Messe Frankfurt Features

Logo HeimtextilIn co-operation with Messe Frankfurt Textination presents different issues and press releases
of various fairs and exhibitions:


Heimtextil 2019: A lively start to the new furnishing season gives hope for a good business year aheadHeimtextil 2019: A lively start to the new furnishing season gives hope for a good business year ahead

The international home textiles industry has enjoyed a promising start at Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main, which finishes today. The challenging economic situation and uncertainty in the retail sector were countered by a positive and confident mood at the world’s leading trade fair.

3025 exhibitors from 65 countries* took the international trade fair for home and contract textiles to a 15-year high: ‘Exhibitors and visitors accepted the new trade fair concept with great enthusiasm and confirmed the trade fair’s position as the world’s most important meeting place for the industry. The quality of the decision-makers impressed the exhibitors, as did the number of new business contacts from 156 countries, especially international ones – thus enabling Heimtextil to set a new benchmark’, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt. ‘Around 67,500 visitors* ensured that there was a busy atmosphere in the halls, despite a slight decline due to various reasons, such as difficult travel conditions on account of the storms in the alpine region and airport strikes in Germany’.  ... more

Heimtextil 2019_  Continued growth with new conceptHeimtextil 2019: Continued growth with new concept

For the ninth time in a row, Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main (8-11 January 2019) will see an increase in the number of exhibitors. ‘Despite the economic downturn, Heimtextil is continuing its
extremely positive development. With 3,025 exhibitors from 65 countries, Heimtextil has a stronger and more international slant than it has had for 15 years’. It is thus further consolidating its position as the world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles’, says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt.

Heimtextil will launch the 49th edition of its trade fair with a new concept and the top themes of architecture, hotels, sustainability and sleep. ‘As part of the fundamentally revised concept, we have combined themes and product segments in an even better way for specific target groups. Visitors can thus benefit from new synergies, shorter distances and lots of furnishing inspiration’, says Braun. In addition to a globally unique design show with international market leaders, a high-calibre event programme with notable guests and renowned industry experts supports the four-day trade fair..... more

Sleep! The Future Forum_ Heimtextil is already showing today how we can sleep better tomorrowSleep! The Future Forum: Heimtextil is already showing today how we can sleep better tomorrow

According to doctors specialising in sleep, we already know almost everything there is to know about sleep. However, studies show that the quality of this regeneration process is deteriorating all the time. How can we prevent this from happening? The upcoming Heimtextil (8-11 January, Frankfurt am Main) will supply solutions to this with the new ‘Sleep! The Future Forum’. Here, international
experts will present the latest findings and textile innovations for a restful night.

The world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles brings together around 800 producers of textiles in the bed segment. Of these, 140 international industry leaders will be represented in the ‘Smart Bedding’ segment alone in hall 11.0, which will be presenting the latest sleep systems, mattresses, bedding and smart sleep technology. In addition, the new ‘Sleep! The Future Forum’ in the foyer of hall 11.0 will provide a platform for knowledge transfer, exchange of experiences and networking relating to a good night’s sleep. International experts will provide an overview of the current state of research and the latest findings on the ‘Future of sleep’ in the four subject areas of digital, sport, hotels and sustainability..... more

Textile trends and know-how for architects, interior designers and hotel expertsTextile trends and know-how for architects, interior designers and hotel experts

‘Interior.Architecture.Hospitality’ at Heimtextil (8-11 January 2019) is the unifying force behind the unique offer for interior designers, hospitality experts and designers. Hall 4.2 serves as the focal point for these highlights. In addition to the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo, trade visitors can also look forward to a range of high-calibre lectures and expert guided tours.

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 (8 -11 January 2019), 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.  ... more

New & Next University Contest: Heimtextil
honours four academies ‘Light Shadows’ by Kim Hoang Pham from the Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst is one of the winning designs of the Heimtextil ‘New & Next University Contest’.

Four European design academies have been announced as the winners of the ‘New & Next University Contest’ ahead of Heimtextil. The successful academies come from the UK, Switzerland, Slovakia and Hungary. In recognition of their excellent achievements, they will be given a trade fair stand at Heimtextil (8-11 January 2019) where they will present their design works to an international audience.

With the ‘New & Next University Contest’ for budding textile designers, which is taking place for the first time, Messe Frankfurt is promoting the next generation and putting outstanding higher education institutions in the spotlight of the international trade fair. An expert jury initially chose the best student works out of 21 submissions in the field of textile design. The four universities who showed the strongest overall performance were then identified. The following academies were declared the winners of the competition: Leeds Arts University from the UK, Hochschule Luzern Design & Kunst from Switzerland, Academy of Fine Arts and Design from Slovakia and Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design from Hungary.... more

Sleep smarter, live healthier: Heimtextil presents the “Future of Sleep”Sleep smarter, live healthier: Heimtextil presents the “Future of Sleep”

A balanced diet and sufficient exercise are naturally part of a healthy lifestyle. However, one of the most important building blocks for permanent physical and psychological well-being is constantly neglected: restful sleep. At the upcoming Heimtextil (8-11 January 2019), it will therefore be a particular focus for the first time. And there’s more: the international trade fair for home and contract textiles in Frankfurt am Main will thus guarantee a comprehensive insight into the “Future of Sleep”.

According to a Forsa study carried out last year for the Techniker Krankenkasse, one in three adults in Germany experiences mediocre, bad or even very bad sleep. ‘That doesn’t surprise me’, says Dr Alfred Wiater, former president of the German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine (DGSM). ‘Numerous studies have since shown that we are sleeping worse and worse’. According to Wiater, the reasons for this are as multifaceted as some dreams: too much light or irritating noises, a permanently increased excitation level as a result of digitisation or general inability to relax and switch off.

The problem: those who don’t sleep well can become ill even if they take sufficient exercise and have a good diet. In addition to physical and psychological ailments such as cardiovascular diseases, metabolic disturbances or anxiety, insufficient nocturnal rest also impacts the ability to concentrate, stamina and performance; this can lead to negative effects in both professional and private spheres. ‘When it comes to sleep, many people still think too little about it’, says Dr Alfred Wiater.   ... more

Heimtextil presents 40 textiles editeurs in a new area Heimtextil presents 40 textiles editeurs in a new area

For the first time, Heimtextil (8-11 January 2019) will bring together all participating textiles editeurs in one hall and thus optimally integrate them into the product offer for interior designers and retailers. Around 40 international fabric suppliers will present their collections for the upcoming season in the newly designed hall 8.0.

‘As part of the new Heimtextil concept, we've been able to create presentation space for the attractive group of international textiles editeurs in a common hall.

‘Together with other textile suppliers, this will create a fascinating meeting place for interior decorators, furnishers and retailers’, says Sabine Scharrer, Director of Heimtextil at Messe Frankfurt. Around 40 textiles editeurs will be grouped around the “Editor’s Café” in hall 8.0, forming a central meeting point for furnishers and interior decorators in the Window & Interior Decoration segment’. Here, they will be in close proximity to suppliers of curtains, carpets, sun protection and decoration systems.  ... more

“Toward Utopia”: Heimtextil presents the design trends for 2019/2010“Toward Utopia”: Heimtextil presents the design trends for 2019/2010

With “Toward Utopia”, Heimtextil is setting the course for the new trend season 2019/2020. As part of the official Heimtextil Trend Preview on 4 September 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, London-based studio FranklinTill presented the design themes for the upcoming international trade fair for home and contract textiles (8-11 January 2019).

In addition to the British trend researchers, Anne Marie Commandeur from the Stijlinstituut Amsterdam and Anja Bisgaard Gaede from SPOTT Trends & Business also participated in the forecast for perspectiverelated interior design, which applies globally. Together with the Heimtextil management team, they provided initial insights into future style worlds. Stefan Weil from Atelier Markgraph, the studio that designs the spatial staging of Heimtextil trends, gave a preview of the new “Trend Space' and emphasised the importance of spatial communication for Heimtextil.

The Heimtextil trends 2019/2020 describe a world in which we live according to new standards. We try to escape complex lifestyles and have a desire for deeper relationships, spiritual confirmation and greater meaning. “We live in an era of uncertainty and mistrust in the established order. As a reaction, we try to live a meaningful, conscious life based on positive relationships. We take responsibility for our lives and look for ways of life that fulfil our value system in search of a new utopia – a society that aims at promoting the well-being of all its citizens”, explains Caroline Till, co-founder of FranklinTill Studio. The search for new lifestyles in which mindfulness and sustainability play an important role will be the challenge of the coming decades.  ... more

Furniture and decorative fabrics_  Heimtextil expands its offerFurniture and decorative fabrics: Heimtextil expands its offer

With over 400 international manufacturers, the product range of upholstery and decorative fabrics as well as upholstery and artificial leather at Heimtextil is wider than ever before. The world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles (8-11 January 2019) in Frankfurt am Main is now further expanding its spectrum across a total of six hall levels.

‘The upholstery and decorative fabrics segment has been growing very successfully for several years now. In 2019, all the relevant European suppliers of upholstery and decorative fabrics, upholstery and artificial leather will be presenting themselves across the three levels of hall 4 for the first time’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.

The most important manufacturers of upholstery fabrics from Asia that also have export experience will also be represented in halls 1 and 5. All in all, Heimtextil combines the world’s largest and most international range in this segment, thus creating the best order options for buyers from the furniture and home textile industries as well as textiles editeurs.  ... more

Promotion of young talent at Heimtextil: fresh ideas for textile interiors Promotion of young talent at Heimtextil_  fresh ideas for textile interiors

Young companies as well as prospective product and textile designers will be presenting refreshing inspirations and innovative textile developments at 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, Heimtextil is placing newcomers in the spotlight.

New talent initiative at Heimtextil: 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’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.

With the NEW & NEXT university 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 in Hall 3.0. ... more

Must-see for interior designers: the range of textile contract furnishing products at Heimtextil 2019Must-see for interior designers: the range of textile contract furnishing products at Heimtextil 2019

Trends and innovations for contract textile furnishing are at the heart of the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo – individual, sustainable, functional. New and particularly interesting for the hotel industry is the expansion of the bed-related product portfolio.

Textiles are an integral part of comprehensive building planning and the hotel industry. The reasons for this are by far not only rapidly changing lifestyle and furnishing trends, but also and above all economic and functional arguments. Home and contract textiles are true quick-change artists, comforters of the soul and at the same time high-tech wonders.

Heimtextil is the industry’s first date of the year. At the world’s largest trade fair for home and contract textiles, 500 of around 3,000 exhibitors alone will target the contract sector in particular under the title Interior.Architecture.Hospitality. The supporting programme consists of top-class expert tours, informative lectures and the renowned Heimtextil trend statement on material and interior design.

The demand for textile solutions for architecture, interior design and the hotel industry is growing from year to year. In 2018, a new event format was added to the range for this area, the Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo in hall 4.2. The Expo will once again be the focal point for contract furnishing at Heimtextil in 2019.  ... more

Heimtextil 2019: Trends in a new guise Heimtextil 2019: Trends in a new guise

Heimtextil is pushing ahead with the new concept for 2019: now that those responsible have worked out a completely new hall plan, they are turning their attention to redesigning the trend programme. With a meeting of international trend researchers on 20 and 21 February in Frankfurt am Main, the design experts have begun preparations for the trends of the upcoming Heimtextil (8-11 January 2019) at an unprecedented early stage.

‘The Heimtextil trends have enjoyed a worldwide reputation for decades. Showcased in the extensive and progressive way that they are, they are an essential component of our trade fair’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. ‘That's why it is very important to us that we continue to live up to our pioneering role with our new trend concept and offer our exhibitors and visitors a future-oriented programme. In the future, we will strengthen this showcasing above all at the digital level’.  ... more


Heimtextil 2019: a winning new concept

An improved hall layout, more exhibition space, shorter walking distances, and a new Hall 12 – Heimtextil will be undergoing radical changes in 2019. Heimtextil is getting many positive responses to the new concept, from German and international exhibitors. A large number of major players in the industry have announced that they will be participating in the world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles, from 8 to 11 January 2019.

"In the last few weeks, we have received positive feedback from our exhibitors on the new trade fair concept, which, above all, strengthens our resolve to arrange themes and product segments to attract the respective target groups. We can shorten walking distances in this way and make optimal use of synergies – all to the advantage of the fair’s visitors", says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President, Textiles & Textile Technologies, at Messe Frankfurt. The organisers are also buoyed up by the high number of early registrations for Heimtextil. "The number of registrations is already on a par with that of the last event", says Schmidt.  ... more

Heimtextil 2019: a winning new concept

New concept for Heimtextil 2019_  more space and synergiesNew concept for Heimtextil 2019: more space and synergies

As a world-leading trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil will present a fundamentally revised concept from 8-11 January 2019 – with more floor space, all kinds of furnishing inspiration and new synergies for buyers.

Based on discussions with exhibitors and also visitor surveys, Messe Frankfurt has developed a new Heimtextil concept.

‘From the perspective of buyers in particular, we are repositioning Heimtextil 2019 and the way we group themes and product segments to better suit target groups. In this way, synergies can be optimally exploited. In addition, the demand for stand space on the exhibitor side has grown sharply in some product segments in recent years’, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.  ... more