‘Well-being 4.0’ is the key trend at the next Heimtextil trade fair. In a discussion broadcasted live worldwide on 8 September 2015, managers of the trade fair revealed the new furnishing trends for 2016/2017. Lisa Douet of the WGSN Group sat on the podium at 25 Hours Hotel in Frankfurt. This Group from the US is spearheading the design of the ‘Theme Park’ this year. Anne Marie Commandeur from Stijlinstituut Amsterdam, Mayouri Sengchanh from Exalis/Carlin International and Felix Diener were other members of the Heimtextil trend forum at the conference. They were on hand to predict the interior-design trends in textiles for the coming season.
New design themes will be defined by an integrated approach which restores a people-centred design focus with a stronger appeal to the senses. ‘Well-being 4.0’ is all about textile furnishing that exudes an aura of relaxation and calm. Everything will be geared towards offering a better life and greater well-being. At the same time, technology and science intertwined with textiles play a key role. The number 4.0 echoes ‘industry 4.0’ and stands for smart, digital and customised solutions. Or in a nutshell, the idea is to trigger positive feelings and responses to stimuli at the touch of a button. ‘We need to find ways of connecting what’s natural with what’s artificial,’ comments Lisa Douet during the conference, underlining one of the core challenges. ‘In addition to respecting technology, we have to ensure that natural materials and handcrafted products have a place on the design shelf of the future too.’ Both the new trend book, presented during the conference, and the ‘Theme Park’ at the fair offer diverse pioneering projects in this respect. The trend predictions are also examined in more detail on a newly designed website. Background information and project presentations are already available on www.heimtextil-theme-park.com.
Three sections in one volume
The new trend book comprises three sections. The first is a book portraying four trend themes based on materials, designs and colours. The second is a colour palette which looks at the range of the new on-trend colours and can be used as a tool to work with. Finally there’s an editorial which illustrates the predominant ‘well-being 4.0’ trend. The editorial looks at the use of plants to appeal to the senses, places the spotlight on valuable minerals and therapeutic textiles and defines which colours constitute a feeling of well-being.
New location for the ‘Theme Park’
As the world’s biggest trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil plays a special role as an indicator of trends and metric of first-class, well-designed textiles with innovative functionality. Which is why Messe Frankfurt got the Heimtextil trend underway back in 1991 and has consistently expanded it ever since. Every year a trend forum with an international line-up uncovers the most important trends. It gives product developers, creative teams, furnishing businesses and designers valuable advice and reliable trend forecasts. For Heimtextil 2016, the trade fair’s managers are continuing the ‘Theme Park’ concept, developed the previous year for Heimtextil. This platform is moving for the first time to hall 6.0 where it has plenty of space and can stand alone as a showcase. Its concept development and implementation, the accompanying book and the new website are the responsibility of the WGSN Group from the US.