Vendors Try New Things at NY Now

Tabletop makers venture into new categories and merchandising strategies, housewares builds the bar business
Posted on August 19, 2015 by Allison Zisko

NY NowFrom top: Gien’s Allure dinnerware; Caskata Poinsettia pieces; Football-themed giftware from Two’s Company; Cups and saucers from Maia Ming; Chilewich’s Color Tempo collection
NEW YORK-The tabletop category hummed with activity, housewares focused on the farm-to-table movement and the popular barware business, and rugs were also part of the mix at NY Now this week.

Tabletop vendors delved into new categories or new merchandising programs and built larger collections on prevalent trends.

Metalware maker Beatriz Ball, for instance, ventured into ceramic, glass and wood. It introduced Medallion and Oyster, two ceramic serveware collections; ceramic bakeware called Bahia; two patterns of handblown stemware and several cherry wood trays and boards with metal alloy handles.

Gien retooled its emblematic black and white Tulipes pattern with subtle polka dots and clover and check patterns in bold colors to create a fresh and modern look. It also introduced Chanterelle, a woodland-themed dinnerware pattern decorated with ferns and several different types of mushrooms.

NotNeutral’s second series in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum introduces color to the collection that features designs from the early 1900’s Wiener Werkstatte period in a bold zig zag pattern called Spinne.

Caskata dabbled in red and in a specific holiday motif for the first time with its new Poinsettia dinnerware collection. It has also created a custom design program for its Chart Collection, which is based on antique nautical navigation charts and maps and which evidently drew envy from those whose coastal areas were not represented. Customers can now request particular geographic coordinates, incorporations dates and so forth, with certain minimum requirements.

Made Goods launched a brand called Blue Pheasant that included several tabletop collections, including handblown glassware, two formal dinnerware collections and several casual, pottery-inspired dinnerware designs.

Maia Ming, under a new partnership with Big Arrow, a Chinese porcelain OEM maker, made its NY Now debut with a collection of tea and espresso cups and saucers with a soft-touch finish, and petal-shaped dinnerware.

There were several new ornament collections to browse through, including a new glass decoupaged collection from John Derian, blown glass pieces from Reed & Barton and laser-cut wood motifs from Design Ideas.

Chilewich employed the lessons it learned from its relatively new New York store and regrouped its products at the show by color, rather than by weave. Its new Color Tempo line features gradations of color within each color family. “We’re urging customers to merchandise colors together in a creative, harmonious way,” said company principal Sandy Chilewich. “It helps people figure out what they want.”

Two’s Company organizes its new products into trend groups. At this market it focused on Luxe Lodge, an extension of the woodland creatures and lodge trend with an added dose of luxurious textures and finishes; a Watercolors presentation of soft aquas and blues combined with natural materials; an assortment of wall art featuring catchy sayings and wry observations (a category that remains strong, according to president Tom Gottlieb); and a football theme that is seasonal but not team-specific and focused on giftables.

Existing trends gathered strength this summer, including the use of natural materials such as bamboo, cork and driftwood. Copper and rose gold remain popular colors in metal—Jonathan Adler incorporated rose gold into many of its furniture and home decor introductions and many other vendors featured it prominently. Blue and white combinations have not faded from the scene.

In the housewares category, the farm-to-table, health and wellness, barware and tea-drinking themes continue as manufacturers introduced several new products in these areas.

Mortier Pilon, for example, launched its line of fermentation glassware including Caning Kit & Mason Jars with a specialized rack to make sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and other fermented veggies popular with locavores and those interested in healthful eating. The company also introduced a special jar for making and dispensing Kambucha, a fermented and lightly effervescent beverage. Molecule-R, another Mortier Pilon brand, introduced Food Styling R-Evolution, a toolset that enables home chefs to beautifully decorate their plates with everything from droplets to ribbons, and sauce and color smears. The 11-piece set includes a culinary syringe with two different tips, a scalpel, oil mister, two spatulas, fine scissors and precision tweezers.

Progressive International’s PL8 brand introduced its Cubing Mandolin, and three items that make on-the-go loose tea consumption easier and more portable. Also with an eye on tea, Lifetime Brands La Cafetiere line has introduced a double-walled borosilicate glass tea infuser. Meanwhile, Lifetime’s Savora brand introduced an Herb Mincer complete with a safety compartment for the blades that can be safely and easily removed for cleaning, as well as a grinder with a ceramic mechanism that can be used for both salt and pepper.

Extending the barware theme, Corkcicle has introduced the Whiskey Wedge glass, which features a silicon mold that makes an ice wedge right in the glass intended to minimizes watering down spirits. Its Decapitator contraption makes it easy to remove bottle caps without irritating hands. Enhancing the beer drinking experience, Epare introduced its double-walled beer glasses and tumblers made of borosilicate glass, and Magisso, known for its cooling ceramics, just introduced a Cool-ID Tumbler for a variety of beverages, including wine.

Area rug resource F.J. Kashanian debuted its accent rugs at the show in two designs, including Capri, in four colorways, which include fringe.