Event Decoration Trends at Christmasworld 2008/2009

christmasworld 2008 trends and 2007 highlightsWe just celebrated Christmas but retailers are already looking at next year styles. As a true fashionable crowd, you want to be in the know.

One great source of inspirations is the European fair in festive decorations that will be presented in Frankfurt from January 23 to 27, 2008. The left column pictures are from last year event.

Over 30 000 trade visitors will assist and admire a spectrum of Christmas decorations ranging from handmade Italian cribs and ‘smokers’ from the Ore Mountains (‘Erzgebirge’) to beautiful porcelain for your dining table.

Exhibitors include suppliers for candles, floral art, fireworks, party and festive articles. Not just about Christmas, the show covers Easter and other festive celebrations.

We can read on Christmasworld’s Web site:

Since 2007, Christmasworld has been paying tribute to the diversity of the world’s festivals by presenting some of the festivities celebrated in guest countries. The launch event, this year, featured the “Las Fallas” spring festival held in the city of Valencia. In 2008, Sweden’s “Midsommar” and “Sankta Lucia” festivals will move into the Galleria of the Frankfurt Fairground.

What will be the 4 festive trends for 2008?

Gunna  Frank

The creative mind behind Christmasworld since 1998 is Gunnar Frank.  He is a trend researcher living in Amsterdam. Gunnar Frank predicted four trends for next season. See the above illustrations.

Banzai East takes its roots in the orchids, Zen blossoms and exotic Japan. Orange-gold, linden green and sky blue take the center stage in this Far Eastern style.

Candy West brings back the kitsch style with elements of Pop Art. But the retro candy store has been updated with modern cool furniture. My husband and I both received an Andy Warhol watch this Christmas; I guess we will be able to wear them next year.

Dressed in a pink, sky blue and leaf green palette, the simplicity of the decorative elements is stretched further with Lagom North. This Swedish merry décor is composed with handmade accessories, naïve floral patterns and natural wreathes.

The baroque elegance lives on by mixing them with contemporary design with Baroque South. Think of opulence with a modern touch. We already see the emergence of this trend in 2007. I am happy because I really enjoy this design. Baroque South suits my home decor. Therefore add gold accents, large candlesticks, floral patterns and damask. Prefer tablescapes done in theatrical magenta, aquamarine and ruby red.

If you cannot assist, know that a Christmasworld trend book is available for ?20.

Learn more: Christmasworld 2008 at International Frankfurter Messe
Photo credits : all rights reserved by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH /Petra Welzel