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Design highlights and trends from Ambiente in Frankfurt

Ambiente Frankfurt considers itself the most important consumer goods fair in the world with over 4800 exhibitors from over 90 countries and visitors from over 150 countries. Germany, and Frankfurt in particular, are perfectly located to represent a portal of trade and commerce between East and West. Modenus’s BlogTour was invited to attend the show with a group of design bloggers from the US and Canada and the team was stunned at the sheer size and diversity of the fair itself and its extensive exhibits and events.  The tour included three full days on the show floor which allowed us to explore the many highlights in the areas of Dining, Living and Giving as Ambiente categorizes its offerings.

A new collection of vessels designed by HRH Prince Carl Philip of Sweden for Stelton 

Under the Dining category we found everything from exquisite dinner and flatware to cooking supplies and small appliances; Living featured design objects that ranged from gorgeous textiles to rugs to home furnishings and finally, Giving, covered all things that one could possibly give as a gift including toys, home accessories and fashion items. The three days were also not even close to enough to explore all the show had to offer and we will definitely plan another visit for 2016.


We have collected our favorite finds, all things that make life a little bit more elegant, refined or luxurious for our readers here on DXV’s Decade XV. For more from the show please follow the hashtag #BlogTourAmbiente on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.

Versace collection at Rosenthal

New this year, Rosenthal's Mid Century modern inspired furniture collection 


Mid Century and Pastels the two leading show trends, here at Rosenthal

Rosenthal was show stopper at Ambiente with new introductions in its Versace collection and a most recent addition, introduced at IMM in Cologne, Rosenthal’s first foray into furniture!

Round and square shapes combine in Amazonia Anmut at Villeroy and Boch

Villeroy and Boch Terrine

Another dining favorite was Villeroy & Boch with its gorgeous new Amazonia Anmut collection and classic favorites like the iconic and beautifully presented terrine collection.

Japanese design was a major hit at the show with the most delicate ceramics

Speaking of color, there was no stopping the riot of color in the kitchen including pots & pans and glassware, a rainbow that ranged from bold colors to, what looked like one of the biggest trends at the show, pastels and two toned cookware.

A rainbow of beauty at Le Creuset

Le Creuset celebrates pastels

The team of BlogTour Ambiente takes a day to explore German culture at winery Guntrum in Nierstein. 

Le Creuset, top and center images, went all out in their pursuit of the perfect shade. In the US the we are currently seeing releases of black, navy and matte (both gloss and matte finishes)  but the future certainly sounds a lot more rosy, or purple, yellow and green for that matter. More pastels could also be found at Rosenthal who showed off their iconic paper bag vase collection in soft shades that beg to clustered in a composition of color and texture.

A new take on Delft at Blue D 1653

Scalamandre's Zebras on Lenox

At Lenox we found more focus on crisp color combinations like traditional blue and whites and the iconic Scalamandre Zebra on red backgrounds and, Delft with a twist stopped us in our tracks at Blue D 1653 where traditional delft patterns received a new lease on life with modern shapes and deconstructed designs.

Two toned cookware was a trend all over the dining sections

Another interesting trend was two toned cookware that was available through nearly every vendor. Designers are clearly tired of the same old black and stainless and for not-so-cooks like yours truly this trend certainly adds a new level of motivation to fire up the stove.

Gold leaf in acrylic at Bugatti

Laguiole Villages in matte black

Ambiente also featured a vast offering of flatware including the strikingly elegant gold leaf set by Bugatti and the classically elegant Laguiole knife collections which included a matte black finish and the trademark bee emblem on the handles.

Handmade vessels and pots at Des Pots 

Profusion of flowers at Des Pots 

Playful whimsy and multi dimensional design abounds at Des Pot 

And finally, Des Pots from France put a smile on our collective faces with its handcrafted vases and urns in the most creative patterns, finishes and designs.

BlogTour Ambiente afterhours 

Thank you for joining BlogTour Ambiente’s round up of Ambiente 2015 and be sure to follow our team online at #BlogTourAmbiente for more from the show.