Under their sub-brand BIOBU, EKOBO goes green one colourful tableware at a time. Founders Franco-American duo Bruno and Boo Louis are committed to promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle through their products. Their collection of plates, kitchen accessories, and more are made of highly renewable bamboo fibre so home owners can bid adieu to plastic or fragile ceramics.
EKOBO’s other sub-brands include EKOBO Home, a textile range made with 100 per cent ultra-soft organic cotton yarn and EKOBO Handmade, a collection of hand-lacquered homeware made from bamboo.
For the past 50 years, local German craftsmen in the Erzgebirge mountains have been creating hand-crafted collectibles under the label Seiffener Volkskunst. Their nutcracker dolls, smoking figurines, pyramids and candle arches have been carefully carved from wood with an exceptional attention to detail.
The wide range of whimsical collectibles and ornaments are reminiscent of traditional Christmas gifts made by Santa Claus’ elves. But unlike Santa’s workshop, Seiffener Volkskunst welcomes tourists to visit and witness their collectibles in the making.
Ambiente visitors were delighted to tap onto what is hot in the fashion, design, art and architecture worlds, thanks to Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano. The trend forecaster curated their finds into a special exhibition called “Trends 2018”.
The trends were categorised into a few sections: Modest Regenerations shows a clean, contemporary living concept, featuring materials that age gracefully, like bamboo. Colourful Intentions stands for bold hues and patterns with an underlying ethical claim, while Technological Emotions rely on visionary tech to fuse unlikely combinations of materials, like paper and linen. Finally, Opulent Narrations tells a story of individuality and eccentric details, marked by opulent materials like precious stones.
Another special exhibition at Ambiente this year was “Do Dutch”. Industrial designer Robert Bronwasser curated everyday products from the Netherlands to get visitors acquainted with the country’s consumer goods culture.
The colourful exhibition featured objects rearranged in a new way and unusual context to tell a narrative that reflects the Dutch and their proactive take on design. Bronwasser highlighted the Dutch’ willingness to take the roads less travelled and look at form and function from a different perspective. Also on the agenda was to underline important discussion topics like sustainability and social impact.
GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2018
With so many talents under one roof, Ambiente made a fitting occasion to recognise the truly outstanding talents. The esteemed award ceremony of this year’s German Design Award took place in the fair, highlighting the achievements of design pioneers and the creative minds that managed to set unique design trends.
Among the winners were BetteLux Oval Couture for their bath and wellness products, Arrow 2016 for their ultra-modern office furniture, Vase Fondale for their one-of-a-kind vase, and National Touristroute Aurlandsfjellet’s rest stop and view point in Norway. Another big win was Room on the Roof, a space in a tower featuring a pantry, storage, desk and daybed stacked on top of each other. The installation plays with scale and perception, inspired by the universe of Alice in Wonderland.