Every year we organize our own award ceremony in hall 11.0 (Living). For the first time ever we organized an award ceremony at our second booth in hall 4.0 (Dining) as well. We are very thankful for the cooperation with the designers and wanted to put them in the spotlights ones more. We proudly present to you the Top 5 design products of our Ambiente Trend Tour 2016 in hall 4.0. These designs were nominated because they represented the trends the best.
THE WINNER: ENJOY YOUR MEAL
This salt and peppershaker from the ‘Enjoy Your Meal’ collection, designed by Kathleen Reilly, is a perfect example of the trend Synergetic. We spotted this trend signal at the Young Talent Booth. These shakers are always used separately, even though they are never far apart, but now they are really close together; connected by a small bar. If you want to have salt you can use the pepper as a handle and the other way around. This way the salt and pepper complement each other, just like what happens in your favorite dish.
SECOND PLACE: SEDIMENTI IVV95
Trend: Raw by Nature
The beautiful Sedimenti vases we saw at IVV952, designed by Italian designer Ilaria Marelli, are a very good example of the trend Raw by Nature. We spotted this signal at F80. Mainly because of the materials, glass and the wood from a Tuscan grape tree, but also because nature and its organic characteristic shapes are literally incorporated within the design. The Tuscan grape tree branch is the foundation of the design. All the vases are individually hand blown around the branches. Each Tuscan grape tree branch makes every single vase unpredictable and that is one of the keywords from the trend Raw by Nature.
THIRD PLACE: POLYCARBONATE
These designs, the plate and champagne glass from the polycarbonate collection by Mepra, which is named after the material it’s made from, is a good example of the trend Synergetic. We spotted this trend signal at C40. The plate and the glass function perfectly without each other, but they can also be put together. This makes both designs even better. You can truly see how complementary the designs are.
The material, the polycarbonate, is so strong that a vise can not even crush it. We tried to stand on in (with full weight!) and the champagne glass survived. A very convenient extra during dinner parties.
FOURTH PLACE: GAYA
Trend: Raw by Nature
The ‘Gaya’ collection, at booth B62, was designed by Sola Switzerland in coproduction with a group of traditional Indonesian craftsmen. The bowls are a perfect example of the trend Raw by Nature. They fit this trend because of the material they are made of; real lava stones. What is more ‘Raw’ in nature than a volcano?
Another aspect of this trend is not just the raw look and feel of nature, but also the force that comes with it. This product does not show the force literally, but the raw material for this product is a result of the force that nature, in this case a volcano, put into it. That is why this is a perfect example of the trend Raw By Nature.
FIFTH PLACE: NEO+
The NEO+ design by Makoto Komatsu was presented at Japanese Ceramics, booth B70, a booth that represents various designers. The vases by Komatsu fit the trend Synergetic perfectly.
These vases fit this trend because they look fragile and nice separately, but together they give a stronger and surprising aesthetic. Together the vases are complementary and enhance each others’ beauty.