They’re Mad for Metals on Madison

Metal Mania has struck the New York Tabletop Show.
April 16, 2015Allison Zisko

TT ShowFrom 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.
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).

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).

Other noteworthy items: Lenox launched a lighting collection—chandeliers and lamps—made in Ireland ... Noritake is now offering Colorwave flatware in several colorways ... Hermes introduced a richly colored and textured dinnerware pattern called Voyage Ikat based on textile designs ... A bridal registry seminar held at Forty One Madison yesterday that addressed how millennial couples register and shop emphasized three Cs: choice (millennials like color and design options, but those options must be carefully curated or you risk overwhelming them); customization and personalization (this generation expects it); and convenience (a vendor or retailer’s brand message must be available on all digital platforms in a consistent and easily navigable fashion).-Allison Zisko

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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