It’s an annual rite of spring—the launch of scores of new dinnerware, glassware and flatware patterns at the New York Tabletop Show, which takes place this month. In honor of spring (and in anticipation of the coming season) expect to see flowers bloom again, along with a smattering of insects and plenty of pastels. Two big licensed lines make their debut—Elie Tahari from Mikasa (see cover story) and Ted Baker from Portmeirion, which made its worldwide launch at Ambiente in February and will be shown for the first time in the U.S. this month.
Move over, silver and gold. Consumers have taken a shine to copper, strengthening the metallic mania in home furnishings. Copper’s warmer hues add sophistication to furnishings, whether alone or paired with another material. Here are a few new examples. —Andrea Lillo
Thousands of products will be unveiled this month at the annual International Home + Housewares Show. Here are new products that highlight a few of the significant trends attendees will see in Chicago.
This month’s New York Home Fashions Market will bring out new collections of textiles that vendors believe will dress up the home to consumers’ tastes in the months to come. Here is a sampling of what retail buyers will see during the week.—David Gill
From bath rugs to kitchen mats to area rugs, the New York Home Fashions Market will be the place to see what’s new for the mass market and beyond this season. With inspiration coming from such sources as nature, architecture—and bicycles—introductions will be sure to delight. — Andrea Lillo.
The Good Design Awards recognize design excellence from around the world in a wide array of categories, including home furnishings. They are conferred annually by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The 2014 winners were recently selected on the basis of innovation, form, materials and construction, concept, function and a number of other criteria. This is a sampling of the winners-for a full listing, visit chi-athenaeum.org.
Pantone's color of the year for 2015-the rich red-brown wine hue called Marsala-is a nurturing, full-bodied color that "embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Consumers will have plenty of Marsala items to feast on this year, as these and many other products hit the marketplace. - Andrea Lillo