From Tabletop Market: Licensing Grows

NEW YORK-Tabletop remains alluring to designers, brand names and others, evidenced by the number of licensed programs unveiled at the New York market that began yesterday.

Bruce Oldfield, the couturier rumored to have possibly designed Catherine Middleton's wedding gown, has created a collection for Royal Crown Derby called Ruche, which draws its inspiration from fabrics. The bone china pattern, featuring rippling detail accented in 22-karat gold, marks a departure into more transitional designs for the traditional company.

The Echodesign collection, representing collaboration between Robinson Home Products and the Echo Design Group, which is known for its scarves and other accessories, launched six dinnerware patterns, four glassware patterns and colored handle flatware.

Michael Wainwright has produced the Capitol collection of giftware items, inspired by the architecture of the U.S. Capitol dome, executed in white porcelain embellished in gold.

Artland has partnered with Laurie Gates to produce dinnerware and glassware for the specialty independent channel, expanding the designer's reach. There are four different dinnerware designers, featuring Gates' signature exotic florals and bright colors, and several glassware shapes.

Other introductions include Nambe's Heritage collection of bronze-finished, organically shaped giftware and serveware, one of the company's largest and most comprehensive launches, according to President Bob Varakian; Villleroy & Boch has redesigned New Wave to incorporate more rounded shapes; Vera Wang has a black enameled gift collection for Wedgwood called With Love Noir, as well as Intertwined dinnerware; Waterford is offering three of its most popular stems--Lismore, Lismore Essence and Ballet Ribbon Essence--in gift-boxed sets of six and has introduced Lismore bone china; and Prouna has created four new dinnerware patterns based on existing tea services and featuring rich coloration and in some instances, its signature crystals.

The show continues today, rounding out the evening with individual showrooms parties -- including Lenox, which is holding a garden party in its showroom on the 24th floor of Forty One Madison from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- and one hosted by showroom building Forty One Madison. --Allison Zisko

HFN Staff | News & Commentary

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