Forty One Madison Ready to Roll in Oct.

Richard Ginori, Kiyasa and Bormioli Rocco will unveil their newly renovated showrooms
September 1, 2015Allison Zisko

Forty One MadisonNEW YORK-The health and strength of the tabletop industry will be evident at the Tabletop Market Oct. 13-16, according to permanent showroom building Forty One Madison.

“Show attendees will definitely see an abundance of new product introductions, especially in the middle to low price ranges,” said Laurie Burns, senior vice president and director for Forty One Madison. “With nearly every major brand and factory in the world represented here, and all spotlighting new products and programs for the coming selling season, this is a must-attend show.”

Burns also noted that the high level of recent and planned construction and expansions in the building underscores the strong investment that tabletop manufacturers are making in the U.S. market. “They’re aware that commerce here is on a healthier track, and that there’s renewed promise in the buying power of our consumers.”

Richard Ginori 1735, for example, is enlarging and completely renovating it showroom. The expansion now puts the showroom directly off the elevator corridor and adds another 25 percent of square footage to the footprint. Moreover, the renovation will mirror the design of the company’s recently rebranded flagship shop in Florence and a new Milan location. “Our investment in a newly renovated showroom is reflective of our desire to create a space where we can showcase the newest products within a full Richard Ginori ‘home’,” said Richard Ginori CEO Karlheinz Hofer in a Forty One Madison statement. “The redesigned space is a sign of the company’s new direction and focus towards the U.S. market and our aim is that it will expand the brand’s global recognition.”

Kiyasa Corporation has moved into triple the space it once had, now occupying a 17th floor, newly built 2,500-square-foot showroom. In addition to Prouna, the Kiyasa lineup includes Lehmann Glass, Greggio Italian silver and silverplate, Dogale Venezia glass giftware and Kiyasa Signature table and desk accessories. Prouna will unveil the Domenico Vacca tabletop collection during the show.

The consolidation of Bormioli Rocco’s 16th floor office space housing its U.S. headquarters and new modern showroom is now complete. The 5,500-square-foot quarters complete a full renovation of this floor.

A newcomer since the spring market, but open since July, is BauscherHepp, a giant in the hospitality sector. Located on the sixth floor, this showroom features Bauscher porcelain hotelware, Hepp professional cutlery, Tafelstern porcelain, WMF Hotel, Luigi Bormioli Foodservice and Mogogo buffet service products. Though specialized in commercial lines, this showroom will be open for business at the Tabletop Show.

And, until Spring 2016 when it officially moves into a new permanent showroom, Wilton Armetale will be set up on the 17th floor for the fall market only, showing a new Fleur de Lys collection plus numerous line extensions.

Interior Designer Day at Forty One Madison is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15, co-hosted by New York Spaces magazine. The day kicks off with a private breakfast for interior designers with the magazine’s editorial director Jason Kontos in the 39th floor director’s office. Following, guests will have the day to peruse participating showrooms that welcome working with the design trade.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor
azisko@hfnmag.com

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.

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