With just a few days before Heimtextil 2019 opens at Messe Frankfurt, there’s once again optimism in a new year. That’s in spite of economic volatility and political unrest globally.
One reason is the theme for the 2019/2020 design trends, always one of the most anticipated presentations at the annual international trade fair for home and contract textiles. It’s “Toward Utopia,” which can best be described as flying the coop–to a world in which we live according to new standards. That encompasses a little zen–relief from complex lifestyles, a desire for deeper relationships, spiritual confirmation and greater meaning.
“We live in an era of uncertainty and mistrust in the established order,” says Caroline Till, co-founder of the London-based studio Franklin Till, which presented the design themes. “As a reaction, we try to live a meaningful, conscious life based on positive relationships….we look for ways of life that fulfill our value system in search of a new utopia—a society that aims at promoting the well-being of all its citizens.”
In addition to the British trend researchers, Anne Marie Commandeur from the Stijinstituut Amsterstam and Anja Bisgaard Gaede from SPOTT Trends and Business weighed in on a global forecast for perspective-related interior design. And both extremes of the spectrum are repped—minimalism and maximalism.
Another sure-to-be popular forum will feature international experts presenting their latest findings and textile innovations for a restful night—“how we can sleep better tomorrow.”
These are the five expressions of finding a modern Utopiato be shown at Heimtextil’s Trend Space:
· Go Off the Grid: take a temporary time-out from the internet to reconnect with nature and defy the elements
· Escape Reality: sail away from the real world into a virtual world
· Seek Sanctuary: withdraw and find security in pure, minimalist rooms
· Embrace indulgence: surround ourselves with beauty and luxury
· Pursue Play: tap into the hidden, unconditional, hedonistic desire for play
The February issue of The Trend Curve will cover much more from this important international textiles market. It will also cover trends from the Atlanta gift and rug markets, Maison & Objet in Paris, Showcase Ireland in Dublin and Christmasworld in Frankfurt. Each issue ofThe Trend Curve is just as packed.
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