Digital printing dominates the latest Heimtextil trends for 2017.
This melting pot of the textile world has regained its reputation as being the most influential furnishing textile event in the world!
Grand elaborate displays from huge companies, through to small sole traders, exhibiting every conceivable textile related furnishing product. Hundreds of Textile Designers offering tens, if not hundreds of thousands of designs for sale, and a growing number of Textile related equipment suppliers offering the latest in printing equipment, sample making machinery, curtain and blind fabricating hardware equipment combine to make those four days in Frankfurt in January every year, compelling for any red blooded ‘Textile Tragic’ like me!
I was not disappointed! Our mode of operation to ‘do the fair’ is to drink in the overall feel of the displays before getting into the specific products and doing that over Eleven halls many with multiple levels and all with many alleys, that takes at least a full day.
For reasons I fail to understand, there is prohibition on taking photographs, however I was given permission to breach that rule and have included some shots to illustrate what formed my opinion of the trend we were all endeavouring to discern.
Digital printing dominated the market. Panels, be they fabrics for sale or simply displays, were prolific. Sheers held a strong place, and were often engineered with designs forming borders, most of which were prints.
Sheers were being presented with all manner of effects which suggests a continuation of the sheer no longer being delegated to the secondary position in the window treatment, to being the feature. As mentioned, print was strong but also sophisticated weaving techniques allowed designs and textures to deliver beautiful, rich fabrics. Double layered Jacquards especially caught my eye as a strong direction. Slightly lower transparency with soft flowing richness.
Drapery and top of bed came in a myriad of weights, designs and textures constructed in every conceivable fibre type. Still strong is the ‘Linen look’ which is a-la-natural and also very cleverly interpreted in more commercial fibres such as Polyester and Acrylic, to great effect.
Light management drapery seems to be dominated by satin constructions either double faced or very often with a satin backing and textured surface. The light reduction being achieved by the use of black weft yarn, which inevitably tends to influence the colour of the fabric, consequently slightly ‘greyed’ colours which fitted well into the soft colour theme we will discuss later.
A lot of reference to acoustics which, in most cases did not mean the fabric itself held acoustic benefit, but should more correctly be described as ‘acoustically transparent’ meaning the fabric was constructed to allow sound waves to pass through the fabric to a sound absorbing medium. Even so, the increased attention to the issue of noise management is encouraging. It has for too long been ignored as a part of good Interior Design.
The use of sound absorbing felted materials as decorative space dividers was an interesting feature in several student works in the Trend hall. A Design medium to watch.
Written by Gary Price.
Photos: Fashion Trendsetter / Messe Frankfurt