Heimtextil Trends 2018/19
Urbanization is a step in evolution, and our future lies within the urban space. This prompts designers to pursue new challenges and seek new solutions related to urban space organisation.
In 2018/2019 trendsetters will be predominantly focused on urban spaces.
This year, designers focused on the exploration of urban spaces. Urban populations are growing year by year. Forecasts reveal that by the end of the 21st century the entire world’s population will have moved to cities. Therefore, our future lies within urban spaces. There are numerous challenges on the road to urbanization, but there are possibilities, too.
Small spaces, where we live and work, are one of the many challenges designers have to face. They believe that space should be flexible, transformable and adjustable design-wise. Moreover, designers have acknowledged that where we live, work, study and relax influences our well-being. What has also been a subject of the discourse is nomadism, a trend of frequent moving from place to place practiced by the generation of “millennials”. Fabrics exhibit the potential to solve all the above-mentioned problems. Modular furniture upholstered with soft fabric can provide us with a substitute of homely atmosphere, wherever we are. Fabrics line our interiors, produce a feeling of comfort, remind us of something familiar, and create and transform our space.
From the 5 proposed trends we have chosen 3 which are reflected in the 2018/2019 Dekoma collection.
Our response to the abundance of mass-produced goods is the revival of traditional craftsmanship exposing the perfectly imperfect qualities of design. This trend features such historical elements of design as imprint and pattern. The trend draws on the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, its main assumption being the acceptance of imperfections. Materials and products have all the marks of imperfection arising from the process of construction, such as strokes of the brush, seams, or marks left by the carpenter.
Indigo, one of the world's oldest dyes, is back in the vogue. It is used by modern brands and designers celebrating the old and the imperfect shades of deep blue. The imprints and marks of dyeing techniques are visible in crafted goods. The qualities of imperfect craftsmanship are reflected in the manufacturing process as well as in the final appearance of fabrics.
The aesthetics of the product is the key driver of the manufacturing process. Finish reactive treatment are applied to both hard and soft surfaces. The process is repetitive, its result unpredictable, and the end product is absolutely unique. Dyeing with indigo, also known as shibori, staining fabric with salt and applying blue ink used in photography to its surface yield surprising results and dynamic colours, capturing the essence of the manufacturing process in the imprints.
The dark blue colour similar to blue ink or a dye used in shibori. Deep aubergine shade of purple. All enriched with ripe shades of orange highlighted with a hint of reddish-brown and complemented with cool beige and brown.
Patterns resembling imprints – marks left by the artist in a spontaneous process of creation. The patterns are characteristic of the shibori technique and different kinds of natural wickerwork. The forms reflecting craft techniques are often asymmetric and imperfect.
In the times of rapid urbanisation, which leads to urban space shrinking, people are trying to adjust their lifestyle and means of personal expression to compact flats. This trend requires fabrics to be versatile and adaptable. They can be moved from one place to another, creating a homely atmosphere. In order to avoid excessive ornamentation, products have been thoughtfully designed, thus being very functional. The main focus of the trend is interiors and products which offer beautiful design, and simple, elegant and timeless solutions. Seasonal products are no longer interesting.
Soothing fabrics add warmth and personality to our chaotic living spaces. Cotton, linen, and felt provide comfort furniture with palpable surfaces. Pastel colours and neutral shades or matt black bring classic elegance to mind.
Universal and versatile textiles are perfect for mobile or micro lifestyles, where the functional design deprived of functional aesthetics is the king. Textiles are inspired by materials used in sports clothing, e.g. neoprene. What is important is the soft, structural form, as well as the universal character of the product and interior.
Pastel shades of pink, peach, yellow and green. A warm shade of grey complemented with matt deep black constitutes a stronger accent.
Simplicity and minimalism. Delicate quilting constitutes a pronounced accent and emphasizes the character of the fabric. The trend focuses on presenting interesting structures of natural looking textiles with addition of cotton or linen.
People are inseparably connected with the world of nature. Living in sprawling cities, engrossed in the digital, we are growing apart from nature. Even a brief encounter with nature can have a positive influence on our well-being.
Aware of these factors, designers are transforming interiors into green oases. This is how they want to protect people from being overwhelmed with the stark and cold nature of industrial urban landscapes.
Green, the most soothing of colours, is used in design to invigorate, regenerate and energize our minds and bodies. Saturated shades of green are also used in health care, therapeutic treatments, as well as space and product refreshment. Dark colours of forest green and sage are mixed with vague shades of pink to make thick textiles appear warmer. Our subconscious need for the contact with nature inspired designers to introduce certain elements of the flora to our homes. Pink and green are combined with layers of textiles, including velvets and velours and dyed natural fabrics like luxury silk or soft linen.
Palette of saturated greens in the shade of olive, khaki or this season’s blockbuster – deep sea-green, complemented with shades of pink. All decorated with floral motifs with shades of pink resembling flower buds hiding in the clamp of green stems and leaves.
Imprints, patterns and textures inspired by nature. Leaves resemble organic structures, floral patterns can be found in stylized and rescaled forms. This year's trend has redefined the notion of luxury.
PANTON OF 2018
PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR 2018
Ultra Violet 18-3838 has been declared Pantone Colour of the Year 2018. Described as deep and bold violet, it is supposed to inspire creative action. According to Laurie Pressman (vice president of Pantone Colour Institute), Ultra Violet is meant to reflect what is needed in the world of today. Responding to the announcement of Pantone Colour of the Year, we selected textiles in colours similar to Ultra Violet.
Text and graphics based on the Hemitextil Trend Book.