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Heimtextil Highlights
By Wanda Jankowski

A sampling of resources and trend ideas from the Frankfurt show that takes place from Jan. 10 to 13, 2017

California Dreamin’ The Malibu Haze Collection serves up relaxed designs that incorporate influences from the California coastline and coral highlights with chic grey and teal tones in constructions that include chenille, tapestry, quilted and cut velvets, and Mongolian fur. Caldeira USA, 212-532-2669,
Luxury Flannel Dormisette luxury flannel by Wulfing is made in Germany with 6 oz., 100 percent cotton flannel that is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Shown are designs from the Nature Collection. Wulfing through Stellar Alliance, 212-563-6305
Cozy Wrapper From Vossen, the Cassandra bathrobe is made with 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester. Designed in Austria and made in Turkey, the robe is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Vossen through Stellar Alliance, 212-563-6305
Knit Specialists The company, a pioneer in knitted home textiles, manufactures products sold in more than 40 countries. Its product range includes throws, blankets, decorative pillows, cushion covers, bags and ponchos. It is compliant with requirements for export to the U.S., including the Uniform Label Law, Business Social Compliance Initiative, California Proposition 65, C-TPAT, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and GOTS Certified For Organic Textiles. Shown is a sampling of Kanodia’s knitted products. Kanodia Global (P) Ltd., +91-99300 48554,
Linen & Cellulose Blend LINACEL is a blend of linen and cellulosic fibers like lyocel or Tencel that is manufactured in compliance with Oeko-Tex 100 certification. Soft to the touch with a linen look, LINACEL is available in a variety of blends, depending on the hand feel and look requirements desired, from a solid dyed to a chambray look sheeting. LINACEL bed linen is also available in a wide range of weaves, textures and designs, including sateen, percale, yarn dyed, dobby and jacquard. Characteristics include better moisture management properties, durability, resilience, natural strength and machine washability. Premier Fine Linens, +91-422-2221223,
Organic Blankets From Ibena, the Cotton Pure Collection includes 100 percent organic cotton, 330 gsm blankets made in Germany that are GOTS and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. The soft low pile wicks away moisture and conserves body heat to provide comfort. A wide variety of designs are offered, from classic to contemporary. Ibena through Stellar Alliance, 212-563-6305

Heimtextil Showcases Trends Around “Explorations” Theme

Heimtextil, organized by Messe Frankfurt and scheduled to take place Jan. 10 to 13, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany, includes a Trendtable and Theme Park in addition to the myriad of new materials and products in its exhibition, and its educational programming. The Trendtable and Theme Park are created and realized under the direction of French trend agency Carlin International under the leadership of Exalis from Berlin.
Here is an overview of the trends explored in the Theme Park:

  • Virtual Explorations—Digital processes enable a new interpretation of transparency. Thanks to a mother-of-pearl-like shimmer, fabric is brought to life in a vibrant way. Extravagant floral patterns, embroidery, jacquards and lace dominate and give rise to astonishing fascination. Structures from cell organisms inspire and convey a new understanding of 3D. Colors are lively and reminiscent of water.
  • Cultural Explorations—Various cultural influences merge to form a unique multinational in-culture. A focus on particular cultures is increasingly disappearing. Traditional techniques are being modernized and merged together, resulting in highly modern and luxurious modifications. Pigment colors merge with urban shades to form a universal ethnic look.
  • Planetary Explorations—In an unknown, interplanetary world, raw materials are used and a magical brilliance is extracted. Extracts and textures arise hitherto unknown. New wipe techniques form fine structures of mineral-like delicacy. Deliberately voluminous materials are reminiscent of the surface of the moon and serve as soft, protective shells. The color palette plays with light and dark, and oscillates between bright white and ash-colored tones.
  • Natural Explorations—The interior is entering into a symbiosis with nature. Touch is dominated by natural fiber effects, such as wood-like reliefs or bark structures. The materials make use of geometric elements to imitate the plant world. Details from the animal world are incorporated with textures. This gives rise to camouflage patterns from the animal and plant world. Intensive green tones mix with colors inspired by tree bark and earth.

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