Product Designers and Trends to Watch

Product Designers and Trends to Watch

Sarah Rainwater
Feb 28, 2011

Ambiente, which took place a few weeks ago at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the largest consumer goods trade fairs, featuring trends and new work in the product design market. Though I didn't attend the fair, here are some of my picks from the goods featured at the event worth keeping an eye out for in the coming year.

Similar to the trends exhibition at Heimtextil, a textile design trade fair at the same venue that I attended in January, the trends identified at Ambiente by Style Consultants bora.herek had a sense of looking at the past — be it toward craftsmanship, primitivism, or multi-cultural traditions — while also bringing those ideas toward the future through technology, sustainability, and a sense of playfulness. Defined as 'Cute,' 'Raw,' 'Refined,' and 'Mash,' the display pulled a variety of products from the consumer goods market that fit the different trend definitions. Click through the image gallery above for additional information about the trends and designers.

Check out Janel's posts from the front lines of last year's Ambiente 2010

Images: 1-4, 9 (left), 10 (right): Pietro Sutera; Others as linked in gallery

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