Show report: Ambiente, Frankfurt, Germany
Susan Dickenson -- Home Accents Today, March 29, 2013
Munich-based HWS Design's lighting, gifts and decor handcrafted in pewter and brass. www.hws-munich.de
The fair was held Feb. 15-19 and hosted 4,688 exhibitors from 81 countries, up from 4,530 exhibitors in 2012. Messe Frankfurt's 27 exhibition halls were visited by more than 140,000 visitors, an increase of 2,000 over last year.
Nicolas Luc Villeroy of Villeroy & Boch said his company welcomed a "large stream of customers" to its space. "We are very pleased with Ambiente ... Our most important customers from Asia, North America and Eastern Europe, as well as our core markets such as Germany and France, visited us here. Overall, we have been able to maintain at last year's high level and
PAD Home Design, New South Wales, Australia. www.padconcept.com
This year, Ambiente welcomed France as "partner country," showcasing exhibitors and programming in lifestyle, creativity and design under the motto ‘La France un art de vivre.' Dr. Philipp Rösler, Germany's federal minister of economics and technology, and Sylvia Pinel, France's minister for crafts, trade and tourism, officially opened the fair. Exhibitors, special guests and members of the press were treated to a colorful French-themed opening night gala, and renowned French actress Catherine Deneuve toured the exhibition halls as a special guest. Ambiente will welcome Japan as the partner country for the 2014 fair.
Captivating critters, wares, lamps and outdoor objects by Borowski Glass Studio. www.borowski-glass.com
According to Thomas Grothkopp, managing director of the German Association for Tableware, Housewares and Home, "Ambiente was an extremely good event in all segments with interesting concepts for the specialist trade and super new products, many of them for discerning customers. The trade must have been here in its entirety."
"It is also good that nobody let the financial crisis and political confusion cast a shadow over their business activities," said Andreas Buske, member of the board of Zwiesel Kristallglas.
Eightmood presents eight new design concepts each year. The textiles and home accents company was founded in Malmo, Sweden in 2010. www.8mood.com
Trend scouts from German design consultants Bora, Herke, Palmisano distilled a variety of international influences from the worlds of product design, fashion, architecture and art into four overall trends, with several hundred products from exhibitors' latest collections. The four trends for Ambiente 2013, showcased under the banner theme "Welcome to the Jungle," were: Blossom Field, Classic Ground, Eccentric Domain and Contrasting Sphere.
For the first time, fair officials reported, more than half of Ambiente's visitors came from outside Germany. The top 10 visitor nations were Italy, France, The Netherlands, the United States, Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain, China, the Russian
Glass clocks by AMS Design, Black Forest clockmakers since 1848. www.ams-clocks.de
More show photos may be found in the "Ambiente 2013" photo album on Home Accents Today's Facebook page. Information about Ambiente and Messe Frankfurt is available at http://ambiente.messefrankfurt.com.
Clockwise, from top left: Sidebow sideboard from Jankurtzmobel's contract living collection, www.jankurtz.de; polyethylene vases by Joris Sparenberg, Duo Design Holland, www.duodesign.nl; Red Dot Design Award-winning Seaser lounge and Teaser ottoman, indoor-outdoor, Lonc, www.lonc.nl; porcelain star fruit bud vases by Des Pots, Netherlands, www.despots.nl.
In Ambiente's "Eccentric Domain" trend exhibit: Daycollection's 4meK chaircovers. www.daycollection.fr
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