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Blog: HFN at Ambiente

Jersey Pottery Bolero

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

Ambient NIKKO

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 »

Blog: It’s Day 2 at Las Vegas Market

Cyan Design

LAS VEGAS–The second day of  Las Vegas Market is underway as companies unveil products along with numerous new or expanded showrooms. Several companies returned to exhibit at the show. Kaleen Rugs returned to Las Vegas with its new, 3,500 square-foot showroom in Building C, C-407. It exudes an urban feel, which is how Kaleen willMore »

Blog: Housewares Show Previewed in NYC

Anolon chef knife

-At an event here yesterday, the International Housewares Association offered a sampling of some new products that will be exhibited at the International Home + Housewares show in March. The beverage category was hot, and several companies showed larger sizes of bottles and travel mugs, due to consumer demand. Cool Gear has a new 33-ounceMore »

Jerry’s Kids

Duke_Ratliff

I loved the old Jerry Lewis movies when I was a child (not so much as an adult). Mostly forgotten, one of the films featured Lewis slapsticking and mugging his way through his duties as an employee at the fictional Tuttle Department Store. The movie was called “Who’s Minding the Store?”, a phrase that hasMore »