The main headlines for spring 2020 will undoubtedly be dominated by COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. Many trade fairs took place with only a few visitors, and were then cancelled completely as from mid-March onwards. #socialdistancing has become the word of the moment as people take the option of going into self-isolation in a conscious effort to slow down the spread of the virus.
Despite everything that is currently happening in the world, our drapilux designers have taken time out to review fabric trends and colours for this spring - for those of us who would like to read something positive and inspiring.
Kirstin Herrmann and Ilka Drittel, our textile designers, attended various trade fairs this spring, including the fair dedicated to fabrics in Munich Münchner Stofffrühling, the IMM in Cologne and, of course, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles, Heimtextil Messe, in Frankfurt. Research on the Internet also revealed further current interior design and fabric trends.
As far as current colour trends are concerned, Kirstin Herrmann, Head of the Design Studio, confirmed that pastels are still dictating the scene, but added “with an emphasis on all shades in the sky blue palette”. This is often combined with other pastels or shades of olive, too, “which is one of my favourite colours of the season”, Kirstin admits. In her opinion, beige hues are also very much on the rise.
Ilka Drittel, a graduate textile designer at drapilux, goes even further and categorises the colour trends into four groups, as also seen at the Munich trade fair:
In respect of the fabric texture, the more lavish the better. Indeed, intricately woven and special fabrics involving, for instance, diverse knitting techniques, are popular.
But good “all-rounders” are increasingly being used, especially in living areas. Besides this trend, there is continued demand for custom or customisable items, such as, for example, the printing options offered by drapilux.
Irrespective of whether the fabrics are printed or woven, flora and fauna continue to be popular motifs. However, the colour scheme is now becoming increasingly subdued. “It’s great to have these organic patterns which look as if they are living structures”, stated a pleased Ilka. More and more emphasis is now being put on graphic and ornamental patterns too.
Sustainability continues to be a major topic. Items made from either natural yarns or recycled materials are very much in demand. In this context, drapilux launched three products with recycled content back in January, and these were also flame retardant. This trend is here to stay. Consequently, we will continue to develop it further.
According to Ilka, ‘Made in Germany’ or ‘Made in the EU’ is in demand, as are the respective fabric’s functions, added value over and above the design and aesthetic look of the material.