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Publication Date: 2015-04-26


Dining Trends: The Ambiente Lookbook

Having visited Frankfurt's Ambiente Show in February, my head is swimming with dining inspiration. In two words, here is what is trending for tabletop: color & pattern.

I've 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.

I'll start with one of my favorites, the Bristol Belle pattern by Royal Crown Derby. The Brits know a thing or two about china. This upbeat pattern it comes in two fab colorways. Yes please to both.

That was just a visual amuse bouche. There is so much more to see, and it is elegant. Come shop the show recap with me here.


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