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Brands Evolve Tradition At New York Tabletop Market

From crackle reactive glaze finishes to digital-inspired cookware for the Millennial consumer, the first day of the New York Tabletop Market, April 10, saw the evolution of traditional design elements showcased within the brand showrooms at Forty One Madison.

Vendors noted the continued evolution of consumer habits as the driving force behind today’s tabletop trends. Casual living, for example, remains on the tip of the industry’s tongue as it looks to entice the younger generation into the category. In order to tap into casual living and draw in new consumers, vendors launched tableware lines that took an updated approach to traditional style elements such as seemingly deconstructed and tech-focused approaches to metallic and gold highlights.

Lifetime Brands, for example, had on hand its Mikasa Leo and Luna dinnerware collections featuring geometric patterns and a dishwasher-safe gold metallic rim. LSA International took to glassware to feature the design. Its new Sorbet collection of pastel colored glassware, for example, features a subtle gold rim.

In addition, reactive glazes and texture stood out at the market. Highlights included the Noir collection from Casa Alegre, featuring a bold, dark colorway and matte finish married with a reactive glaze feature. Iittala brought texture to glassware with an expansion to its Kastehelmi line. The line is now available in two new colorways, which feature the collection’s raised “dew drop” texture.

Colored glass also continues to grow in popularity, and vendors noted a significant interest in color from retail. Riedel had on hand its Happy O collection of colored glassware with four new colorways. The company also showed its growing Fatto A Mano collection, which now includes pink. Mikasa also showcased a number of new colored glassware lines including its textured Ainsley and Linden collections as well as its Auralee collection.

Other vendors looked beyond material to tap today’s consumer where they live and cook. BIA Cordon Bleu, for example, showcased its new Quick Recipe cookware collection, which features QR codes printed directly on the stoneware. Each QR code digitally links a consumer to unique recipes and on-trend how-to cooking videos for each specific item within the collection.

For more coverage of the New York Tabletop Market, see NOUVEAU in the April 2 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®.