Flatware Makers Refine Their Finishes
September 13, 2017,
NEW YORK—Flatware will continue its fashion bent at the New York Tabletop Show next month, with attention paid to specific finishes and an increased focus on durability.
Retailers can expect to see the continued prominence of metallics and more color.
“Mirror, satin and frosted finishes still are the majority,” said Scott Bial, president of the tableware division at Lifetime Brands. “Gold is stronger than other plated finishes.”
“Texture is trending in flatware with different finishes, copper, matte finish and color when feasible,” said another flatware vendor.
“On the plus side there's been more activity in finishes in the last few years than ever before, but the one thing that has been troubling has been that many of them are not dishwasher safe,” said Jim Mylonas, vice president and general manager for Lenox metals. “Many claim to be, but their definition of dishwasher safe means that it passes testing at 20 cycles. … We don't consider that dishwasher safe. Rose gold plated finishes and enamel color applications have been the worst offenders in this regard. The good news is that there are some terrific finishes being developed right now that can meet our dishwasher standards and deliver a great style statement at the same time.”
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