Artistic Expressionism in New York

Vista Alegre, Wedgwood and more unveil the creative work of designers
October 4, 2017Allison Zisko

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NEW YORK—Artistic designs will abound at the New York Tabletop Show later this month, adding a layer of expressionism and exceptionalism to assortments this season.

A new Vista Alegre and Christian Lacroix Maison tableware collection goes by the delightfully light name of Rêveries. The Far East-style porcelain is covered with exuberant patterns, bestiaries and imaginary landscapes, inspired by the follies embellishing the gardens of the Château de Groussay. Each piece has a blue lagoon halo and is outlined in platinum and gold, the signature of Christian Lacroix Maison.

Wedgwood has partnered with U.K. product designer Lee Broom to create a capsule collection of limited-edition vases and bowls, inspired by its 250-year design heritage. Broom took several classic Wedgwood silhouettes from different periods and stripped back their ornate details to create a modern design collection. Attracted initially to the timeless black and white stripes of the Panther Vase for its sense of modernity, Broom used this as a starting point for the collection, combining the graphic stripe with postmodern elements. The collection will launch exclusively at Harrods in April.

Lee Broom_Wedgwood_FULLWedgwood's Lee Broom collection
As previously reported, Orrefors and Volvo Cars have joined forces to create an exclusive crystal collection. Created by Swedish designer Lena Bergström and Volvo Cars’ award-winning design team, this handmade crystal glassware represents the best of modern Scandinavian design.

A highlight of Gien’s introductions is the Les Amoureux ("The Lovers") collection. Les Amoureux was designed by French artist Soledad Bravi, known best for her fashion illustrations and monthly drawings in French Elle.

And Le Mani, hand-shaped sculptures from Richard Ginori, are both vivid and striking.

Le Mani_Richard Ginori_FULLLe Mani by Richard Ginori
The New York tabletop Show takes place Oct. 17-20.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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