Gifts Today magazine

Ambiente opens today!

Boasting an expanded dining sector, growth in H0ReCa, and more than 4,700 exhibitors expected from 190 countries, the leading international trade fair opens its doors in Frankfurt today

Under this year's motto - Ambiente - The Show - the world's leading consumer-goods event will take to the stage today, occupying the entire Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre for five days, through to February 17.

With more than 4,700 exhibitors expected, from some 89 countries, Ambiente is a must-visit at the start of the year, offering as it does three sections - Dining, Giving and Living - and delivering a complete spectrum of consumer goods for the table, kitchen, housewares, wining & dining, giving, living and furnishing.

The Dining section is the biggest you will find anywhere, with the entire easter part of the Exhibition Centre reserved for Dining. Across 16 halls, Dining represents the entire market for table, kitchen and household wares, with an incredible 2,200 exhibitors covering everything from the premium segment right up to the volume business.

We highlight some of the stands not to miss at Ambiente this year, with a preview of what to expect:


Hall 4.1 Stand B16

Visitors to Ambiente are in for a treat as Portmeirion Group gets ready to unveil a host of new ranges from across its award-winning portfolio of brands – Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel. One of the most eagerly anticipated launches comes from Portmeirion as it reveals its landmark collaboration with iconic British designer Ted Baker. Aptly named Ted Baker Portmeirion, the exclusive collection comprises of two capsule ranges – a 41-piece vintage floral fine bone china dinnerware range and a 22-piece porcelain giftware range. The celebrated Sophie Conran for Portmeirion range welcomes Sophie Blue to the family – a stunning 17-piece tableware range sporting a blue motif which is sure to delight fans of the award-winning collection. Further additions include Pebble – a new colourway, which can be mixed with the core Sophie Conran for Portmeirion range or used as a standalone pieces – and new lines extensions to the glass collection including a decanter and five-piece trifle set. Meanwhile, sister-brand Spode is proud to unveil Winter’s Scene – a vibrant and contemporary tableware range, offering a fresh interpretation of Spode’s traditional designs. The charming holly leaf and acorn motif is based on original designs from Spode’s archive. Royal Worcester is set to build on the popularity of the much-loved Wrendale Designs collection with some new charismatic animal illustrations and a plethora of giftware pieces. From adorable dogs and cats to cute pigs and bunnies, these gift-led items are set to be a hit with retailers. Finally, Pimpernel – the premier brand for tableware accessories – is proud to reveal a range of innovative new items. Puppy Club and Kitty Club offer six coasters each sporting a humorous animal image, whilst Coastal Signs is a rustic seaside range featuring placemats, coasters, and melamine trays.

Hall 4.1 Stand D05

For Ambiente 2015, Royal Doulton will be showcasing a number of different collections, Celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, Royal Doulton will present its 200th year Collection. Four design partners have worked closely with the Royal Doulton team to create unique products - limited edition pieces from renowned designers, such as Charlene Mullen and Barber Osgerby, to accompany new collaborative tableware collections. Additionally, special celebratory figurines from street artists Nick Walker and Pure Evil will be exhibited, further continuing Royal Doulton’s dedication to working with great British design talent. In an exciting new partnership with the renowned Hemingway family, Royal Doulton will also exclusively be launching the HemingwayDesign range. Working in line with Royal Doulton’s ethos to create design-led ceramics, the new HemingwayDesign collection offers contemporary accessories for decoration, as well as everyday use. From Royal Doulton’s core range, the brand new Pacific collection will also be shown. This takes influence from the sea and surrounding landscapes, making it perfectly suited to relaxed dining. In addition to this, the popular Gordon Ramsey Maze collection will be on display as a complete tableware collection bringing restaurant-style excellence to home dining. 

Hall 4.1 Stand G-20

Herend porcelain graces the offices and homes of emperors, film stars, athletes, business people and collectors all over the world. Handcrafted for nearly 200 years, Herend product is held in very high esteem. The graceful porcelain products from the Hungarian Manufactory represent the balance of tradition and innovation, blending the secrets of 19th century masters with 21st century innovation in design. This year’s Herend novelties which will have also been made in the spirit of tradition meets innovation: a blue jay figurine blends the traditions of naturalistic and stylised painting for a modern appearance; a baroque tea pot with rich reliefs is painted in on-trend colours, and a turtle delivers a surreal effect. As parts of a comprehensive concept, these products can be viewed on the Herend stand at Ambiente 2015. Also on show will be Rain forest, the main attraction of the Herend Manufactory, a huge porcelain tableau consisting of four parts and designed and painted by master painter Sándor Vida. 

Hall 4.0 Stand A-73

British flatware brand Studio William will launch new products at Ambiente 2015, including the new Studio William pattern, Balsa. Made from the finest 18/10 stainless steel, this pattern has a minimal, articulate aesthetic appearance, where the character of the pattern is defined by the hidden cut-away on the underside of each piece, providing the user with the ability to adapt the table aesthetic by turning each piece over. Each of the spoon bowls is different in width and volume to complement and enhance its function and application. Studio William will also introduce the HAL-approved Airline cutlery in two ranges, Baobab and Larch (pictured). Both in a mirror finish, each pattern is designed to include the strident requirements of Airline/Airport Security. Ambiente 2015 will also be the first showcase of the brand’s Good Design 2014 award-winning Sensory Textured Spoons. Each of the spoon designs has been created to simulate the sense of the touch on the lips and within the mouth, allowing more than the taste buds to be engaged with the act of eating. CEO and lead designer William Welch said, “We are really looking forward to people’s reaction to our new Sensory Spoons, as we feel that these are a great new way to experience fine dining and create memories”.

Hall 4.0 Stand E51

LSA International will be showcasing its exciting Spring/Summer 2015 collection at Ambiente. The new collection spans wood, porcelain and glass and presents innovative stackable designs – think serveware elevated on wooden stilts, colourful drinkware and additions to bestselling ranges in a collection that showcases craftsmanship of the highest standards. Be amongst the first to see this brand-new collection.

Hall 4.2 Stand J-81-J-91

At Ambiente 2015, Czech glass manufacturer Crystalex will unveil its completely new product range – a brand new series and a rainbow of decorations. There will be three new series in the brand’s stemware suites, including Grace, Rebecca and Kate, the latter a modern and comprehensive line in eight different sizes, catering to wine, beer, liqueur and champagne. Also new will be Gondola, a range of vases and bowls with crimped rims and in a variety of colours; as well as a new line of decanting carafes with a diagonal rim. On the decoration front, dozens of decors have been prepared for 2015: neON is all about the varying combination of four neon colours; while Ellipse is about colour-filled ellipses on stemware and tumblers using diamond engraving technology. See page xx for more information.

Hall 4 Stand D-05

This year at Ambiente, Wedgwood will reveal a new dining collection by long-term collaborator, Jasper Conran; some mixed material additions to its bestselling pattern Wild Strawberry; and the new Arris collection, which will herald a chic new direction for the brand. In recognition of a long-standing creative partnership between Jasper Conran and Wedgwood, Tisbury is a comprehensive range of premium everyday dinnerware fashioned from resilient materials such like porcelain, wood and glass, with a subtle embossment running throughout. To mark the 50th anniversary of the much-treasured pattern Wild Strawberry and the onset of the summer calendar, new additions in ceramic, glass and metal, perfect for stylish outdoor dining, will be available from May 2015. Hero pieces include the limited edition Punch Bowl, whose stunning lidded centrepiece features over 1,600 individually cut strawberry ‘pips’, as well as the Alfresco Epergne, a skilful reinvention of the 18th century centrepiece, fusing function and beauty for the contemporary luxury aesthete. Also in 2015, Wedgwood will unveil an exciting new design direction with Arris, a sumptuous collection of dinnerware, teaware, unique gifts and statement pieces. The new range comes in a mature palette of sensuous browns and blacks accompanied by opulent yet contemporary golds and coppers. Octagonal plates, elegant espresso cups, modern glassware and curved bowls with lustred copper bases all feature in Arris, as well as statement pieces such as the unique and desirable Treasure Box. 

Hall 4.1 Stand B-21

With the launch of its new look and feel and its new brand positioning, ‘Made of Strong Stuff’, highlighting the strength and quality of Denby stoneware, Denby has lots to shout about at Ambiente 2015. This new brand positioning is perfectly represented in its new collection Peveril, a vibrant, eye-catching and rock solid premium tableware range inspired by the English countryside. In addition, Denby will be showcasing two new ranges for the Monsoon Home Dinnerware Collection by Denby for 2015: Filigree is a delicate pattern with soft modern curves adorned in silver scrolls and inspired by traditional ornaments on fine cream china; Kyoto is an oriental-inspired floral in soft watercolours of aqua and blue with a bolder tangerine and pink on fine cream china. Both ranges include pieces for eating, drinking and serving. Known for its feminine and exclusive eclectic designs, Monsoon’s Dinnerware Collection blends together the exotic allure of Eastern colour and prints with a western bohemian style and influence. Combined with Denby’s expertise and manufacturing ceramics for more than 200 years, these collections are stylish, practical and durable – all can be used in the oven, dishwasher, microwave and freezer.

Hall 4.1 Stand C-51B

The German brand will reveal a number of extensions and new collections at the show, including a brand-new complete collection of dinnerware and coffeeware. Designed by Swiss textile designer Regula Studli, Les Fruits du Jardin (pictured) combines shiny red berries, white blossoms and the black fruits of the laurel shrub with vibrant lemon-yellow tones, delivering an airy new design that is reminiscent of sunny days in the South on the Brilliance collection. Always on the cutting-edge of porcelain production, Rosenthal will also reveal its collection of wall and table clocks – the Mitis Collection - made from colourful porcelain paste. Designed by Sebastian Herkner, a shooting star of the German design scene, the pieces combine functional and precise measurement of time with a trendy lifestyle concept. 

Hall 4.1 Stand G30

Thjs Ambiente 2015, luxury Czech crystal brand Moser Glassworks will present its new collection, Design Moser 2015. This collection will feature unique modern glass artefacts and art exhibits from the Moser Glassworks’ heritage, as well as the winning designs from the Ludwig Moser Award. “We are poets of our art. The works illustrate Moser’s personal stories of extraordinary colours and its many years of experience with exquisite craftsmanship. With these works of art, Moser transforms hot glass into crystal fantasies, bringing joy and poetry to life,” says art director of Moser glassworks, Lukas Jaburek.

Hall 4.2 Stand H-22

Renowned for the pioneering of tempered glass technology, French brand Duralex produces tableware and ovenware in tempered glass, which means its glass is virtually unbreakable and has high resistance to impacts and thermal shock. This gives all its glassware products high quality and durability and means its products can move smoothly from freezer to microwave. At the show, Duralex will showcase its recently launched new category of Ovenchef. Made from reinforced tempered glass, the ovenware range, which includes an assortment of oval and rectangular dishes, is resistant to a thermal shock of 200C and can withstand temperatures between -20C and 300C. It will also showcase its recently launched stackable cocktail dishes with lids and its two new hot beverage offerings – the 35cl Cosy mug and the 9cl espresso Caprice – as well as its standard range of tumblers, plates, dishes, bowls and other table accessories, available in six different colours.

Hall 4.2 Stand G01-G02

At Ambiente 2015, Rona will reveal a number of new novelties to its existing wide machine and handmade portfolio, with the all-new machine-made stemware ranges launched in upgraded gift boxed packaging. One new deluxe introduction is Flamengo, a modern well-balanced stemware with an impressively long stem and elegant drawn point bowl in five sizes. Also in five sizes is Vista stemware, an addition to Rona’s non-lead crystal machine-made portfolio. Grace is a range of over-sized wine glasses in four sizes and sets of two, making them highly giftable; while Nectar is a machine made tumbler series in three sizes and brilliant fine thin-walled glass. Rona will also launch a new range of machine produced contemporary carafes – Maipo and Salta – with tall bodies and long necks; as well as a varietal-specific programme of whiskey and spirits glasses, including ones for Japanese chilled sake, Caribbean dark rum and Russian vodka.

Hall 4.1 Stand A-74

At Ambiente 2015, Elia will showcase a new range of cutlery, the 18/10 stainless steel contemporary Effra collection. Nominated in the UK in the Catering Excellence Awards, the Effra range makes a stunning visual impact due to its distinctive and eye-catching design. With sleek curves, ergonomic design and heavy gauge, this pattern makes an exciting statement, as well as fitting comfortably in the hand. This range is crafted from 18/10 stainless steel, with a high-shine mirror finish. Elia will also highlight its successful range of Glacier premier bone chinaware, available in a 12-piece gift box. Lightweight yet strong owing to its bone ash content, the range includes 4 dinner plates, 4 side plates and 4 oatmeal bowls. In addition, Elia will present its extensive collection of cutlery, chinaware, bar and beverage items.

Hall 3.0 Stand G-74

Fashion-forward flatware company Hampton Forge will present a number of new collections under its signature Hampton Forge brand. A contemporary twist on antique style, Tuscany Antique features sleek shapes with a unique motif merged with richly textured antique-finish handles and is coated in 18/10 stainless steel. Pairing a mirror finish with 18/10 stainless steel, Hylton Snake takes ‘classic’ in a curvy new direction with triple-riveted enamel handles in a palette of sophisticated hues. Inspired by jewellery, Belvoir Gold is an arty design in 18/10 with a gold finish and richly polished to a mirrored gleam. Finally, finished in an on-trend copper finish, Paris Hammered Copper is a titanium-plated range with an exquisitely hammered texture with mirror polish finish that reflects the light, creating a dramatic statement on the table.

Hall 6.2 Stand A-10

This US company will give visitors to Ambiente 2015 a sneak peek of its brand-new lovely whiteware collection, Brinsley. Offering a modern edge with new elegant silhouettes, the 16-piece porcelain Brinsley collection provides a perfect canvas to any tablescape. The combination of a transparent glaze and clay make for a beautiful collection.

Hall 4.1 Stand H-03

Porcel will unveil its four new Spring 2015 Collections at Ambiente. Leaf combines colour and texture with different shapes and geometrics for a mix and match range of dining, tea and coffeeware. The colourful pop of mustard yellow, together with the classic shapes of fine porcelain, create a contemporary look with Porcel’s classic signature look. Inspired by rain drops, Silver Rain features platinum drops and specks of blue on fine porcelain dinnerware, teaware and coffeeware. A few selected pieces feature a blue coloured glaze with the silver drops elegantly placed. Nature is the inspiration for Sweet Garden collection, which features the ‘gold flower’ Chrysanthemum in pink and in grey very tiny dots, providing a gentle texture. Finally, the Atlantico collection is a celebration of the Atlantic Ocean in Portugal’s history and culture. In a deep and intense blue, pieces boast aqua lines and twinkling drops of high fire cobalt blue – traditional of Portuguese tiles. Gold details, reminisicent of Portugal’s rich empire, add luxury and elegance.

Hall 4.1 Stand G-03

Known for its exquisite craftsmanship and luxurious tableware, Prouna will unveil its new Art Nouveau collection. Inspired by forms of nature, the rounded and curvy pattern expresses flow and harmony. The bone china body is elegantly covered with pearl colours of either cream, brown or copper, as well as thousands of Swarovski Elements, which create fascinating light. The iridescent pearl colour of the body appears to change its colour in all of the different angles of view; while the hand decorated Swarovski Elements on the vase not only prove the craftsmanship of Prouna but create profound beauty.

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