After a forced break of two years, the textile industry celebrated its long-awaited comeback with the showroom event “Münchner Stoff Frühling”. 46 international fabric publishers, paint, wallpaper and carpet manufacturers presented around 90 brands from Germany, France, Italy, England, Switzerland, Scandinavia and the USA. hicklvesting was there to find out about the latest fabric trends.
Striking patterns, innovative, sustainable materials, distinctive structures with a new feel provide interior designers and industry professionals with plenty of inspiration for a contemporary, long-lasting interior. The diverse fabric trends stand for craftsmanship know-how and a high degree of creativity around woven treasures.
After years of textile abstinence and minimalist furnishings, woven works of art are making a brilliant comeback. A ‘fuller’ decoration with abundant use of fabrics is becoming more and more popular, windows are calling for curtains again, sofas for lush cushion landscapes. Particularly soft, flowing materials such as washed linen with a natural luster (Zimmer + Rohde) are designed to make the home homelike.
Does this fabric trend go hand in hand with the longing for more warmth and security? The desire for well-being and cocooning within one’s own four walls has been particularly pronounced, and not just since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The textile fabricators are also responding to this through haptics and structure. Three-dimensional surfaces, wide cord velour (JAB Anstoetz Group, Chivasso), coarse linen (C&C Milano) and shimmering mohair velour (Zimmer + Rhode) offer multifaceted scope for opulent living worlds. Original Irish glenchecks, bouclés, herringbone and plain weaves in pure wool are not only sustainable, but contribute to the ‘home-sweet-home’ feeling (Sequana/Pierre Frey). After all, a skilful mix of patterns is one of the perennial favorites of modern interiors.
When it comes to what is probably the most important stylistic element in interior design, there has long since been no dictate. Only the motto ‘whatever you like is allowed’ counts. And yet, some tendencies are discernible in the colors of the fabric trends: monochrome non-colors continue to have a firm place; but they can also be used to set subtle accents. Green, reed, petrol, olive are the new feel-good tones, whether as solid colors or in modern toile de jouys and exciting pattern mixes. Coffee and warm brown tones through to strong spice tones bring earthy elements into the living ambience. Highlights are also set by Yves Klein blue and warm sunny yellow: an almost infinite spectrum for modern interior design.
Also among the new fabric trends are the colorful, story-telling jacquards, prints, damasks and viscose linen fabrics and wallpapers that take their viewers around the globe. Whether the Ballet Russe from Pierre Frey, Chinese porcelain manufactories (Designers Guild), Indian historical paintings (JAB Anstoetz Group), fantastic animal worlds (Arte) or rural Alpine idylls (Christian Fischbacher), the woven, bonded, tufted novelties set visual highlights. A trip to ancient Egypt ‘Merveilles D’Égypte’ brings the high culture on the Nile to life (Pierre Frey) and quenches wanderlust. New interpretations from ancient Greece ‘Return to Arcadia’ (Luke Edward Hall x Rubelli) visualize ancient beauties. In the carpets, unis and faux unis (kymo), graphic elements or color gradients (JAB Anstoetz Flooring) predominate.
The range of decorative, story-telling textiles and wallpapers also seems almost endless in the coming season, but the choice is narrowing in the technical sector.
Functional fabrics can do more, because they not only ensure a good indoor climate: in addition, they absorb noise and contribute to pleasant acoustics.
New in the field of functional fabric trends are transparent materials that keep out noise but let light into the room (Création Baumann). They are sustainably and locally manufactured under high standards. Another innovation from the Swiss manufacturer is heat-radiating qualities made of Trevira CS. Thanks to fine silver coating, the rooms heat up less and at the same time reduce the reflection of computers. Neutral colors dominate the functional textiles, which are also available in a loose linen look and two-tone colors.
Whether in paints, textiles, wallpapers or carpets, the industry is aware of its ecological responsibility. Recycled qualities with a long service life, recyclable fabrics, pollutant-free materials and energy-saving manufacturing processes have become a matter of course in almost all collections. The rethinking process is in full swing and is demanded not least by customers.
Water-based wall paints exceed regulatory requirements and have a good environmental footprint. They are washable, last longer and counteract the need for frequent renovation. Preference is given to naturally occurring minerals, which gives the paint a special opacity (Little Greene, Caparol Icons).
Numerous manufacturers produce in their own countries or in other European countries. This reduces transport emissions and makes it easier to plan increasingly complex supply chains (Christian Fischbacher, Zimmer + Rhode, Rohleder, Little Greene, etc.).
Coupons and rental patterns are also radically recycled, packaging material is saved or made from recycled PET. The same material is also suitable for sophisticated outdoor carpets, which have a linen-like touch (C&C Milano). With the help of ‘OceanSafe’ technology (JAB Anstoetz Group), biodegradable natural fibers and polyester substitutes are created; both qualities can be 100 percent recycled.
Some companies (Création Baumann, Christian Fischbacher, Rohleder and others) have always worked sustainably: their products are durable, their production processes save water and energy. They have their own sewage treatment and photovoltaic plants, and their yarns come from European spinning mills. Last but not least, social sustainability is also a high priority. Traditional craft processes are maintained and made accessible to the next generation.
The design of walls has long ceased to be the preserve of wall paint or art. The new wallpaper collections are more expressive than ever and mutate into works of art in their own right. Wall panels with real glass beads and granite show three-dimensional gloss effects depending on the incidence of light (Hohenberger wallpapers). They are created with high craftsmanship without PVC, plasticizers and solvents. In addition to large-format designs of paradisiacal flora and fauna (Designers Guild), the underwater world or miniature paintings, room pictures in maxi size are increasingly being replaced by wall coverings in natural look. Natural qualities with linen structure, made of natural straw (Rubelli) or sisal (Arte) give the rooms a different focus. Patterns pressed in relief imitate wall panels and give the walls striking structures (Arte).
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