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HEIMTEXTIL 2021

Heimtextil 2021: More than 95 per cent of space bookedACTIVE URBAN -Envisions - Wood in progress DDW18, Photo by Ronald Smits

In the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, the next edition of Heimtextil from 12-15 January 2021 in Frankfurt am Main is proving very popular: more than 95 per cent of the space occupied last time has now been booked.* Heimtextil thus offers international representatives from the sector a superb setting in which to launch a successful season at the world leading trade fair for home and contract textiles in 2021.

‘Even though predictions are difficult to make at present, we expect to be able to offer international players in the industry a first-rate, positive environment for their businesses in January 2021’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. ‘The fact that more than 95 per cent of the space as compared to the last Heimtextil is now booked makes us feel very optimistic. We of course hope that the number of companies that end up in difficulty because of the crisis will be very low. However, at this early point in time, the very good number of registrations and the concentration of industry participants at the trade fair gives us incredible momentum. As far as the pandemic is concerned, we are convinced that people will still want to meet in person to exchange their products – and perhaps more so than ever after this crisis year – and that personal contacts are the best prerequisite for good, long-term business. Virtual offers can of course complement global communication. But personal meetings and the experience of touch, especially in the field of textiles, will remain essential’. ...mehr lesen


Anja Bisgaard Gaede, SPOTT Trend & Business, Photo by Bine Bach DamsgardHow we will live in future: Heimtextil Trend Council sets down guiding principles for 2021/22

Never has looking into the future been of as much interest as it is at present. The corona crisis is changing our future with huge societal and economic consequences. Markets are changing drastically and our coexistence is also undergoing fundamental changes. The Heimtextil Trend Council recently had an online meeting to forecast how the crisis is influencing interior design, which innovations will enrich our lives in future and which trend themes we will focus on over the next year.

Every year, the Heimtextil Trend Council’s meeting in the spring marks the launch of preparations for next January's trade fair. At the same time, the trend researchers give an initial glimpse into where the interior design journey will take us next season. This year – right in the middle of the peak phase of the global corona pandemic – the meeting took place in special circumstances. In a series of video conferences at the end of March and intensive rounds of bilateral exchanges in the weeks that followed, the trend researchers and those responsible for the trade fair laid the foundations for the global trend analysis. ... mehr lesen


Ground-breaking innovations in textiles and trends in interior design,
architecture and hospitalityGround-breaking innovations in textiles and trends in interior design, architecture and hospitality

Sustainability and functionality: these were the major topics that dominated the trends for contract textiles at Heimtextil 2020. The world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles is the top trend barometer for interior architects, hospitality experts and planners. The broad variety of topics, high-quality specialist lectures, panel discussions and ground-breaking materials innovations are a clear demonstration of the potential that lies within the sector.

It was abundantly clear at Heimtextil 2020 that the developments towards greater sustainability are again gaining in dynamism. There is a growing demand for sustainable solutions. These are hugely diverse in nature and do not (yet) always end up as quite so ecologically acceptable as one might wish. For it is particularly the field of contract textiles where function is of prime importance. As a result, there is a tangibly growing interest in wholly organic products, as Rioma report, to quote one example. The Spanish manufacturer has an international reputation for its GOTS-certificated cotton fabrics (their ‘Flint Stone Wash’ range). The properties of Rioma’s upholstery and cover fabrics meet demanding technical requirements and are used in both interior design work and outdoor situations. At all events, many customers still nevertheless continue to opt for the ‘smaller’ green solutions, because of their better abrasion resistance: a mix of recycled cotton (30%) and polyester (their VelvetLin range). The latter lasts around five to six years in the contract business, whilst the organic alternative lasts only two to three years. ... mehr lesen


Sustainability and high value: the issues of the future dominated at Heimtextil 2020

Sustainability and high value: the issues of the future dominated at Heimtextil 2020

The 50th edition of Heimtextil provided strong stimulus for the new furnishings season. 63,000 visitors came to get information on the major issues for the international sector from 2,952 exhibitors at the world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles. And among them, sustainability was the all-pervading major theme, outshining all others.

Sustainability was a central thread that ran through the entire event at Heimtextil 2020. Extensive activities and informative displays demonstrated how material processes are changing all over the world, with a view to improving the environment, and how social responsibility in respect of the people employed in the industry is growing. Even if the figures still do not add up, and preparedness of consumers to spend more money for environmentally friendly textiles is still in its infancy, supply and demand at the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles were larger than ever before. Durability and a second life are beginning to manifest themselves in products. “The re-think is really only just beginning,” says Martin Auerbach, General Manager of the Association of the German Home Textile Industry (Verband der Deutschen Heimtextilien-Industrie e.V.), “because to actually get to the circular economy, we must think and act with the entire value creation chain in mind. And moreover: up to now the product was the most important thing in the development phase. To achieve the transition to the circular economy, we need to formulate things the other way around. So, the questions become: What would the product that is optimised for economic circularity look like? How can we then achieve the required functionalities? And finally: How will manufacturers be able to differentiate themselves from the competition in the marketplace with their products?” ... mehr lesen


Health, sleep and sustainability Trends and themes of the future dominated at Heimtextil 2020Health, sleep and sustainability Trends and themes of the future dominated at Heimtextil 2020

The 50th edition of Heimtextil provided strong stimulus for the new furnishings season. 63,000 visitors came to get information on the major issues for the international sector from 2,952 exhibitors at the world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles. And among them, sustainability was the all-pervading major theme, outshining all others.

Sustainability was a central thread that ran through the entire event at Heimtextil 2020. Extensive activities and informative displays demonstrated how material processes are changing all over the world, with a view to improving the environment, and how social responsibility in respect of the people employed in the industry is growing. Even if the figures still do not add up, and preparedness of consumers to spend more money for environmentally friendly textiles is still in its infancy, supply and demand at the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles were larger than ever before. Durability and a second life are beginning to manifest themselves in products. “The re-think is really only just beginning,” says Martin Auerbach, General Manager of the Association of the German Home Textile Industry (Verband der Deutschen Heimtextilien-Industrie e.V.), “because to actually get to the circular economy, we must think and act with the entire value creation chain in mind. And moreover: up to now the product was the most important thing in the development phase. To achieve the transition to the circular economy, we need to formulate things the other way around. So, the questions become: What would the product that is optimised for economic circularity look like? How can we then achieve the required functionalities? And finally: How will manufacturers be able to differentiate themselves from the competition in the marketplace with their products?” ... mehr lesen


Quality over quantity: anniversary edition of Heimtextil sets the themes for the new furnishing season

Quality over quantity: anniversary edition of Heimtextil sets the themes for the new furnishing season

With a content-driven programme, the 50th edition of Heimtextil delivered strong impetus for the start of the new furnishing season. Sustainability was placed firmly at top of the agenda, outshining all other topics. 63,000 visitors gathered information about the major themes dominating the international industry from 2,952 exhibitors at the world's leading trade fair for home and contract textiles. As expected, the unusually early date led to a drop in visitor numbers.*

‘The industry is currently facing huge challenges. And some of those taking part at Heimtextil have really felt this. However: exhibitor satisfaction has remained at the same high levels as last year**. And visitor satisfaction has even increased from 93 to 95 per cent. In addition to the early date, the reasons behind the reduced visitor numbers are mainly down to strong consolidation of specialist shops and developments in the stationary retail trade in the direction of ecommerce. The trend has also experienced an economic slowdown’, explains Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt. ‘This is in line with the fact that as many as 34 per cent of our exhibitors rate the current economic situation in the sector as poor, compared with just 18 per cent the year before’. ... mehr lesen


Heimtextil celebrates its anniversary: the 50th edition of the world-leading trade fair with a major focus on sustainability Heimtextil celebrates its anniversary: the 50th edition of the world-leading trade fair with a major focus on sustainability

Half a century shaped by textile design: for the 50th time, Heimtextil will bring together the international home textiles industry. From 7- 10 January 2020, 2952 companies from 65 countries will present their innovations at the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles.*

‘There is hardly any other trade fair in the world that can look back on such an eventful and successful history. Ever since the first event in January 1971 with 679 exhibitors, we have invested massively over the decades in the quality of the fair as well as in the range of information and inspiration we offer the industry. We are looking forward to a very special edition of Heimtextil, which is in very good shape as it approaches its 50th anniversary’, says Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt. ... mehr lesen


Together for more sustainability in the textile industry

Together for more sustainability in the textile industry

In the course of an announcement event held yesterday at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships provided insights into their future cooperation.

Yesterday, over 100 guests from the press, business, politics and associations met at the headquarters of the United Nations to learn how the Texpertise Network of Messe Frankfurt, the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) plan to collaborate in furthering the implementation of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the fashion and textile industry. ... mehr lesen


Participants in the “New & Next university competition” for textile design come from across the globe

Participants in the “New & Next university competition” for textile design come from across the globe

The UK, Pakistan and Switzerland – these are the winners of the second “New & Next university competition” at Heimtextil (7-10 January 2020). Three renowned universities from these countries won this year's design competition in the run-up to the 50th edition of Heimtextil out of a total of 18 international submissions.

Following the successful launch of the “New & Next university competition” at the last event, the 50th edition of Heimtextil also offered budding textile designers the chance to submit their work via their university and secure an exclusive presentation area at the fair. Out of a total of 18 submissions from around the globe, three universities prevailed: the University of Bolton from the UK, the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture from Pakistan and the Lucerne School of Design & Art from Switzerland. Representatives from the universities and their students will present the award-winning works at the renowned “New & Next” area in hall 3.0. ... mehr lesen


Heimtextil creates a sustainability strategy for the Trend Space

More sustainability for the Trend Space: Heimtextil (7 - 10 January 2020), together with its international Trend Council, has developed a material manifesto and thus chosen a new sustainable approach for the conception of the Trend Space.

Through intelligent material choice, the Heimtextil team and their Trend Council have created an immersive forum with a minimal footprint. This means finding alternatives to new materials wherever possible, thus avoiding excess waste when the exhibition closes. The Material Manifesto focuses on six key principles:... ... mehr lesen


Messe Frankfurt Texpertise Network together with Conscious Fashion Campaign and United Nations Office for Partnerships announce global collaboration for the Sustainable Development Goals

Messe Frankfurt Texpertise Network announces commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals in global collaboration with the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into over 50 leading international textile trade fairs attracting more than 22,000 companies and over half a million trade visitors annually.

In January 2019 the Sustainable Development Goals were introduced to a Messe Frankfurt event for the first time during the world's leading platform for sustainable fashion, Neonyt, in Berlin as part of Berlin Fashion Week, where the Conscious Fashion Campaign was presented. ... mehr lesen


Heimtextil key topic “Sleep”: exciting products and concentrated know-how

Current studies show that an increasing number of people are sleeping badly. Researchers cite stress, noise, increasing light pollution and the permanent availability of smartphones and the like as the causes. Heimtextil (7-10 January 2020) is once again making a restorative night's sleep a key topic in order to bolster dealers’ expertise on the subject of sleep.

The number of people sleeping badly or too little has been increasing for many years now. This was proven by a health report published in 2019 by the health insurance company Barmer that focused on sleep disorders: according to the report, in 2017 one million employed people were diagnosed with disorders in falling asleep and sleeping through the night. This comprises an increase of 111 per cent within twelve years, say the authors, who also estimate that the number of cases going unreported is actually far higher. ... mehr lesen


Top-flight, dedicated programme for contract sector

Professional development, discussion, inspiration, international trends – they are the source of successful, creative, modern solutions in the contract market. At Heimtextil 2020, interior designers, architects and experts from the hotel trade will be able to draw upon an even greater, more extensive range of offerings for their projects.

Every year, around 3000 exhibitors showcase their products and materials for the textile furnishings market at Heimtextil in Frankfurt. It is the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles. Some 370 of those exhibitors specifically target with their products for the contract sector, interior designers, architects and experts from the hospitality sector, who will find precisely the kind of solutions they are looking for in the cornucopia of textiles at Heimtextil. ... mehr lesen


Better orientation_ Heimtextil introduces  new icon for weaversBetter orientation: Heimtextil introduces new icon for weavers

On a continued growth trajectory: the upcoming Heimtextil (7-10 January 2020) will once again offer an expanded range of products in the “Decorative & Furniture Fabrics” segment. Around 900 manufacturers and wholesalers, including 40 new exhibitors, will present a globally unique range of diverse items. For better  orientation of visitors, Heimtextil will be identifying weavers of decorative fabrics and furniture fabrics, curtains and materials for bed linens with a special icon on each of their stands for the first time.

Due to the growing offer of furniture and decorative fabrics, Heimtextil is improving stand signage and will highlight the exhibitor group of weavers for the first time by giving them their own icon on their stands. This group comprises around 250 European weavers of furniture and decorative fabrics, curtains and materials for bed linen in halls 4.0, 4.1, 4.2 as well as hall 8.0. Weavers of fabrics for bed linen are clustered in their own area in hall 4.2. These include the renowned Italian companies Martinelli Ginetto, Tessitura Pertile, F.lli Graziano Fu Severino, Giuseppe Brignoli, Lyontex, Manifattura Filtes, Manifattura Del Leone and Carvico as well as UAB Angleter from Lithuania, Lech Fabrics from Poland, Rifer from Portugal, Mako Textil, Levantex Bocairent and Navan Design & Decoration from Spain as well as Fabricana from Turkey. ... mehr lesen


The Editeurs’ Area in hall 8.0 is a hotspot for the latest interior collections from around 50 international textiles editeursThe Editeurs’ Area in hall 8.0 is a hotspot for the latest interior collections from around 50 international textiles editeurs

A strong offer: at its next edition, Heimtextil (7-10 January 2020) will once again bring together all participating textiles editeurs in one hall and thus optimally integrate them into the product offer for interior designers, interior decorators and retailers. Around 50 international fabric suppliers will present their collections for the upcoming season in hall 8.0.

“The hall concept for the past Heimtextil proved to be a success and international editeurs will once again present their wares in a specially designated area within hall 8.0. In this way, we create a vibrant meeting place for interior designers, furnishers and retailers and both  exhibitors and visitors alike can benefit from the synergies created as a result”, says Sabine Scharrer, Director Heimtextil at Messe Frankfurt. In the specially designated Editeurs’ Area, a good 50 internationally renowned editeurs will present their products around the Editeurs’ Café.’ ... mehr lesen


Textile Technologies: Heimtextil expands area for printers and processing machinesTextile Technologies: Heimtextil expands area for printers and processing machines

More efficient, more digital, more creative: at its upcoming edition (7-10 January 2020), Heimtextil will present an extended range of machines for the textile industry and expand the product segment “Textile Technologies”.

The digital revolution is currently leading to fundamental changes in the manufacture and processing of home textiles. Industry 4.0 and digitalisation are the key buzzwords here, as are individualisation, automation, machine learning, big data, self-organising manufacturing systems and digital printing. At its forthcoming edition, Heimtextil will highlight the opportunities afforded by the current technological upheavals in the industry and present the latest product developments.’ ... mehr lesen


 50th edition: Heimtextil celebrates half a century as a leading trade fair50th edition: Heimtextil celebrates half a century as a leading trade fair

Heimtextil celebrates its anniversary: from 7-10 January 2020, the global home textiles industry will meet for the 50th time in Frankfurt am Main.

With a great anniversary party, a showcase presenting design classics from the past few decades, an anniversary film and other activities, Heimtextil will review the past half century since its first edition in 1971. ‘50 editions over the course of the past five decades are a rarely experienced phenomenon in the fast-moving global trade fair industry and are practically an eternity’, says Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt. ‘Like no other trade fair, Heimtextil stands for product variety, international clout and undisputed market leadership in the textile sector’. As a design show, it constantly reinvents itself, continues to present state-of-the-art home trends as it has always done and makes the furnishing trends of tomorrow tangible’ ... mehr lesen


“WHERE I BELONG”: Heimtextil presents the design trends for 2020/2021“WHERE I BELONG”: Heimtextil presents the design trends for 2020/2021

Heimtextil will launch the new 2020/2021 trend season with the general theme “WHERE I BELONG”. For the official Heimtextil Trend Preview, Stijlinstituut Amsterdam director Anne Marie Commandeur introduced the new design themes. The presentation in the run-up to Heimtextil (7-10 January 2020) took place at the Textile Museum’s Textile Lab in Tilburg, the Netherlands on 11 September 2019 and was streamed worldwide.

This season, Stijlinstituut Amsterdam is responsible for the Trend Book content and Trend Space implementation at the upcoming international trade fair for home and contract textiles. Alongside Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, London-based studio FranklinTill and Danish agency SPOTT trends & business contributed to the 20/21 global forecast for perspective-related interior design. Together with the Heimtextil management team, these Trend Council participants gave insights into future styles during a workshop.

At the annual international Trend Council workshop, identity was an ever-present topic: part of a broader discussion on gender and cultural diversity, on tolerance and curiosity. Today, the self-identification process seems more complex than ever. Identities are now formed through experiences that take place simultaneously, on different levels. Locally, nationally, globally, both online and offline. Identity therefore can consist of many different layers. In fact, individuals can all have multilayered identities. ... mehr lesen


Heimtextil 2020: Internationale Strahlkraft nimmt weiter zu trendcouncil (c) Pietro Sutera-Messe FrankfurtHeimtextil 2020: international appeal continues to increase

The development in Heimtextil exhibitors over the past few years shows one thing clearly: while the German market is currently going through a challenging period and the number of producers and retailers is declining, Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main is positioned as a world-leading platform with a strong international appeal. This trend is set to continue at the upcoming trade fair for home and contract textiles (7-10 January 2020).

Exhibitor numbers have increased year on year over the course of the past decade, from 2469 (2010) to 3012 at the most recent edition (2019). This significant growth has come from abroad: 2125 companies from abroad attended Heimtextil in 2010. In January 2019, this number had risen to 2714 and is increasing all the time. There is also a positive upswing in the number of visitors from abroad.* ‘As before, we are seeing growth from other countries in Europe and overseas. International manufacturers rely on Heimtextil as an attractive platform for export business and as a trendsetting launch event where they can present their new season products at the start of the year’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. ... mehr lesen


Heimtextil: Jetzt zum New & Next Hochschulwettbewerb anmelden (c) Pietro Sutera-Messe FrankfurtHeimtextil: Register now for the New & Next University Contest

Up-and-coming product and textile designers will be presenting refreshing inspirations and innovative textile developments at Heimtextil from 7-10 January 2020. The second edition of the “New & Next University Contest” promises a host of exciting design ideas. Universities can now register to take part in the competition.

At the upcoming Heimtextil, Messe Frankfurt will put the spotlight on the textile designers of tomorrow. With the “New & Next University Contest”, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles is targeting European universities that specialise in textile design and other related courses of study.

At Heimtextil, “New & Next” has been a byword for the promotion of newcomers and start-ups for many years now. Under this title, Heimtextil presents young labels that are new on the market. Recently, around 40 newcomers to the market presented fresh design ideas to the international trade fair audience. In the Textile Design product segment (hall 3.0) in particular, young studios inspire with exciting designs. In addition, New & Next participants also offer creative design concepts in other product segments. ... mehr lesen


Heimtextil 2020: Trend Council nimmt fünf neue Designrichtungen ins Visier (c) Pietro Sutera-Messe FrankfurtHeimtextil 2020: Trend Council sets its sights on five new design orientations

Launch of preparations for Heimtextil 2020: with the meeting of the Trend Council, the leading international trade fair for home and contract textiles paves the way for its new season. A high-calibre committee met in Frankfurt am Main on 20 and 21 March 2019.

Those present included Anne Marie Commandeur, Grietje Schepers and Harm Rensink from Stijlinstituut Amsterdam (NL), Caroline Till and Titia Dane from Studio FranklinTill (GB) as well as Anja Bisgaard Gaede with her agency SPOTT trends + business (DK).

As this year's lead office, Stijlinstituut Amsterdam will be responsible for the conception and implementation of the Trend Book and the presentation at the trade fair in January of next year. ... mehr lesen