of the good life, considerate yet demanding citizens who are aware of the quality of a product as well as its origins. Where does it all come from and what is the environmental and social impact of what surrounds and serves us? They love nature and natural products, yet at the same time, they are still intrigued by the fact that man, the city and the economy are an integral part of our current ecosystem. We live in the next stage of nature.

Poisonous sparks: This range reflects the mysterious, dark side of nature. Intense hues are sparked with poisonous brightness and metallic sheen to light up our urban caves. Irregular surface effects breathe life into dense and understated natural shades.

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