Shermann also discussed the use of natural materials in products.
He pointed to new products using a variety of materials including
steamed willow, rattan, acacia wood, recycled metals, and even
Nance Boylan, Zrike’s showroom manager at 7 W New York, displayed
several examples of the retro influence in tabletop with new items
from their Coca-Cola licensed products. From pin-up girls to diners,
nostalgic items were a big hit with buyers. Boylan said, “There’s a
different vibe at this market, and we see that people are willing to
spend money on something that’s going to make them feel good.”
The retro lines bring back those familiar images of simpler times.
America’s Diner and Bistro Collection from Homer Laughlin China Co.
also captures that retro feel. This new collection is from the original
historic pattern made by Homer Laughlin for restaurants and diners
in the mid-1900’s. The new line is banded with colors that coordinate
with the company’s Fiesta dinnerware.
At first glance, you might attribute Signature Housewares’ new
“Farm Fresh” line to a retro-inspired theme, but Signature’s Morrison
explained that it’s really aimed at the lifestyle trend of farm fresh
foods. The line targets those consumers buying from the farm stands
and searching for the freshest ingredients.
While pops of citrus colors could be found across the market, Zak’s
showroom had wall-to-wall bright colors. Zak identified yellow as one
of the key colors for 2010. Citrus colors appeared in Zak’s kitchen
prep and tabletop products.
Tabletop Market Shines at Spring Market
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Forty One Madison’s Burns identified confidence as a key way to
describe the buyers’ mood at the 2010 Spring Tabletop Market.
“Retailers seem more confident that consumers will be confident in
2010. This trend in more aggressive show shopping started here in
October 2009 and continued through the January/February shows
around the world,” commented Burns. And buyer confidence was
clear in New York City at the Spring Tabletop Market, Burns concluded.
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Seen at 7 West New York
Zrike’s Vera line, based on designs from Vera
Neumann, was on display including this Chip
and Dip item from the Papillion Dream pattern.
Annieglass portrays winter in this new collection
Su Hilty, 7 West New York’s vice president of
marketing, was on hand to greet everyone on the
market’s first day. Hilty is pictured with Brad Simon,
vice president of sales for Gourmet Business.