“Explorations” was the theme of this year’s Heimtextil, the leading trade fair for home and contract textiles, which showcases upcoming trends in upholstery fabrics, wallcovering and beyond. Over the course of four days, Jan. 10 – 13, more than 70,000 visitors traversed the four million square feet of Messe Frankfurt’s trade-fair grounds, a veritable city within a city. Showcasing 2,963 exhibitors from 67 countries, this year saw growth driven primarily by Brazil, China, the United Kingdom, Italy and Japan. Photo by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera Undoubtedly the highlight every year at Heimtextil is the Theme Park, an immersive physical environment showcasing trends for the upcoming year. Compiled by an international group of leading forecasting agencies, this year’s trends were classified into four categories — Virtual, Cultural, Planetary, Natural — which were then defined through evocative visual palettes of color, texture and materiality. Explorations Theme Park; photo by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH / Pietro Sutera TRENDS Trends: Virtual, Cultural, Planetary, Natural; photo by Carlin International / Heimtextil, Messe Frankfurt Trend #1: Virtual Explorations Reflective and transparent surfaces are highlighted in Virtual Explorations, which imagines a world ...
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