My trip to Ambiente with Modenus’ BlogTourAmbiente in Frankfurt, Germany was a whirlwind of size, dimension, design inspiration and global trends. I love traveling internationally to see what design trends are populating the design showroom floors and which ones will have an influence on American design. Another factor to consider is that the Ambiente consumer goods fair is not just about interior trends, it is about how our world is designing living, dining, and gifting products to embrace our ever-changing world and how we live in it.
#BlogTourAmbiente – Best Global Design Trends at Ambiente
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David Wiechmann, Editor in Chief of the design publication, ‘PM Designer’s Special’ said it best,
” The question where interior design ends will commonly have to be answered in a more more differential way…. We will cover not just tables built also the tableware on them. Not only the pure room at such, but also the atmospheric accessories in it. “
With Ambiente being the largest consumer goods fair in the worldwide it was hard to narrow down just a few trends. Although a few did stand out from the United States, Denmark, Lebanon, and the Philippines embodied design trends that I see every corner of the world embracing in the upcoming months.
Here are my favorite picks of global trends at Ambiente:
Take a look at my favorites and see links to the brand to go search their entire collection!
United States – ‘Optimistic & Uplifting’
This year the United States was the partner country for Ambiente and NYC based Designer
Scott Henderson wowed visitors at his booth that:
“…expressed the USA at a glance in a way that everyone would perceive as optimistic and uplifting”
It was a pleasure to see Scott’s refreshing take on everyday household items that are multifunctional with a modern design aesthetic that is whimsical yet clean-lined.
United States – Nambe
I fell in love with Nambe – a tableware company that is headquartered out of my western roots of Sante Fe, New Mexico with their organic driven housewares line. The company creates crystal glassware, barware and is now moving into tabletop pieces that look beautiful being cooked in or on your table.
My good friend Susan Serra armed me with a mission before going to Ambiente “take pictures of any great Scandi products you see.” I had my eyes peeled for great Scandinavian design and Normann Copenhagen was my favorite. All of the household items reminded me of children’s building blocks with their warm and smooth wood materials and minimal details. The lighting in the bottom left hand photo is from LIND DNA out of Denmark and I loved the industrial inspired filament lighting.
Lebanese Metal Designs
Kafka Goes Pink was even more beautiful in person. The copper and bronze fixtures are hand cut and deliver lighting patterns on the wall that is awe-inspiring.
“Pure contemporary lines, a subtle and exquisite oriental baroque, Kafka Goes Pink is borne of the love of a Lebanese artist to his country and its eras of know-how. Union and fusion of an ancestral handicraft and a visionary designer, Kafka Goes Pink invites you to luxury, sensuality and authenticity.”
Organic Living – Philippines
O Living was the very first exhibit I stopped at when visiting Ambient and I think I spent thirty minutes in awe of the organic materials and beautiful textures of their outdoor and organic living products.
“For its unique interior and design products, which are made by hand in the Philippines, it selects only the highest-quality natural materials, including bone china, wood, mother-of-pearl, metal and natural stone.The great feeling that all O living products emanate originates not solely from the harmonious design of the products but also from O living’s business philosophy, which is based on honesty and durability.”
Eva Solo – Danish – Organic Living
Eva Solo had a host of Danish household products that are practical yet strongly designed with the end user in mind.
“Eva Solo creates exclusive, Danish-designed furnishing accessories and kitchenware characterised by aesthetic appeal, functionality and high quality. Tools which are a pleasure to look at, use and own.”
From outdoor grills to indoor water bottles, tea kettles and tea leaves holders – I could have spent all day in their booth!
This bird feeder (above) is made from hand blown glass was one of my favs.
To wrap up all the trends in just one post would take days! Although these were my absolute favorite global trends from the Ambiente fair!
See highlights of our amazing night with Villeroy & Boch with BlogTourAmbiente here.