Ask the designer: Camila Fischbacher

Camilla Fischbacher is the Art Director at Christian Fischbacher. For nearly two centuries, Christian Fischbacher has been at the heart of the textile industry. They are a family-owned company with headquarters in St. Gallen Switzerland. Christian Fischbacher products are created with great attention to detail, a deep-rooted passion for quality materials and a constant drive for creative innovation.

Describe a typical working day
It is hard to say what a typical day is. It can range from traveling to a day full of meetings at the office. It is always interesting, exciting and creative, full of new ideas and inspirations.

What is inspiring you right now?
Various tones of green and aqua that become deeper into dark blue and petrol.

What do you think are currently the newest trends in the field of interior fabrics?
Soft touch surfaces, shiny is coming back and more calendaring, chintzing and metallic looks made from a technique that is not too loud, but more natural than in the past. Everything has to have a soft hand.

Without giving anything away – what can we expect to see from Christian Fischbacher in 2016?
The play between matte and shine and a fresh colour palette with hues of green and blue. What we are most proud of is our revolutionary textile innovation, ECO FR. ECO FR is the first fabric made of a natural mix of linen, viscose and cotton, that is both flame retardant and biodegradable. Innovative, patented technology is used to create a natural flame retardant yarn, without the use of any chemical additives because the fibres have been altered on a molecular level. ECO FR protects naturally against fire.

What makes you proud?
We are very proud about our Benu Recycled line (which we introduced in 2009 as a major innovation) and for the awards it has won, such as the Red Dot and material innovation awards.

What was your biggest career challenge until now?
As mentioned, the introduction of our Benu Recycled line, which was a decisive factor in defining and implementing the new visual language for our company’s communication.

What would you advise to other women who are in your position or are on the way to one? 
To pursue their vision, even if sometimes it seems difficult and inconvenient or if there is resistance against it. 

How do you wake up in the morning?
I am not a morning person, but my husband Micki wakes me up most mornings with a cup of tea. An indispensable tradition!

How do you relax after a busy working day?
Preferably in the circle of my family, in good conversations, by the fireplace.


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