January 2015 / As Fun as a Theme Park

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The launch of 2015 kicks off with some influential previews of what is to come later this trade show season as well as seasons to come. The Heimtextil Theme Park is unveiled, the digital (r)evolution is reviewed, advance looks at Première Vision New York and Première Vision Paris are presented, and numerous features look at directions in product design in terms of concept, pattern, material, and color. From museum quality to emerging talent to heritage and craftsmanship, Trendease has got it covered. Get inspired with the January edition!

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Features and Articles

Linen Concrete is the first surface that Tactility Factory developed.

Jennifer's January Jots

Worldwide — Are you ready for another inspiring 12 months together?! Kicking off the new design year is Heimtextil, and there are plenty of previews here. Also in this edition you can get avant premiere looks at Première Vision New York and Première Vision Paris. We’ve highlighted a new boutique opening in Paris and have brought you oodles of new designs to contemplate in articles on time pieces, pattern, and concept.

PreVisit the Heimtextil Theme Park

Frankfurt — As you have already heard from our previous reports, the Heimtextil Trend Forum has had a makeover and a move; it is now known as the ‘Theme Park’ and has moved to Hall 4.0. Retail trade and marketing are a focus as well as disciplines such as research, development, design, and product application. With numerous concepts on show and activities taking place, the ‘Theme Park’ will explore today’s mega and micro trends. You can find a further avant premiere here.

Heimtextil Goes Digital

Worldwide — As we learned at the European Digital Textile Conference, the digital textile printing market has enormous market potential and is forecast to grow 25 percent annually. Many design studios are creating artwork specifically to work with digital printing’s new offering of limitless color palettes and repeat size, not to mention the ease of customization, fast turnaround time, and no need to keep stock. Here within learn more and see what the designers and printers are experimenting with, and are about to unveil at Heimtextil.

CHAOTIC ALLURE In her silky jacquards, Aline Nakagawa de Oliveira, student and Texprint© competition finalist, mixes raw, silky fibers, tears out yarns to cut them, and overturns face-back references.

Cross-Atlantic Première Vision Previews

New York / Paris — Trade show season kicks off again mid-January. Those who are not hopping the pond to Heimtextil may be at Première Vision New York checking out what is on offer for Spring/Summer 2016. Discover the season's stories to be unveiled at Première Vision New York at Pier 92! And learn about the modifications taking place across the Atlantic where Première Vision Pluriel changes its name to Première Vision Paris. Plus, we’ve thrown in a few textile tidbits for you!

Candela by Felix de Pass, Michael Montgomery, and Ian McIntyre

Design Visualizes Time

London — A more creative and aesthetic visualization of the passing of time in product form has been the challenge that these five designers have met head on. The materials and technologies seen within this gallery are diverse and all beautiful in their own right. Marble, brass, and phosphorescence on ceramic all make for interesting materials used to visualize time gone by in a very magical way.

'Dream-Land' by The T/Shirt Issue

Edgy Design for All!

Worldwide — What do Maison&Objet, MoOD, London Design Festival, Tent, Fuori Salone, Interieur, and Dutch Design Week have in common? They all showcased lighting, furniture, wallcoverings, textiles, tiles, art, and floorcoverings with a particular angle. Check out these edgy designs from around the world and stay on top of the growing trends in product development.

By Skye Gwillim

Weave the Creativity

Multiple European Cities — This gallery has a selection of images in it ranging from avant-garde to traditional design techniques discovered while journeying through Europe for the recent round of exhibitions. We appreciate the strong contrast between, say Kim Thome’s advanced Layered Screen using layers of lighting gels and the commitment Blodwen shows to the preservation and revival of traditional rural skills and the promotion of artisans. Very different design practices, both with admirable outcomes.

Liberating the Voice of Fashion

Paris — “Peace does not silence, it liberates every voice.” A new boutique has opened in the Marais district of Paris. The interior is simple, sleek, and raw; the ideal atmosphere to merchandise leather fashions. Setting the stage for these fashions, the architect, Han Tumertekin talks about his inspiration for the new V S P Boutique.

'The immortal bicycle tube' by Bára Finnsdóttir

NEWSLETTER #500 - Upcycling Creations

Multiple European Cities — This week’s newsletter gallery is a sneak peek of the Young Creations Award: Upcycling 2015 to be held at the Heimtextil for the third year running, in line with the growing popularity of upcycling. This year we review new talent looking towards sustainability that stems from Germany and beyond. Subscribers can have an advance view at some of the entries here.

NEWSLETTER #501 - Heimtextil 2015 Fashion

Frankfurt — Students from the Technical College of Apparel Design draw inspiration from the 2015 collections of Heimtextil exhibitors to bring us a mélange of material combinations for a new visual perspective of color, pattern, and texture. Featured within this newsletter’s gallery of images is a closer look at the fashions and fabrics especially gathered for our subscribers to Trendease premium content.

The Discovery trend at Heimtextl is translated into an immersive retail display

NEWSLETTER #502 - Immersive Retail Ideas

Frankfurt — The Trendtable at Heimtextil pondered the future of immersive retail after concluding that affluent customers are more inclined to spend their money on luxury experiences rather than luxury goods. “So what are people looking for when they state they are looking for an immersive experience? We believe they want to bring emotional value to every act they perform. Consumers want all of their senses to be involved in a synergistic cacophony of delight, they do not just want to go into a store and buy a product.” Subscribers can see some examples of immersive retail within.