While design directions may come and go, the power of creative thinking is the one constant that will always endure in design. At Arte, technology meets artistry with the launch of Spectra (pictured). Using an innovative technique called thermoforming, a pattern is pressed into material that remains visible after it cools. The result? A 3D effect that is soft and supple, has the look of suede as well as acoustic properties. Perfect for walls, it can be used on ceilings and partitions. Recognising that sound-absorbing textiles can significantly help when it comes to achieving good interior surround sound, Création Baumann is another company that is uniting functionality and exacting aesthetics with the launch of its Printacoustic fabric. Made at its Switzerland-based digital printing facilities, it can also be customised.