In the self-propelled cars of the future, drivers will have more time for activities other than steering, accelerating and braking. At Heimtextil, the textiles manufacturer Trevira showed why modern mobility can also be influenced by the home textiles industry.
In mid-January, Herbert Diess, VW CEO and chairman of the board of management, gave a rousing speech at the ‘Berlin 2020 Global Board Meeting’. Diess spoke to around 120 top decision-makers from the world’s largest car manufacturer about a “turning point” and a “radical restructuring” of the group. He also talked about future forms of mobility: “We’ll be spending more time in the car of the future than we do today, perhaps two hours rather than one. So it won’t be just a grey tin can: it will be much more comfortable and cosier”, the head of VW said.
Spotlight on ground-breaking textiles
The brand fibre manufacturer Trevira’s presentation showed impressively what this kind of cosy solution could look like. The company, whose flame-retardant polyester fibres and filaments are used in curtains, drapes and upholstery fabrics, entrusted the product designer Werner Aisslinger with showcasing Trevira textiles for ground-breaking areas of application.
At Heimtextil, product designer Werner Aisslinger (pictured on the left) explains his special show on textile interiors of the future on Trevira’s stand.
“The response was overwhelming”, as Anke Vollenbröker, Trevira’s marketing manager, summed up. With their special show, ‘Textile Future by Trevira CS’, they wanted to showcase the role that textiles can play in the interiors of the future. “Of course, they need to be flame-retardant in many areas, but what else do they need to deliver, in order to make it pleasant to travel, live, work and spend time in public spaces?”, said Vollenbröker, outlining the special show’s core question.
A relaxed journey to work: according to designer Aisslinger, public transport also needs to be rethought in terms of its interior aspects, in order to make it an attractive and ultimately better alternative for getting around in urban areas.
Living is becoming more mobile
On this basis, Aisslinger has designed interiors for areas like public transport, the world of work, the hotel business and the healthcare sector. He illustrated his vision of the future of private transport in times of self-propelled vehicles with a golden yellow concept car (see headerphoto). “When you and your passengers are free of the responsibility to negotiate traffic, driving time becomes free time”, Aisslinger explains. People will actually live in their cars and use them as a mobile space for all kinds of activities. “The interior will change and analogue space will be rediscovered as an opportunity for sensory experience.”
Photo source: Trevira