Preparations are under way for Heimtextil 2020, with the Trend Council that informs the international home and contract textiles fair meeting in Frankfurt last month to discuss new design directions.

Those present included Anne Marie Commandeur, Grietje Schepers and Harm Rensink from Stijlinstituut Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Caroline Till and Titia Dane from Studio FranklinTill (Great Britain), and Anja Bisgaard Gaede with her agency Spott trends + business (Denmark).

As this year's project lead, Stijlinstituut Amsterdam will be responsible for the conception and implementation of the exhibition's Trend Book and the subsequent presentation at the trade fair in January.

Over two days, the researchers brought together therelevant trends from architecture, interior design, fashion and art, and discussed their impact on home and contract textiles. Stijlinstituut Amsterdam will use the findings to determine five design directions that will be illustrated by exhibitors' products.

"The central achievement of the Trend Council is to make sense of the growing cacophony of current trends, hypes and fads," says Olaf Schmidt, vice-president textiles and textile technologies at show organiser Messe Frankfurt. "It is also our aim to sharpen our focus on future-related topics that go beyond seasonal trend statements." Consequently, Heimtextil Trends 20/21 will be supplemented by a materials library that will present innovative, sustainable materials, and demonstrate their specific potential for the industry and interior design.