The following 5 Heimtextil Trends 2018 cover design and color directions and have been put together again by the Heimtextil Trend Table, taking a leading role this year Franklin Till Studio working with trend researchers from Denmark, Germany, France, Japan, the Netherlands and the USA. They get together in Spring during two days to discuss current trends in interior design, architecture, fashion and art which are filtered and processed into a trend book. Also, during the upcoming Heimtextil fair these 5 trends will be forming part of a trend park that is sure worth a visit.
These are the 5 color + design directions to watch:
We have been writing several times on the fact that color affects our mood and emotions. Color can energise or calm, relax or stimulate, even anger or subdue – contrary to popular belief, it has been proved that blue light can energise and red light can calm. Here go a few examples:
Modular Table System by Devorm
From ombrés to tonal gradients, varying shades of reds or blues are applied to hard and soft materials alike, as well as spaces, to create all-consuming, energy-impactful environments.
Relax/Recharge is a transformative design direction that harnesses the power of color to bring energy balance to over-stimulated, urbanised lifestyles. This is materialising as a total immersion in color – walls, floors, furniture and fittings are saturated with single hues in multiple tones within the red and blue spectrums.
KEYWORDS PALETTE RELAX/RECHARGE
CALMING RED – ENERGISING BLUE – TONE ON TONE – COLOR TO ENHANCE MOOD – COLOR OMBRES – SATURATED COLOR
COLOR PALETTE RELAX/RECHARGE
2// PERFECT IMPERFECTION
A return to the artisanal and the crafted sees the emergence of a perfectly imperfect design direction. In a reaction to the oversaturation of mass-produced goods, the revival of ancient craft techniques lends enhanced narrative and meaning to objects.
Drawn by Nature by Anna Badur
Textile designer Anna Badur’s Drawn by Nature collection explores the potential application of natural forces as a creative medium. The collection’s spontaneous patterns are created when blue pigments are blown, haphazardly and without restraint, over wet fabric.
The Quilt rug is produced in Nepal using Himalayan wool and combine hand-weaving, knotting, applique and painting. The result is a raw but gentle collection that embraces irregularity with muted industrial colours, painterly abstract shapes and hand-stitched detail.
Fabric Chair by Assemble and The Granby Workshop
Indigo Storm by Faye Toogood
Indigo, one of the oldest dyes in the world, is embraced by a wave of contemporary brands and designers, as they revisit the craft of indigo dyeing, celebrating the imperfections and graduated hues of this deep shade of blue. An embodiment of the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi (accepting imperfection), materials and products bear the marks of their making, embracing visible brushstrokes, stitching and joinery, a poetic documentation of their creation. Appealing on two levels, the direction speaks of historical revival in print and pattern and classic durability by way of workwear-inspired functional twill.
Designers are celebrating the poetry of process. The application of dye and pigment to surface becomes an experimental art. Embracing the uncontrollable, dynamic colour is captured in an imprint. Though the process is repeated, the reaction is unpredictable, so each replicated object is nonetheless unique.
KEYWORDS PERFECT IMPERFECTION
UNCONTROLLED PATTERN – CELEBRATION OF CRAFT – IRREGULAR FORMS
COLOR PALETTE PERFECT IMPERFECTION
3// SOFT MINIMAL
In an age of increased urbanisation and space shortages, people are paring down, cutting back and decluttering in order to fit their lifestyles and personal expressions of identity into smaller homes. Fabric is subtly multifunctional and adaptable. It can be moved from space to space to lend a sense of home to new environments.
Bollo Chair by Andreas Engesvik
Mass Series daybed by Lim + Lu
Haiku Sofa by GamFratesi
Devoid of unnecessary decoration, products are composed of intelligent material combinations that complement their functionality. Soft Minimal focuses on interiors and products that offer beautifully designed, simple, elegant solutions to be cherished for a lifetime, rather than discarded and replaced on a seasonal basis.
KEYWORDS SOFT MINIMAL
TEXTURED NEUTRALS – WARMTH THROUGH TACTILITY – VOLUMINOUS FORMS – STRUCTURED TEXTURE
COLOR PALETTE SOFT MINIMAL
4// ADAPT + ASSEMBLE
Destined for nomadic living, an Adapt and Assemble design direction demands furnishings and fabrics that are made to move. Modular designs incorporate simplified joining and construction methods for easy assembly.
Room Mate Hotel Patricia Urquiola
Textile, which – in the context of furniture – is normally used for covering structural parts, becomes the main structural element.
Common plywood boards are bent into shape by loops of textile that have been wrapped around them. The result is a series of stable objects comprising two materials that wouldn’t ordinarily provide stability when used on their own.
Open rugs by Studio Plott
Array by Tijs Gilde
Gelosia Screen by Studio Pepe
Designs are stripped of any unnecessary flourishes or complex detailing. Instead they are made up of geometric, linear interchangeable forms in fabrics that can be packed away for travel. Textile techniques are kept simple and honest; stitching and binding take centre stage. Taking inspiration from standardised industrial and commercial fixtures and fittings, utilitarian materials and techniques are repurposed for scaled-down domestic functionality. Products are assembled and dismantled without fuss or complicated techniques.
KEYWORDS ADAPT + ASSEMBLE
TECHNICAL STRUCTURES – LAYERED EFFECTS – MODULAR ASSEMBLY – GRID PATTERNING – ACCENT TRIM
COLOR PALETTE ADAPT + ASSEMBLE
COLOR PALETTE ADAPT + ASSEMBLE
5// URBAN OASIS
We have an inherent connection to the natural world, yet we are living increasingly urban and digital lifestyles, further and further removed from natural habitats. Even a short time spent close to nature can result in an improved sense of wellbeing and designers are increasingly responding to ‘nature deficit’.
Talisman Chair in Limey Fabric by Anna Burns
Painting by Alessandra Balderesch
RENS applied the absorbing qualities of ceramics to transform conventional plates into a series of unique wall objects. Over a course of time, the material gradually paints itself – tinted by the interplay of clay, dye and glaze.
They are turning interiors into green oases; calm refuges from hard, cold, industrial urban landscapes. Green, the most restful color to view, is used in design to replenish, nourish and energise our minds and bodies. Lush, tone-on-tone green hues are used to provide a healing, therapeutic and refreshing quality to spaces and products, while textural elements that replicate or mimic nature provide a rich, indulgent feel. Dark forest greens and sages are mixed with dusty roses to add warmth to heavy, luxe fabrics.
KEYWORDS URBAN OASIS
RICH FLORA AND FAUNA – BRINGING NATURE INDOORS – DEEP, VERDANT GREENS – LUXURIOUS TEXTURE – ORGANIC, MARBLED PATTERN
COLOR PALETTE URBAN OASIS
On a side note, I am lecturing again at the IMM18 in January and will give away a few entrance tickets. Please let me know if you are interested and we add you to the list to be informed first. Thanks!