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Heimtextil Unveils 2013/14 Trends

FRANKFURT, GERMANY - Heimtextil, the world's largest home textiles trade show, is weeks away. A first stop for many will be the Trend Hall, where next month Heimtextil will exhibit four trend directions under the umbrella theme of "Being."
     Representatives from six studios combed the world for emerging trends and arrived at four key directions for the 2013/14 season in home textiles. The studios included:
     • Stijlinstituut Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
     • 2G2L Fashion Design and Consulting (France)
     • Dan Project (Japan)
     • Global Color Research (U.S.A.)
     • Orbitato (Brazil)
     • stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano (Germany)
     "Stijlinstituut Amsterdam and the Trendtable designers have created an impressive work of reference that will be a first-class work of reference that will be a first-class source of inspiration and guideline for the international sector," said Olaf Schmidt, vp of textiles and textile technologies for show organizer Messe Frankfurt.
     At the fair, which runs from Jan. 9-12, the trend themes will be visualized in an exhibit in Forum 0.

The Eccentric
     "His passion i

The Eccentric trendThe Eccentric trend exudes modern Bohemia.
s for extravagant discoveries combining timeless qualities with decorative character," according to the Trendtable.
     The trend embraces unique items, curiosities and "original articles distinguished by exotic or ethnic influences." At heart, it's all about items and motifs that are traditional and authentic.
     The result is elegant design that appeals to a modern-day Dandy or Bohemian: hand-colored silk, lustrous artifi - cial snakeskin, upholstery fabrics inspired by suit fabrics or oriental jacquards.
     "In his home, we find patterns with ethnic blossoms. The wall coverings take their inspiration from textiles. The dominant colors have an Asian touch and interact in an extraordinary way," the Trendtable noted.

The Historian
     This trend is about honoring tradition by bringing the

The HistoricThe Historic trend emphasizes craftsmanship.
past into the present and is characterized by "fine products distinguished by superior craftsmanship."
     The influences look back particularly to the late 16th and the 17th Centuries, where art and craftsmanship were highly prized.
     "Thus, textiles with a layer look are part of this, as are net fabrics and artistic embroidery," said the Trendtable. "A variety of different techniques and materials, from lace-making to laser cuts, reveal not only the broad spectrum of historical but also of future-oriented arts & crafts."
     Shimmering gold, bronze and copper are important here, as are reflections from material surfaces. Colors in rooms tend to be subdued "and dominated by mysterious shadings."

The Geologist

Elemental texturesElemental textures are important in the Geologist trend.
     This trend draws from elements of the earth and nature, especially irregular geological surfaces.
    Natural structures are updated with colorful marl aspects and winding patterns, as well as rough graininess, bark-like textures and rustic leather, skin or natural cork.
    "Blotch effects bring otherwise sober surfaces to life," said the Trendtable. "Broken, mysterious brightness flashes from the materials. The color series reflects the enigmatic dark side of nature. Intensive colors are rounded off by shades of virulent intensity and metallic luster."

The Inventor
     Combining function with fun, wellness and pleasure are keys to this trend, which seeks out "undiscovered worlds full of marvels and adventure."
     Fabrics are sensuous and tactile; they sway and flutter. Ornaments are

The InventorThe Inventor trend is colorful and adventurous.
flowery. Constructions include upholstery fabrics, openwork weaves and meshwork.
     "Foamed textiles create an airy depth and give rooms and furniture a new look. Technical veils, iridescent films and latex are also used. Feather-light constructions play with light and reflections," according to the Trendtable. "Lively colours ensure extraordinary contrasts and awaken curiosity."

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