HANNOVER, Germany, and CHICAGO — October 23, 2014 — The gates are opening on DOMOTEX 2015 from January 17 to 20, when some 1,300 exhibitors from more than 60 countries will be showcasing their product innovations and collections for the coming season at the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings in Hannover, Germany. Visitors can look forward to a highly international and innovative event. As a global meeting place and driving force behind the industry, Domotex 2015 is guaranteed to provide fresh impetus and generate business. With Innovations@DOMOTEX, Domotex offers a unique showcase to highlight selected innovations in a concise and targeted way. In 2015, the trade fair is expanding its successful concept and will for the first time also feature innovations in applications and installation technology. These will be showcased in one of the three special display areas, which will also include textile and resilient floor coverings, parquet and laminate flooring, as well as modern hand-made rugs and carpets. In addition, internationally renowned architects and designers such as Stefan Diez, Ross Lovegrove and Roberto Palomba will be discussing the latest developments and applications in the flooring sector at the Innovations@DOMOTEX Talks.
“In terms of the breadth and diversity of products, innovations and trends, there is no alternative to Domotex. It is both a global trend barometer and a showcase,” says Dr Jochen Köckler, Member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe in Hannover. Nowhere else do so many foreign trade visitors from the retail and wholesale trades, skilled trades, architecture and interior design come to find out about new products and trends in the industry. More than 90 percent of these visitors are involved in their companies’ purchasing decisions.
The world’s leading suppliers of floor coverings will be represented at Domotex in January, with more than 85 percent of the companies coming from outside Germany. Exhibitors at Domotex show products and innovations ranging from textile and resilient floor coverings for the residential and commercial sectors to rugs, carpets, parquet and laminate flooring and floor coverings for outdoor areas, as well as installation, maintenance and application techniques.
Following its successful debut this year, Innovations@DOMOTEX will be back for a second time in January 2015. “The concept of providing visitors with more orientation, which significantly helps to initiate business contacts at the exhibitors’ stands, has been well received by the industry,” says Köckler. The coming year will also see innovations in applications and installation technology featured in one of the three special exhibition areas for the first time. On November 5, 2014, a jury of ten chaired by internationally renowned industrial designer Stefan Diez will be selecting the best ideas from those submitted.
Berlin architectural firm Matter puts innovations center stage
Headed by André Schmidt, Berlin-based architectural firm Matter is responsible for the creative presentation of the innovations in the three special display areas. Schmidt has developed a customized design for each Innovations@DOMOTEX area relating to the particular qualities of the product categories in halls 6, 9 and 17. As a central meeting place and highlight of the trade fair, the areas provide an inspiring overview of the product innovations and their design options.
Special guests: top designers Stefan Diez, Ross Lovegrove, Roberto Palomba
A series of presentations and discussion forums complete the program. With the focus increasingly shifting towards the design of striking floors, internationally renowned architects, interior designers, planners and designers, such as Stefan Diez, Roberto Palomba and Ross Lovegrove will discuss tomorrow’s trends and the effects on their work at the Innovations@DOMOTEX Talks in Hall 6. In addition, architects and designers participating in the presentation program will lead visitors on Guided Tours from the special areas to the exhibitors’ stands.
Luxurious and exclusive hand-made rugs are featured in Hall 17, where renowned designers and manufacturers – including Rug Star, Floor to Heaven, Jan Kath Design, Makalu, Obetee, Reuber Henning, Hossein Rezvani, Wool & Silk Rugs and Zollanvari – will be showcasing their latest creations. Classic hand-made rugs can be found mainly in halls 15 and 16. Hall 14 will also include an exhibition space for antique rugs, which provide an exciting contrast in modern home interiors.
Carpet Design Awards 2015 presented in conjunction with Innovations@DOMOTEX
For the first time, the Carpet Design Awards will be presented as part of Innovations@DOMOTEX in 2015. “Uniting the two will offer exhibitors significant added value for the presentation and promotion of their exclusive creations,” underlines Köckler. The renowned competition is regarded as the most prestigious international award for modern hand-made carpets. Chaired by London-based designer Michael Sodeau, an international jury will select three carpets in each of eight categories. These will be featured in the Innovations@DOMOTEX area in Hall 17. The winners in each category will be announced on Sunday, January 18, 2015 during the official award-giving ceremony.
A more hands-on approach will be taken in Hall 7, where parquet layers, floorers, interior decorators, painters and carpenters can find out all they need to know about innovative installation, maintenance and application techniques as well as useful information for their day-to-day professional lives. Moreover, visitors can obtain comprehensive information about parquet, wooden and laminate floors and also outdoor flooring in halls 8 and 9.
Posted October 28, 2014