Only around two and a half months remain until the start of DOMOTEX 2023, the world’s leading trade fair for carpet and floor coverings in Hannover. From 12 to 15 January, the upcoming event will once again offer numerous highlights in all product segments.
Hannover. DOMOTEX 2023 will feature creative installations, presentations of sustainable products and an exciting conference program. “We are delighted to finally offer an eventful and innovative DOMOTEX again after such a long time. In January, visitors can look forward to new formats and contact points, as well as plenty of inspiration and information in all exhibition areas,”explains Sonia Wedell-Castellano, Global Director of DOMOTEX.
Top-class presentations and discussions at DOMOTEX ON STAGE
The themes of sustainability and the circular economy run like a golden thread through the DOMOTEX ON STAGE conference, which takes place in hall 23 as part of the special display area THE GREEN COLLECTION. Interested listeners can expect diverse and informative contributions on the focus topics “Connecting Markets”, “Conscious Living” and “Colourful Nature”. These include the following presentations:
- Luxury carpets must be sustainable –Michael Christie, author and publisher of the blog “The Ruggist”.
- Customer experience as a success factor in B2B trade – Kai Hudetz, IFH Köln
- Sustainability in Interior Design– Elina Grigoriou, interior designer and sustainability expert
- Supply Chain Law– Bernd Lange, member of the European Parliament
- As well as many other contributions from speakers from politics, associations, interior design and trade.
With speakers from these different fields, DOMOTEX ON STAGE offers a holistic view of the challenges of sustainable design in the carpet and flooring industry.
Mood Spaces – Inspiring room installations
The new DOMOTEX Mood Spaces are an exciting source of inspiration for retailers and interior designers. Designed by five international interior architects, the room installations represent the latest furnishing trends and reflect the interplay between floor coverings and interior design.In the spirit of concept stores, the installations show how product combinations can form a coherent world.
The Mood Spaces are curated and designed under the direction of Holly Becker, an interior designer, blogger and trend expert from Hanover. In addition to Holly Becker, the renowned designers Mark Braun, Peter Fehrentz and Sebastian Herkner as well as the interdisciplinary design duo Studio Besau-Marguerre, consisting of Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau, are participating in the room installations. The Mood Spaces are located in hall 2.
Nominees and winners – award ceremonies at DOMOTEX 2023
Several award ceremonies will take place at DOMOTEX in January 2023. In cooperation with COVER and HALI, the internationally renowned Carpet Design Awards (CDA) will honour the world’s most beautiful designer carpets in eight categories. The carpets of the finalists will be on display in Hall 2 until the last day of DOMOTEX. The CDA award ceremony will take place live on the second day of the fair.
The winners of the Parkett Star and the Green Collection will be duly honored too. The award ceremonies will take place on 12 January as part of DOMOTEX ON STAGE. The Green Collection winners will be announced at 2 p.m., followed by the Parkett Star award ceremony at 5 p.m.
The textile design course at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart will display exhibits from their design project “BODEN SCHÄTZE”. In addition to great technical freedom, sustainability plays an essential role in this project. The students also address questions concerning aesthetics, (contemporary) design, environmental awareness, practicality and the limits of textile floor coverings. The exhibition will show individual stages of the process – from design to pattern development to the actual carpets. The final carpets were produced by the TISCA company in consultation with the students.
The floor coverings industry is very enthusiastic about the event
Anticipation for DOMOTEX 2023 is high. Over 700 exhibitors from nearly 50 countries have confirmed their participation.
For Caglar Kepekci, General Manager of Merinos, attending the upcoming event is a matter of course: “We will definitely take part at DOMOTEX in January 2023. It is the largest industry gathering with an international character and an absolute must for us. DOMOTEX is the ideal platform to meet existing trade partners, interested parties and colleagues from the industry as well as to efficiently present our new products to a wide audience in a limited timeframe.”
Eduardo Diaz, Chairman of UNIFAM, is also looking forward to the event: “UNIFAM, the Spanish association of carpet, rug and ancillary product manufacturers welcomes the new edition of the world’s largest flooring exhibition, with renewed enthusiasm to present its novelties as a result of a constant effort in research, development and innovation.”
On the visitor side, the response to the January event has also been extremely positive. For example, Michael Roithner, central buyer for floor coverings and carpets at POCO Einrichtungsmärkte GmbH, “plans to visit DOMOTEX 2023 on all four days of the fair.”