Lectures and guided tours especially for architects, interior designers and hoteliers round off the varied Heimtextil programme.

Through the architect’s eyes

Textiles are an indispensable element of interior design, and architects, interior designers and outfitters will find much inspiration at the Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 12/19/2018

The world’s leading trade fair for home and contract textiles runs from January 8-11, 2019 and will not only feature a large selection of textiles, but also examples of construction projects and individual plans. Architects, interior designers and planners should therefore most definitely set aside plenty of time to peruse Halls 3, 4.2 and 8. With themes and product segments arranged by target group, the forthcoming Heimtextil boasts an optimized hall configuration and far more floor space. “The Heimtextil traditionally marks the start of the trade-fair season for architects. There’ll be plenty of inspiration for both the contract and the home segments, be it covers or curtain fabrics, noise or sun protection. Alongside the big names in the textile world, who will take the limelight with great new products, there will invariably also be any number of hitherto undiscovered manufacturers who can provide ideas for your own, unique projects,” comments Jana Vonofakos of Vrai Interior Architecture.

In Hall 3.0 there are no less than three highlights to look forward to: One of them is the Trend Space. It is your first port of call for interior design trends and provides an overview of current market developments. This year, the focus will be on “Toward Utopia”. The trend and inspiration center was realized together with Frankfurt’s Atelier Markgraph agency – as in past years the trend book is the brainchild of British design office FranklinTill. The Trend Space features five interactive scenarios in which you can experience future living concepts: From the playful “Pursue Play” via the “Seek Sanctuary”, a haven against the hectic pace of modern life, and “Off-Grid”, where you can square up to new challenges when search for a closer bond to nature, and “Escape Reality”, the retreat into a digital cosmos, through to “Embrace Indulgence”, a utopian vision of luxury. Some 250 design studios present their works in the “Textile Design” product segment in Hall 3.0. Moreover, the digital print service providers now have a new home in Hall 3.0 where they will be showcasing their products – from software through to highly-efficient digital print machines.

Specialist lectures and guided tours tailored to the interests of architects, interior designers and hotel managers complement the varied program.

In the immediate vicinity, in Halls 4.0 to 4.2 everything revolves around “Decorative & Furniture Fabrics”. Anyone wanting a comprehensive overview of decorative and furniture fabrics, furniture leather, faux leather, fibers and yarns will undoubtedly find what they are looking for here. Interior designers, architects and hospitality experts can look forward in Hall 4.2 to an exclusive exhibition format that is customized to their needs, the “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Expo”; here selected manufacturers will present their textile products and materials solutions for individual contract tasks. The focus is not just on requirements in terms of construction physics and fire protection, but, for example also on sustainable design. At the Expo, architects, interior designers, and planners can therefore discuss issues from their current projects with the relevant manufacturers. The overall design concept for the “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality” expo is informed by the Japanese tradition of Furoshiki, a square cloth that by applying various knotting and folding techniques can be turned into a flexible and durable outer skin. The installation by Atelier ushitamborriello is inspired by the diverse uses for such square cloths. 

Under the “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality” mottot no less than 500 of the some 3,000 exhibitors at the Heimtextil address the contract market. Specialist lectures and guided tours tailored to the interests of architects, interior designers and hotel managers complement the varied program. Thus, the bdia Trend Seminar “True Values” on January 8 will focus on “Colors and Fabrics as Elements Defining Spaces”. “We want to convey to our colleagues the exciting world that straddles textiles’ visuals, sustainability, contract applications and sensory appeal – and together with them explore as many different products groups for home and contract textiles as possible,” explains interior architect Monika Slomski, Chairperson of bdia Hessen. Fashion expert Silke Bücker, textile designer Felix Diener and design journalist Martina Metzner will take you through the program and foster a discussion on textiles in the context of fashion, spaces, architecture and art. Registration is required. Moreover, in the Lecture Area at the Trend Space there’ll be plenty of information on the latest currents in the field.

For room outfitters, Hall 8.0 with the “Window & Interior Decoration” product segment will henceforth be a must. The zone features renowned providers of curtains, carpets, sun protection and decoration systems. There are also some 40 international editions on show along with DecoTeam which is presenting furniture and decorative fabrics. With all the product presentations, the zone will be highlighting all the latest trends in the contract market. The product range targeting room outfitters is rounded out by the wallpaper manufacturers’ booths in Hall 3.1.

Under the “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality” mottot no less than 500 of the some 3,000 exhibitors at the Heimtextil address the contract market.