The Fabric of Dreams

New textiles for the contract sector have to maintain their good looks and be hardwearing enough to cope with demanding conditions. The imm cologne 2015 will be showcasing the latest interior design solutions. 

Every two years, the imm cologne’s Pure Textile event showcases new solutions for enhancing spaces with fabrics. From 19th to 25th January 2015, the exhibitors in this segment will again be presenting textiles for a wide variety of applications. Products used in the contract business have to meet particularly demanding standards. Besides looking good, fabrics for hotels, restaurants, shops and other locations have to withstand demanding conditions and be as low-maintenance as possible. The new materials and design solutions shown at Pure Textile have been developed to meet these exacting requirements.

The contract business uses fabrics in a great variety of ways. Textiles that are both attractive to look at and particularly hardwearing are especially suitable for enhancing furnishings, walls and windows. The fabrics’ weight is another important aspect: curtains, for instance, need to be particularly light. But in large spaces with a lot of footfall or offices, they need to provide acoustic benefits as well – like the two new curtain materials with acoustic-enhancing properties that Création Baumann will be showing at the imm cologne in warm shades of gold, rust and natural hues. Thanks to their sound-absorbing properties, the fabrics are an excellent choice for noise-intensive areas such as open-space offices or public buildings.

Nowadays textiles for the contract business often have to satisfy sustainability criteria too. Manufacturing products out of recycled materials is one creative way to meet such requirements. The yarns used for the “Benu PET” collection by Swiss manufacturer Christian Fischbacher, for instance, are made of recycled PET bottles. Besides the eco-friendly manufacturing process, the fire-retardant properties of the softly flowing curtain fabrics are another advantage that makes them ideal for use in the contract sector.

The fabrics in the “Hemisphere” collection by JAB Anstoetz also promise robustness, low flammability and durability – and are ideal for adding modern accents to any interior design. Made from the high-tech fibre Trevira CS, the panel curtains are available in a wide variety of colours and designs. In the case of the “Paper Art” product line, the name says it all. Rather than being made of textiles, the artistic designs are made of Madoka paper, a top-quality and particularly hardwearing special paper from Japan. These exceptional creations owe their special charm to the combination of classic processing techniques and innovative finishing processes.

The “Palais Marrakech” collection from SAHCO is also inspired by foreign cultures. The fabrics’ patterns are based on the diversity of graphic forms and rich colours found in the Moroccan metropolis. Stylistic influences from the Orient, Occident, North Africa and Southern Europe are combined with the exquisite quality of modern covering fabrics.

As the trend towards more cosiness in contract sector interiors such as offices or restaurants gains ground, fabrics and textiles are playing an increasingly important role in their interior design. At the imm cologne 2015, Pure Textile will be showing the latest developments and ground-breaking innovations in this sector. The international interiors show will be showcasing these and other special fabrics from 19th to 25th January.

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