Gibson Jumps on Bowl Train

Fashionable flatware is also on the menu
March 20, 2017Allison Zisko

Gibson bowlsGibson’s bowl assortment includes several designs, colors and shapes.
NEW YORK—Recently, everyone from bloggers to the Wall Street Journal picked up on the growing demand for versatile and casual bowls. At next month’s New York Tabletop Show, Gibson Overseas will showcase its Everything Bowl offerings, highlighting its ability to help retailers capitalize on one of the hottest tabletop trends.

The trend—which saw its beginnings in restaurants offering healthier Asian-inspired, bowl-based dishes—can already been seen in high-end retailers, according to Gibson. The flexibility of the vessel, which can be used in prep, serving, snacking and wide range of main dishes from salads to pasta, makes it popular with busy consumers, said Laurie Gates, Gibson’s vice president of creative and merchandising. It is beginning to challenge the plate as the go-to vessel for everyday dining, he said. “Bowls are the new wave. Its versatility makes it a must-have for today’s home.”

Gibson’s Forty One Madison showroom will have a variety of new Everything Bowls with design features ranging from reactive glazes to embossed geo patterns.

“Gibson has developed bowls to help our retail partners jump on this new trend,” said Connie Bowman, vice president of product development. “We have a wide variety of sizes, shapes and designs so we can work with our accounts to deliver bowls that will connect with their particular customers.”

Gibson is also helping retailers elevate their flatware game with the introduction of Laurie Gates flatware whose designs span both vintage and contemporary styles and bring more character to what Gibson called “a sea of bland stainless-steel patterns.”

“Flatware should be more than functional. Not only do the pieces need to feel right in your hands, they are an opportunity to complete to complete a style statement as you set the table,” Gates said.

The new flatware assortment is made with materials designed to look like wood and shell, styled with design features like hammered and embossed finishes, and offered to department store and specialty channels as a fashion option in the category. Cerci flatware, for example, features a graceful embossed handle design reminiscent of beauty of classic Chinese paintings.

“We wanted this flatware to be unique,” Bowman said. “We sourced top-notch materials and worked closely with our factory partners to ensure that both the quality and design gave off a handcrafted feel.”

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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