Ambiente 2014
  • The halls were bustling at Ambiente 2014, which drew 144,000 buyers from 161 countries and 4,724 exhibitors from 81 countries.
    Ambiente Fair Visitors
  • Big Green Egg’s popularity is on the rise overseas, with the company’s products now available in 26 countries. A wall collage highlights the many dishes griller can cook using the Egg, from pizza to oysters.
    Big Green Egg
  • Dutch company Bloom recently began selling its colorful outdoor lamps in the U.S. Some are solar powered, while others contain a rechargeable battery.
  • The Sika Design booth featured a wide array of the Danish company’s indoor and outdoor furniture, such as this classic woven dining group.
    Sika Design
  • New Jersey-based company Fab Habitat showcased new patterns for its indoor/outdoor rugs, woven from straws made of recycled plastic. Shown here, top to bottom, are Saman in blue and orange, Saman in orange and violet, Dublin in lime green and white and Dublin in Dazzling Blue and white.
    Fab Habitat
  • Vietnamese outdoor furniture manufacturer Artex Saigon showcased its collections in a booth in the Passage Home & Garden hall, featuring home décor from artisans around the world.
    Artex Saigon
  • Esa Salokorpi (right) of Finnish company EcoFurn Suomi demonstrates one of the company’s chairs during a “Speed Dating” presentation, in which manufacturers each had five minutes to present a product. This chair is made entirely of wood, even held together without screws or nails.
    EcoFurn Suomi
  • Cornelius Grisar of La Siesta demonstrates one of the company’s hanging chairs during a “Speed Dating” presentation. Made in Colombia, the chair features washable organic cotton fabric and a support bar made from FSC-certified wood.
    La Siesta
  • Erdmann Kilian, director of marketing communications for Ambiente, interviews Harri Paakkanen, industrial designer for Lotus Grill, during the “Speed Dating” presentations. This stainless steel charcoal grill is smokeless thanks to a battery-powered fan.
    Lotus Grill
  • Chilewich’s booth in the Loft hall featured new shag indoor/outdoor floor mats, made in the U.S. from tufted vinyl.
  • Austria-based Funco offers endless outdoor entertainment possibilities with its signature cooking table. The standing-height table features an oven, storage area, hanging rail for cooking tools, a swing arm with a height-adjustable cauldron, a magnetic marinade holder and a central grill area that can also transform into a fire pit or ice bucket.
  • Belgian company D&M’s Karoo indoor/outdoor green wall, comprising a series of HDPE planters, makes for eye-catching wall décor.
  • Made in Germany, the polyethylene Storus planter by Degardo is available in illuminated white, light gray and dark gray.
  • The opening night gala featured food and entertainment inspired by the Ambiente 2014 Partner Country, Japan.
    Ambiente Opening Night Gala
  • Left to right: Takeshi Nakane, Japanese Ambassador to Germany; Detlef Braun, member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt; and Kevin Milas, consul general of the United States, during the Partner Country ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, Nakane passed the baton to Milas as the U.S. was announced as the 2015 Partner Country.
    Ambiente Partner Country Reception
  • Rila Fukushima, a Japanese actress and model whose film credits include “The Wolverine,” was a guest of honor at Ambiente’s Partner Country Day.
    Rila Fukushima
  • This new bench with footrest from Livingstone Terrasso of The Netherlands was one of the company’s most popular products at the show.
    Livingstone Terrasso
  • Hermes Trading of Belgium produces a wide array of wrought iron garden décor, from seating and gazebos to candelabras and planters.
    Hermes Trading
  • Activa debuted an adjustable patio heater that provides heat and light from multiple angles, including from above to prolong the outdoor dining experience.
  • The Birch and Forest collections of seating, ottomans and pillows by Germany-based Mero Wings feature photorealistic designs that blend with outdoor environments.
    Mero Wings
  • The Aktion Plagiarius “anti-prize” goes to companies whose products were copied from another designer’s work. The exhibit showcases the original designs next to the plagiarized products.
    Aktion Plagiarius
  • Scheurich of Germany, whose tagline is “Color your home, color your garden,” showcased a variety of vibrant planters and garden accessories, such as the Wave collection of pots.
  • The Gerhard Welzel Collection booth greeted visitors with this wicker outdoor furniture display, featuring a striking high-back wingback loveseat.
    Gerhard Welzel Collection
  • These colorful panels by Italian company X Pouf are made of an elastic microfiber for bold outdoor shade.
    X Pouf
The Ambiente trade fair, held Feb. 7-11 in Frankfurt, Germany, included a host of events and a variety of outdoor products by manufacturers from across the globe.
Posted: February 13, 2014