Heimtextil launches digital material library

FRANKFURT, Germany – June 1, 2021 – Progressive hardware innovations presented digitally: Following the cancellation of this year’s show due to the corona pandemic, Heimtextil is expanding its range of digital services and launching a new online materials library titled ” Future Materials Library ”. 24 materials of the future for interior applications are now available at www.heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/future.

Heimtextil now presents a selection of innovative materials from around the world in the digital Future Materials Library. At the last physical Heimtextil in 2020, visitors had the opportunity to explore the Future Materials Library with all their senses. Now, in the online version of the library, visitors can discover the potential of previously unknown textiles at any time. The Future Materials Library invites visitors to open their minds to experimental approaches and revolutionary ideas.

The curators of the new materials library are the London-based futures research agency FranklinTill. “We are moving into a materials revolution that will help restore balance in our relationship with our planet. As part of Heimtextil Trends 21/22, we are presenting a new selection of materials for interior applications with exciting innovations from around the world, ”said Caroline Till of FranklinTill.

A mix of products and commercially viable early stage developments

Imaginative designers and environmentally conscious manufacturers: The Future Materials Library 2021 provides materials pioneers with a platform and showcases a premier mix of economically proven and groundbreaking developments. FranklinTill organized the materials into four themes: regenerative crops, remade fibers, harvesting waste streams, and sustainable color.

An example of a supplier of regenerative crops is the British company Tengri, which sources rare yak fibers directly from a cooperative of nomadic yak herders in the Khangai region of Mongolia. In this way, Tengri enriches the pool of sustainable natural materials which, in addition to yak fibers, include hemp, nettle and flax.

When it comes to remade fibers, the Finnish pioneers of Ioncell provide a pioneering material: they use an ionic liquid to transform used textiles, pulp, old newspapers and cardboard into strong textile fibers, which are then used to make durable, high quality fibers. quality fabrics.

The Franco-Dutch company Tarkett also recycles waste and gives a second life to installed and used floor coverings. Using revolutionary technologies, the two main components of carpet tiles – the yarn and the backing – are separated and a yarn purity of 95% guaranteed.

Against the backdrop of 28 million tonnes of food thrown away in Japan each year, the country’s Food Textile company is dedicated to reducing food waste, which it uses to make sustainable dyes. In a patented process, blueberries, red cabbage, coffee and matcha are made into natural, shiny textile dyes.

With their different approaches, these textile pioneers make an exciting contribution to the transformation of the current linear system of production and consumption into a circular model. This is in line with the objectives of the “Future Materials Library”, which aims to convince both producers and consumers of the advantages of the economic principle of circular flow.

Resources are running out

Thus, the new Heimtextil material library tackles one of the main problems of the modern era: the scarcity of resources on earth. In particular, textile production creates enormous and ever-increasing amounts of waste. And, over the past few decades, the design industry has developed a ‘take, make, and throw’ pattern of consumption that is incredibly harmful to our planet. In the age of climate emergency, however, forward-looking designers are learning from and collaborating with nature. They strive to use the power of highly efficient natural circular systems to create textiles and materials that are better for people and the planet.

Heimtextil Trends: a guide for the international sector

The Future Materials Library is part of the Heimtextil Trends which, for almost three decades, has provided direction to the industry by revealing design trends for the coming season. Even during the crisis, the Heimtextil Trends remain an essential part of the overall concept of the fair and provide important content for all target groups involved in the global sector. As a result, Heimtextil aims to shine a light on design developments that define style and take place within the broader context of lifestyle trends. At the same time, Heimtextil’s trend experts travel the world of exhibitors’ products and identify unequivocal trends in the sector. In this regard, special attention is paid to sustainability aspects along the entire value chain, both in the new digital library and live at the fair next January.

To the future material library: www.heimtextil.messefrankfurt.com/future

Posted on June 2, 2021

Source: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

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