Natural colours, woven works of art and technical innovations: drapilux will be presenting innovative new arrivals at the international Heimtextil 2020 trade fair for home and contract textiles. These include fabrics using a new type of yarn and made with recycled content, as well as blackouts and three transparent articles. In addition, the Emsdetten-based company has a real surprise in store for its visitors at the trade fair: as a reminder of the textile artists of the Bauhaus era, the drapilux designers have created a special edition of decorative fabrics with features reminiscent of the Bauhaus design.
1. Sustainability – one step further
As in many other areas of life, sustainability is becoming the buzzword in interior design. In line with our motto “We have a responsibility to the future. And that was always the case”, the founding Schmitz family has always been committed to sustainable production, management and operations in their entrepreneurial activities at drapilux. For instance, all textiles are "made in Germany" because they are either manufactured or finished at the company's premises in Emsdetten (North Rhine-Westphalia). This reduces the mileage associated with transportation. The use of resources and chemicals is as environmentally friendly as possible. "Wherever we have the opportunity, we go beyond the legal requirements," said Hubert Reinermann, Head of Sales at drapilux. “Our goal is to conserve resources”. Furthermore, the fabrics are durable and hard-wearing so that they can be used in the building concerned for a long time. The intelligent added functions – i.e. the flame-retardant, air-purifying, antimicrobial properties as well as the acoustic effect – are also retained in the fabric, even after frequent washing. "Consequently, we have already created good conditions in the value and supply chain”, concluded Reinermann. “Nevertheless, we're constantly striving to improve”. The textile manufacturer was audited by the internationally renowned Hohenstein Institute in autumn 2019 and was certified according to “STeP by OEKO-TEX®” (Sustainable Textile Production) at the highest quality level.
Another goal is to make the textiles as sustainable as possible. Hence, with its flame-retardant fabrics, drapilux faces a special challenge. “In close partnership with the manufacturer of the yarns, Trevira GmbH, we have succeeded in developing some articles, of which a part is made using sustainably produced fibres, which are flame-retardant and which conform to the usual drapilux quality,” stated Kirstin Herrmann, drapilux design studio manager. drapilux has the exclusive rights to use the new yarn until the end of 2020. “During this time, we will work together to enhance the fibres and raise the percentage of the recycled material used,” added Reinermann.
2. Keeping the light out – new blackout fabrics
The three new blackout fabrics were primarily developed with hotels in mind. It is essential to block out light in order to have a peaceful night’s sleep. “The idea was to develop blackout fabrics which met both functional and aesthetic requirements in guest rooms,” said Herrmann.
3. Transparency – new semi-transparent fabrics
Well-known fabric qualities in a new outfit alongside innovative yarns – drapilux is launching technical innovations with three new transparent fabrics.
4. Bauhaus series – in honour of weave
Everyone was talking about the centenary of the Bauhaus movement in 2019. Both in Weimar and in Dessau, weaving mills were one of the most successful workshops. Launching four new decorative fabrics concurrently, drapilux pays tribute to the textile artists of the Bauhaus era. “The designs of the past are true classics now, and we used them as the basis for our designs as they are ideal to mix and match with the current collections thanks to their clean look”, said drapilux designer Herrmann.