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Heimtextil, the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles in the world kicks off next week in Frankfurt, Germany.  I’m thrilled to once again be invited as a guest of the show by Messe Frankfurt, who is the organizer of the show and owns the fairgrounds where the show is held.  If you would like to go back and read that post I wrote on my visit to Heimtextil last year, you may do so by clicking Here!

Every January, Heimtextil kicks off the new year with this fabulous show!  It’s where anyone and everyone who is involved in textiles for home or contract gather to show what the incoming trends and innovations will be for the year ahead.  There will be over 3000 international exhibitors present to share their products. 

More sustainability for the Trend Space: Heimtextil (7 – 10 January 2020), together with its international Trend Council, has developed a material manifesto and thus chosen a new sustainable approach for the conception of the Trend Space.

If you read my blog about Heimtextil last year, you may remember how enthralled I was with the Trend Space. The Trend Space is an area of the show where trends are explored.  It goes much further than just choosing colors or patterns.  The Trend Space delves into the psychology of trends and how the way we live in society affects our colors, fibers, and so on and so forth.  I find it fascinating. The idea of a trend is studied more in depth and is reintrepreted through interactive exhibits.   This year’s Trend Space “Where I Belong” sounds equally exciting. The Trend Space has been designed by Stijlinstituut Amsterdam.

Watch the Video Above to Learn More About the 2020 Trend Space

“Where I Belong”

The Trend Space is definitely a favorite of mine but there is so much more at the show to see and learn about textiles.

I am also excited to see what The Heimtextil team and their Trend Council have created with The Material Manifesto.  This is a forum where one can immerse oneself with a minimal footprint. This means finding alternatives to new materials wherever possible, thus avoiding excess waste when the exhibition closes. The Material Manifesto focuses on six key principles:

● Use of local resources, equipment and services
● Use of environmentally friendly material alternatives
● Use of existing stock components
● Use of rented and loaned materials
● Manage waste responsibly
● Design for recyclability

The purpose behind the Material Manifesto is repeated in other installations within the Trend Space. One of five themes in this season’s offering, “Pure Spiritual“, addresses a return to a renewed bond with nature.  The Trend Space also provides an overview of sustainable material innovations:  There is a new material library, which Heimtextil is calling the “Future Materials Library”. The Future Materials Library shows progressive, sustainably produced materials. Here, visitors can explore the nature and production method of innovative materials. The focus is on recycled fabrics and cultivated – living –textiles.

  Another interesting offering of the show is The Green Directory. The Green Directory is an exhibitor index that lists all companies showing who focus on sustainability.  This year’s directory is larger than ever.
 In addition, there are Green Tours and the Green Village in hall 12.0. Any questions relating to green issues can be answered in Green Village.   I am excited to hear The United Nations who will present its Sustainable Development Goals here for the first time.

All in All, it is going to be an amazing show!  I can hardly wait til Tuesday!

If you want to learn more about Heimtextil:  Check out any of the links below:

On the net:
Information from the international textile industry and Messe Frankfurt’s
global textile trade fairs:

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