FRANKLIN TILL HEIMTEXTIL 2018 THE FUTURE IS URBAN THE EXHIBITION

Heimtextil 2018: The Future is Urban Exhibition

2018

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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 and exhibition. Spread between nine distinct pavilions and installations, the exhibition is designed to be an immersive and multi-sensory celebration of ideas, with a varied group of international designers commissioned to create bespoke works exploring the show’s themes or physically working and interactively demonstrating their ideas on site. As they explore the exhibition visitors were met with visual inspiration, thought-provoking, impactful insights into the evolving cityscape and, ideally, a vision for a more sustainable design future.

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The rate of urban-waste generation has now overtaken the rate of urbanisation itself. To ensure the sustainable future of our cities, we need to rethink waste and develop new materials and making techniques. The Remade Materials library showcases some of the most exciting innovations in this area, aiming to overturn preconceptions about recycled materials, and demonstrate each stage of the journey from raw material to final product.

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In the Atelier space, visitors could learn about natural dyeing techniques and grind their own pigments with designer Lola Lely. Alongside, The Bristol Weaving Mill invited fairgoers to contribute to the creation of a collaborative tapestry depicting weaving and knotting techniques.

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The homes of the future will reject the static housing model in favour of flexible, modular and multi-functional living spaces that can be easily adapted to the evolving needs of the occupant. We commissioned designers Studiomama to create a bespoke ‘micro home’ comprising three integrated living modules suited to multiple everyday needs such as eating, sleeping, working, washing, relaxing and storage.

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City life is largely lived inside. Deprived of connections to nature and the outdoors, human wellbeing inevitably suffers. Research has indicated even a single office plant can have a demonstrable impact on wellbeing and productivity – both psychologically and, thanks to plants’ airpurification properties, physiologically, too. The ‘Green Workspace’ invited visitors to explore a breathing office designed to boost health and focus.

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Heimtextil’s Colour Experience Space explored the power of colour as sedative and stimulant to our circadian rhythms, through a two-part audiovisual experience, comprising a red-based ‘Relax’ programme and a blue-infused ‘Recharge’, created by The Unknown Collective.

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