Ambiente: Casual Dining and Entertaining Take Center Stage

Also evident is the influence of underwater sea life on designs
February 15, 2016Allison Zisko

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FRANKFURT,Germany—Dinnerware and barware appropriate for casual entertaining and eating take center stage here at Ambiente, along with geometric designs, a mint colorway offset by varied brights, gold accents and the influence of underwater sea life.

Riedel’s newest decanter, called Ayam, has a compact form, is comfortable in the hand and emits a reassuring gurgle as it aerates. It is named after a black-feathered chicken in anticipation of Chinese New Year 2017. To celebrate its 260th anniversary, Riedel is offering several value packs and pricing, including an 8-pack of O glasses for $99 and a 6-pack of Vinum stems for $99.

Zwiesel is making the strongest barware statement at the fair with the introduction of the beautiful and functional Air and Air Sense, which features a mouthblown glasssphere at the base of the glass that continuously aerates wine in the glass. It is available in several shapes and sizes and also comes without the bubble. New Mystic vases and bowls in Scott Zwiesel’s Living collection, meanwhile, are inspired by the underwater world, mimicking a stream of water bubbles rising to the surface.

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Royal Crown Derby has two new dinnerware patterns for spring: Broadway, an Art Deco-inspired design in black and gold with a parquet look, and Oscillate, a more casual pattern with a small black, white and yellow geometric print.

Deshoulieres is launching numerous dinnerware designs in both artisanal looks and more classic, embellished patterns. Neptune and Aurore Boreale are handpainted in a soft palette while Graphic features colorful tick marks on bright white on a black or gold grid.

Vista Alegre introduces Blue Ming by designer Marcel Wanders, a re-interpretation of traditional Delft Blue porcelain.

Rosenthal’sPalazzo Roro pattern honors Philip Rosenthal’s birth 100 years ago with a pig design (yes, a pig, a nod to a bet made between Rosenthal and Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius that involved the pigpen Rosenthal kept in his yard). The dinnerware is elegant—gold hatching represents the hay from the pigpen and the pig makes only an occasional appearance on the accent pieces.

Richard Ginori celebrates its 280th anniversary with Babeli, containing 86 dinnerware and giftware SKUs featuring original designs from the company’s Florentine factory. Price points are striking for the high-end Ginori: a dinnerplate retails for $50.

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Wedgwood continues to move in a more contemporary direction with the launch of Vibrance, design incorporating large floral blooms and concentric rings on teal. A separate three-piece tea collection features the same blooms on either a teal, raspberry, orange or yellow background. New Wedgwood tea has been created to complement each of the four colorways and floral motifs. Wedgwood’s new Gilded Muse giftware is a luxe line with gold pixelated sculpted angel motifs.

Villeroy & Boch continues to develop collections centered on eating trends. It is offering extensions to its pasta and barbecue lines and introducing soup and pizza concepts. There is an assortment of bowls in different shapes and sizes, with notches in some for chopsticks and porcelain lids for all. A pizza party plate has four divided sections and a bamboo base for easy slicing, serving and eating.

Gibson is launching several dinnerware collections here, including a ceramic Italian lifestyle assortment featuring scoring and thumbprint motifs. This collection will be expanded at the International Home + Housewares Show next month with wood accessories, glassware, and copper and brass accents. Gibson is also featuring new stoneware shapes with a drip glaze, new Florence Broadhurst designs with metallic accents and new Laurie Gates dinnerware, flatware (a new category for the designer) and melamine.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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