The economic climate resulted in a 20% decline in the number of visitors to this month’s Tendence exhibition, with those from abroad falling by about a third.
“Our fairs present a mirror image of the current situation in the inter-national market and this was to be seen clearly at Tendence,” commented Dr Michael Peters, a member of the board of management of Messe Frankfurt. “The climate is very hard, especially overseas.”
Nevertheless, the show attracted over 50,000 trade visitors from 97 countries, and 2,100 exhibitors reportedly did good business.
Natural looks continued to play a strong part in trends emerging from the show, with real wood and natural stone play a leading role. High-grade plastics also gained ground.
Porcelain was also increasingly evident, as were products made of stainless steel, silver, copper and zinc.
Accent colours this autumn and winter are red-blue mixtures, such as claret, violet and lilac, seen alongside a wealth of white, silver-grey, gold and beige.
The Collectione Preview Spring + Summer trade fair was also held under the Tendence umbrella and offered an overview of what is likely to be in demand next spring and summer.
Next year’s Tendence and Collectione Preview Spring + Summer will be held from July 2 to 6.