WALPA is back from its hit and run mission in Frankfurt.
The Heimtextil fair is a well established event and the largest of its kind when it comes to wallpaper, wallcoverings and new printing technologies.
It is an exciting and busy show where the wallpaper world collides. Contrary to Maison & Objet, Heimtextil is not aimed at end users but professionals. This is a really unique chance to check the temperature and the new trends.
The site in itself is huge and WALPA had the difficult task to make the most out of single day we had on the ground.
Here is a short recap’ (are not included spoilers, new brands and new designs that still have to go public).
Expect a lot of exciting things popping up soon in WALPA.
The deceivingly small looking entrance:
Graham & Brown stylish booth is the perfect example of what a booth should look like.
Not too large, welcoming and easy to navigate through.
It is not overwhelming and let you breathe. Each design has its space and is a pleasure to look at.
Below are some new designs that we cannot wait to see in Japan. The Star Wars collection is a sure hit.
Moving on to the German wallpaper giants Rasch.
11 new exciting collections introduced in a booth the size of a convenient store.
Impressive, bold and yet stylish.
Accent has been put on the textures and it shows on the multiple skin designs available.
My favorite is the “Banana Leaf” wallpaper which is a different take on the classic Martinique Wallpaper. The realistic feel adds a new dimension to a timeless pattern.
We have found a bunch of interesting collections and will keep you posted.
Now on to Koziel.
The French masters of the trompe l’oeil wallpaper and fabrics.
A “young” and small company which had succeeded at creating a niche in the wallpaper world.
Koziel is unique and sets the trends…other people follow!
The chimney below is actually a fabric panel and the bookshelves wallpaper.
Koziel universe mixes a modern industrial vibe with an antique flair.
Bricks, metal plates, bookshelves and more…check it all out here!
There is so much more but I am not allowed to report yet…
The next day was spent in the small town of Kassel.
About an 1:30 from Frankfurt the Wallpaper Museum of Kassel is the home of more 9000 wallpaper designs…or so we have been told.
The main part of the museum is closed for renovation since…2008 and is nobody seems to know it will reopen.
We were still lucky to be able to enjoy the temporary exhibit wandlust.
Interesting to see old pattern books and a short history of wallpaper.
We will keep you posted so stay tuned.