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‘Thomas Overesch Schöner Leben’: loose-knit fabrics for the home

Thomas Overesch Leben: Große Maschen für stilvolles Interior

Thomas Overesch Leben: loose-knit fabrics for stylish interiors

Thomas Overesch has a weak spot for wool and particularly for all its chunky qualities. In his ‘Thomas Overesch Schöner Leben’ collection, Overesch, who has chosen to make his home in Berlin, offers loose-knit fabrics for lampshades, cushion covers, blankets, throws and accessories.  With it all, however, the designer’s use of colour remains always discreetly elegant. “My colours are chosen to enable the individual items from the collection to be very easily integrated in existing interiors. I love blue, green, grey, beige and white – the colours of the north,” says the designer. >>>


Supply crisis in the organic cotton market?


Organic Cotton Report: in 2013, some 110,000 tonnes of organic cotton were produced.

The trend in the retail trade, to deal increasingly in organic cotton, ought to be a source of confidence. H&M and C&A are in permanent competition for the number one place as customers for organic cotton: in 2012 C&A was still in the lead but, since 2013, H&M have been the biggest consumers in the market place. This has, however, not been of much help to the organic cotton farmers, as is shown by the findings of the current Organic Cotton Reports from Textile Exchange: in 2013, some 110,000 tonnes of organic cotton were produced, three quarters of it in India. This means that, after an initial upsurge, production has fallen off for the third year in a row. >>>


Pude: Wild silk, shaping up naturally

Pude: pure wild silk!

Pude: pure wild silk!

Pude sustainable home textiles is reviving the long tradition of wild silk used in interior design: with an exquisite collection of cushions and table linen made from fair-trade wild silk, the company from Berlin has given this fine fabric an interpretation of its own. The cushions (pude is the Danish term for cushion) are classical, almost puristic in design. They radiate the unpretentious charm of a French cottage. The colour is always a soft ecru or light beige. Pude does not use different shades or patterns, and this means their textiles have a very relaxing feel to them! >>>


20 years Intertextile Shanghai

shanghai20 years ago, Messe Frankfurt launched Intertextile, the first Chinese home textiles fair, which was held at the New International Expo Centre in Shanghai from 27 to 29 August. Around 1,350 exhibitors (a new record!) took part in this year’s 20th anniversary edition of Intertextile. Accounting for 62 percent of exhibitors, upholstery fabric was the best represented segment, followed by curtains and decorative fabrics with 26 percent. The third biggest product group was bedding with 20 percent. The show with Trend Forum and design lectures was a real source of inspiration. >>>


Udden: New textile products from Slovenia


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. >>>


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. >>>


Thinking materials


“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. >>>