Tabletop & Gifts

Old and New Blend Seamlessly in Chicago

Old and New Blend Seamlessly in Chicago

By Allison Zisko Attendees at the International Home + Housewares Show this month can expect to see a varied array of new tabletop products from long-standing exhibitors as well as industry newcomers. Most notable among the newcomers is Meyer Corp. The well-established cookware company is launching sizeable tabletop collections by celebrity chefs Paula Deen andMore »

Pfaltzgraff Forges Ahead

Pfaltzgraff  Forges Ahead

By Allison Zisko Pfaltzgraff will celebrate its 200th anniversary this year with a wide range of new products and promotions that reflect its rich history as well as its thorough understanding of the modern marketplace. The company was founded in York, Penn., in 1811 and was known for its salt-glazed stoneware and handpainted designs. ItMore »

Blogging From the Housewares Show

Blogging From the Housewares Show

CHICAGO—The Housewares Show continues into its second day today packed with numerous product introductions, busy exhibitor booths—and perhaps more importantly—an increasingly optimistic mood among both retailers and vendors. A new Mario Batali-licensed line from Dansk was among the attention-getting unveilings at McCormick Place. The new line includes Mario Light, a collection of cast-iron cookware that isMore »

Designer Chris Madden Re-Launches Website

Designer Chris Madden Re-Launches Website

NEW YORK-Designer Chris Madden has relaunched her website to integrate the company’s Facebook initiative, which regularly shares multimedia, links to press items and Madden’s blog posts with the company’s current followers. The site also chronicles Madden’s eight-year relationship with J.C. Penney and how her philosophy of “Turning Home into Haven” is reflected in the Chris MaddenMore »

Housewares Show Opens in Chicago

Housewares Show Opens in Chicago

AT THE SHOW—It’s all sizzle and style in Chicago, as the International Home + Housewares Show opens today. More than 60,000 attendees are expected at this year’s show — which represents a five percent jump in overall attendance as well as a five percent increase in buyer attendance — and the exhibition floor is soldMore »

Artist Joy Newton Launches New Porcelain Collection

Artist Joy Newton Launches New Porcelain Collection

WEST GRANBY, Conn.–Joy Newton, a nationally published artist and creator of the Joy Newton line of nature-inspired gift items, has launched a porcelain collection with the Hall China Company, including a series of eight mugs. The 16-ounce mugs feature Newton’s botanical illustrations of the Siberian iris, hydrangea, eggplant, pear, nest, poppy, asparagus and radish andMore »

Zrike, Dena Designs Announce Partnership

Zrike, Dena Designs Announce Partnership

LAFAYETTE, Calif.–The Zrike Company has signed a license agreement with Dena Designs, Inc to develop Dena Home tabletop and ceramic product. The collection will feature “the fashion forward lifestyle design that celebrates traditional hand techniques with a modern twist,” according to the company, and will debut during the tabletop market next month. Dena, known byMore »

Home Furnishings Industry Conference Sets Speaker Lineup

Home Furnishings Industry Conference Sets Speaker Lineup

ROSEVILLE, Calif.–The Western Home Furnishings Association and the National Home Furnishings Association has scheduled its speakers for the upcoming Home Furnishings Industry Conference. The opening keynote speakers will be Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas of USA Today’s Common Ground column, who will describe how to forge agreements even though differences may exist between retailers andMore »