NEW YORK-The January 2014 edition of Heimtextil will bring a further increase in the number of exhibitors and presentations of new design trends, according to a presentation on the show from Messe Frankfurt.
Although specific increases in numbers weren’t available, the presentation—given by Meike Kern, the show’s director, and Mark Woodman, trend consultant with Global Color Research—said “strong registration numbers confirm the continuous increase in the number of exhibitors.” Kern added that more prominent European companies are expected to exhibit again at the show.
In term of trends, Woodman said a panel of design experts foresee two major design themes that will prevail in 2014 and 2015. These are called “Generate Collision!” and “Engineer Nature!”
“Generate Collision!” will present looks that Woodman described as “a little offbeat” with “bold, dramatic colors.” The overall focus of this trend will be on one-off, unique and personalized products, in which designers experiment with emerging materials and technologies that enable repeatable, yet unique, results. “Generate Collision!” looks will be highly artistic and contemporary.
The looks and colors of the “Engineer Nature!” trend will be softer, although still somewhat bold, and will depict “connections to the Earth,” Woodman said. Florals, natural scenes and settings will be the themes behind this trend.