Things get innovative here: The “Theme Park” at the Heimtextil is the heart of the trade fair and can be considered a miniature version of the highlights of the Heimtextil.

The Fabric Invention

The world’s largest specialist trade fair for home and contract-world textiles, the Heimtextil in Frankfurt/Main, not only proudly displays the new products for 2017-8 season, but another highlight, too: In the “Theme Park” you can explore the textile branch trends along an interactive discovery trail.
by Anna Moldenhauer

“The Age of Exploring is definitely not over,” exclaimed extreme mountaineer Simone Moro when reaching the summit of Nanga Parbat in the west Himalayas at the beginning of the year, one of the world’s toughest mountains to climb. And the exploration of new textiles has by no means come to an end: The “Theme Park” in Hall 6.0 at the Frankfurt trade fair functions as a central trend and inspiration zone, offering visitors an opportunity to take a look outside their own specialist domain and discover new things in the world of textiles.

You’ll need to be inquisitive: The inspiration fields allow you to interactively discover the trade-fair highlights.

According to Natalie Weinmann of the Carlin International design studio, which created all the “Explorations”, the creative fields of inspiration can be explored with the senses, intuitively, and interactively. The creative minds from France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, the Netherlands and the USA sat down together as long ago as the beginning of the year to develop the thematic fields and a global version of coming interior trends together.

During the voyage of exploration through the lab of the world of textiles you can explore four thematic areas:

Virtual Explorations

Cultural Explorations

Planetary Explorations

Natural Explorations  

Presentations of the latest trends in the fields of Home&Work, Retail, Hospitality and Transport round out the creative impulses provided by the “Theme Park”.

The international design offices have brought together countless images, colors, materials and textures to provide the trend statements for the coming 2017-8 season.
French design agency Carlin International, headed by Exalis, has compiled an exciting trendbook for the Heimtextil “Theme Park”, extensively outlining the results of their creative brainstorming.
The members of the Heimtextil Trendtable 2017-8 (from l. to r.): Dan Project (Japan), Stijlinstituut Amsterdam (Netherlands), Carlin International/Exalis (France), Felix Diener (Germany), FranklinTill (Great Britain) and WGSN Group (USA).