Blog: Tabletop Vendors Go for Gold in New York

Gold flatware by Hampton Forge

Gold flatware by Hampton Forge

Gold is the metal of choice among tabletop vendors presenting their wares at market this week. Yellow gold, often with a matte finish, decorates goods in all categories, from dinnerware to glassware to flatware. Lacey designs, Scandinavian influences and the color combinations of black and white and blue and white also dominated showroom displays.

Prima Design has signed a license agreement with Padma Lakshmi, host of the cooking reality show “Top Chef.” The collection takes its design cues from around the world, and includes dinnerware, glassware, serveware and accessories like lanterns … Michael Aram highlighted new Limoges dinnerware in two solid colors and three patterns and presented a robust “under $99” giftware assortment for specialty stores that includes everything from mini frames to napkin rings … Nambe introduced a new metals collection called Bella and made a complete brand statement with license partners Gibson (dinnerware) and Rogaska (crystal) … Hampton Forge offered an array of innovative flatware finishes, including laser-etched titanium designs as well as resin finishes that ranged from contemporary to whimsical … Riedel is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its sommeliers series with variations of the Grand Cru glass and other shapes in red and black color combinations … Denby launched a new blue and white stoneware pattern with a new body shape called Malmo … Oneida introduced the Naturally Norwegian collection of flatware, created by a Norwegian designer who typically designs ski equipment. The four patterns, all inspired by nature, have elongated bodies and are a distinct departure from Oneida’s typical assortment … Ralph Lauren is placing more emphasis on giftable items, especially for men, including a 20-piece carbon fiber mixologist set that retails for nearly $8,000.—Allison Zisko