Innovations@DOMOTEX 2017: the freshest ideas in flooring
published on: 30 novembre 2016
As the world's leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, DOMOTEX (Hannover, Germany) will soon once again be putting the spotlight on the sector's latest trends and applications. For the fourth consecutive season, DOMOTEX exhibitors were invited to submit innovative products and developments for inclusion in the prestigious Innovations@DOMOTEX display to be featured at the show from 14 to 17 January. A jury of professionals chaired by Munich designer Stefan Diez has selected 38 finalists from the entries submitted in the following categories: Textile and resilient floor coverings including fibers and yarns, parquet and laminate flooring, as well as applications and installation technology. The jury's choices were based on technical innovation, design concept, quality and relevance for the target group.
The innovations chosen by the jury reflect current and emerging trends for both residential and commercial settings. The jury of experts from the fields of design, architecture, the media and interior design soon made out a clear trend towards sustainability as a major selling point, and a recurring theme across all entries. A lot of emphasis is also being placed on products with a natural look and feel, whose textures, materials, motifs and surfaces take their cues from nature. Individuality also remains a key trend. Natural-looking products are also a big trend in wooden flooring, as is the creation of interesting visual effects by combining diverse colors, patterns, shapes and textures. The vintage, rustic look with knots and cracks has lost none of its appeal. Laminate flooring is also becoming more and more technologically sophisticated and versatile, while at the same time featuring increasingly realistic decors. Natural patterns and organic surfaces continue to dominate the scene. Sustainability in conjunction with improved application and laying techniques is also at the top of the agenda.