Delicious food is a hallmark of the end-of-the-year holidays and an opportunity for consumers to bring out special serveware for it. Solid and slotted serving spoons, meat forks, pie servers, cheese knives and spreaders are among the popular flatware serving pieces in the fourth quarter. Designs vary from holiday-specific to those created to complement anything.
Barware and tea-drinking themed products also trending By Maureen Azzato
These looks are transparent, for the most part, and that’s a good thing, as all things acrylic are trending. Pairing traditional shapes with a modern material is high-end and provides balance to colorful furnishings.—Andrea Lillo
No longer just an ubiquitous construction material, concrete has become one of the hot new materials in home décor as well. A perfect complement to the equally popular industrial look, concrete brings sleek style to the home, whether with a rough or polished finish.
NY Now housewares exhibitors introduce a variety of food prep and kitchen tools as well as cooking solutions for quick and nutritious meals. The rise of environmentally friendly lunch packs that reduce waste are also a focus, making it easy for busy consumers to keep food and beverages cold on the go.
A full slate of educational sessions covering a broad gamut of business strategies will enrich the market experience for participants at this month’s NY Now. Industry experts will dissect practically every aspect of business operations—social media marketing, visual merchandising, tax preparation, demographic analysis, importing advice—and share savvy, actionable strategies. There is also a full slate of after-hours events. The complete seminar and event schedule is available online at nynow.com/programs.
The tabletop and gift categories continue to grow in Las Vegas. Michael Aram and Skyros Designs have both expanded their showrooms on c-ONE, the cross-category venue for tabletop, gifts and home decor at Las Vegas Market. With its additional frontage, Aram’s new showroom, which is 40 percent larger, has reshaped the C-ONE entryway and created a new layout that better facilitates traffic flow. Skyros Designs has more than doubled in size, to a 1,830-square-foot showroom. “Las Vegas Market continues to emphasize and advance the aesthetic appeal of the market experience, while also enhancing and expanding its overall resources for buyers,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. “These new developments on C-ONE reflect a continued, and carefully considered series of improvements to the market experience.” Other c-ONE brands include Abbiamo Tutto, Alessi, Lenox, Lunares, Mariposa, Match, Prouna USA, Rolf Glass, Vagabond House and WWRD. Vest & Associates, meanwhile, offers goods from Mary Jurek Designs, Red Pomegranate, Simon Pierce and Vista Alegre. Tabletop can also be found on C11, a new permanent showroom floor. Several introductions are featured here.