Heimtextil 2024: Tex Gone Tech pt. 1

Heimtextil in Frankfurt presented a comprehensive overview of an industry being inundated by advances in technology at almost every level.

Heimtextil is a trade show servicing a market facing monumental changes brought on by advances in technology. Anja Bisgaard Gaaede, of the Danish company SPOTT, who specialize in trend forecasting, consumer behaviour, emerging media technologies, textile and material innovation, was commissioned to curate this year’s trends exhibit, and it did not disappoint.

In addition to highlighting synthetic biodegradable options, natural fibers took centre stage at the show, with a focus on both familiar and lesser-known varieties. While cotton, linen, and wool continue to be popular choices for sustainable textiles, new natural fibers not commonly used in mainstream production were also showcased. These innovative fibers, sourced from plants such as hemp, bamboo, cactus, and pineapple, offer unique textures and properties that make them ideal for eco-friendly textile applications.

Moreover, advancements in bioengineering have led to the development of new natural fibers that boast enhanced sustainability and performance characteristics. These fibers, derived from agricultural by-products or waste materials, represent a creative approach to circular design and resource efficiency in the textile industry.

Plant-based textiles
Ecological Textiles’ Bordeaux hemp textile, coral Wild Rubber by Amadeau Materials, and Sara Mey plant-coloured textiles also contribute to sustainable practices with their innovative textile solutions.
Bio-engineered textiles
3D printing technology

California-based Variant3D is a textiles pioneer and embodies a future in which textiles are digitally crafted through 3D printing for precision and excellence, by offering hyper-local, zero-waste, and customizable 3D knitting technology. Their LOOP 3D CAD/CAM software revolutionizes manufacturing for sustainability. VARIANT3D serves industries like transportation, fashion, medical, furniture, and home decor, providing quick and easy textiles knitting technology, similar and uncomplicated like 3D printing, ensuring precision and excellence and simplifying the lengthy textile design engineering process for upholstery. 

As featured in the March/April 2024 issue of Canadian Interiors magazine.


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