We’ve already written about the new talent at Ambiente Frankfurt, but given that this year 4,811 exhibitors came from 94 countries to fill an exhibition center the size of 50 football fields, there’s no way that was going to be it. The show was buzzing with curated spaces, installations, and new product launches. One of my favorite features was Basket Case II, a collaboration between designers and basket weaving communities in Zimbabwe. French designer Matali Crasset worked with a community of women in Bulawayo to design and make the Gourd Family (above). She took a form they already knew how to make, and gave it a unique identity – crucial if their work was to stand out at Ambiente.
British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have designed Olio, a new tableware collection for 200 year old British ceramics brand, Royal Doulton. It is inspired by handmade, found and timeless objects and designed for people to use and combine in their own way.
This modern version of a traditional cottage sits on the edge of the forest, right between a grassy, green marsh and a valley in Montréal, Canada. Dubbed the Panorama House, the rectangular structure was designed by Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement with dark stained Eastern cedar shingles and a pitched metal roof.
The top floor houses the main living spaces – the kitchen, dining room, living room, and porch – making the most of the lush views and natural daylight.