The beginning of a new season is always a busy and exciting time of year for us, and this year the SS17 season was no different! January until the middle of February is always super hectic due to the amount of trade shows going on, honestly it feels like you are living out of hotels and airports for about a month straight! The last show we visit for the new Spring season is always Ambiente in Frankfurt Germany. (See our post from last year.)
Ambiente is one of our favourite shows as a lot of our brand partners normally exhibit here, meaning we get to have a good catch up as well as seeing their new SS17 collections in the flesh, which is always exciting! But Ambiente can also be a little bit daunting as there are 11 halls and some of the halls have 4 floors – now that is a lot of square miles to walk! Luckily each hall is clearly themed so you can go straight to the halls with products you are interested in, instead of walking around aimlessly and wasting time! Plus it saves your feet a lot of pain too! Our favourite halls for spotting upcoming trends and new designers are definitely halls 11.0 and 11.1, similar to hall 7 at Maison et Objet but with a bit of hall 6 thrown in too!
As we mentioned above, Ambiente is a great place to see a lot of our brand partners new collections in one place. So below we have created a round-up of all the exciting SS17 news from our brands…!
Aveva – Hall 11.0, Stand E49
Aveva Design, a Swedish based interiors and homewares brand, continues to expand their stunning collection which focuses on sustainable ideas and materials, such as wool and wood, to create colourful and functional homewares with the aim of ‘colouring up your life’! See our previous post to read more about Aveva.
We love the dreamy pastel tones used in making the Wave Vases, they look especially great when contrasted against the brighter shades of blue and orange! Perfect for freshening up a room ready for spring!
How great would these stylish Barstools, made from 100% wool and natural beech wood, look at a kitchen bar table?! We love the lemonade version, new for the SS17 season, perfect for adding a pop of colour to any room!
Bosign – Hall 11.0, Stand G50
Function combined with style is the hallmark of Bosign, a brother and sister team from Sweden, that make beautiful and innovative solutions for the home. Read more about Bosign’s award-winning designs from our previous post.
The Do-Dish Caddy, which is new from Bosign for the SS17 season, is the perfect all-in-one dish caddy! It provides organised storage for a variety of washing-up equipment, the integrated D0-Dish pump enables easy one-handed operation for applying just the right amount of dish soap, the concealed tray catches any excess drips and the hole on the side allows for easy draining, the non-slip silicone feet keeps it securely in place, the removable parts makes for easy cleaning, all wrapped up in a stylish, space-saving slim design!! Plus it won the Ambiente Kitchen Innovation of the Year 2017 Award – can it get any better?!
Hachiman – Hall 11.1, Stand B31
Hachiman is a family run company based in the Japanese countryside, that have set new standards for storage ranges for the home! We all need to store things in our living spaces, and now you can do it in style with Hachiman, whose storage products are so beautifully designed that you will want to put them on show, instead of hiding them away in cupboards!
How gorgeous is the new mustard shade from Hachiman for the SS17 season?! We LOVE it! It works so well with the more neutral grey, white and black colours, creating a sophisticated Scandi-inspired vibe, whilst adding a splash of sunshine perfect for brightening up a room for Spring!
Probably Hachiman’s most iconic product, the Omnioutil bucket is a multi-purpose item for which the number of uses are limitless! It can be used as a stool, storage box for indoor or outdoor use, a toy box, a gardening accessory, an ice-box, the options are endless. The new neutral shades will work well in any modern decor scheme.
Italesse – Hall 4.2, Stand G33
Born from the professional world of hospitality, Italesse, an Italian company, continues to delight and inspire with unique glassware lines and accessories.
We particularly love their Mares Collection, which they have added three new designs for the SS17 season: Argus Fish, Parrot Fish and Shell Fish. These stunning coloured glasses, inspired by the colours of the underwater world of coral reefs, are both hand-crafted and mouth-blown in Italy using traditional techniques making each glass unique. We can just imagine these glasses being used on a table overlooking the beautiful Amalfi Coast – the exotic colours and patterns just scream Summer gateways!
These mouth-blown, hand crafted glass tumblers new from Italesse, are perfect for enjoying summer drinks with friends. Their elegant spiral design adds an unique and sophisticated touch to the glasses.
Pappelina – Hall 11.0, Stand S00
Pappelina’s collection of stylish plastic indoor and outdoor rugs, handwoven using traditional Swedish techniques (see previous post for more details), simply goes from strength to strength every season, and they are now fully recognised as being the market leader as well as the company that created the market!! Talk about impressive!
This year Pappelina have focused on introducing new colourways, resulting in a rug and colour to suit every decor scheme.
There are now 20 colours in the Pappelina Mono Collection, which features a double hemmed edge, as well as 8 different size options – meaning you would be hard pushed not to find a Mono Rug to suit your home! We love the new Zinfandel and Rose Taupe shade, which is a gorgeous rich burgundy colour, whereas the vibrant Mustard and Lemon colourway is the perfect shade for adding a splash of sunshine to your home this Spring!
The Svea Collection has been expanded for the SS17 season to now include 12 colour options as well as 10 different sizes. With it’s metallic shine and double hemmed edges, the Svea Rugs offer a luxurious and elegant finish and look. We particularly love the new soft Lilac Metallic and Pale Rose colourway, which would look fab in a little girl’s room and compliment a soft scandi-inspired decor scheme perfectly.
Hukka Design – Hall 11.0, Stand A41
Apologises in advance for the poor images, but our phone died and these were the only images we managed to get!
Our final brand that exhibited at Ambiente was Hukka Design, a Finnish based company, that specialises in drinksware and home accessories made from natural Finnish Carelian Soapstone that is over 2 billion years old – now that’s what you called aged to perfection!!
New for the SS17 season, Hukka Design have launched a new collection of drinksware and drinking accessories called ‘Suomi Rocks’. To create the Suomi range, Hukka simply take a cube of 2 billion year old pure Carelian Soapstone and randomly crack it through the middle. This means that no two pieces are the same, and the only two pieces that will fit together perfectly are the two pieces from the original cube that was split in halve – what an amazingly unique gift!
Exploring the cities!
Whenever we visit different trade fairs overseas we always try to make time to see the city and surrounding areas. Whether to look and be inspired by new and exciting interiors and design stores, or simply to marvel at the impressive architecture and absorb the different cultures, it’s always important to take a break from work and explore! So here are a few pictures from our time in Frankfurt, including a stop in Cologne on the way there!
So that’s it, the last show of the SS17 season – well for us anyway. All of our brands have launched some really exciting and inspiring new products for the upcoming spring/summer season and the response from the customers (both existing and new) has been extremely positive and we can’t wait to see what the new opportunities for 2017 bring to the UK market!
Don’t forget you can explore and most importantly buy for yourself and your home most of our brands new SS17 collection’s on our webshop: www.homearama.co.uk
Thank you for reading and we hope you have inspired you for the upcoming season! 🙂