Direct from Market: Frankfurt
Bessie Nestoras Knoblauch -- Gifts & Dec, February 21, 2013
Just under 4,700 vendors from 81 countries exhibited at Ambiente, held February 15-19 in Frankfurt, Germany. There were more than 140,000 visitors, with the U.S.A. being one of the top 10 visitor nations.
Luxury items were prevalent throughout the show in all areas. In tabletop, WWRD focused on luxury in both its Waterford and Wedgwood brands. This market, Waterford focused on a new way to modernize the brand taking a lifestyle approach with three new collections. London is an executive desk collection featuring crystal accessories, including iPad and iPod chargers. The new line also includes a barware collection comprised of decanters, a pair of DOF
Royal Crown Derby
Not to be outdone, Wedgwood also launched its own Luxury Collection. The line includes jewelry, decorative accents, candles, espresso cups, scarves and more. It is made entirely in England with the exception of the silk scarves which are made in Italy. Wedgwood also introduced Ashlar a multi-shaped dinnerware
Royal Crown Derby turned to its archives this market and offered Windsor, an archival pattern featuring an ornate gold pattern with accents of cerulean and light blue, as well as Heritage, another archival pattern from 1909.
For the ultimate in luxury goods, how about dinnerware, flatware and glassware from Aston Martin? The pattern is simply elegant with a gray and platinum geometric pattern, coordinating flatware and stemware. And for an afternoon excursion, a picnic basket for two complete with plates, flatware, bottle opener, cups and salt and pepper shakers.
Rosenthal's Versace collection is always about glamour and luxury. And this market the designer takes a nod to ancient Greece with Iconic Heroes. The pattern features the Greek key around the dinner plate and warriors "marching" around the bread and butter plate.
Luxury goods weren't just limited to the table. Fur—whether real or faux—throws and pillows were spotted throughout the show. And new to this year's fair was Luxury Scents-an area located in the Living section that highlighted high-end home and personal fragrances from Italy, France, Great Britain and Germany.
Villeroy & Boch
Continuing with a more modern-yet no less stylish-approach to the table, Villeroy & Boch introduced Artesano, which the company describes as modern country chic. It is a comprehensive collection made up of dinnerware and serveware offered in wood and ceramic. It is designed to be used for pasta, pizza, tapas and barbecues. The company is celebrating its 265th anniversary and in honor of this, Villeroy & Boch took its Old Luxembourg pattern and placed it on New Wave, Flow and Urban Nature. Adding to the charm, Boch's ceramic recipe is also featured. The collection is limited to this year.
Barbecue accessories seemed to be everywhere at this market. From grills to accessories to tools, there was no way one could miss that this is a category that is trending up. Villeroy & Boch's Artesano collection is an all-purpose line, but the
Grills also made an appearance at the fair. Among them Weber, familiar to the U.S. market, exhibited its selection of grills and Lotus Grill, a company based in Germany, offered a compact, smoke-free barbecue perfect for taking on a picnic and available in six bright colors.
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