The topic of trends is a tricky one when it comes to design – our industry doesn’t work as quickly as fashion where one day ’70s prints are back in style and the next the California surfer look is all the rage. Design bases its so-called ‘trends” on shifting behaviors in the way that we live and innovation in materials and manufacturing processes.

There’s no design event, fair, week where you can feel it more than at Messe Frankfurt’s Heimtextil. As the world’s leading fair for contract and home textiles, you get a unique insight into just where design is headed. After achieving well over our daily 10,000 step goal, we not only saw fabrics that felt fresh but brands that were truly pushing the boundaries of what textiles and wallpapers can offer the design industry. Never had we have seen so many materials all in one place – it really allowed you to get a holistic sense of what’s out there on the market and which brands stand out the most.

For design professionals and curious enthusiasts, click through to our slideshow to see 5 of our top discoveries from Heimtextil