Author Archives: Allison Zisko

About Allison Zisko

Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

Blog: The Well-Laid Table

TableSwoon

Natalie Engelhardt is a former L’Oreal marketing executive who has hit upon a consumer need that more seasoned home furnishings executives—despite all their talk about addressing consumer lifestyles—have missed. Engelhardt is the founder of TableSwoon, a brand-new company that sells table-setting kits. A table-setting kit contains all the accessory pieces consumers need to set aMore »

Padma’s Premiere

Padma Lakshmi

Prima Design pairs with Padma Lakshmi for globally inspired collection By Allison Zisko Model, cookbook author and Bravo “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi is delving into tabletop and housewares with a global and ethnically influenced collection produced by Prima Design. The collection is set to debut later this month and encompasses two porcelain dinnerware patterns,More »

Tabletop | Now, in New York | August 2013

Steelforme

NY Now, the rebranded New York International Gift Fair, makes it debut under its new name and format from Aug. 17-21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares will be part of the Home division, located on Level 3 of the Javits Center. It willMore »

Housewares | New in Atlanta | July 2013

Core Home
The Fruit & Veggie Knife Series is made from high carbon stainless steel that stays sharp and has a non-stick coating. corehome.com

Atlanta’s AmericasMart provides a venue for housewares companies to showcase their wares this month to independent specialty stores and others from across the country. Here is a sampling of the newest tools, gadgets and other items that will be on display.

Tabletop | Atlanta Ambitions | July 2013

Chevalier Collection
The Legacy Aerating Wine Glass features a built-in aerating cell that showers wine into the glass as it is being poured. chevaliercollection.com

This month’s Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market offers a wealth of new product across numerous categories and price points. Vendors will showcase everything from whimsical garden animal figures to crystal barware; following is a sample of what is being unveiled.

Tabletop | Mining for Opportunities | May 2013

Nikko Fortune

Tabletop manufacturers at last month’s New York Tabletop Show focused on what they see as profitable niches in the market, such as small giftables, executive desk items for men, and introductions from partnerships with party planners and set designers.—Allison Zisko