Heimtextil aims to be the first international platform for newcomers

Published on : Wednesday, July 11, 2018

heimtextilWith the NEW & NEXT university competition, Heimtextil is placing newcomers in the spotlight at the international trade fair for home and contract textiles from January 8-11, 2019.


“The competition offers university graduates the opportunity to present their final dissertations to an international trade audience at Heimtextil and establish contacts with representatives from the industry”, says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt.


Heimtextil is targeting national and international universities that specialise in textile design and related courses of study. The winners will have a stand at the NEW & NEXT exhibition in the “Textile Design” product area in Hall 3.0. University representatives can register for the competition free of charge at from mid-August onwards. The deadline is September 30.


Under the title NEW & NEXT, around 50 newcomers presented fresh design ideas to the international trade fair audience. In the “Textile Design” product segment, young studios inspire with exciting designs. Participants will also be offering creative design concepts for bathrooms, beds and tables in halls 9.0 and 12.0.


With “House of Textile”, Heimtex working in cooperation with Heimtextil and various universities and colleges, has launched a competition to get an idea of what role home textiles will play in the areas of living, working and travel in 2025. The ten best ideas for a virtual room will be implemented and put on display at Heimtextil 2019 in hall 9.0. The five best textile designs (from students on textile design courses) will also be exhibited here.


As part of the programme for the target group of architects, interior designers and hotel furnishers, Heimtextil is offering a series of lectures aimed especially at up-and-coming professionals. Students of architecture and interior design in particular are invited to attend the “Interior.Architecture.Hospitality Lectures” on January 11, 2019 to gain an insight into the furnishing of commercial properties with textiles through lectures and a discussion panel in hall 4.2.


For vocational school classes, master classes, PLW competition participants and the ZVR Junior Circle, which will be reorganised this November, Heimtextil is working with the Zentralverband Raum und Ausstattung (ZVR) to develop its own programme to attract young talent to the world’s leading trade fair. ‘Heimtextil is a must for all young interior designers. This is why ZVR is looking forward to being represented at the trade fair alongside its juniors again in the coming year’, says Heike Fritsche, looking ahead.



Up-and-coming interior designers are invited to the DecoTeam stand on Thursday 10 January 2019 at 5 p.m. in hall 8.0. The young masters will also design a showcase while with DecoTeam. ‘At the world’s leading trade fair, prospective furnishers will gain an optimum insight into which trends will be in vogue next season. We look forward to enjoying discussions with the new generation and are looking forward to their product presentation while they are with DecoTeam’, says Ottmar Ihling, DecoTeam spokesperson.

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