It may be winter, but you need to start letting nature in.
That’s the takeaway from designers showing off their latest flights of fancy at Heimtextil, the planet’s largest home-textile show, which ran from Jan. 9 to Jan. 12 in Frankfurt, Germany. The show’s hottest trends include offices with canopies made of live plants, wallpaper splashed with massive abstract flowers and indigo designs across all kinds of surfaces.
As the world hurtles toward an ever more urban and digital future, interior designers are searching for new ways to bring nature inside. At two of the show’s main displays — the Urban Oasis and the Healthy Space — furniture, pillows, drapes and floors all featured complex layers, soft textures and undulating fabrics that mimic the natural world.
A search for connection
This focus echoes two other concepts guiding designers and lifestyle pros these days: biophilia and botanicals, as seen in a host of trends, including the proliferation of essential oils for everything from beauty care to pet calming, the craze for botanical teas and the use of plants throughout the home and office, including in bathrooms and kitchens.
“It’s all about man’s connection with nature,” says Jennifer Castoldi, who runs Trendease International, an international multimedia and design research firm that helps companies track design trends and find cutting-edge designers. Castoldi worked with HP to weave several interpretations of flora-and-fauna themes into the company’s stand at Heimtextil.
By teaming up with designers, HP wanted to showcase the versatility and value of the company’s printing capabilities. The designers’ work was printed on a range of substrates, including cork, sparkly wallpaper and even antimicrobial fabric, with the resulting prints adorning lampshades, ceilings, floors — and wrapping around sinks.