Fabric trends for 2018Feb 03, 2018

We've been back a week now and I'm still processing all the sights and sounds of our hectic trip to Heimtextil and Deco Off. It's hard to convey just how huge Heimtextil is - hall after hall of exhibitors but I did come away with a number of themes and trends which made an impression on me.

Firstly the move to more textured upholstery designs has continued from last year. I saw every possible take on tweed and chunky upholstery cloths including bouclé, herringbone weaves, patterned designs and boiled wool looks. Often metallic yarns were incorporated.

However the story of the show was undoubtedly velvet - it was everywhere! And in every style and shade, from ultra shiny luxe looks to sophisticated matte cloths and everything in between. Stay tuned for our next stock velvet coming this autumn - it's divine!

Another trend in the show was Chinoiserie. Graceful prints featured trailing blossoms, pergolas, bamboo and birds (so many birds!). I also loved the small-scaled woven lattice and geometric patterns on show. Many of these geometrics had an Art Deco vibe. I also saw a lot of lovely English botanical prints - this made me happy given we are about to release a collection of beautiful floral prints!

Tribal and ethnic patterns continue to be in vogue. Lots of lovely ikat and african designs to be seen. The level of jacquard weaving is amazing and can beautifully recreate the handmade character of artisanal cloth.

Colourwise there was a lot of blue particularly navy about but the hue of the show was definitely green. And green in all it's tones: from peacock bluey greens to acid yellow greens, from oily licorice to sage green. Last year I noted rusty terracottas and pinky cinnabar colours bubbling under so I was pleased to see them more to the fore in 2018. They work so well with greens and blues.

So that's a quick rundown of the sights of Heimtextil. It will be interesting to see which trends are picked up by Australian and New Zealand designers and consumers - time will tell!

Velvet Heim


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