The future is urban

Urbanity and sustainability

‘The future is urban’ is the trend forecast of the coming Heimtextil in Frankfurt am Main, from 9 to 12 January 2018. Architects, specialist bed retailers, designers, interior-furnishing specialists, contract planners, interior decorators, visual merchandisers and many other decision makers attend Heimtextil to gain inspiration, gather information about the latest trends for furnishing and decorative and furniture fabrics, orientate themselves regarding innovative developments and meet their business contacts personally.

The increasing urbanity forecast by Heimtextil puts the spotlight on another subject that has been the focus of attention at the fair for many years: sustainability. After all, without intelligent, sustainable solutions, it will hardly be possible to master the challenges thrown up by a further increase in the level of urbanity. Thus, visitors will find the ‘Green Village’ centrally located in Hall 8.0. There, Jana Kern will welcome quality-seal issuers, certification authorities and trade visitors for discussions and to answer open questions. In the associated ‘Speakers’ Corner’ lecture area, international experts will discuss topical issues and developments in the green segment. Also, the Green Village is the starting point for the ‘Green Tours’, which take interested visitors straight to Heimtextil exhibitors with sustainable innovations. And, for those visitors who would rather look around the exhibition halls and discover green developments for themselves, the ‘Green Directory’ is an indispensable aid.

Also particularly popular is the ‘digital print technology’ segment, which presents the latest printing machines for the home-textile industry. To date, registrations have been received from almost all market leaders, e.g., Hewlett Packard Deutschland, Epson (Italy), Mimaki (Netherlands), Kornit (Germany) and Reggiani (Italy). New exhibitors include Aleph, Monti Antonio (both from Italy) and Veika (Lithuania) who, together with Ecodeco, will present a new wall-covering paper, which is made without PVC and chemical softeners or other hazardous additives.

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