They’re Mad for Metals on Madison
April 16, 2015,
NEW YORK-Metal mania has seeped into the tabletop industry, where at this week’s Tabletop Show here the burnished gold finishes that continue to be prevalent sit alongside the hottest new metal, copper. These two metals decorate every segment of the business. The newest variations include vintage-like gold detailing on clear glass tumblers, hi balls and DOFs (Arc International, Home Essentials), and electroplated dinnerware (Home Essentials and Ten Strawberry Street).
From top: A range of metallic designs decorate Ten Strawberry Street whiteware. The crystal chandeliers hanging above the Lenox introductions table are also for sale. Posh glassware from Home Essentials. Girly themes decorate new glassware from Arc International.
Vendors at the show also highlighted other growing trends: girly giftware (Kosta Boda, Jay Cos.), shades of blue (Lenox Marchesa, Philippe Deshoulieres), initial monogramming (just about everyone), mugs (is there a company not offering mugs at this point?), flatware settings or sets that exclude lesser-used pieces, such as the salad fork (Oneida, Lenox) and terra cotta looks (Gibson, Ten Strawberry Street, Royal Doulton).
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