Blog: Tabletop Scraps from Market

Gorham DinnerwareGorham's Chancellor Blue dinnerware

NEW YORK-The first full day of any trade show tends to be a blur of people and product, a blitz of new patterns, colors and presentations, all to be sorted out and categorized at a later date. It's tough to summarize the essence of market after only one day, but with all those caveats aside, here are my first impressions: Woodsy and rustic are big buzzwords at the New York Tabletop Show this week. Gold finishes abound, rose gold could be the next big metal and vendors are not shying away from more elaborate band detailing in dinnerware ... Whiteware continues to rule the day, but vendors accept this and have rolled out numerous decaled patterns and mixed-material accessories meant to liven up the everyday white plates that every consumer evidently has at home ... Duck Dynasty is hot, with Gibson among the newest licensees ... And boxed set configurations in all classifications seem to be getting bigger.


Oneida IronwoodOneida Ironwood flatware

On the product side, Lenox introduced DKNY, and Aerin and Gibson unveiled Florence Broadhurst ... Gorham entered the fine dinnerware market with nine bone china patterns that retail for under $100 per place setting ... Oneida introduced six flatware patterns, designed for the housewares department with a refined rustic look ... Wedgwood showcased Vera Wang Polished Gold flatware ... Nambe introduced the Braid collection of metal, wood and glass items, and expanded its Gourmet collection of kitchen products with 15 new pieces.--Allison Zisko