Innovative Textiles for Interior Design

Walk The Line

Walk the line: Nya Nordiska’s Highly Geometric, line-driven new ‘Creative Concept’ collection of textiles.

Two-dimensional textiles used in interior design are increasingly being replaced with more unique, tactile options. Materials and fabrics are becoming much more innovative, delving into new processes and heading in new directions with applications and textures.

Modern textile manufacturers are exploring new materials and combinations of fabrics, coming up with fresh alternatives to basic interior textiles that have traditionally been quite flat.

Sound Out Swiss Textiles

Sound out: Swiss textiles producer Creation Baumann’s ‘Sonic’ fabric from its range of sound-absorbing materials.

Along with innovative designs with tactile qualities, many manufacturers are creating textiles devoted to a single function, such as acoustics, dimming, privacy or glare protection.

At this year’s international furnishing show, the imm Cologne furniture fair, several manufacturers displayed their new collections of innovative material. Fabrics made entirely of Merino wool for high translucency and fabrics that act as a thermal shield to lower air-conditioning costs were among the standouts.

cool it textiles

Cool it: When used as a blind, Svensson Markspelle’s ‘Cinq’ fabric can help to reduce air-conditioning costs by up to 25 per cent

Recent innovative textile designs include:

  • Nya Nordiska’s range of textile-glass laminates, called Tex Glass, which were on display at the recent imm Cologne fair. Carefully selected textiles are pressed between two sheets of ultra-clear diamond glass, a patented production method. Applications for the product include doors, tabletops and partitions.
  • Création Baumann’s ‘Dimmer Sky’ fabric, which creates a complete light black-out with laser-cut perforations that projects shapes from natural light into the home’s interior.
  • Rohi Stoff’s ‘Credo’ collection of textiles, which feature 3D surfaces that use a heavy crepe woolen weave with matte and gloss yarn.
  • Climatex’s weave structured fabrics from the ‘Dualcycle Net’ collection, which absorb and evaporate moisture, making them perfect for interior upholstery.
  • Innofa‘s modern weaving technique, which creates stretchable, wool-rich products that provide sound absorption.
  • Zimmer + Rohde‘s innovative ‘Origami’ fabric, which has a semi-rigid 3D structure. The flat fabric is heated to form a firmness that allows it to fall into folds and create 3D configurations.
  • Carpet Concept’s ‘Next Gen’ range of woven floor coverings, which make use of mathematical graphic motifs. Parametric models were used in the product’s development to determine width sizes and repeat patterns.
  • Lily Latifi’s ‘Bubbles’ range, which uses laser-cutting to creating dramatic lighting effects in the home when used as blinds or curtains.
  • Innovative wall panels by London-based Anne Kyrro Quinn, which regulate sound and serve as a striking sculpture in and of themselves. Three-dimensional panels of felt fabric in loops and folds create an array of tactile designs.
Apply Yourself Textile

Apply yourself: ‘Amos’ from Christian Fischbacher’s ‘Urban Nomad’ collection, which prints designs derived from traditional Japanese dyeing techniques onto Trevira CS.

Creation Baumann is a leader in innovative textile manufacturing with an ever-expanding range of GECKO self-adhesive textiles for personalised creative design. The adhesive backing makes the textiles adhere to most surfaces. They come in several structures and colours and can be reused multiple times.

Acknowledged as a product of great architectural value, GECKO was awarded the Swiss Textile Design Award, the AIT Innovation Prize for fabrics and objects and the Red Dot Design Award.

With the variety of multi-dimensional textiles on offer, interior design appears set to experience a shift toward touch and feel sensations in home design rather than designing simply for looks.

By Kristen Avis
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