Ambiente Reveals 2020 Design Trends

What are some of the new home-related styles, materials, themes and product mixes for the coming year? Ambiente, which will be held February 7 to 11, 2020, has revealed some of the key trends in its 2020 report.

Ambiente Trends cover a broad spectrum, offering an overview of the entire industry and its new products. The trends will be researched and curated for Messe Frankfurt by the design studio Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano. The studio will be sifting through influences in the areas of design, art, architecture, fashion and lifestyle. Products for the three trendworlds will be selected from the collections of nearly 4,500 Ambiente exhibitors, providing a tangible experience of future trends.

“Trends are the outcome of aspirations and needs that arise from changes in our environment. These aspirations express themselves in new or rediscovered shapes, patterns and functions. Ambiente Trends are identified for us each year by the design studio Stilbüro bora.herke.palmisano. They help our visitors at Ambiente to prepare thoroughly for the coming business year,” said Nicolette Naumann, vp/Ambiente.

For 2020, the design studio has selected three thematic trends:

Shaped & Softened: Functional furniture achieves a sculptural quality by adding soft shapes and emphatic contours. This powerful effect is enhanced by a neutral palette of reduced colors with white and shades of gray, sometimes warm and sometimes cool. The surfaces are smooth, soft or textured. Glass, either satin or transparent, impeccable porcelain and rough ceramics inspire enthusiasm, both visually and with their tactile qualities. Textiles are natural and suitable for daily use, often bearing images that are full of movement and irregularities. Particularly effective materials are translucent fibers and pleats, light wood, and wallpapers featuring a tone-in-tone painting technique.

Precise & Architectural: A touch of industrialism is added to high-quality materials in this architecturally inspired range of colors, with tones of brick and cement as well as rusty burnished nuances and float glass green. They create a captivating ambience, enhanced by dusky dimness and the blue of the evening sky, set within otherwise starkly designed spaces that focus on essentials. These innovative combinations conjure up cozy clubs and a strong emphasis on material aesthetics. Terrazzo, polished or blackened wood, glass, steel, bronze and surfaces with a matte finish or a subdued gloss effect harmonize with leather, heavy textiles such as cord, tweed, bouclé and velour as well as with geometric designs and mottled patterns.

Artistical & Diverse: This style turns a living space into a personal collage. With its artistic character, unusual colors and diverse combinations, it has a stimulating effect. The pallete displays a refreshing mixture of bright orange, fruity raspberry, milky colors, strong honey and lively sky-blue. In this multidisciplinary and multi-local interaction between art, craft and digital technology, “controlled chance” plays a central role. Each object has its own unique character, thanks to the creative use of a variety of new materials, unusual manufacturing processes, unconventional themes and special shapes.