Urban chic, casual, or natural? The trends from the manufacturers are more diverse than they have ever been. We asked exhibitors at Heimtextil, in advance, what new products and ideas they will be showcasing in Frankfurt and what developments are particularly important for hoteliers. Their answers provide a tour of current colourways and avant-garde designs.
A hotel is not a home and, to that extent, it is not easy to find something from among all the new trends in fabrics for curtains, upholstery, bed and table linen, not to mention towels, that fits in with the house style, isn’t just a flash in the pan and will appeal to the guests. Hoteliers can, however, find fabulous inspiration from the many trends – ways of using fabrics and wallpapers to create new accents in their establishments. The current trends take their cue from differing lifestyles, such as urban or country living, casual or natural. A frequently used material, which fits in well with the season at the moment, is wool. And in spite of the vast variety of modern and geometrical patterns, there are also lots of fabrics teeming with blooms and blossom and ranging from the traditional and new interpretations of the traditional to the frankly avantgarde.
“There is no such thing as ‘the’ trend,” says Sakire Efe from sun protection provider Teba. “Home and lifestyle trends increasingly co-exist as style worlds that function alongside one another and range from cool and modern or country house to avant-garde.” At the same time, suggests Efe, design alone is no longer enough. Functionality is just as important as aesthetics. That is why, she says, vertical blinds continue to enjoy the status of a product highlight, offer the widest possible diversity of fabrics in both fine and coarse textures, from transparent to blackout, with a huge range of colours and patterns and are, above all, hugely convenient because of the different options for hanging them and the different ways of operating them.
In terms of the trend dubbed ‘Urban Living’, Teba are, this winter, offering an ‘Art Edition’ designed by practising artists -macro knitting stitches represented on blinds, from traditional plaited patterns to delicate blossom. They look soft and snugly, creating, in each case, a “new thread of artistic ambience in the home”. At all events, knitted fabric is very much on trend this year in the fashion world too. Designers such as Stella McCartney, Céline and Tom Ford have put their models on the catwalk in baggy knitwear, loose-knitted hoods and floor-length woollen trousers. Wool is associated with warmth, softness and feeling.
Höpke is also pinning their hopes on wool this autumn for their furniture covers and blankets in their ‘Country’ collection. Patterning is either plain or inspired by the design of Scottish tartan, with broad and fine checks. The plain colours in the woollen collection are natural shades such as orange or brown, strong red and blue. Höpke point out that these woollen fabrics in a country house style are particularly suited to hotels, as they are extremely hard-wearing, withstanding 100,000 abrasion passes in abrasion tests, do not fade in the light and exhibit good resistance to pilling and wear and tear.
“Surface specialists” is how the Hornschuch company describe themselves. This season they are offering new synthetic upholstery coverings, which may be of particular interest to hoteliers for furniture in lobbies and lounges that are subject to really hard wear. They have already introduced their ‘Solino EN’, an upholstery fabric with imitation seams that not only look genuine, but also feel genuine to the touch. New at Hornschuch is ‘Soroma EN’, a material with imitation with top-stitched seams that cross one another, ‘Sorrento EN’, which stands out because it feels particularly fine to the touch, and ‘Sorisma EN’, a cover fabric with a wavy structure that curls in on itself, and which, in the words of Prisca Bollgönn from Hornschuch, “represents a new unity of look and feel.” This new product is available in eight different metallic colours, “which have a different effect according to the way the light falls on them.”
First and foremost, the Kinnarps company manufactures office furnishings, but they also produce seating for lobbies and foyers. New from Kinnarps this season is the Kinnarps Colour Study, with its own fabric collection: 260 different fabrics for all the manufacturer’s brands and product groups, in trendy colours such as cognac or dazzling blue, in luminous tones and with pale pastels in the mix, patterns from the world of fashion, ethnic influences and elements of folklore, and including materials such as hemp, wool, felt or jute. All their fabrics, they say, are Öko-Tex certified and have been awarded the EU flower for environmental acceptability.
Casual and natural are the major trends this autumn for the fabrics from textile manufacturers Zimmer und Rohde. They include jacquards with relief-like designs on a flowing satin surface, floral prints and ‘Portobello’, a fabric, which echoes classical ornamentation but interprets it in modern terms, with an uneven texture in silver, lilac or aqua. One of the highlights of this collection is, as Nicole Thomas from Zimmer und Rohde tells us, the woollen cloth they call ‘Scott’. It is “a classic, which offers opportunities for both decorative and functional use and appeals because of an enchanting combination of dense fabric and flowing elegance.” As for the Hodsoll McKenzie collection, it is the English lifestyle that is in the spotlight with their ‘Cotswold’, ‘Mayfair’ and ‘West End’ themes. There is also a ‘pure nature’ thread that runs through the plaids of the Biederlack company – for hotels probably most interesting as supplementary blankets. They come in natural colours, in a mixture of pure new wool and cotton. Hoteliers can create yet more accents with the black and white blankets in the ‘Scala’ series, or with patterns from the “Emotions” range, including animal prints, abundant ornamentation and shimmering surfaces.
Katrin Rieppel / Natascha Ziltz