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2012/2013 Home Textiles - Interior Decor Furnishing Materials and Colors

Heimtextil Trend Book 2012/2013 'MONTAGE'

'MONTAGE': existing elements remixed

Entitled 'MONTAGE', the Heimtextil Trend Book 2012/2013 reflects the thoughts, ideas, inspirations, theses and predictions of the members of the Trendtable in a compact and informative way. "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 designers bora.herke.palmisano.

The four new trend themes are called 'Colour Riot', 'Dark Lux', 'Craft Industry' and 'Split Clarity'. In all cases, colour plays a dominant role. "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", says Claudia Herke. Additionally, sustainable materials are an interdisciplinary subject that plays a leading role throughout the trend prognoses.


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.

color riot

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.

Color Riot

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.

Color Riot


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.

Dark Lux

Rubberised, liquid looks and glossy surfaces interact with furs and long-haired, smooth hides. Clarity and severity give the sumptuous textiles their modern appearance.

Dark Lux

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.

Dark Lux


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

'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.

Crat Industry

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.

Craft Industry


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.

Split Clarity

 Material versatility is crucial. Metallic and reflecting surfaces, semi-plain patterns and transparent materials are used, as are animated but restrained surfaces.

Split Clarity 

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.

Split Clarity

--Heimtextil: special trend-barometer function
As the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil has a special function as a trend barometer and benchmark for quality textiles distinguished by good design and innovative functionality. For this reason, Messe Frankfurt initiated the Heimtextil Trends in 1991. A Trendtable of international designers reviews the most important general trends and provides valuable orientation and reliable predictions for product developers, creative teams, furnishing specialists and designers. Every year, a different member of the Trendtable assumes responsibility for preparing the Heimtextil Trends. For the 2012/2013 season, designers bora.herke.palmisano from Frankfurt and Berlin have given the trends names and shape.

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