Inspiring first week back for 2017 in Frankfurt & London. Heimtextil in Frankfurt is a trade show where mills from all over the world exhibit their new qualities and design ideas for the following year. It is a great time for us to meet with new suppliers, customers and friends. We meet with manufactures who create curtain fabrics, upholstery fabrics and wallcoverings.
For our Natasha Marshall collections we use the UK manufacturers. For our design studio clients we work with mills all over the world including Italy, Belgium, Spain, Turkey and India.
Before arriving in Frankfurt we first had a funny trip getting to Heathrow due to the tube strike! We had to use the cable cars in Docklands, the boat, taxi and Heathrow express! It took a while but we made it and it was a great way to see London from a different angle! Loved getting off the boat at Westminster under Big Ben. London is such a dramatic city full of so many amazing buildings. Docklands is an exciting area now after the Olympics. We had been at the London Boat show at Excel which is a good venue for shows with all the infrastructure around there in place now!
We arrived in Frankfurt at night and woke up to a white blanket of snow. The trade show is massive with travelaters in-between each hall!
The trend hall was full of lots of textures and tones of greens. Creating layers in the space with sheets and mirrors. Ways to Explore your Image. As well as looking at ways to explore the work space – focus on work & home. Developing comforting and reassuring materials for the work environment. Think of the customer as a traveling urban, looking for calm mobility. Aim for an atmosphere well-balanced between working equipment and the comfort of a home. Get closer to nature to reconnect to capture a better productivity.
We find this time away each year in Frankfurt a great time to think about the year ahead.
We then had a great meeting in London, on the way back to Glasgow, with Bert & May looking at new development ideas for 2017. If you haven’t looked at their fabric range yet the full range is on their website. You can order samples to see the quality of the hand printed fabric designs or coordinating plains which are all produced in the UK. We love the way you can mix patterns with their tiles, paints and fabrics.
I hope you had an inspiring first week back as well and didn’t find blue Monday too depressing today!!