Heimtextil: International trade fair for high standard contract textiles
Enthusiastic visitors, artistic exhibits and inspiring conversations constituted the 50th edition of the grand convention
Heimtextil, the biggest international trade fair for contract textiles, was held in Frankfurt am Main, last month, from 7 to 10 January 2020. With a content-driven program, the 50th edition of Heimtextil delivered strong impetus for the start of the new furnishing season. Sustainability was placed firmly at top of the agenda, outshining all other topics. 63,000 visitors gathered information about the major themes dominating the international industry from 2,952 exhibitors.
One of the main topics of the expo was ‘WHERE I BELONG’. This concept inspired famous designers to translate their visions of a textile future into forward-looking realities. Inspiration and orientation, excitement and fascination – and of course the colour, design and material trends for tomorrow and the day after – created new spaces for multifaceted identities via five artistic installations.
To mark the 50th edition of Heimtextil, the trade fair presented design classics from the past 50 trade fair editions. Under the motto ‘Heimtextil Journey through Time – Celebrating 50 Years of Interior Design’, the fair invited visitors to take a tour through five decades of Heimtextil history. Four specially designed rooms incorporated colours, shapes, furniture and design objects from past decades.
Over 150 lectures and panel discussions, 30 guided tours of the trade fair and numerous other program events supplied inspiration in relation to the most exciting new products and encouraged exchanges between representatives of industry and trade, design, interior architecture and hospitality. Above all, the highly frequented ‘Trend Space’ with its unique trend showcase provided important industry content that was in line with the times.
For the first time, the United Nations Office for Partnerships presented the worldwide 'Sustainable Development Goals' at Heimtextil and invited industry participants to take part in an intensive dialogue.
An even greater reception was enjoyed by the ‘Sleep! The Future Forum', with which Heimtextil provided concentrated know-how on all aspects of sleeping and exciting product innovations in the fields of sleeping systems, bedding and bed linen. Here, too, experts dealt with the question of the challenges manufacturers face if they want to operate and produce sustainably. The panel discussion ‘Securing the future of the next generations – sustainable strategies for manufacturers and retailers’ was one of the highlights of the four-day program.
As another top theme, Heimtextil focused on the furnishing of hotels and public buildings. Around 370 companies specialising in contract business and the new ‘Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Library’ illustrated the diverse properties of functional textiles and provided interior designers and hospitality experts in particular with new solutions.