Among the 69 exhibitors covering the spectrum of small domestic appliances include the Ariete Division of De’Longhi Group, Jupiter, Kitchenaid, Unold, Vitamix, Carrera, Severin and Smeg.
Unique products to watch out for include the palm-sized Monkey loudspeaker from Palomar, StirrTime gravy stirrer from Üutensil, SensoRed frying pans from Fissler and stainless steel Multitop lid from Mono.
Proceso Colectivo by French-Mexican couple Ariane Lhomme and Jonathan Almanza gives Mexican arts and craft a boost with scarves, bags, cushions and decorative articles made by small art and craft businesses. From Denmark, Bovictus in Hall 8 is a newcomer in the Interiors and Decoration section and specialises in gifts and household items for the kitchen and bathroom, including a bathroom line Ume by designer Trio VE. Gran Living by Kathrine and Per Gran Hartvigsen presents Aytm furniture featuring bold Danish design.
Munich-based Kokon’s unusual home accessories, textiles and small furniture will impress with its Happy Day collection, colourful, embroidered cushions from India, baskets and tea candles.
Around 40 young entrepreneurs, brands and studios and their contemporary product ideas for urban lifestyles will be on show at the special areas of Halls 11.1, 11.0 and 9.2. Great product ideas are plentiful at Ambiente: from the award-winning Spanish brand Closca with its new folding bike helmet in the Next area of the Young & Trendy Hall 11.1 to French brand Louise Carmen’s unique notebook, Danish-label Nichba Design and its space-saving living concepts and steel furniture for city nomads at Next in the Loft Hall 11.0, and Munich designer Sebastian Frank’s everyday products, The Next area of Hall 9.2, dedicated to the next generation of jewellery and personal accessories, is taken up by names such as Bimbesbox (customised and hand-made products) and Berlin-based Kalaika (cult ECO net bag and trendy jewellery).
Accessories and jewellery
Both innovative and traditional products abound in the Genuine and Fashion Jewellery, Personal Accessories, Fashion, Bags and Leatherware areas in Hall 9.2, which covers more than 14,000 sq m. French brand Les Georgettes (modifiable bracelets and rings), German craft studio Sonnenleder (handbags and other fine leather items), and Italian manufacturer Ebarrito (lifestyle bags) are names to keep track of. Pop by Next Boulevard to explore the next generation of jewellery, accessories and fashion items; and Talents on the southern side of Hall 9.2, which showcases those with their first fashion and jewellery designs, but who have yet to establish their business.
Thirty-one young designers, studios and university graduates from 16 countries will present their refreshing designs in three areas. Notable ones from Dining in Hall 4.0 are Berlin product designer Anna Diekmann (porcelain ware) and Danish glass artist
G William Bell. At the Loft area in Hall 11.0 are Dutch brand Jonghlabel (Matmatic rattan chairs) and Finnish furniture designer Antrei Hartikainen. Dutch designer Billie van Katwijk (Ventri handbags) and German goldsmith Caroline Denter will impress at the Fashion Accessories area in Hall 9.2.
Ambiente 2018 will be held from Feb 9 to 13 at the exhibition grounds of Messe Frankfurt. Opening times for the trade fair are Friday to Monday, 9am to 6pm, and Tuesday, 9am to 5pm. Visit www.ambiente.messefrankfurt.com for more information. This article first appeared on Feb 5, 2018 in The Edge Malaysia.