Élitis: The French Textile Laboratory

When it comes to extraordinary fabrics and wallpapers the French company Élitis is one of the leading high-quality textile protagonists. Founded in 1988 by Patrice Marraud des Grottes in Toulouse, the company has since enjoyed continuous growth and development in its unending quest for new materials, special textures and innovative product technologies. The company’s philosophy is driven by being exceptionally bold and forward-looking.

More like a development laboratory than a design department, its in-house creative studio conjures up the stunning upholstery, decorative fabrics and wall coverings that never fail to wow trade-fair audiences. The company’s own library of fabrics now contains many thousands of samples. All the year round the designers travel the world researching trends and visiting trade fairs and exhibitions to gather new ideas and inspiration. These innumerable effects are then used to create the extravagant creations we all know. Whether braided leather, sequins sewn on satin, rubberised or pulverised gold or thermoformed jersey laminated onto foam – fantasy has no limits. While in-house classics include using natural materials such as linen fabric or velvet to create structural effects, sensation is caused by new materials such as palm fibres, woven by hand in Asia or shaped and coloured paper. These unique French collections are now found all over the world. Exported to 116 countries, from the Netherlands to Italy, from Argentina to Russia, the high-quality textiles are used just as much in the home as they are in the public domain. And there is more. The collections are complemented by a range of cushions, throws and blankets.

Indeed, this French company will have more exciting new products on show at the forthcoming Heimtextil in hall 3.1.

Heike Gessulat

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