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The Rupp Report: Time For Home Textiles Summit

Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor

As every year, Frankfurt am Main is in the center of attention for the global home textiles industry. From January 12 to 15, more than 2,500 exhibitors will display their textile products, trends, new fabrics and innovations, awaiting global purchasers in 19 exhibition halls.

The home textiles market is one of the cornerstones of the global textile industry and enjoys a remarkable upswing. It will be interesting to see how many international players from around the world will gather in Germany for the 2011 show. For any interested professional, this is an event not to miss.

Each day, well-respected speakers will give lectures presenting detailed information on new trends and design developments. Representatives from numerous European style agencies, among others, will provide insight into their work and their approaches.

Trend Programs
For years, Heimtextil Trends, developed by a team of international design agencies, have been one of the highlights of the fair. Each season, the different trends have influenced the most significant and globally influential design themes. These trends serve as point of reference for product developers, interior decorators and designers.

Heimtextil will present 2011-12 home and household textile trends — including looks, forms, materials, design and colors — in Forum 0. In an area measuring some 2,000 square meters, design experts will set up four trend worlds, each featuring a dominant theme. Six well-known international design and style agencies have analyzed interior design and decorating trends, taking inspiration from current art, fashion and architectural trends.

Heimtextil's trend book, entitled "Reconnect Trends 2011-2012," will offer an overview of trends presented at Heimtextil over the last 20 or more years.

Another New Hall Layout
Last year, the show saw a rearrangement in the household-textiles segment. This year, the organizers made some conceptual changes to home textiles in order to optimize the way product groups are displayed.

Home textile categories such as window, upholstery, floor, wall and sun will be presented in Halls 3, 4, 5 and 6. Bed, bath and table textiles will be on display in Halls 8, 9 and 11. Hall 4 will serve as a meeting place for manufacturers and contract furnishers from the window and upholstery product segments. The designers will be exhibiting in Hall 4.2 alongside the computer-aided-design/manufacturing segment and home technology. Decorating and furnishing fabric manufacturers will be presented in Hall 4.1, which will have a focus on the contract business.

Contract Business
Contract business, with its major applications for hotel, restaurants and other public buildings, are having some of the most stringent quality requirements for obvious reasons, such as flame retardancy, durability, antimicrobial and numerous others.

Since 2007, Contract Creations has brought together the contract sector - including architects, spatial planners, interior decorators and designers - to provide a strong orientation in every facet of soft furnishings. Contract Creations will offer lectures, special shows and competitions covering current topics. The Contract Guide lists all the contract suppliers. The appropriate stands will be designated with a symbol, and there is a website, located at www.contact-contract.com that provides an information platform for contract textile suppliers and buyers.

Green Directory
Also for the home textiles industry, sustainability is becoming more important than ever and reflects the changing environmental consciousness of the modern end-consumer. For this, Heimtextil will offer the first issue of the Green Directory, which lists all exhibitors and their products that offer high ecological quality or use sustainable production methods. In Hall 11, there will be a special show that builds on the issue of sustainability. On the second day, there will be a series of presentations in the Forum in Hall 8, where speakers from around the world will discuss different aspects of sustainability.

January 4, 2011