Today is one of those unusual days where Dallas is actually cold. Even icy… how bizarre to think that it was warmer in Frankfurt last week when I was there for the Ambiente Show. Southerners do NOT know how to drive in cold weather – where I grew up, flurries could shut the city down. Here, a little slush and ice equate to closed schools and businesses. Nothing like New England, but still to be taken seriously.
So… I have been pouring over photographs from the show, enjoying my favorite finds all over again from the comfort of my office. My bucket list has been amended to now include dishes. Let’s be frank: I need more storage and lots of it if I plan to have all of the dishes I would like to entertain with. I will warn you now that this post is photo heavy, so I plan to keep quiet while you peruse my favorite dining finds from Ambiente Show. You can thank me now for giving you a VISUAL tour; just walking the halls to find these items might log an easy 5-7 miles onto your jawbone or fitbit – I kid you not. The odds are good that your most comfortable business attire shoes are no match for this tradeshow track meet. The show is enormous – so big that it even has a dedicated stop on the S-Bahn – 4,800 vendors – and over 140,000 attendees. Ambiente is the biggest kitchen, household and table trade show in the world (and the 3rd biggest trade show in the world in general). It occupies what I will call a campus of interconnected buildings with moving walkways to help get you to your next destination. The U.S. was Ambiente’s partner country this year, so Ambiente wisely partnered with Veronika Miller of Modenus – which is how I got invited. Lucky me to be part of such a great group.
So… what did we see in Frankfurt? Frankly, a LOT. Between schnitzels, apfelwein, meet ups in the Architectural Digest Lounge or with the Prince of Sweden, and the multitude of other plans that Veronika managed to squeeze into our days and evenings, we were free to explore the show on our own. If I told you everything we did you might think we spent a month in Germany. Veronika is famous for saying “you can sleep on the plane home” with a devilish grin. You can only see so much in a day before your feet give out and your brain fogs from the sensory input- trust me when I say there was no better sight than the Press Lounge chairs at the end of each day. The table top halls filled an entire building – which was so big that it had its own restaurant and grocery store. Today we will just focus on Ambiente Dining Trends. Read between the lines: there’s more to come. If you like what you see here, I highly recommend that you check out the blogs of the other participants of Blogtour Ambiente. There is no way that any two people saw the same things.
[Tweet “In two words, here is what is trending for tabletop: Color & Pattern.”]
[Tweet “Herend is the Hermes tie of porcelain. Pigment meets pattern with perfection.”]
Villeroy & Boch prepares us for grilling season with thoughtfully designed dishes to make your outdoor gourmet cooking present beautifully and look easy. Sauce on the side? No problem, see top left dish above. A skewer plate for grilled kebobs is shown above with lots of other carefully sectioned dishes that cater to the tough job of being a guest.
Which brings me to cocktails.
[Tweet “Barware Recap: #FranklyMyDear, it is always 5:00 somewhere- in Germany we say Zum Wohl! #blogtourambiente #FRANKfurt #ambiente15 @ambientefair @modenus”]
A Floral Sidenote:
Riedel also has beautiful vases and blossom dishes. Used together, even better. These small dishes are a brilliant way to use fewer flowers and keep the sight line clear across a dinner table. I love the row of them.
Back to Vessels:
Design With a Sense of Humor:
Fine Tabletop Jewelry:
Last but not least…
See more images on my INSTAGRAM acct, and stay tuned for the next installment of show coverage…. until then, cheers!
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