With the colourful foutas, scarves and blankets from bb&dd based in Frankfurt am Main and La Manouba in Tunisia, consumers can introduce a touch of Oriental lifestyle and aesthetics into their everyday life. The aim of the two entrepreneurs on the two continents is to promote traditional arts and crafts through the sale of products made of high-quality cotton and silk. >>>
In a leader article for the trade journal InteriorFashion, I have just had the rather special pleasure of considering the question as to what makes for a good product these days. Is it the innovative idea? Undoubtedly so. Is it the success of the design? Of course. But as soon became apparent, there is something more. Something quite crucial. Namely, the choice of the right material. >>>
A new trend concept, new themes and a new kind of presentation: the Heimtextil management team introduced the new ‘Theme Park’ in two discussions broadcast around the world live on 1 September 2014. On behalf of the Heimtextil Trendtable, which is made up of six international agencies, Anne Marie Commandeur of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam presented the new large-scale project and outlined the Heimtextil trends for 2015/16. >>>
Their names are Christina Eckert and Tanja Deschner and together they are ‘von Erika’. Tanja draws and Christina takes photographs. They combine their several motifs and create products from material that is designed to bring nature into the living room: from outside, for inside. Their current collection depicts a sketched animal or an insect on a detail taken from a landscape photograph. The motifs create a fanciful effect, like a softly narrated tale of elves and gnomes – they are poetic, almost tender. At the same time, they are also more than decorative. >>>
A new revised and updated version of the Eco Textile Labelling Guide is recently appeared. The handbook, edited by John Mowbray and supported by Messe Frankfurt, offers a comprehensive overview of textile certification and standards and of seals of quality for sustainably produced textiles.
The updated version of the Eco Textile Labelling Guide is the comprehensive compendium of all main international eco-standards, certifications and seals for sustainably produced textiles. This reference work, of some 100 pages, provides textile and clothing manufacturers, designers, product managers, buyers and dealers with information on voluntary and compulsory standards applicable to the textile industry across the whole supply chain. Along with environmental standards, the book deals with social criteria and certificates such as Fairtrade, Fair Labor Association and SA8000. In its new edition the Labelling Guide has also been expanded to include information on water standards, energy efficiency, waste disposal and biological degradability.
The editor of the Guide is John Mowbray, who is also in charge of Ecotextile News, the textile magazine. The Eco Textile Labelling Guide 2014 costs GPB 29.00 plus postage and can be ordered online at www.mowbray.uk.com.
That it is possible to produce anything worthwhile with tattered t-shirts was demonstrated by the extraordinary upcycling idea of using them to make a stool. What then has become of the award winners in the six months or so since they receiving their awards at this year’s Heimtextil? >>>
New location, new website and new way for the trends of Heimtextil: “Theme Park” under the heading “Experience”
Central themes in a central location: the new ‘Theme Park’ with a variety of design and future-oriented themes will be staged in Hall 4.0 at the next Heimtextil. This means the Trend Show will move from Forum 0 to the middle of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre. Account is being taken not only of the retail trade and marketing but also disciplines such as research, development, design and product application. Even at this early stage, the contents of the new event highlight of the trade fair for home and contract textiles are beginning to emerge. >>>