Domotex 2017, taking place Jan. 14 through 17 in Hannover, Germany, will showcase innovations and trends that set the tone for the coming season.

“A full four months before opening day of the show, the signs of a dynamic and highly international event are already apparent,” said Andreas Gruchow, member of the Deutsche Messe managing board. “In particular, many international enterprises are investing in their appearance at Domotex by enlarging their stands, thus ensuring a good start to the new business year. This underscores the significance of Domotex as a global marketplace and idea-giver for the industry.”

According to organizers, some 1,350 exhibitors from more than 60 nations are expected in Hannover for the event.

Domotex is focusing more strongly than ever on the latest floor coverings trends, honing in on what consumers can expect in 2017 with its Young Designer Trends Table. This new format will feature presentations by up-and-coming young designers from Germany, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Turkey, who will unveil the latest big trends. A highly personal take on the flooring trends of the future will be offered by Bilge Nur Saltik, based in Istanbul and London, Jane Briggs and Christy Cole from Glasgow, Klaas Kuiken from Arnhem, Hanne Willmann from Berlin and Victoria Wilmotte from Paris. These young designers will present their findings in Hall 9. Show visitors can draw inspiration and be part of a roundtable discussion with the designers. The project is supervised by the award-winning Munich-based industrial designer Stefan Diez.

The Young Designer Trends Table is a new feature of Innovations@Domotex—a successful showcase of innovations being staged for the fourth season in 2017. A special highlight will consist of the Innovations@Domotex areas in halls 6, 9 and 17, featuring staged presentations of a prize winning selection of exhibitor innovations.

The format will be rounded out by talks and discussion rounds featuring high-caliber architects and designers from Caramel (Vienna), Sauerbruch Hutton (Berlin), Peter Haimerl. Architektur (Munich), Plajer & Franz Studio (Berlin), the Interior Park online shop and designers from the Young Designer Trends Table. These designers and architects will speak on architectural tendencies and developments where flooring plays a key role. A central focus of the presentations will be the topics of “Future Living”, Trend Spotting”, “Space & Acoustics” and “Consulting & Sustainability”. These talks and discussion rounds will take place daily at the Innovations@Domotex area in Hall 6.

The internationally known designer Alfredo Häberli will be a special guest at Domotex, where he will share his extensive expertise and provide added inspiration to his audience. The Swiss designer is known for his diverse array of designs and high-class labels. Häberli’s keynote on the topic of “Future Living” on the first day of show is guaranteed to be stimulating for everyone in the audience.

Visitors can gain additional information by taking part in the guided tours offered on themes covered in the dialogues. The tours will take place directly after the panel discussions, which run from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. They are especially geared to architects, interior designers and designers in attendance at Domotex to research new approaches to the use of floor coverings. In addition, architecture and design professionals will take their tour groups to view choice product innovations, as selected by the Innovations@Domotex jury.

Designers and innovative labels are allowing their full creativity to flow into exciting new items. This will be especially visible in Hall 17, where innovative designers like Creative Matter, Hossein Rezvani, Rug Art, Rug Star, Wool & Silk Rugs and Zollanvari will showcase their lavish carpet creations. Particularly outstanding innovations in this product category will be eligible for a Carpet Design Award.

Next year’s jury will consist of new professionals from the international rugs and carpets sector. The jury will be chaired by multiple award-winning carpet designer Stephanie Odegard from New York. The Carpet Design Awards jury will select the best three designer carpets in a total of eight different categories, which will be displayed during the show at the Innovations@Domotex area in Hall 17.

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