Takeaways from Tabletop

Color and mixed materials define the latest crop of introductions
April 15, 2016Allison Zisko

NEW YORK—The New York Tabletop Show wraps up today. Here are five takeaways from the spring show, in no particular order:

Libbey PfaltzgraffLibbey serveware mixes glass and wood; an assortment of bowls from Pfaltzgraff

Vista Alegre Tzeng Shyng Vista Alegre was one of many manufacturers offering blue and white dinnerware; Tzeng Shyng melamine, a Williams-Sonoma exclusive

  •  White Out. Could it be possible that we’ve reached whiteware saturation? Vendors have started to emphasize colorful, fashionable goods that can spruce up and complement the white dinnerware that presumably every household in America already owns.
  • The Blues Have It. Blue and white, perhaps the most popular and reliable color combo out there, was pervasive at market. But the biggest trending shade of blue is turquoise.
  • Anything but Plates. There were plenty of pretty dinnerware intros, but the most popular SKUs at market were mugs and bowls. Just like the last show.
  • Material Connection. Heavyweight melamine dinnerware has a bright future. It’s practical, fashionable and perfect for outdoors, which is where everyone is currently living. But it’s also pretty nice indoors, too. One caveat: It’s not microwave safe.
  • Into the Woods. Wood items appear to be essential to mixed- material, lifestyle-oriented collections.  
Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

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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