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Heimtextil kicks off new season with exciting furnishings
Feb '13
Heimtextil kicked off the new furnishing season with an exciting range of new products, as from 9 to 12 January 2013, 2,658 exhibitors from all over the globe showed the colours, patterns, shapes, materials and techniques that will be in demand in the months to come. Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt: “Heimtextil has once again excelled as the world's largest showcase for design innovations. It even created a stir with its wealth of technical innovations.”

Tone-in-tone décors are particularly popular, especially in restrained colours such as light grey, stone grey, anthracite, clay, and honey and gold. As a rule, the more elegant the fabric, the more restrained the impression. Red is also used for higher quality fabrics, although generally in warmer shades rather than bold tones. Sparkle and shine are somewhat out of favour, whereas there is demand for fabrics with a fine shimmer.

A plethora of patterns: striking designs for every style of furnishing

Many patterns have retro inspirations – such as baroque ornaments that have been gently modernised, large roses from the 1930s, art décor adaptations and classic floral vines on a light background. In the field of graphic décors there are all manner of stripes, mosaic-like designs, designs with op art inspirations, and in particular structured décors – ranging from finely ridged and irregular reliefs and honeycomb piqués to large 'crushed' surfaces. The monochrome fabrics on display at this year's Heimtextil liven up interiors without overshadowing their surroundings.

Attractively upholstered sofas and armchairs

The upholstery fabrics featured at the trade fair derive a great deal of their charm from their structures: some are ridged and some boast raised rhomboid, checked, circular or floral décors, allowing them to impress with designs that lend character even to monochrome fabrics. The designs are more daring, offer more vibrant colour combinations than before and unite matt and shine effects. Synthetic leather fabrics for use as upholstery and wall decorations are enjoying a boom. They are available in smooth monochrome versions, as realistic imitation leather and embossed with modern patterns.

Walls are in the spotlight

Just a few short years ago, wallpaper was considered to be old-fashioned, yet it is now enjoying a major revival, as consumers have realised that wallpaper allows them to change the atmosphere of a room and influence its mood with relatively little effort. The endless variety on offer was made clear at Heimtextil. Many impress thanks to their large, repeating patterns, covering the wall with luxuriant flowers, dynamic wave décors and an expanse of baroque and art décor ornaments. Designs are given greater plasticity through textured surfaces, or through printed patterns suggestive of a three-dimensional effect.

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