Color Brightens New York Tabletop Market Design Evolution

Color, form and finish led the way on day two of the New York Tabletop Market, October 10. As vendors continue to look to satisfy casual living lifestyles, these design elements have evolved and inspired across a range of tableware segments.

When it comes to color, vendors noted several color families are primed for the coming year: pastels, deep bolds and iridescences. Gibson, for example, expanded its cross-category Pastels collection. The collection includes a wide selection of products including dinnerware, prep, serveware, cookware, bakeware, coffee/tea and cutlery in a variety of pastel colors. David Nicklin, Gibson’s vp/marketing and licensing, noted that the pastel color palette continues to make its way from runways into U.S. homes, and appeals to a broad cross-section of consumers looking for elegant, simple products.

Part of the deep bolds family, black has emerged as a potential powerhouse for the category. Vendors noted that the color, much like white, is capable of satisfying the need for a blank canvas on which consumers can layer other pieces or even bring attention to food itself. Several vendors highlighted black dinnerware, serveware and flatware meant to add balance, pops of color or nuanced eclecticism to the table.

Iridescent colorways were also a highlight at the show. The look has come in a big way to glassware and flatware in particular. Several vendors highlighted new collections boasting iridescent colors. LSA International had on hand its Iridescence collection of glassware, which features hand-painted luster, gold rims and assorted pastel and pearl finishes. Lifetime’s Mikasa brand launched its own lines of iridescent glassware, Nala and Nala Optic. Nala Optic also features an added texture. The company also launched a new flatware collection featuring bold iridescence.

Form and finish were also a major touch point at the fall market. Various textures took shape there, with vendors launching collections featuring 3D printing techniques, embossed designs meant to punch up white dinnerware and a variety of new surfaces within glassware. When it comes to finishes, reactive glazes continue to hit their stride and numerous vendors launched their own iterations of the trend across several dinnerware surfaces. Matte finishes have also become popular and expanded beyond black and white, as some vendors launched matte finishes across several different colorways.

Some vendors at the show strived to take on each of these trends within collections in order to reach today’s consumer. Lenox’s Kate Spade brand, for example, launched its cross-category Willow Drive collection, which features dinnerware, serveware, on-the-go and small electrics in textured finishes and pastel colorways. The cross-category collection boasts a complete kitchen story for retailers to tell in-store.

For more coverage of the New York Tabletop Market, see NOUVEAU in the October 1 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®.