The first post of 2013 and of our new blog…welcome.
I thought it would be fitting to get the blog off to a start during my recent trip to the worlds largest home textile fair, Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany. You should see the size of this place, it’s 11 halls (roughly 20,000sqm each), and some of them are double storey! It really is an amazing fairground, and must be seen to be believed. Not even 4 days is enough to cover all the exhibitors.
The first time I visited Heimtextil 2 years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the enormity of the stands/displays, however this time I knew what to expect and came fully prepared. In the larger European halls the stands are literally planned a year in advance, then built and flown in by the air, to be constructed quickly in 1-2 days before the fair opens. They are like movie sets or houses in their complexity. Cameras are strictly not allowed in the fair, however I did manage to get a few photos (with permission). I did get rounded up by 2 German security guards who interrogated me like an espionage spy, just for carrying my camera.
Each year suppliers, designers and businesses congregate to showcase new technology, new designs and the latest trends in home textiles and products. As a designer this place is heaven. All the colours, textures, fabrics, techniques get new ideas coming, thick and fast. In a way it’s really good to attend this fair at the start of the year because it helps to clearly set the new products that can be introduced into our Abode range. And trust me there are some AMAZING products that have been selected that will appear in our upcoming ranges. Like always, the products will come from the best european suppliers who are masters of their craft. We are now branching out to companies from Netherlands, Denmark and San Francisco (although not European, they use Belgian Linen).
I can’t wait to share the new products with new and existing Abode customers. My job gives me great pleasure, finding the finest home textile products in the world and bringing them back for everyone to enjoy. And as a bonus I get some of the new stuff for my home!! As soon as things start arriving, we’ll be sure to let you know.
But now it’s off to Paris for Maison Objet.