Heimtextil, International Trade Show for Home Textiles

The leading producers of upholstery fabrics, wallpapers, ready-made products for the bed, bath and table

Inside of Heimtextil, the exposition presents a must-see forecasting area for industry professionals. Here, design and lifestyle developments are brought to life by seven research and innovation agencies from around Europe. For the 2018 edition London-based FranklinTill Studio acts as the coordinator and took care of the artistic and content direction of the entire space. The main theme, “The Future is Urban,” originates from a …

Reebok + Modla Flexweave Altitude Training Mask

Applying the sneaker brand's innovative, forthcoming material to a fitness prototype

As a demonstration of the dynamic nature of their forthcoming Flexweave material, Reebok invited three global design firms each to imagine a new collaborative product—and produce a prototype of it. Rotterdam’s Odd Matter envisioned a furniture series of “active sitting” chairs. NYC’s Joe Doucet proposed form fitting running gloves. And London’s Modla ventured into the territory of high altitude training masks. These items all employ …

NASA 3D Prints Metal Space Fabric

A chainmail of the future, 3D-printed flexible metal space fabric is being produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. As far as functionality goes, there are four important attributes: reflectivity, foldability, passive heat management and tensile strength. Each of these has untold applications. Because of its sheer strength, it could be used to shield spacecraft but its insulation capabilities could translate to future spacesuits. The foldability, …

Kvadrat + Raf Simons Textiles at Avenue Road

A third bold collaboration between the acclaimed designer and the Scandinavian fabrics house

It’s almost too easy to fall in love with the work of fashion designer Raf Simons. From his otherworldly couture looks for Dior to vibrant adidas sneaker collaborations, the Belgian visionary often presents a bright vision for the future of clothing and accessories. Some may not know that Simons actually began as a furniture designer, and his just released collaboration with Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat …

Turn Digital Art into Textiles with WOVNS

Made-to-order fabric featuring your own unique designs

The barrier between personal designs and tangible textile production has been further reduced. WOVNS, recently fully funded on Kickstarter, has launched a platform for emerging designers—or anyone with a vision—to see their work come to life. One only needs to upload files of their digital designs, select from two fabric qualities and commence. It’s a made-to-order production of entirely custom textiles—whose applications can range from …