Ambiente Trends 2018

Ambiente Trends 2018

In Design, Trade Shows, Trends by Europa Regina

Tradition meets innovation

What is new? What stays the same? The interior design trends of the future will be on show in a comprehensive presentation of merchandise at the international consumer goods trade fair Ambiente from 9 to 13 February 2018.

Ambiente Trends 2018 video
Ambiente Trends 2017

All research and curatorial work for Ambiente Trends 2018 is handled by bora.herke.palmisano Trend Bureau. The trend scouts have been filtering the relevant seminal influences in design, art, architecture, fashion and lifestyle. This involves selecting products of Ambiente exhibitors and showcasing them in the form of trend worlds.

As a heading for their trend message, they have chosen the terms “Fusion, Link and Connection”. “This is because each of the four thematic areas comprises several and sometimes even seemingly contradictory aspects,” says Annetta Palmisano from the bora.herke.palmisano Trend Bureau. “It’s increasingly about a quest for well-being, meaning and alternative options. The focus will be on everyday things, handmade items, sustainability and being future-proof.” This will be specifically reflected in four stylistic directions: Modest Regenerations, Colourful Intentions, Technological Emotions and Opulent Narrations. The design that will be presented has been impacted by numerous influences, ranging from rustic simplicity to hints of Baroque opulence.

The trade fair will include exclusive guided tours and talks by the design studio, offering intensive glimpses of the four trend worlds. On each day of Ambiente, at 11:30 hrs and 14:30 hrs, Annetta Palmisano will give a talk on the presentation platform of the Ambiente Academy, with plenty of examples of tomorrow’s design language. After each session she and Claudia Herke will take the audience on a guided tour of the trends showcased at Galleria 1. Ambiente Trends will be supported by a brochure with a clear presentation of the research, using colour palettes as well as sample products and materials. Retailers will thus receive valuable stimuli for the coming year.

Four trend worlds for 2018

Modest Regenerations – plain and simple

Ambiente Trends 2018 - modest regenerations

A trend which is both contemporary and timeless while also being plain and relaxed. It stands for a clear, contemporary concept of living space, combining well established ideas with new ones. The preferred materials will be wood, stone, concrete, ceramics, bamboo and cast iron – either glazed or enamelled – as well as linen and wool, in natural colours.

Colourful intentions – ethical claim combined with strong colours

Ambiente Trends 2018 - colourful intentions

This style stands for strong, bright colours, powerful patterns, dynamism and vitality. The mixture of materials, recycling and upcycling, are backed up by an ethical claim, ensuring that products are not just impressive, but also sustainable. Recycled plastic, metal, wood and textiles are presented in chequered patterns, stripes and decorative borders. Technological emotions – innovative Materialien in emotionalem Design.

Opulent Narrations – the courage to be opulent

Ambiente Trends 2018 - opulent narrations

A courageous trend world with a penchant for eccentricity and historical quotations. This picturesque look is marked by precious oriental materials and a love for opulent details. It involves the use of artistically decorated porcelain, precious stones, ornate leatherwork, brocades, embroidery and relief carvings.

Technological Emotions – innovative materials in an emotionally appealing design

Ambiente Trends 2018 - technological emotions

A stylistic direction with an impact that is visionary, sophisticated and sensitive at the same time. Experimentation with new technologies has created an impression not of cool pragmatism, but of a design that appeals to the emotions. It includes some uncommon combinations of materials and products, e.g. paper and linen. Other elements that speak to the senses are super-thin films, soft textile structures and innovative visual accents.


Ambiente, the leading international trade fair
Ambiente is the leading international trade fair and the world’s number one in products associated with dining, cooking, household goods, gift items, jewellery, fashion accessories, interior decoration, ideas for the home and furnishing accessories. It is “The Show” for an entire industry. The breadth and width of Ambiente make its unrivalled product range unique throughout the world. Ambiente 2017 featured around 4,460 exhibitors and attracted 141,000 trade visitors from 154 countries, presenting traditional and innovative products for five days. This most important global consumer goods trade fair offers a wide range of events, programmes for newcomers, trend presentations and award ceremonies.


Header photo:
Trend world: Modest Regenerations (Brut / Konstantin Gricic / Magis, Canteen coffeetable / Piet Hein Eek, Collar / Daniel Debiasi & Federico Sandri/Stelton, CUTTER BENCH 120 / Niels Hvass / Skagerak, Drop Candle Holder / Anton Björsing/Skagerak, Edge / Stilleben / Skagerak, Emma / Holmbäcknordentoft / Stelton, Flex Chair / Christien Meindertsma Label /Breed, Fulla Canister / Skagerak, Hover Bowl / Menu, Madia / Piero Lissoni / Boffi, Miskito Lounge Chair / Herman Studio /Skagerak, Nordic Bowl / VE2 / Skagerak, Officina / Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec /Magis, PU-erh / Xavier Mañosa / Marset, Punched mesh lamp in shiny inox / Piet Hein Eek, Raw / Philipp Mainzer / e15, Stool 60 / Alvar Aalto / Artek, Waste table in scrapwood / Piet Hein Eek)