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January 2013

2013-14 TREND SHOW  "Being"

Developed by Trendtable members: Stijlinstitut Amsterdam (NL), Orbitato (BR), Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano (DE), 2G2L (FR), Dan Project (JP), Global Color Research (US).

A giant printed tarpaulin façade was an invitation to discover 4 different universes. A stunning, richly accessorized set-up, with numerous animations, including actors, sound, film, projections, moving objects, smoke… In the adjacent conference room there was an audiovisual presentation open to the public, offering a deeper exploration of each theme and its influences, complete with video support. 

The Eccentric
Colors/ intense exotic plum, red, curry and olive,lit up by acid drop coral, toned down by neutral grays and blacks.
Materials/ velvet and linen, contrasting precious and rustic fabrics. Animal skins and feathers, both real and in trompe l’œil.
Patterns/ ethnic motifs and techniques mixed with classical ones. Accent on patterns and handcrafted dyes. Placed motifs. 70’s geometric patterns. There were fancy pleats, overprinted tweed, kimono motifs, cashmere, cross-stitching, engraved drawings… a joyful mix!

The Geologist
Colors/ cold mineral, aquatic colors: blue, purple, mint green, and warm colors: plum, coppery orange, gray-cast sand, brown or dark brown.
Materials/ a mix of raw and delicate: rustic leather, yarn and metallicprints, imitations of natural surfaces: rocks, fossils, bark and veins of wood. Crystal, glass beads, crackled mirrors.
Patterns/ abstract, inspired by natural climate events (aurora borealis, storms, erosion…) photo prints and irregular textures, grainy effects, oxidized surfaces, iridescent oil stains.

The Historian

Colors/ neutrals and soft pastels -beiges, flesh, crimson- contrasted with anthracite, dark gray and gold.
Materials/ golden, bronzed and coppery effects, bleached patina in jacquard and on prints. Enamel, embossed metal, stained glass, sculpted wood.
Patterns/ textured ornaments, filigreed motifs, oriental motifs, lace, guipures, laser cuts, ornamental perforations, metallic prints, glass beaded and sequined embroidery.

The Inventor
Colors/ bright signs: vermilion, blue and green, paired with neutral colors –grayish mint, natural beige, dark brown and off-white- with neon touches.
Materials/ Fun technical materials inspired by the world of sports: spacers, foams, net, 3-D knit, neoprene, silicone, latex, iridescent films, interactive filtering effects, Smart Materials, bonded materials, rubbery latex and quilted fabrics…
Patterns/ geometrical, non-figurative shapes, heat-formed, molded, expandable paint prints.

Our picks

Essenza trend
A magnificent, attractive and original bed linen collection by the new brand launched in January 2013 (formerly Van Es Home):
- Focus on naturewith very beautiful, Zen, XL photo prints, ranging from exotic to retro-nostalgic: sky, forests, romantic flowers (Jungle, Romance or Pure Nature).
- A more graphic approach involving giant placed prints in black and white: city maps, retro architectural sketches with fluorescent finishes, geometric triangular checkerboard sketched in coral, turquoise, green, anthracite gray and white.
A very convincing presentation, in which each model was appropriately displayed with a contemporary and creative choice of accessories.

Essenza trend

Elements of the Swedish brand’s (German) collection, with its « renewed authentic » style focusing on blues, greens and reds. Classic stripes and checks were complimented by 3 additional fancier patterns: fancy dot prints, « Vivid Meadow » a country flower print in graphic multicolor, and a patch jacquard with very Scandinavian stylized floral motifs in pastel and intense colors.


This high-end South African manufacturer of mohair plaids controls the entire production chain, which is made possible by everything being at close hand. Solids, checks or stripes, these beautiful plaids are made from Kid Mohair blended with silk or merino wool, in a very pretty range of color harmonies.
The « Maxhosa  » collection was developed by the South African fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo, who specializes in knits. 


The new collection by the Spanish designer Blanca Gomez, « Cosas Minimas », explores the architecture of capital cities such as New York, London and Paris with a streamlined, nostalgic approach. Mini dots in the background and metallic nuances give the wallpaper extra charm and refinement. 


Welter – manufactur für Wandunikate
"Krakelee" is this "Haute couture" wall covering designer’s new collection. This is a magnificent range made in real kaolin, with crackled surfaces on varying levels, and mat, metallic or luminous iridescentfinishing.

Welter - manufactur für Wandunikate

Bed linens

Key points to retain:

  • Focus on textures, either real or trompe l’œil.
  • Sketched and watercolor looks, gradated colors.
  • Mix & match patterns and fun with clashing.
  • A rich blend of techniques: hand drawings and photography…
  • And of course the photo print, a current signature ranging from contemporary to nostalgic.

Marc O’Polo Home  (licensee of the brand Essenza Home)
This Swedish ready-to-wear brand launched its bed linens collection in 2012. Its clean, masculine esthetic appears more modern and more feminine thanks to finishing and colors. Varying scales of classic stripes and checks, fancy dots, solids and chambrays coordinated with 2 color harmonies: gray and white + coral, or gray and white + anis, with piping and double stitched trim.
Especially eye-catching was a solid line made of cotton percale on one side and linen on the other.
Decorative cushions and cotton plaids in moss stitch knit.
The line was presented in a contemporary décor, with natural wood and lacquered black furniture and vintage 50’s lighting.

Marc O'Polo Home

Like last year, a contemporary textile and diverse collection, cushions, plaids and tablecloths.
"Remix Your Style", a folk spirit in blue, red, turquoise, white and just a touch of yellow: digital print flower tapestry on velvet, multicolored cross point embroidery on white canvas, contrasted with fringe or pompon trim.
"Gap", graphic tweeded white and colored jacquard in the Outdoor collection, and cushions highlighted by a flashy colored zipper.
And the ever-present photo printed pillows: pastoral scenes of flora and fauna or urban nightlife.


An electric decorative collection with neon prints: tablecloths or cushions with rosettes or zigzags on a gray background, printed knit in trompe l’œil and photo prints of ethnic portraits.


Desigual Living
The brand presented its collection of bed linens, cushions, terry towels and kitchen linens in a festive, creative, cheerful atmosphere full of positive energy. Giant motifs and a flashy color range conveyed a carefree hippy gypsy mood. 

Desigual Living

Marcel Wanders for Essenza
A mini-collection presenting the Dutch designer’s offbeat classic style. Washed linen solids with raw cut flounce and graphic arabesques, in a neutral color range (gray, faded pink, white).

Very interesting prints based on textures by a Portuguese brand: sketched geometrical shapes, stripes, checks and tie & dye, in photo printed trompe l’œil.


Vallila Interior
This Finnish family company presented its collection of printed textiles, giant motifs in fresh, upbeat colors, with the accent on youth and good vibes. Urban inspiration in the black & white graphics of photos of building façades and subways repainted in color.
Vallila also offers an interior decoration service for private and commercial customers.

Vallila Interior

Covers & Co
A creative-casual mood, presented this season in the form of beach towels and decorative pillows. A spectacular décor based on the ‘High School’ theme: metal lockers + stickers, printed messages and other large graphic references. 

Covers & Co

Christian Fischbacher
A new range of cushions, in 15 different patterns, materials, shapes and colors, from utterly classic to extremely modern, to make home decorating easy.
"Benu" is a collection of upscale home furnishing fabrics, made from 100% post-consumer materials. After « Benu Pet », made from 100% PET bottles, comes « Benu Yarn », based on recycled cotton, followed by « Benu Wool », made from post-industrial and post-consumer wool.

This stand was less open, the better to protect its very rich and inspiring collection. Embroidery and prints, ethnic inspiration with a graphic twist. Color ranges varied from bright multicolor to neutrals heightened with silver, for cushions and bed linens.


Esprit « Home is where the heart is »
A collection inspired by big cities: Amsterdam, San Francisco and Milan.
The wealth and mixture of techniques, modern décors combined with yarn dyed classics: 3-D quilting, placed embroidery, trace prints, watercolor drawings, digital prints…easy and up-to-date color harmonies: light taupe, acid drop yellow, coral and turquoise.

Esprit « Home is where the heart is » 


This creative and beautifully designed collection by a Czech designer has a stylized folksy feeling to it: a modern atmosphere with a hint of vintage. Not to be missed were the gigantic floral kaleidoscope motifs on a white background, as well as a children’s collection.


Wallpaper designer and manufacturer (high quality since 2010) known for their « Scrapwood Wallpaper Collection » conceived by Piet Hein Eek & Rick Vintage (the founder of the brand) presented «Remixed. Wallpaper by Arthur Slenk ». Made from cutouts of old paper, 8 patches created by the artist, scanned and enlarged, presented in 9 m panels with no repeats. 


Mr Perswall
As creative as ever, this year the Swedish wallpaper manufacturer presented « Nostalgic », a new collection covering different eras: 1980’s disco / pop atmosphere, grandma’s kitchen form the 50’s-60’s and a close look at romantic floral textiles from the 20’s. Mr Perswall allows customers to create their own wallpaper or to customize the existing collection, a service designed initially for interior design professionals that is also accessible to private clients.

The new collection « Ibizza », a romantic, somewhat psychedelic mood infused with novelty for wallpaper with very up-to-date charm, in fresh, tart colors: colored engravings, mix & match, …

A Taiwanese manufacturer’s wall covering collection, made from real feathers. Delicate, sensual surfaces, in a wide variety of colors and rhythms, occasionally reminiscent of animal skins.

Young Designers / Hall 4.2 

Claudia Meile
A talented Hochschule Luzern student presented her absolutely gorgeous woven textiles inside the Campus space. Refined, poetic work, inspired by the various forms water can take, surface effects, depths and transparencies.

Studio Kelkka
A group of 10 Finnish textile designers created in 2010, after having gone through very different professional experiences. An atmosphere of graphic design full of energy and a very friendly, warm welcome. Some of their kaleidoscope patterns were presented on the “ Geologic” and  “Excentric” forums.


Company based in Marseille working in innovative and sustainable biotechnologies, in particular for bedding and bed linens. Several patents have already been registered:
Eco-Duvet, a feather-washing process made from Savon de Marseille,
Pure,a clean laundry smell, microencapsulated in fibers and textiles, both natural and synthetic,
Argan, micro encapsulated Argan oil to soften bed linens,
Cool’in,micro encapsulation that ensures the right temperature during sleep,
DNA Textile, technology that allows products to be marked, traced and protected in case of counterfeit.

Austrian Tencel manufacturer: an artificial fiber made from eucalyptus.
An ecological fiber, thanks to being manufactured within a closed circuit (the chemical added to the pulp during the process doesn’t leave the circuit).
After linens and rugs, a new furniture fabric range is being developed called « Botanic lounge. The fiber is soft and comfortable (anti-static), easy to care for (machine washable, resistant to rubbing), and can be blended with cotton, wool, polyester and polyamide. It’s easy to dye deeply.

For bedding and bed linens, these innovative artificial fiberscombine high-tech and raw materials:
SeaCell, a lyocell–seaweed blend, for a well-being benefit: skin purification and protection (anti-inflammatory, detox)
Smartcell, lyocell mixed with zinc for an antibacterial, mothproof, regenerating, and anti-inflammatory effects.

Outlast technology uses phase change materials (PCM) that absorb, store and restore heat, in order to obtain optimal moisture and temperature management. Used in bedding, it makes sleep more pleasant and healthier by reducing sharp changes in body temperature.