Heimtextil Trendtable 2014/15: Six international design studios research the latest trends
As the world’s biggest trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil has a special function as a trend barometer and benchmark for high-grade textiles distinguished by first-class design and innovative functionality. Accordingly, Messe Frankfurt launched the Heimtextil Trend back in 1991. Since then, the annual Trendtable of international experts has compiled the most important general trends to provide valuable orientation and reliable predictions for product developers, creative teams, furnishing specialists and designers. We introduce the members of the Heimtextil Trendtable 2014/15 in what follows.FranklinTill (Great Britain) has assumed responsibility for the development and creative aspects of the book, film and show for the 2014/2015 trend season. Kate Franklin and Caroline Till have over 20 years’ experience in research, trend forecasting and design strategy. The numerous projects conducted by the multi-disciplinary agency include trend reports, colour prognoses, design projects, brand developments and fair and exhibition curating. Caroline Till is also the Director of the world-famous Textile Futures course at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London.
The founders of 2G2L Fashion Design and Consulting (France), Louis Gérin and Grégory Lamaud, have created the high-grade ‘Les Garçons Paris’ fashion label and are the joint chair of the ‘Fre(n)sh Fashion Committee’. Gérin and Lamaud studied at the Esmod Paris fashion academy and are experts for avant-garde fashion subjects. Their trend presentations at Texworld in Paris and New York have already created a sensation.
Dan and Gen Namura of Dan Project (Japan) are two young Japanese designers from Tokyo who trace their origins back to the famous ‘yuzen’ technique of dyeing and weaving kimono fabrics in Kyoto. Dan and Gen Namura not only design furniture fabrics, bags and dresses but also fine fabrics and colourful graphic prints.
Global Color Research (U.S.A.) is one of the world’s leading trend studios for colour and design. The company creates reliable colour trends using a worldwide network of design consultants and colour experts. Mark Woodman is the trend consultant for North America. His best-known works include furnishing one of the public rooms in the White House.
Strategically located in the heart of the textile and design industry of Santa Catarina in Brazil, Orbitato has a multi-disciplinary approach to work in the fields of fashion, design and architecture and focuses on social, cultural and ecological changes. Creative Director Celaine Refosco maintains close contacts to the industry and the creative parts of the Brazilian and Latin American market.
Anne Marie Commandeur of Stijlinstituut Amsterdam (The Netherlands) heads a team and network of multi-disciplinary designers who work in the fields of textile innovations, prognoses, colour trends and strategic design concepts. With Arie Vervelde, the agency acts as a versatile and dynamic driving force in the sector and ensures that fashion companies and associated firms are kept informed about the latest developments.