On a first or business class flight to the next meeting or when relaxing in the hotel on reaching your destination, the degree to which you feel at home depends to a large extent on the décor. Reflecting this, the contract business has increased greatly in importance over recent years. “For professionals and decision makers from the hotel and catering industry, buyers, furnishing specialists and interior architects or designers, Ambiente is an important hotspot for the contract business and the hotel and catering industry. At the fair, they take advantage of the spectrum to be seen not only as a source of inspiration but also as the starting point for finding suitable partners for specific projects”, explains Nicolette Naumann, Vice President Ambiente. Thus, Ambiente visitors can see examples of tailor-made solutions for furnishing hotels and restaurants presented by exhibitors such as ASA, Dôme Deco and Kare.
The recipe for success of porcelain manufacturer ASA is an uncompromising philosophy of clear forms and colours coupled with modern design. Since 2011, ASA has been on board Swiss flights in the first-class cabin with its ‘À Table’ line in fine bone china, which was modified especially for the airline. The collection is distinguished by its lightness that makes no compromises in terms of durability and quality. The timeless and modern design provides the optimum setting for Swiss First dishes and contributes to the luxurious look of the culinary creations.
With its concept of holistic interior concepts, Belgium’s Dôme Deco, offers a special and extraordinary atmosphere with a touch of luxury. One of the latest projects is for the furnishings of the luxurious Terhills four-star hotel in Belgium. Lovingly restored, the building used to house the administration of the local coal mine. Today, it looks like a palace with a small park. Dôme Deco assumed responsibility for all interior furnishings and has created an elegant look and feeling. The furniture, lamps and accessories are perfectly matched to the ambience of the hotel.
Another international company that designs and sells furniture, lighting and home accessories for the contract sector is Kare. For Munich’s venerable Bayerischer Hof, a hotel renowned far beyond the city limits, the company’s contract department created a completely new staff restaurant and lounge. The contract-business professionals developed the interior-design concept with colour scheme and choice of materials, adapted everything themselves – from the floor to the ceiling – and took care of the furnishings and decoration. For their design concept for the 250 square-metre restaurant and lounge, the interior architects chose natural colours: light woods, neutral stone shades and accents in a variety of shades of green. Visual highlights are set by dishes in gleaming metal, green plants as a treat for the eyes and extraordinary wall objects made of real moss.
Buyers from the hotel and catering industry will find an attractive spectrum of top brands in Frankfurt. Renowned companies, such as Dibbern, Hering, Porzellanfabriken Christian Seltmann, Rak Porcelain Europe, Steelite International and Zieher, stand for the high-grade, international range of products for the hotel and catering industry at Ambiente. In the interior-design field, companies such as Deknudt, DPI, Exotica Cor Mulder, Fink, Lambert and Rica Riebe present a broad spectrum of exquisite products and concepts for designing and decorating commercial premises.
At the fair, exhibitors from the contract business and the hotel and catering industry are distinguished by an extra label on their exhibition stand. This shows that they offer verifiable experience and expertise in furnishing commercial products, such as hotels and restaurants. Additionally, the Contract Business Guide, which is available free of charge throughout the Exhibition Centre during the fair, contains details of all exhibitors from the contract sector with contact details for the experts of the individual companies.