Classic patterns with a modern twist

The new designs from fabric manufacturers, Höpke, appear to have been inspired by Scottish tartans.

The new designs from fabric manufacturers, Höpke, appear to have been inspired by Scottish tartans.

Looking for the right textiles can be a real challenge, especially for hoteliers who are looking for timeless designs. At the same time they are being confronted with an immense variety of classic and modern patterns to choose from…

At Apelt – decorative fabrics, table linen, curtains – the new thematic trends in textiles have acquired the names ‘Loft’, ‘Easy Elegance’, ‘Natural Charme’ and ‘Basic’; titles that could equally well stand for a hotel’s overall style. ‘Loft’ instantiates an urban lifestyle with geometrical, modern patterns, whilst the colours and materials are rather more subdued. ‘Easy Elegance’ is all about the combination of new motifs and materials. ‘Natural Charme’ fulfils the desire for a romantic furnishing style, including colours and patterns. By ‘Basic’ they mean textiles that are timeless and can be used whenever the designer wants.
As Donata Apelt-Ihling explains, greater courage has been shown, this autumn, in the choice of colour and pattern, particularly when it comes to cushions and table linen: “Here things can, indeed must, reflect the season. Digital printing, getting photo-realistic patterns into the building, are absolutely the thing. The trend is for large sprays of flowers and blossom patterns, as well as for inspiration drawn from distant lands and delicate, water-colour blossom.”

Flowers and ornaments are also to be found at Christian Fischbacher from Switzerland; in their bed-linen collection, for instance. Here too delicate blossoms provide one of the motifs, presented as a delicate water-colour or in a photographic interpretation. It is very important to this Swiss company to interpret such motifs in a modern way. In their ornamental designs, the contours of the pattern have been gently eroded and the various sides printed differently. The blossom motifs play with appealing hints of dawn light, embody gentle colours and suggest a delicate haziness. Thus, for example, as Nadja Castagna from Fischbacher says, the flower design for the ‘Vita’ line in bed-linen drew its inspiration from the botanical drawings of the Old Masters. An opposing stream is to be found in the ‘Paperwork’ trend, which is, to a certain extent, comparable with Apelt’s ‘Loft’ theme. It is folded paper in various shapes, geometric patterns and architectural elements that has provided the inspiration here. Colourways in beige and grey, with pastel accents, provide a creative mix of poetry and easy-going urbanity.

For those who seek to pin their hopes on classic elegance in terms of bed linen, Fischbacher’s ‘Noble Stripes’ is just the ticket. An effect yarn creates long, delicately structured white stripes on closely woven wool satin. Very suitable to create a highlight is the ‘Pearls’ pillow, which the Swiss company dubs a “modest piece of splendour”. The studded design of this pillowcase derives from a ‘scherli’ technique, whereby, as Nadja Castagna explains, effect yarns are woven into the delicately shimmering background fabric and appear as tiny studs. The loose threads on the front of the fabric are then trimmed.

The situation, when it comes to trends for the bathroom and towelling fabrics, is rather more approachable and less complicated. Here, as Larissa Horvath from the Vossen company explains, it is mainly about underlining what the room is for, about seeing the bathroom as a feel-good oasis, where guests can indulge themselves in a little time out. The most important thing, above all, is the bathroom furniture, which has been kept increasingly plain and simple over the past few years. In contrast, design in terms of bathroom textiles no longer has such significance: “That is why we have decided to focus squarely on plain towels. Colour trends are for red, yellow, blue and orchid – strong colours that are well represented in the fashion world, too.” Plain, without pattern – something that will probably fit in well with normal practices in hotels.

Katrin Rieppel / Natascha Ziltz

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