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In Heimtextil’s design universe, all trends orbit and grow toward the sun. The fair’s colossal trend exhibit is set up as a “Theme Park,” and is possibly the world’s largest. It’s certainly the first destination for the international design community each year, kicking off a barrage of early
exhibitions that include the Koeln furniture fair (IMM), the Domotex flooring
show in Hannover, and Maison & Objet in Paris.
The design vision for 2016’s Theme Park was generated in part by Lisa
White and Helen Sac of the WGSN Group, backed up by the fair’s Trend
Table of design agencies from six countries.
This year’s theme, “Wellbeing 4.0,” brings together four trends and interprets them for our different markets: Hospitality (Timeless Refuge), Technology
(Color Immersion), Craft (Craftsmanship in the Post Digital Age), Retail
(Intimate Retail), and Sustainability (Elemental Harmony).
Each market is represented by a raw plywood “cocoon” structure, which
orbits a center “sun”—a large round pedestal illuminated with color-shifting
LEDs, rimmed with large “petals” pointing toward and carrying the palettes
of each of the five cocoons.
By Kenn Busch | Photography by Kenn Busch
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THE FUTURE IS NOW
ATHEIMTEXTILGlobal trend forecasters focus on the gravity of ‘Wellbeing 4.0’.
LEFT TO RIGHT Attendees
stepping into a world of
textures and tactile
experiences; Lisa White of
WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors;
Helen Sac, senior consultant
with WGSN Mindset.
Trends were interpreted by
markets, displayed on conceptual
cocoons. In this view from the
center (“sun”) of the Theme Park,
the palette of colors (a bit difficult
to make out because of color-shifting LED lighting) hands you
off to the Sustainability cocoon.