Gibson Jumps on Bowl Train
March 20, 2017,
NEW YORK—Recently, everyone from bloggers to the Wall Street Journal picked up on the growing demand for versatile and casual bowls. At next month’s New York Tabletop Show, Gibson Overseas will showcase its Everything Bowl offerings, highlighting its ability to help retailers capitalize on one of the hottest tabletop trends.
Gibson’s bowl assortment includes several designs, colors and shapes.
The trend—which saw its beginnings in restaurants offering healthier Asian-inspired, bowl-based dishes—can already been seen in high-end retailers, according to Gibson. The flexibility of the vessel, which can be used in prep, serving, snacking and wide range of main dishes from salads to pasta, makes it popular with busy consumers, said Laurie Gates, Gibson’s vice president of creative and merchandising. It is beginning to challenge the plate as the go-to vessel for everyday dining, he said. “Bowls are the new wave. Its versatility makes it a must-have for today’s home.”
Gibson’s Forty One Madison showroom will have a variety of new Everything Bowls with design features ranging from reactive glazes to embossed geo patterns.
Gibson is also helping retailers elevate their flatware game with the introduction of Laurie Gates flatware whose designs span both vintage and contemporary styles and bring more character to what Gibson called “a sea of bland stainless-steel patterns.”
“Flatware should be more than functional. Not only do the pieces need to feel right in your hands, they are an opportunity to complete to complete a style statement as you set the table,” Gates said.
The new flatware assortment is made with materials designed to look like wood and shell, styled with design features like hammered and embossed finishes, and offered to department store and specialty channels as a fashion option in the category. Cerci flatware, for example, features a graceful embossed handle design reminiscent of beauty of classic Chinese paintings.
“We wanted this flatware to be unique,” Bowman said. “We sourced top-notch materials and worked closely with our factory partners to ensure that both the quality and design gave off a handcrafted feel.”