On a retail trend-spotting tour of London last week, dogs seemed to be everywhere. They were seen in the shapes of items from giant erasers to flocked busts. Used in pattern, dogs popped up on aprons, tea towels, plates and platters, baking dishes, bedsheets and lots of cushions. They were the subject of books, greeting cards,…

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How many ways are there to say BLUE? At the Ambiente 2016 trade fair, held in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year, an exact number was difficult to pin down. That’s because there were so many types and personalities. They were found in products from dinnerware and decorative accessories to textiles and food-storage products. Almost every…

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In markets around the world, wire-frame geometry is on-trend. It updated in mirrors at the Hong Kong Houseware fair and made vases look modern at Maison & Objet in Paris. Picture frames at Ambiente in Frankfurt made use of it, as did tables at the High Point furniture market and glassware at the New York Tabletop market.…

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Ambiente’s partner country for 2016 is Italy,  following in the footsteps of Denmark, France, Japan and the USA. Nicolette Naumann, Vice President of Ambiente/Tendence, is expecting some truly crowd-pleasing Italian exhibitions in 2016 that will be right in step with the show’s overall theme of Dining, Living and Giving. Some 400 Italian companies are slated…

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