New Colors Define Tabletop Intros at Gift Fair
February 3, 2011,
NEW YORK-Tabletop manufacturers exhibiting at the New York International Gift Fair here this week enhanced and extended their existing collections - or unveiled new ones - by experimenting with new colorways and color combinations.
For Juliska, the new color is garden green, applied to its popular Berry & Thread and Jardin du Monde collections. For Vietri, it's aqua, a colorway that was years in the making and is now applied to its Incanto series. Taking the "less is more" approach, Julia Knight went with champagne, a "softer" color for the designer that is meant to act as a neutral, according to Laurie Facci, national sales director. Mustardseed & Moonshine added a pale yellow coloration to its line-up of brightly-colored and botanically-shaped ramekins and bowls.
Silver and gold metallics continue to be popular, and copper is on the rise. Badash Crystal has been successful with its hand decorated glass serveware embellished with silver or gold stripes, and its new alabaster bowls are silverplated and then lacquered on the exterior for a gleaming finish that does not tarnish, according to company president Mark Badash. Caskata showcased white porcelain plates and serveware decorated with oversized botanicals or sea themes, outlined in 23-karat gold or platinum. Magenta's new Lighten Up Design collection of dessert plates and serveware takes its inspiration from antique sterling silver patterns; a single miniature design is presented in gold on a white plate. And, following a trend from the jewelry business, Michael Wainwright hand-mixed colors to create the rose gold hue that adorns a collection of olive dishes, bread baskets and other "odes to Mediterranean living."
Familiar materials were presented in new and inventive ways. For example, Metalace, an Israeli company that demonstrates "the art of lace on metal," featured a line of wafer-thin stainless steel serveware elaborately etched to resemble lace, embroidery or needlepoint. On the Rocks offered solid granite drink chillers as an alternative to ice cubes (they don't melt, smell or dilute drinks and can be re-used). Six different chillers are arranged on a small wood tray. Bambu unveiled a line of soft-sided, squishable bowls made from cork fabric that can be thrown into the washing machine.
The New York International Gift Fair wraps up today.