Author Archives: Allison Zisko

About Allison Zisko

Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

Sourcing in São Paulo: The Brazilian Buyer Project

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By Allison Zisko Over the course of two days in early May, 51 Brazilian housewares manufacturers descended on a hotel conference room in São Paulo, Brazil, lugging suitcases filled with plastic and glass and metal goods, armed with the optimism of traveling salesmen. They set their sights on 12 international buying companies from seven countries,More »

Amer to Debut More Than a Dozen Collections in High Point

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ATLANTA–Area rug house Amer will present 14 new collections at High Point Market next week. Among the collections making their official debut are the pure silk Halcyon collection, the wool and silk Dazzle collection, plus a dozen others in handtufted and handwoven constructions. Amer shows in Showplace, suite 3415. “We have over 100 new rugsMore »

Bringing Out the Brands In Frankfurt

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By Allison Zisko Last month’s Ambiente fair in Frankfurt, Germany, provided a platform for tabletop companies to engage in brand building. There were brand introductions, brand extensions and brand re-inventions from many well-known players in the industry. In the brand-new category there was Nude, a division of Turkish glass company Pasabahce, which offers contemporary, design-orientedMore »

Blog: HFN at Ambiente

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FRANKFURT, Germany­—Ambiente opened its doors here this morning, and Messe Frankfurt officials are expecting a good show. Board Member Detlef Braun, noting the current economic climate in Germany as positive, said, “The auguries for a successful fair are very good.” The wide expanse of new tabletop product is evident throughout the show. Portmeirion is introducingMore »

Blog: Nikko Steps Onto the World Stage

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Japanese tabletop maker Nikko will make its debut at its own stand at the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt this week. In past years the company has been a small part of a Japanese government pavilion at the fair, so this is a big step forward. It follows on the heels of the company’s Maison &More »

Tabletop | Artistic Endeavors in NY | Feb 2014

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The hand of the artist is evident in the product line up at this month’s NY Now. Whether executed in brightly enameled aluminum; neutral-toned ceramic; or phosphorescent or luminescent glass, many giftware introductions at this show truly represent each individual artist’s unique point of view.    —Allison Zisko CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE

Preserving Tradition

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Canning captures consumers’ attention, and manufacturers respond By Allison Zisko Renewed consumer interest in canning—a homesteading tradition that never completely vanished—has prompted the launch of several canning tools and accessories, and even a small fashion trend. Fresh fruit and vegetable consumption is on the rise as more Americans make healthy changes to the types ofMore »