| Nov 30, 2011 |
Heimtextil releases 2012/2013 Trend Book highlights
Boh staff
By Staff

The Heimtextil Trend Book MONTAGE presents avant-garde projects from the interior, architecture, fashion and design sectors. The four new trend themes include ‘Colour Riot’, ‘Dark Lux’, ‘Craft Industry’ and ‘Split Clarity’ are dominated by colour and sustainability, and summarize the trend predictions for the 2012/2013 season.

“We deliberately choose this early time to give the sector an important indication of the direction design trends are expected to take in the coming season”, explains Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies of Messe Frankfurt.

“For us, ‘Montage’ means we take existing elements, mix them anew and create something of our own, something that has never existed before. This process symbolises the individuality and needs of the consumer”, explained Claudia Herke of  bora.herke.palmisano from Frankfurt and Berlin, who have given the trends names and shape.during her presentation.

“Colour is the decisive signal for the coming season. Powerful and omnipresent, colour refreshes the senses, sets important accents and is a conscious part of all styles," she said. Additionally, sustainable materials are an interdisciplinary subject that plays a leading role throughout the trend prognoses.

Below is an overview of the four new trend themes:

‘Colour Riot’: colours in revolt. In ‘Colour Riot’, dynamic, thrumming shades of colour appear in a new context – fresh, bold and vivid. And there are no limits on the interaction with light. High-gloss materials, coloured laminations, superimposed, fluid and flexible fabrics underscore the brilliance of monochrome colours. New are, for example, ‘optical fibres’, iridescent effects and recycled materials. Decisive for the effect are the quality, wear resistance and longevity of the high-grade materials. When it comes to patterns, the trend experts expect, for example, broad stripes, all-over geometric patterns and graphic motifs. The computer world is represented by digital designs, photographic prints and hologram effects. Despite the playful urge to experiment, the unexpected looks appear clear and unequivocal.

‘Dark Lux’: the beauty of the night. The shadows of the night create a dark, mystical and elegant colour series dominated by deep black, which is particularly expressive on lustrous materials. Rounding off the colour world are dark, coloured accents – pepped up by metallic champagne and gold. Rubberised, liquid looks and glossy surfaces interact with furs and long-haired, smooth hides. Clarity and severity give the sumptuous textiles their modern appearance. Iridescent, shimmering and transparent qualities with animated surface modulation generate an air of mystery. Deep gloss, metallic shimmers, sequins and elaborate materials are to be found in almost all segments.

‘Craft Industry’: a blend of tradition, handicrafts and the modern The combination of tradition and handicrafts on the one hand and industrial and mechanical methods on the other dominate the look of ‘Craft Industry’. A sunny-warm and lively colour series is oriented towards natural landscapes with sky, mountains, lakes and forests, which contrast with industrial, metallic coal, copper and old-gold tones. ‘Craft Industry’ shows lively surfaces with irregular textures and lots of structured elements. Important are qualities with an authentic image and materials with vintage character, as well as restrained destroyed and used looks. Fine patterns are created using creative techniques. The dominant elements include composite or offset checks, extraordinary patchwork designs, broken patterns, stripes and checks with partial pile effects, hand-sewn looks, intarsia and elaborately processed patches.

‘Split Clarity’: the bare essentials. Less is more – ‘Split Clarity’ concentrates on simple, functional and essential elements. In other words, the focus is on sustainability, quality, high technology and new materials. The result is clear-cut, modern aesthetics. Clarity is reflected by a series of colours inspired by nature. The minimalistic and restrained compositions are generally interrupted by a single expressive shade. Material versatility is crucial. Metallic and reflecting surfaces, semiplain patterns and transparent materials are used, as are animated but restrained surfaces. Linear, high-contrast and severe graphic designs set unequivocal accents. Depth is created by the interaction of light and shadow in different materials and surfaces.

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