NEW YORK–The newest dinnerware, glassware, flatware and other tabletop items will be unveiled here this week as the New York Tabletop Show gets underway.
Activity will be centered in permanent showroom buildings Forty One Madison Avenue, 7 W New York and 230 Fifth Avenue and in manufacturers’ showrooms throughout the city.
Numerous evening events are also planned by individual companies.
On Wednesday morning Forty One Madison will host a breakfast seminar entitled “Through the Lens of the Red Bull’s Eye: Market Trends in Home and Lifestyle,” presented by Minda Gralnek, a former vice president and creative director for Target. The seminar will take place from 8:30-9:15 at Forty One Madison.
The show runs through Friday, Oct. 28.
Forty One Madison, left, and 7 W New York
NEW YORK–The New York Tabletop Show begins today at permanent showroom buildings and tabletop company headquarters throughout New York.
As vendors promote a wide assortment of new products for spring 2011, one of the biggest topics of conversation will be the nearly inevitable rise in prices, the result of shifting dynamics in China where many tabletop goods are manufactured. Vendors emphasized the importance for even more long-range planning with retailers and, ideally, flexible working partnerships.
This has not dampened the enthusiasm and optimism that typically heralds the opening of the show, which runs Oct. 12-15. Some of the leading trends include floral designs, bold colors and new finishes and glazing techniques.
“I am cautiously optimistic about this show,” said Laurie Burns, director, Forty One Madison. “With five new showrooms, all with new U.S. operations, these great brands are optimistic about U.S. business. In addition many brands are launching serious collections this show—and they are being received positively from the pre-show activity.”
After hours festivities start tonight at 5 p.m. with a party in the lobby of showroom building 7 W New York and continue throughout the week in various showrooms.