| Apr 15, 2014 |
Introductions abound at the NY Tabletop Show
Boh staff
By Staff

The New York Tabletop Show (April 22 – 25) at Forty One Madison opens on Tuesday to buyers and retailers, and on Thursday, April 24, it hosts Interior Designer Day, inviting the trade to preview dozens of new products and seven new showrooms throughout the building.

“Interior designers have always been an important target audience for the luxury brands located at Forty One,” said Laurie Burns, Senior VP and Director of Forty One Madison. “Business in this segment seems especially strong and continually growing with improving market conditions.”

Designers are invited to tour more than 95 showrooms representing 125+ global brands, many of which now offer home accessories, lighting and accent furnishings in addition to tableware. As a special bonus, any designer who mentions Editor at Large at the front desk will be entered to win a $500 gift card towards a purchase in the building.

“This spring’s Tabletop Show is all about the product,” said Burns. “Visitors will see new product introductions and US market debuts like never before. Brands have spent their unequaled resources to innovate and offerings are going to wow.”

Below are a few new product highlights and showroom events to note:

Lenox 365 collection

Lenox (24th floor) will host a cocktail soiree on Wednesday, April 23, at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the introduction of the Lenox 365 collection. The collection includes 30 white porcelain shapes in three sizes that fit together. Lenox will also debut new additions to its Kate Spade line, including lacquer boxes, frames, monogrammed business card holders, casual dinnerware, barware, flatware and a selection of bridal gifts.

Vista Alegre (9th floor) will host a special breakfast for press and designers to debut its latest collections in the showroom from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22.

From 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. that day, Lladro (17th floor) will host a cocktail party for press and trade. RSVP for this event.

Oenomus collection

Gerard Lehmann of Lehmann Glass (17th floor) has collaborated with Gerard Bassett, a master sommelier (voted world’s best in 2010) to create the Oenomust Collection—a true wine lover’s glass. The showroom will host a “Symphony of Senses” wine tasting event on Tuesday, April 22. This is a private event, by invitation only.

Ocean collection

Julia Watts (9th floor) invites editors to a press breakfast and demonstration on April 23 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. to meet Wiebke Lehmann, owner and designer of the renowned German porcelain manufacturer Hering Berlin, along with porcelain crafts person Anika Raschke. Berlin’s latest creation “Ocean” will be on display. The collection can be viewed by appointment throughout the week.

Interior designer Micahael Divine will unveil his new collection of dinnerware also at Julia Watts. Schedule an appointment via email.

Ca' d'Oro collection

Sieger (9th floor) will launch its Ca' d'Oro collection by Fürstenberg. Designed by Michael Sieger, the gold-burnished line is inspired by a gothic Venetian palazzo of the same name. Christian Sieger will be in town to officially unveil the collection at a special press breakfast on Wednesday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RSVP for this event.

Kelly Wearstler for Pickard Fine China

Pickard China (9th floor) will introduce three brand new Kelly Wearstler for Pickard Fine China patterns and two new Kelly Wearstler Crystal for Pickard Suites at the show. In addition, two new Pickard patterns will be presented.

Odette vase

William Yeoward (13th floor) will introduce the vase pattern “Odette,” which together with the recently introduced Harlequine Bowls and Adele Vases, are inspired by the Art Deco period. Also new to the showroom is a clean-lined barware collection called Atalanta, based on the ever-popular Atalanta Wine Cooler. Also included in this collection is a champagne bucket, an ice bucket, a highball and old-fashioned tumbler and martini glasses. Finally, the new Isadora Pineapple Centerpieces will bring a touch of whimsy and fantasy to the showroom.

L'Objet (16th floor) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the introduction of the Sous La Lune collection. This can be viewed by appointment only throughout the week. Schedule an appointment via email.

La Classica Collection

Villeroy & Boch (19th floor) will introduce the La Classica Collection: Nuova & Contura, as well as additions to its Anmut collection, Glass Gift collection, Artesano and Artesano Proven Verdure collections, and Cooking Elements collection.

Hermes, Puiforcat and Saint Louis (22nd floor) are hosting meetings by appointment only during the show. Designers will be able to preview the latest collections from all three brands. Schedule an appointment via email.

Forest Leaf collection

Michael Aram (8th floor) will debut the Forest Leaf collection, which takes its inspiration from the intricacies of form and texture found in foliage from around the world. By interpreting plant forms in cast metal, Aram presents work which is evocative of a natural environment transformed and redefined. Each piece is an intimate expression of Aram’s individual creativity, as well as an object of infinite and timeless meaning.

Portmeirion (19th floor) will be introducing a new Sophie Conran Christmas pattern, new pieces in the Spode Christmas Tree collection, as well as new colors in Spode Delamere collection.

Fluerology vases

Waterford (23rd floor) will introduce the Waterford Interiors collection by UK-based designer Jo Sampson. Pieces include the London console table, vanity table, side table, floor mirror, wall mirror, wall light, table light and single pendant light. Also on display will be the new Fluerology vases by Jeff Leatham. His provocative combination of shapes, angles and geometric precision using nature’s creations and reimagining the traditional tenants of floral arrangements make up this collection.

Blue & White Star by Timothy Corrigan

Philippe Deshoulieres (3rd floor) will be presenting a collection of accent plates matching its top selling mugs. Royal Limoges will be showing the full collection of Blue & White Star by Timothy Corrigan. And from the Mateus ceramic line, the showroom will be debuting a new vase to complete the Tord Boontje gift collection.

Christofle (6th floor) is debuting a furniture series designed by Marcel Wanders in its brand-new 6,000-square-foot North American headquarters. “Silver Moments” will also be a focus for Christofle at the Show. “These are designs to be shared with family, friends and loved ones and the kind that are commemorated by silver,” said Nicolas Krafft, Christofle’s President & CEO.

Also new to the building, Zak Designs (3rd floor) will open its new 3,000-square-foot space. Color and flair is the signature of Zak’s tableware, kitchen, serving and entertaining products. “Because we are so focused on global trends in tabletop, serveware and kitchen prep products, it’s always been important for us to have a strong showroom presence in New York,” said Irv Zakheim, Zak’s Chairman and CEO. “We’re very excited to have our new showroom in a great location."

Hankook Chinaware

Hankook Chinaware (19th floor), known globally for its bone china production, has moved into a new 1,200-square-foot showroom in the building.

Joseph Joseph (15th floor), which features everyday household utensils for food preparation, service and cleanup, can now be found in the building in a 2,000-square-foot showroom that doubles as the company’s headquarters.

Shinepukur Ceramics Ltd. (15th floor) is another newcomer with a freshly renovated 1,100-square-foot space.

As for showroom moves, on the 3rd floor, a newly remodeled space has been carved out for the portfolio of luxury brands represented by BIA Cordon Bleu—Philippe Deshoulieres, Royal Limoges, Mateus and CAPDECO. On the 6th floor, Fitz and Floyd has moved into new quarters, now in a redesigned jewel-box space featuring tableware and giftware lines.

Finally, Auratic, Inc., will be taking the wraps off its 14th floor showroom following a major interior makeover.

Forty One Madison has teamed up with Uber to make getting to and from the show a breeze. Those who are new to this transportation convenience will receive $25 off their first Uber ride when signing up for the service using promotion code 41MAD25, while current subscribers will receive 10% off during Market using code 41MAD10.

Preview of Flower magazine's lobby display

The building has collaborated with Flower magazine for the first time to create the Show’s lobby display. Editor-in-chief Margot Shaw and her team will create a series of enchanting “Garden Party” themed settings using fresh flowers and trend setting tableware.

"Spring is such a beloved season of change, and it’s the perfect time for Flower to transform the Lobby with visions of outdoor garden living and entertaining,” said Burns. “Today’s outdoor spaces—whether yard, patio or garden—are considered the largest room of the house.”

The Café on Level A will be open for business, dispensing complimentary bites and beverages on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Tabletop Show is open to the trade only, and attendees must pre-register online. Designers and show attendees are also encouraged to download the Forty One Madison app for smart phones and tables to better navigate the show.

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