At the Ambiente Fair after a week of hard work and showing many people around hall 4.0 and 11.0, the trend team hosts a small top 5 awards for the best designs in the trend tour. This article shows the top designs in hall 4! Thank you all for participating and most of all for joining our tours. We hope to see you all again next year at Ambiente 2018!
Number 5 - Cocktail glass by Jakobsen Design
The fifth place of this year goes to the ‘Cocktail Glass’ of Jakobsen Design. This design is a good example of the trend ‘Touch Thirst’.
This very special glassware is designed by Martin Jakobsen with his own brand Jakobsen Design. The glass we are talking about is designed as a cocktail glass and has been inspired by the form of the Pufferfish. The trend Touch Thirst is about inviting you to a tactile experience to help you escape reality. This tactile experience created by the specially made glass spikes is what makes the cocktail glass so special and another great example of the trend Touch Thirst.
Number 4 - Design for Chefs by Pordamsa
The fourth place goes to Pordamsa with their ‘Design for Chefs’. These plates are formed in a very natural way and are a part of trend ‘(Un)natural’.
The plates have organic shapes and look like actual elements from nature, while the designs are made of porcelain or glass. Some of the plates have the look and feel of a rock, but are not made out of this natural material. It is safe for the oven, microwave or dishwasher. Instead of presenting food in a specific natural form they adjusted their design to tableware that is more manageable. This way the food is more serviceable. This design fits the trend (Un)natural because the designer creates the illusion of using organic and natural materials while the materials used making these products are non-natural. The designer plays with elements of nature and brings back the organic forms in your kitchen.
Number 3 - Glass Design by Karina Wendt
The third place of this ceremony goes to Karina Wendt with her ‘Glass Design’. These glasses fit the trend ‘Rewind’.
Karina Wendt’s mother kept a porcelain collection in a box. She used the old porcelain lids from her mom to create these new jars within the collection. Karina thought it was cool to make new designs with these old lids. It is a combination of new blown glass by Karina and the traditional porcelain from her mother. The jars are multicolored and can be used as a jar for example for sugar or jewellery.
Because the designer re-defined authenticity by creating something new out of something old, this design is a good example of the trend Rewind.
Number 2 - Tablegram by Jose Maria Salgado
The second place goes to Jose Maria Salgado with his design ‘Tablegram’ which fits the trend ‘Rewind’.
The design is inspired by the Tangram puzzle, which is a thousands-year-old Chinese game. In this way, Jose wants to introduce ‘gamification’ with respect to the old Chinese culture. Gamification is the application of game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts. A method a lot of companies use these days in several business contexts.
The Tablegram plates are made from porcelain and the method used is slip casting. This is an old manufacturing technique using liquid clay and baking it on a temperature of 1380 degrees celsius. This design reminds Jose of a game he used to play as a child, which gives it a nostalgic feeling as well.
This product is a manifestation of the trend Rewind because it is creating a new form of innovation by using the traditional Chinese game in a modern way by adding the element of gamification in the design.
Number 1 - Industrial Plate by Faiencerie George
So that leaves only one more to go. The first place goes to Faiencerie George with his ‘Industrial Plate’ design. These plates are an example of the trend ‘Rewind’.
Nevers is a city in France and the materials and methods used to produce the plates haven’t changed since the old days. Instead of illustrating traditional monuments they decided to show industrial monuments of the 21st century. You can find the depicted industrial factories all around Nevers. The designers wanted to keep the idea of the traditional craftsmanship alive, but with illustrations that match the current zeitgeist.
The trend Rewind is about looking back at classics from a distant past and uses it as inspiration to create new designs. Therefore, this design fits the trend Rewind well.
We hope to see your next year!