Maybe you’ve already read some blogs about the many great designs we saw at Ambiente and if you did, you will notice that this one is a little bit different. In this blog you will find out what our top 5 of products of hall 11 is, which fits the trends the best and who is the lucky winner!
The last few days we gave trend tours through hall 11 where we showed 11 products of different exhibitors.
THE WINNER: POOH
Trend: Tangible Tech
We surround ourselves with a lot of technological devices and many people leave these devices and their power turned on. We are not aware of the use of technology anymore.
If you recognize this behaviour, the Pumplight Pooh lamp by Pega D&E will be a light for you. We spotted this design at booth B40. Pooh is an interactive lamp for which you have to use your own physical energy to turn on the light. When you squeeze the pump, which is attached to the lamp, the ‘balloon’ will grow and eventually the light will turn on. When you keep squeezing, the light in it will get brighter till it reaches his max. Even to turn off the light you have to use some physical energy: the light only will turn off by opening the escape valve. Due to this effort, this lamp makes us aware of our use of technology and the power it consumes. Therefore it’s a good example of one of our trends, Tangible Tech.
SECOND PLACE: MESH
Due to mass production and a growing range of markets, consumers find it more difficult to find products that fully display their identity. As a result consumers search for a deeper bond with their products.
This design, spotted at booth G10-6 at the Young Talents is called MESH. It is designed by Patrick Iu and Mattias Chrisander. If you purchase the design, you purchase a flat packed metal plate, which you can personally mould into any desired shape. With this design, you get the opportunity to give it your own personal touch and create a unique shape. Also, when you purchase two MESH designs, you can combine them together in one creation. MESH is designed in a way that the fastening is already integrated and there are no tools needed if you want to add one MESH to the other.
MESH is an example of the trend Transcreation, where interaction with the product leads to a more meaningful experience and it shows your own personality.
THIRD PLACE: THE CURVE CANDLE HOLDERS
Nowadays we see that the perspectives of individualism and togetherness are being combined to create a strong harmonious form. Being individualistic yet together gives people, or components, the chance to be complementary to one another.
At booth B 40 we spotted The Curve Candle Holders by LIND DNA. They are two simplistic designed candleholders. The candleholders can be used separately or they can lean on each other due to an integrated magnet to ‘glow together’, symbolizing siblings who need to grow together, thats why this design fits the trend synergetic. The great part of this design is that it’s an aspect of the project ‘Glow Together’ by LIND DNA in corporation with Terre des Hommes. With the project they want to improve the lives of families and siblings in Arusha, Tanzania, where siblings often get separated. When you purchase the candleholders, an amount is going to this charity, which is fighting to keep siblings in Tanzania together. So it’s not only glow together, but also grow together.
FOURTH PLACE: MATRIX
Trend: Tangible Tech
Nowadays we cann’t imagine a life without technology. Many people have a television in their home and when it is on, it consumes all attention.
The next design we spotted at booth B51 is all about this. The design is called Matrix, which is designed by Wolf Udo Wagner. It’s a led screen inspired by traditional craftsmanship and it’s made of traditional Japanese woodwork and paper. The system of Matrix has a diverse scale of contents and you can also display your own favourite videos by the use of an USB stick. But what the difference is between a normal television and Matrix is that Matrix displays everything in a more abstract way. Therefore it is more on the background serving as a mood setting decoration piece. Because of the material and the abstract visuals, MATRIX creates more consciousness about the impact of technology of our lives. Therefore it is a good example of the trend Tangible tech.
FIFTH PLACE: TALKING
Trend: Daily Fling
The Millennial generation is dealing with the constant pressure to make decisions, perform and work towards future goals. Now we want to find a balance between the pressure and the desire to revel in life. They want to experience something relieving: a discontinuity to take a breath from the seriousness and this oppressive feeling.
Talking, designed by Nendo, is an example of the trend named Daily Fling. We spotted this design at booth C49. The design makes your dining experience more light and fun. All the different facial expressions are inspired by the pronunciation of the words in Japanese for the content the design itself holds. Shoyu – soyasauce, Shio – salt and Koshou – pepper. The details of the design bring a subtle smile on your face while giving your food some extra flavour.
We want to thank all the exhibitors who were a part of the trend tour for their enthusiasm and their warm welcome every time we stopped by with our tour.
Thank you all!
Written by Marysa Vos
On behalf of the Ambiente Trend Tour Team 2016