Former Target Exec to Speak at Tabletop Show
Posted on August 24, 2011 by
NEW YORK-The fall edition of the New York tabletop market is shaping up to be "jam-packed," according to permanent showroom building Forty One Madison. Several leading prestigious luxury brands are adding their name to the Forty One Madison community of resources and readying showrooms for the Oct. 25- 28th show. Forty One Madison also will play host to a Wednesday morning breakfast seminar headlined by a Target marketing alumna.
"These are just a few of the compelling events and initiatives planned for the upcoming tabletop market," said Laurie Burns, Forty One Madison's senior vice president and director. "We bring together such a broad spectrum of manufacturers, retail buyers, architects, interior designers, restaurateurs, press and media, and our programming is intended to provide them with valuable insights, plenty of inspiration and helpful tools for their business. With all of the planned product introductions that I'm hearing about, the added new and high-profile showrooms debuting, and the variety of programs on the schedule, the fall show is going to deliver on all counts. For anyone in this industry, it's not to be missed."
Former Target Vice President and Creative Director Minda Gralnek will addresses Forty One Madison guests at the annual breakfast seminar on Oct. 26. In her presentation, "Through the Lens of the Red Bull's Eye: Market Trends in Home & Lifestyle," Gralnek, who now heads her own namesake marketing firm, will examine what's happening at the intersection of fashion and home, and what consumers are spending their money on in the tabletop and furnishings category. She also will focus on how to connect with consumers through design. Seating is limited for the morning event; reservations are recommended at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 212-686-1203. Breakfast will be served 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. and Gralnek will speak from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m., allowing for questions from the audience, as well.
The ambiance of the Forty One Madison Lobby helps set the tone for each market. Traditional Home Senior Style Editor Krissa Rossbund will create table settings that interpret each of the four seasons. Rossbund will greet interior designers on Oct. 27, as Traditional Home and Sferra, the luxury linens manufacturer, co-sponsor Interior Designer Day at Forty One Madison. This program, now in its third season, is aimed at acquainting interior designers, architects and other decorating professionals with the resources in the building.
"We've gotten incredibly positive feedback from designers," Burns said. "Among what they appreciate most is the opportunity to see the full scope of a manufacturer's line. And, it's been a real eye-opener for the designers to learn that so many manufacturers are capable of and gladly willing to customize dinnerware patterns, glassware, lighting and cutlery--a preference that their most discerning clients are demanding."