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Mimaki features leading designers at Heimtextil

Mimaki, the global manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, is collaborating with ten designers to showcase “creative, profit driving, digitally printed applications” at Heimtextil 2019, which opened on Tuesday in Frankfurt, Germany.

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 Mimaki-printed upholstery by Claire Vos

Under the theme of ‘The Fusion of Innovation and Design’, Mimaki has commissioned work from leading designers including Sigrid Calon and Claire Vos that will be featured throughout the Mimaki booth to demonstrate the power of digital print to increase the creative process.

“Seeing printed applications on a diverse range of textiles, fabrics and interior materials, visitors will learn how they too can use advanced Mimaki technology to drive design innovation and profitability,” said a Mimaki press release. 

“From designers including Anousjka Röben displaying shoes; creative studio Deux d’Amsterdam showing a unique kimono designed specifically for Mimaki and Heimtextil, all designs were digitally printed by Textiles & More (T&M).” 

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    'It's supercool': artist Sigrid Calon

Dutch artist Sigrid Calon’s art will be brought to life in a 2×2 metre piece utilising Mimaki’s latest printhead technology. Calon says the collaboration with Mimaki is a logical step. “I first came into contact with them in 2015 when they sponsored an exhibition of mine in Amsterdam, and now we are continuing our collaboration. For Heimtextil 2019, Mimaki offered me the opportunity to work with new printing techniques and materials. For example, we started working with copper foil and we created a fantastic design using Mimaki’s latest print head technology. While copper foil is normally used more for things like packaging, by using it at Heimtextil in an artwork and in a completely different context, I wanted to inspire visitors and show them all what digital printing has to offer. 

 “I think it’s supercool that Mimaki is open to experimenting with its technology, as well as proactively supporting the arts. Through Mimaki, I’m also exposed to new techniques and materials that open up all kinds of new possibilities for me. I know that the results are always good when I collaborate with Mimaki. No matter how much my requirements may vary, the prints are always top quality. That gives me incredible peace of mind.”

“Heimtextil is always a really good show for us,” says Mark Sollman, Mimaki Application Manager EMEA. “For 2019, we’re excited to share the results of our collaboration with these amazing designers and to demonstrate what’s possible with our comprehensive range of printers, from entry-level printers to production workhorses.”

Heimtextil visitors will experience Mimaki’s broad portfolio of printing solutions, split into areas including interior design, fashion and art.  (Stand J81, Hall 3.0).

In the art section, the UCJV150-160 inkjet printer with environmentally-friendly UV-curable inks, will be used to produce wallpaper. Textiles will be printed in both the interior design and fashion areas, with the ultra-productive TS55-1800 sublimation transfer inkjet printer focusing on upholstery. Using a belt-conveying solution, the TX300P-1800B entry-level direct-to-textile system will also be printing onto stretchable fabrics used in fashion.

 Mimaki's TX300P-1800B

Heimtextil runs from 8-11 January 2019, Frankfurt, Germany.