Exploring the extreme diversity of the modern design landscape for Heimtextil 2014, we turned the spotlight on two opposing forces behind innovation: the need to look forward and embrace progress to survive in rapidly changing times, and the importance of looking back, to revive past traditions in the pursuit of authenticity.
Identifying some of the most exciting, cutting-edge developments where science and design meet and embrace, we gathered the latest examples of digital technology and bioengineering’s influences on design. Underlining the importance of learning from the past, we also charted a new respect for traditional craftsmanship and the skill of the maker – again, a theme we’ve continued to develop and expand. We also commissioned and curated the exhibition that showcased these two contrasting strands.
Heimtextil is the biggest international textile trade fair and its extensive, progressive trend forecasts are followed by creatives round the world. As a longstanding member of the Heimtextil trend panel and the current lead Heimtextil agency, we identify key lifestyle, design, material and colour trends, and create the annual Heimtextil trend publication – as always, combining inspiration with context in our forecasting of the future.