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25/09/2014

Udden: New textile products from Slovenia

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A pillow seat for children by Udden

At the coming Heimtextil, the Ljubljana-based company will be presenting numerous creative new products, many of them for children. In addition to the standard programme for the table and bedroom, the Slovenians’ repertoire also includes a range of cute products for the children’s room, e.g., a relax mat with friendly animal motifs, which can be turned into a pillow. >>>

17/09/2014

bb&dd: aesthetics of everyday life

b&d 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. >>>

08/09/2014

Thinking materials

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“Ancona” is the latest design from Hornschuch, nominated for the German Design Award 2015. Photo courtesy of: Hornschuch

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. >>>

01/09/2014

Heimtextil takes a new approach: ‘Theme Park’ and trend prognosis for 2015/2016 presented

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Theme Park: the new event highlight at Heimtextil

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. >>>

26/08/2014

von Erika: gentle perspectives on textile backgrounds

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‘von Erika’: inspirations from a clearing in the forest

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. >>>

06/08/2014

New Eco Textile Labelling Guide

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Eco-Textile Labelling Guide

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.

Jana Kern

25/07/2014

What has become of the award-winning upcycling idea?

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The winning project ‘un Tragbar – un Carrieble’ of the 2014 ‘Young Creations Award: Upcycling’.

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? >>>