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Inventive solutions for a changing world: Solutions 2020

Dec 9, 2019

Year on year, Sebastian Bergne runs his Solutions special presentation at Ambiente, highlighting the unbroken innovative spirit of the kitchen and household industry. This year’s selection of well-designed and useful products will be displayed together with explanatory videos in the foyer of Hall 4.0.

Sophie Lamigeon, Sebastian Bergne and Dr. Claudia Wasser (from left to right) taking a close look at the Solutions Selection.
Sophie Lamigeon, Sebastian Bergne and Dr. Claudia Wasser (from left to right) taking a close look at the Solutions Selection.

The wide-ranging variety is noticeable as soon as you enter the foyer. A cordless hand-held vacuum cleaner can be found next to an air-cushioned backpack, mint-green cutlery and a drinks bottle made of Tritan. For the first few minutes Sebastian Bergne’s experienced eye for detail wanders from one product to the next. 185 products have been submitted in all, and the industrial designer from London is now gaining his first impression. The other two experts on the team are Dr. Claudia Wasser, editor-in-chief of Trend & Style, and Sophie Lamigeon, editor of the French magazine Home Fashion News, who both allow all five senses to be impacted by the products. The two editors are assisting Sebastian Bergne in an advisory capacity, and this involves a lot of thinking and comparing as well as enjoyment.

At the end of the selection procedure 28 products are left to qualify as this year’s Solutions Selection. Their clever design and practical details make them stand out as extremely useful kitchen and household aids. They may be sustainable environmental solutions, multifunctional products in today’s urban world, or everyday aids for people with their own specific nutritional needs or preferences. Every year, Sebastian Bergne’s special presentation showcases the most interesting innovative kitchen and household items for a society that is continually in a state of flux. All the selected products will be showcased at Ambiente, in the foyer of Hall 4.0, from 7 to 11 February 2020. To illustrate the various benefits with all their facets, the presentation includes a brief video on each item.

Coconut fibre scourers by Green Pioneer

Coconut fibre – also known as coir – is highly moisture-resistant. This makes them resistant to fungi and bacteria, so they last a long time in your kitchen. But this is only one reason why coir scourers by Green Pioneer have made it into this year’s Solutions Selection. Thanks to the natural material, they are also free from chemicals and therefore biodegradable.

Go-anywhere cutlery by Koziol

Another product in the Solutions Selection is Klikk – an on-the-go cutlery set by Koziol that is lightweight, saves space and can easily be clipped together and separated. The designer is Cairn Young from London, who was inspired by the high Japanese art of joinery. Young developed a liking for assembling and fitting together objects in an aesthetic, intelligent way.

Veggie Drinks Maker by Lékué

The Veggie Drinks Maker by Lékué in Barcelona is also represented in the Solutions Selection 2020. It consists of two stackable containers with a filter system that will absorb all the nutrients of walnuts, almonds, beansprouts or dried fruit into water, creating a lactose-free drink in which all the ingredients are natural and without additives.

Tasting spoon and tweezers by Triangle

The 2020 Solutions Selection will also include FinalTouch, a multifunctional tasting spoon by the German family business Triangle in Solingen. It combines a spoon and tweezers, allowing you to taste, garnish and accurately arrange a dish, using a single piece of equipment.

Solutions Selection 2020 – all the selected products

Fold Flat Laundry Basket (Addis Housewares), air up drinks bottle (air up), Chikio bagasse dishes (Cookplay), Zenker paper muffin moulds made from cocoa shells (Fackelmann), glass scrapers (Fackelmann), Tidy&Store storage boxes (Fratelli Guzzini), Scrub Queen toilet brush (Full Circle), Invictus One handheld vacuum cleaner (Genius), EcoCoconut Fibre pot scourers (Green Pioneer), A Slice of Green Organic Cotton cleaning pads (Green Pioneer), Spin table lantern (Höfats), Revolution barista jug (ILSA), Easy Store shower wiper (Joseph Joseph), Galing banana fibre bag (Klatt Objects), Klikk cutlery set (Koziol), Lunchbag To Go two-in-one bag (Lékué), Veggie Drinks Maker (Lékué), Laib&Seele burger bun tray (RBV Birkmann), Re-Move set of steak knives (Laguiole en Aubrac), Remoska Tria multi-cooker (Remoska), SES 10 built-in vacuum cleaner (ritterwerk), MVB – Life & Living Backpack (The Hong Kong Exporters’ Association), wbottle tea bottle (The Hong Kong Exporters’ Association), Finger Toothbrush (The Hong Kong Exporters' Association), GIGI Baby 360° toothbrush (The Hong Kong Exporters' Association), Masher Spoon & Bowl Set (The Hong Kong Exporters' Association), Kilner Fermentation Set (The Rayware Group), FinalTouch tasting spoon and tweezers (Triangle).

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