The Story Continues from The Trend Curve™ April 2012 issue. This post includes ten extra images, for Members only, from Michelle Lamb’s trend-tracking trip to Ambiente in Frankfurt, Germany.
Michelle Lamb’s Favorite Housewares from Ambiente:
- Tatau knives from Alessi with instructional “tattoos”: on the blades.
- The ring at the center of the Beater whisk, from Normann Copenhagen, pulls down, folding this piece flat. No wonder it won the Red Dot design award!
- WMF’s brilliant move seems so simple: build a countdown timer into a hand mixer. Voila: The Kult mixer!
- Koziol says their Unplugged coffeemaker, which uses ground coffee beans, “sells like mad” as a countertrend to the pod craze.
- Pavoni Italia’s Bloom pot is made from LCP technopolymer, which not only can withstand high temperatures, but can also be used in the microwave, as well as conventional ovens. Also freezer safe. This is another innovation in cookware!
- CeramicPlus, from Villeroy & Boch goes from prep to oven to table to fridge or freezer without skipping a beat. But what I like best about this range is the accompanying colorful silicone pieces. Transparent-colored and food-safe lids come in three sizes and three colors (Fuchsia, Honey, Lagoon). Matching opaque heat-resistant mats have a “fun” factor: each one can be divided to form three separate mats – the coloured, square exterior form, the white inset C and the white inset +. A choice of serving utensils and kitchen textiles completes the collection.
- The BISTRO Stand Mixer from Bodum, with a 700-watt motor and six speeds, comes with a stainless-steel mixing bowl with a silicone-covered handle to make it easy to grasp/transport/pour, and a splash-guard attachment so you can add ingredients while the mixer is operating. Available in black or colors.
- Wrap It by Lurch is so simple! Made of LDPE plastic (inside) and polyester/cotton (outside), this reusable food wrap is a practical way to make an eco-statement.
- Breaking the paradigm for displaying flowers at home, Thomas debuted wall vases in great colors. Try using them instead of pictures.
- Blue (by Royal Delft) updated the fruit ring concept when they modernized a classic Blue Delft pattern for the ring, and paired it with a mat using the look of on-trend perforation.