Editorial: Trends and developments at Heimtextil 2019

Editorial: Trends and developments at Heimtextil 2019

The 2019 edition of Heimtextil—the world's largest trade fair for home and contract textiles, held in Frankfurt, Germany, during January 8-11, 2019—attracted a large number of visitors and exhibitors from all over the world, affirming Heimtextil's reputation as one of the most important and most international home textiles fairs. Visitors to Heimtextil had the opportunity to browse the latest product developments in the sectors of decorative and upholstery fabrics, digital print, household textiles, wallpapers and wallcoverings, and window and interior decoration. Numerous innovations were presented at the fair, including environmentally sustainable fibres, flame resistant fabrics, performance fabrics for outdoor applications, sun protection fabrics, and new fibrefill products. A highlight at the fair was the impressive Heimtextil Trend Space in which interior design trends for 2019/20 were presented. In this report, Robin Anson discusses some of the highlights of Heimtextil 2019 and its significance for the home and contract textiles markets and the hospitality sector. Also, he provides an overview of the latest trends in the home and contract textiles markets which focus on health and well-being.


ANOTHER YEAR OF INCREASES IN EXHIBITOR NUMBERS
TRENDS PRESENTED IN THE HEIMTEXTIL TREND SPACE
Trends for 2019/20
KEY PRODUCT CATEGORIES AT HEIMTEXTIL 2019
Environmental sustainability
FOCUS ON THE CONTRACT SECTOR AND THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR
Trevira CS: Trends in Contract for 2019/20
FOCUS ON SLEEP
PRODUCT INNOVATIONS: DIGITAL PRINTING, PERFORMANCE
FIBRES AND FUNCTIONAL DECORATIVE FABRICS
Advansa: fibrefill for pillows which provide firm support
Edmund Bell: flame resistant decorative woven fabric collections and sun protection fabric
Flame resistant (FR) decorative woven fabric collections
New sun protection fabric
Lenzing: Tencel Lyocell with Refibra for home textiles
New branding strategy
Standfast & Barracks: performance fabric collection for outdoors
List of figures
Figure 1: Pursue Play fabrics presented in the Trend Space
Figure 2: Seek Sanctuary fabrics presented in the Trend Space
Figure 3: Go Off-Grid fabrics presented in the Trend Space
Figure 4: Escape Reality fabrics presented in the Trend Space
Figure 5: Embrace Indulgence fabrics presented in the Trend Space
Figure 6: The advanced + sensitive exhibition space
Figure 7: The balanced + responsible exhibition space
Figure 8: The spirited + diverse exhibition space
Figure 9: The sophisticated + singular exhibition space
Figure 10: Fabrics from the Matrix collection
Figure 11: Divine fabric from the Sanctuary collection
Figure 12: Burlington fabric from the Soho Club collection
Figure 13: Strata fabric

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