Heimtextil is the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles and the global benchmark for quality design textiles of innovative functionality. As the first trade fair of the year, Heimtextil, which is held on four fair days in January, is a platform for manufacturers, retailers and designers. The next time international exhibitors will be showing off their product to trade visitors will be from 9 to 12 January 2013. Heimtextil is the industry’s first major marketing and ordering date of the year and highlights the latest innovations and consumer trends. This exhibition has grown into it’s important status since its first exhibition in 1971.
The exhibitors are from the following sectors : Interior Decoration, Wallpapers, Paints, Lacquers, Textiles, Fabrics, Home Textiles, Yarns and Fibres.
Covering a wide range of products such as: window: decoration fabrics, curtains, textile curtain accessories, embroidery design, transfer / thermoprinting - upholstery: furniture fabrics / leather, decorative cushions - sun: indoor and outdoor sun-protection systems, non-textile curtain accessories - floor: carpets, carpeting - wall: wallpaper, wallcoverings / accessories, wallpapering accessories, colours, varnish - bed: bedding, fillings, bed frames, mattresses, blankets, bed linen, water beds - table: table linen / decorations, kitchen linen, textile kitchen accessories, coated table cloths, foils - bath: terry goods and towelling, bathroom curtains, bath mats / carpets, bath robes, non-slip bath mats - design: design studios, stylists - technics: CAD/CAM, ink jet, home technology, sales promotion, publishers - contract creations: contract furnishing floor / wall / window / sun / upholstery / bed / bath / table.
Visitors come from 132 countries who specialized in : retail / wholesale and foreign trade, purchasing agencies, department stores, warehouses, mail order companies, architects, interior decorators, shop constructors, interior fitters, and designers.
I have been going to this show for the past 15 years and always enjoy the ambience of the show and meeting up with the friendly faces of my suppliers and clients. I get a lot of inspiration as well because of the creative and innovative ideas and the new developments within the fabric and related industry.
I view Heimtextil as an important centre for our customer-relationship activities because the fair attracts all our international partners. To me, Heimtextil is the most important fair in the world. It is the only fair that has a genuine worldwide impact. The organization: Messe Frankfurt are always at their best. The level of internationality here is impressive. No other fair and exhibition company offers a better service. Hence, participating at this exhibition should be a long term plan for serious players in the furnishing fabric business.
It’s always winter during heimtextil and since, my customer friends are all Asians we always enjoy the evening dinners, away from the cold, where we meet up at Jade’s Restaurant at Moselstraße 25 located not far from the Hautbanhoff (CENTRAL TRAIN STATION). The owner of this restaurant is a Malaysian Chinese lady and we are always glad to enjoy the tasty Chinese food away from home. The delicious food and the warm cosy ambience of the restaurant and the nice hospitality are irresistible.
This exhibition is humongous in size and just four days to cover it. So any serious visitor need to plan their visit. Pre-arrange your appointments ahead of your trip.
One of the big reasons to attend heimtextil is the list of new and returning exhibitors which includes JAB. Lars Puschmann, the Sales Director at JAB Anstoetz indicated that : they will be presenting its stylish Gardisette spring collection, which features numerous highlights for the occasion of the brand’s 60th anniversary, as well as the full range of interior sun protection products offered by the company.
The following are some of the interesting attractions to the exhibition:
One of the main attractions at this exhibition is to see the new trends and the forecast of the new colours for 2013. This is the creative way to discover the most important and international trends at the beginning of every year.
The trend information gives product developers, furnishing specialists and designers first-class orientation to interpret current social and cultural developments as well as future consumer requirements.
Four representative personalities, each with his or her
own hopes, desires, aspirations and ideas, characterize this year's trend themes: the historian, the eccentric, the inventor, the geologist.
Learn more about theHeimtextil Trends 2013/2014: find Information about Trend show, the Trend Book, Trends Presentation and Lecture programme at Heimtextil. http://heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/trend/trends_2012.html
Order a Heimtextil Trend Book. Would you like to purchase a Trend Book? To place your order click on this link and fill up the order form. http://heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/trend/trendbuch_bestellen.html
Meanwhile if you would like to see the trend archive you can go to this link to browse. http://heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en/besucher/trend/trendarchiv.html
Design live - spotlight on textile design alt="designlive_207x125" title="designlive_207x125" v:shapes="_x0000_i1025">More than 180 international exhibitors will be presenting creative designs for home and household textiles in hall 4.2, amongst them some new studios being represented at Heimtextil for the first time. They will be showcasing their work in a newcomer area created especially for them.
In addition to the studios' work, the product portfolio of Design live encompasses applications for CAD/CAM and ink jet. Look forward to the world's largest array of textile design!
In addition to the multifaceted offering featured by exhibiting textile designers, visitors may enjoy inspiring presentations by the next generation of creative talent.
Young Creations Award: Upcycling
Students are asked to create pieces for interiors out of recycled materials according to the principle of sustainability. Visitors to hall 4.2 will judge the projects on display on site.
“New & Next”
Outstanding young companies presenting their collections and product innovations in Halls 8, 9 and 11; here under “New & Next” start-ups are given the opportunity to present their products and services to an international audience at Heimtextil. This platform for newcomers focuses on innovative design and product ideas from the field of household textiles.
There are several interesting and engaging events during the exhibition period and you can check out this link to view all of them.
As you can see this exhibition offers a lot to the visitor and in four days you have to choose what you want to focus on and to achieve in terms of developing new business for the year. If you are attending this exhibition for the first time, it would be ideal that you organize all your appointments and decide which events you want to attend. Have a good pair of walking shoes (seasoned not new), sufficient number of warm clothing and arrive at least a day early and leave the morning after the show ends. I wish you a good experience.
Contract Fabric Specifications.
The following guidelines are there to assist in ensuring that the fabrics you specify perform up to contract standards and pass all applicable testing. The categories indicated are performance features as measured by specified methods under standard laboratory conditions. These guidelines are based on recommendations by the Association of Contract Textiles (ACT) and are for information purposes only and are made available to help assist specifiers and end-users in evaluating certain characteristics of contract textiles.
The Martindale abrasion test ASTM D4966-98 is the method commonly used to predict wearability. This is an oscillating test. Fabric samples are mounted flat and rubbed in a figure eight like motion using a piece of worsted wool cloth as the abradant. The number of cycles that the fabric endures before it shows objectionable change in appearance (yarn breaks, pilling, holes) is counted. Number of cycles (rubs) determines abrasion rating.
Upholstery fabrics for heavy-duty use are rated at 30,000 rubs – these are appropriate for corporate offices, hotel rooms, conference rooms, waiting areas, lounges, dining areas, etc. There are extreme wear situations that may require higher levels of abrasion resistance, such as airport waiting areas, train & bus seating and such public places as theaters, hospitals, lecture halls and fast food restaurants. It is suggested that higher than 60,000 rubs are not meaningful in providing additional value in use. Adorn upholstery fabrics are tested to > 70,000 rubs.
Actual performance is determined by many factors such as fiber content, type of weave, furniture design and upholstery workmanship, cleaning and usage. The durability of an upholstery fabric also depends on its other features like color fastness, wet & dry crocking, stain resistance, cleanability etc. See video demonstration : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpNj_iO99xE
2. Colorfastness to light
A fabric’s degree of resistance to the fading effect of light.
Colorfastness to light is a measure of how permanent a color is on fabric after exposure to light. Both natural and synthetic fabrics are subject to discoloration under UV rays (sunlight) and fluorescent light.
In the test method ISO-105-B02 the tested sample is exposed to the influence of the light of a xenon lamp under certain conditions. Lightfastness grading is determined by comparing the level of color loss of the tested sample with blue standards. For example, grade 5 means that the characteristics of color fastness of the tested sample are similar to the characteristics of the blue standard 5.
Grade 5 – no fading
Grade 4 – slight fading
Grade 1 – high degree of fading
Upholstery fabrics should have a minimum rating of 4 regardless of end use. Adorn upholstery fabrics have a rating of 4-5.
3. Colorfastness to wet and dry crocking /rubbing
Transfer of color from the surface of a colored fabric onto another surface by rubbing or repeated contact.
Test method ISO-105×12:2001 uses a standard white cotton fabric in both dry and wet state that is rubbed against the surface of the test fabric. After rubbing under controlled pressure for a specific number of times the amount of color transferred to the white test squares is compared to a color chart and a rating is established.
Grade 5 – no color transfer
Grade 1 – high degree of color transfer
For upholstery fabrics ACT guidelines recommend dry crocking Grade 4 minimum and wet crocking Grade 3 minimum. Adorn upholstery fabrics have a rating of 4-5 for both dry and wet crocking /rubbing.
Pilling is the formation of fuzzy balls of fiber on the surface of a fabric that remain attached to the fabric.
ISO-12945-2:2000 Martindale Method with 415g loading mass, 200 cycles:
Grade 5 – no change
Grade 4 – slight surface fuzzing
Grade 3 – moderate surface pilling. Pills of varying size and density partially covering the surface
Grade 2 – distinct surface piling. Pills of various size and density covering a large proportion of the surface
Grade 1 – severe pilling covering whole of the fabric surface
Most upholstery fabrics pill to varying degrees. For contract applications fabric should meet grade 4 minimum. Adorn upholstery fabrics have a pilling rating of 4-5.
5. Colorfastness to perspiration
Resistance to color change due to perspiration.
ISO-105-E104:1994 determines resistance to color change due to acidic or alkaline perspiration.
Grade 5 – no color change
Grade 1 – high degree of color change
Adorn upholstery fabrics have a rating of 4-5.
A fabric’s performance when it is exposed to specific source of ignition.
ACT guidelines specify different flammability tests dictated by the intended end use of the fabric. The NFPA 701-89 measures ignition resistance of a fabric after it is exposed to a flame for 12 seconds. The flame, char length and flaming residue are recorded. The test is repeated a number of times and all test samples have to pass the test (if even one sample fails, the fabric fails).
ACT guidelines recommend Class 1 for upholstery and panels. Adorn upholstery fabrics meet this recommendation.
Higher fire-resistant property is required in high risk areas with little means of escape, for example in prison cells and on offshore oil installations. Adorn fabrics can be made to meet high hazard applications by incorporation of additives to inhibit or prevent the combustion process.
It must be appreciated that fire hazard presented by any textile is very dependent on its construction, type of fiber and the circumstances at the time. A fabric cannot be described as non-flammable under all conceivable circumstances.
Damask fabrics & papers are crossing the decades with a resurgence in popularity thanks to the modern interpretation of today's leading design houses.
Fabrics and Papers have increased their range of damasks due to a surge in demand for these products as period dramas such as Downton Abbey and Paradise continue to influence today's decor trends.
(Article taken from PRWEB UK on15 November 2012. See original here : http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10127411.htm )
The surge in popularity for period dramas, such as Downton Abbey and The Paradise, has provideddamask wallpaper and fabrics with a growing popularity. Although the ornate and decorative pattern lends itself to the opulence of a bygone era, there is a resurgence of these designs.
While some designers are creating contemporary fabrics and designs that will be out of fashion within the year it is heartwarming to see that many are looking at our heritage and reworking the classics. It seems in times of austerity what you know is always a better bet than taking a risk.
Byron wallpaper by Cole & Son is a perfect example, a damask design in soft metallic colours overlaid with an amazing peacock design. Similarly Tivoli Damask, which combines rich reds and burgundy overlaid with an almost hand drawn damask design in gold.
For those who want a totally different look, Bernard Thorp's Preston Damask, is a hand printed wide width wallpaper, that can be printed in a colour of your choice, from vibrant orange to the softest aqua.Osborne and Little’s stylised damask Fernery is a beautiful example of a contemporary take on this traditional style.
Gaufraged velvets, sumptuous silks, and damask curtain fabrics have seen a huge increase in popularity. In the old days these would have been used for furniture, curtains and walling – where wallpaper was not available, the walls of the grand houses would be upholstered with fabric – and now are used in our homes to add glamour and sophistication, to formalise a more relaxed environment, or just to complement a beautiful inherited antique.
Most of the designs used in traditional damasks today are copies of those woven centuries ago in Italy, Spain and France. Though damask weaving was not an English art, the English decorators of the 18th century used large quantities of Italian damasks, both for furniture coverings and upholstered onto the walls. Damask wallpapers mimic the look (and sometimes the texture) of damask fabrics in which the pattern is intensified by the weave running opposite that of the background.
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