Tableware International July August 2021

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s summer sadly starts to wind down, the temperature slowly dips and the nights draw in a little earlier each evening, I have to stop and think just how much of this year has passed already. I feel like I was just getting used to the sunshine and balmy days before the inevitable rain returns and the sandals are put away for another time. But as the year progresses that means we are approaching the next round of trade shows, fairs and markets and we get to discover what exciting new things will be hitting stores and shelves in the coming months. We’ve got a jampacked preview for Exclusively on page 62 which reveals the trends and hot ideas set to make an impact at the event that is returning to its live format this August. We also have previews on the Las Vegas Market (p70) and for Maison Objet (p74), for even more inspiration for our tables and homes. Of course, it’s the holiday season and Christmas that brings each year to a close and to get some ideas churning, in our Christmas category on page 46 we look at some wonderfully festive pieces ready to get any party started and provide the perfect setting for holiday meals with loved ones. We also have a range of wonderful Gift-Ready Tableware ideas on page 26, with something for everyone. Our cover story (p22) this issue is with Marten van der Mei, managing director of proHeg GmbH, who shares the motivation and inspiration behind WMF’s new porcelain range, which he hopes will only strengthen the company’s position as an Expert of Table Culture. Also putting his expertise to good use is Anand Baldawa, CEO of Seeba|thinKitchen, who has provided some amazing insight into the growing India tableware market and the meteoric rise of digital consumers in a special feature on page 48. Alessi reveal the latest pieces from the Alessi 100 Values Collection on page 30. Plus, on page 44 we speak to the President of Koransha Co, Yuji

Fukagawa, about how the Japanese company continues to move with the times while still respecting their long history. Japan and Scandinavia are the basis of the Japandi trend that is hot in homewares right now and we take a look at some the sleek and stylish pieces on the market from a variety of brands on page 18. Another trend we look at is Bold (p38), where bright colours and brave designs take centre stage. And not forgetting Flatware, we’ve got the latest in new cutlery ideas on page 50. Forget your standard silverware, we’ve got new colours, new finishes and different styled handles that will make eating any meal more pleasurable. With the pandemic still causing challenges across the globe and Great Britain continuing to deal with the aftermath of leaving the EU, we spoke to industry experts about Distribution and Logistics (p32) and discovered what issues companies were facing both domestically and internationally as they faced raw material shortages, labour problems, rising freight costs and more – and the ways they are dealing with these complications. As usual we have our T is for Table retailer column (p24) and HoReCa column with Valda Goodfellow (p34) with insight on the industry from their perspective. We have interviews with Indian online retailer Table Manners (p54) and gia Global Honoree Promenu on page 40. Plus, discover exciting new metalware items, a range of new products and new collections from well known brands such as Dibbern, NUDE and more. So, we hope you enjoy this issue and find some great inspiration within our pages.

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News & Trends

62 Show Preview: Exclusively We reveal what is on offer this August

12 News A round-up of international stories

70 Show Preview: Las Vegas Market What’s in store for the summer market

16 New Products All that is fresh 18 Trend: Japandi Tableware inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian design

74 Show Preview: Maison Objet Discover what is planned for Paris

26 Category: Gift-Ready Tableware Pieces for the table or home ready to be wrapped 30 In focus: Alessi 32 Feature: Distribution & Logistics 36 Product Spotlight: Dibbern

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18 38 Trend: Bold Make a statement with bright colours and patterns

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22 Interview: WMF 44 Interview: Koransha 54 Interview: Table Manners


42 Product Spotlight: NUDE 46 Category: Christmas & Festive Prepare for the holiday season 48 In focus: India’s Digital Consumer 50 Category: Cutlery Discover the new trends in flatware 56 In focus: Arthur Court 58 Category: Metalware Metal pieces and accents for the home 68 In focus: Kutahya Porselen


Regulars 24 Column: Retail Flatware trends 34 Column: HoReCa Supply & Demand 40 Interview: Retail Promenu The views of the contributors expressed in this journal are not necessarily those of the publisher or Lema Publishing Ltd. Comments, letters and criticism are welcome.

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VIDA collection continues to grow Beatriz Ball’s VIDA Collection of casual melamine and acrylic products was introduced in 2017, and it is growing by leaps and bounds. After mere weeks on the market, their VIDA Alegria tray of luxury melamine was selected as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things, and there’s been no let-up in demand and attention since then. In the last year, the company has introduced new indoor/outdoor placemats and “Easy Peasy” napkins collections under the VIDA umbrella, and extended Alegria, Havana, Nube and Bloom melamine collections. “In iconic shapes based on best-selling metal items, our melamine serving pieces are extremely durable and easy to care for, and perfectly suited to outdoor dining,” said Beatriz Ball. “Stylish, casual and un-fussy products for the informal sharing and serving of foods - trays, bowls, platters - are particularly popular and on-trend now. Not just for outdoors or seasonal entertaining, these can be enjoyed year ‘round in a variety of settings.” “We worked diligently to achieve the color, texture and surface luster of ceramics in melamine,” said Ball. Sales figures and an expanding product line seem to prove that there is an increased demand for higherquality products, especially for outdoor and casual dining.

Gia Top Window Awards The Global Innovation Awards program is now looking for the best window displays for 2021! gia – the IHA Global Innovation Awards program – is the world’s leading awards program honouring overall excellence, business innovation and creative merchandising in home goods retailing. In 2021 gia wants to recognise and celebrate the best window displays! All retailers selling home and housewares are invited to participate in the gia Top Window Award contest. Get a chance to receive both local and global recognition and positive PR and win a trip to The Inspired Home Show 2022, taking place in Chicago on March 5-8, 2022. The windows displays will be judged on: Originality and Creativity (theme, concept, special effects), Merchandise Presentation, Professionalism: Execution and Technical Aspects (lighting, attention to detail, signage, copy). To be considered for the 2021 gia Top Window Award, please contact us for more information. Email Entries close at the end of August.

IMC fall design events return For a third consecutive year, AmericasMart and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) are collaborating to create the Southeast’s premier dual-venue design shopping destination, September 20-23 in Atlanta, with unparalleled product selections from leading home décor, lifestyle, furniture and rug brands. Fall Design Week at AmericasMart will run September 20-22, and DISCOVER ADAC will operate September 21-23. “Bringing together AmericasMart and ADAC for a collaborative market experience allows the design community an expanded opportunity to network with industry leaders, preview upcoming trends and buy accordingly,” said Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. “For one week, with two design destinations, Atlanta will be the pinnacle of high-end design trends this September.” All trade registrants for Fall Design Week and DISCOVER ADAC will have access to ADAC’s 65+ high design home décor, lifestyle and furniture showrooms and to AmericasMart’s 400+ Open Year Round showrooms displaying nearly 2,000 lines in home décor, lifestyle, gift and apparel. Beyond exhibits, participants can draw inspiration from unique “Directions in Design” vignettes installed at both market centers. The two coordinated vignettes, which will be merchandised and curated by a leading Atlanta interior designer, will showcase the exclusive and complementary design resources available across both campuses. As an added benefit, attendees will have access to virtual and in-person seminars and networking events with some of the top industry leaders in design. A full schedule of sessions will be available in the coming weeks at and

Seeba | thinKitchen celebrates 35 years This July, Seeba™ | thinKitchen™ celebrated 35 years of manufacturing and supply of premium quality steel ware products for the global market. It marks three and a half decades of innovation, enterprise and commitment catering to the international kitchenware segment. Badri Baldawa, the founder and chairperson, believed early on that if the business functioned with transparency and honesty, stood by commitments and delivered to high quality standards, it would always see growth. These have continued to be the guiding principles through its journey over the decades. Today as a second-generation business, with Anand Baldawa at the helm, Seeba ™| thinKitchen™ has transformed from being a supplier of choice to being a partner of choice for numerous clients across the United States, Europe and Asia. Leveraging its in depth understanding of the Indian market, the Seeba portfolio has expanded to include thinKitchen™, a premium retail concept which focusses on distribution in India and presently represents over a dozen global leading kitchen and home brands in the India market, such as Berghoff, Denby, Amefa and more. Neil Hughes, Managing Director, Dartington Crystal Limited, said, “Working with Seeba™ |thinKitchen™ as a business partner is a pleasure. They are building a stable of premium brands as part of a long term strategy and have a very structured and inclusive approach to the way they plan for growth. I personally enjoy the relationship with Anand and the team and feel very confident that we can grow this market together. This might take time, we have always agreed and understood that but I would rather get it right and enjoy the rewards for the longer term.” To commemorate this momentous occasion, the chairperson Badri Baldawa has written a memoir of grand ambitions, dreams and challenges, aptly titled One Dream Is Not Enough. A melange of pioneering wanderlust and inspiration, it chronicles the company and his own journeys through the years and is available on pages/inspirations. As the business looks forward to the next decade and beyond, it also seeks to reinforce its founding commitment to innovation, quality, reliability and transparent functioning. To get in touch, please email


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What’s new Thomas Clay The new collection, Thomas Clay, brings a sense of nature to the table in a trend-conscious way. The stoneware material looks like clay, providing a rustic appearance but with the functionality you would expect. Available in colour shades inspired by nature – Earth, Sky and Rock, Thomas Clay captivates with its grooved structure and subtle black speckles. The collection includes a range of plates, bowls and cups that have an authentic character in a handmade look.

Amara partners with Women for Women International Women for Women International helps women survivors of war rebuild their lives, by enrolling them on a year-long training programme. Through the charity’s Stronger Women, Stronger Nations programme, women form support networks and learn life-changing skills, such as how to earn and save money, practical knowledge about her health and her rights and a marketable job skill. AMARA is raising vital funds for marginalised women by donating 15% of profits from sales of Global Explorer, one of the Designed by AMARA brands. Launched in June 2021, AMARA will be pledging a commitment from these sales over the course of the year-long partnership. Sara Bowcutt, Director of Fundraising & Partnerships at Women for Women International stated, “AMARA couldn’t be a more perfect partner for Women for Women International - the brand’s

family values, dedicated global community and commitment to giving back and making a difference are just a few of the reasons AMARA resonates with our mission. I love the entrepreneurial story behind the brand and am thrilled sales from the Global Explorer collection will go on to have a truly global impact, helping women survivors of war become successful entrepreneurs and inspire hope for the future.” In addition to AMARA’s Global Explorer donation pledge, the brand will also help to raise awareness and funds for the charity throughout the year in a variety of ways. Women for Women International will become an honorary sponsor of the Blogger’s Choice Award category within this year’s AMARA Interior Blog Awards. There are also a variety of sporting and social events, as well as dedicated staff sales planned, to raise funds internally throughout the yearly partnership.

HOMI II presents new trends in the living sector HOMI, the “Salone degli Stili di Vita” is the expo event dedicated to home décor and furnishing accessories to embellish contemporary living spaces and it will open its doors at Fiera Milano from September 5-8. The event confirms its role as a meeting place and an opportunity for industry professionals to experiment and be inspired. It is open to anyone who wishes to understand the evolution of habits and lifestyles, in Italy and in the world, exploring current and predicted home living trends. The expo will also be held simultaneously to the supersalone, the special 2021 event of Salone del Mobile and the Milano Design Week, confirming the key role of the city of Milan as the capital of design. Here's are some of the news from the brands participating in the expo: EVVIVA invites you to experience a new journey around our tables with new products inspired by beautiful locations and colours. ICHENDORF offers several new collections in borosilicate glass and handcrafted by designers of international fame: from coloured vases to stylized jugs, up to the most varied forms of tumblers. TAITU' Milano with its Emotion Collection decorates an entire selection of tableware and home decor items that are cheerful, with big personality and elegance while its Collezione Mare celebrates the bright colours of tropical seas. And BLUESIDE, through a design project in cooperation with architect Simone Micheli, offers a new line of vases, oil bottles and lanterns that, thanks to the purity and transparency of glass, take us back to the sea, the wind, and the freedom that the Mediterranean Sea can still offer us. HOMI, the Salone degli Stili di Vita will take place in full safety, welcoming exhibitors and visitors in compliance with the safe business protocol developed with a team of experts to guarantee full respect of the health protocols for a Covidfree event.

Gift For Life’s Campaign Raises Nearly $50,000 Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries' leading charitable organization, announced that its “Feed the Hungry – Feel the Good” fundraiser yielded nearly $50,000 for World Central Kitchen, an organization which distributes individually packaged, fresh meals in communities that need support during times of crisis. The campaign, which ran in connection with this summer’s Atlanta Market (July 1319), raised a total of $48,403 for World Central Kitchen. Individual donations ranged from $50 to $1000, with large gifts from J Douglas, Loloi Rugs and Worlds Away and a $10,000 matching grant from International Market Centers. “Nearly $50,000 translates to almost 5,000 meals and 30 restaurants supported,” said Cole Daugherty, chair of the Gift for Life board. “We are grateful for the industry’s support of our first at-market fundraiser for World Central Kitchen, and hope that we can continue this momentum in August for campaigns connected with the Retailer Excellence Awards and Las Vegas Market.” Gift For Life’s next at-market “Feed the Hungry. Feel the Good” Fundraiser will take place during the Las Vegas Market (August 22-26).


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general News Independent Hotel Show announces speaker line-up Summer 2021 Atlanta Market beats expectations Atlanta Market confirmed its place as the top Summer 2021 buying destination for the national retail and design industry with better than projected attendance and reports of record-breaking shows across its home and gift collections at the closing of its seven-day run from July 13-19, 2021 at AmericasMart Atlanta. “Atlanta Market was exactly what buyers and sellers needed right now,” said Bob Maricich, International Market Centers (IMC) CEO. “The buzz about market quickly traveled through the industry, and the brands and buyers who did not attend were really feeling like they missed out. We’re confident that their need to be a part of Atlanta Market will accelerate the growth of the Winter Market in 2022.” Pent-up demand for inventory led to aggressive buying by retailers and designers. Upticks in Key Account attendance – with nearly 100 top retailers including Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works/White Barn, Hallmark Cards, Hamricks, Hobby Lobby, The Home Depot, Joann Stores, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Old Time Pottery, Paper Source, Plow & Hearth, Urban Outfitters, Von Maur and more – also sparked high-volume orders. Buyers from all market verticals were well represented with growth in all three categories over the Winter 2021 staging. Attendees hailed from all 50 states, with continued recovery of international traffic with buyers from some 36 countries. Overall, the Summer 2021 Atlanta Market well outpaced the Winter 2021 staging, growing by nearly 55% in attendance and ultimately beating IMC’s pre-market projections. The Winter 2022 Atlanta Market is January 11 – 18, 2022 (temporary exhibits January 12 – 16).

Independent Hotel Show London presented by James Hallam, the only trade event for the UK’s luxury and boutique hotel industry, is returning with a bang as it announces an impressive speaker line-up for its 9th edition, taking place at Olympia London on October 4-5, 2021. The two–day seminar programme will see a wide range of insightful content across the Innovation Stage, in partnership with eviivo and dressed by sofa. com, and the Social Business Space, designed by Aorta, along with new feature the Tech Solutions Bar presented by Hospa, which will provide objective, expert tech advice for guests at the show. A highlight of the programme will be a session on ‘The Future of Hospitality’ hosted by Robert Richardson FIH, CEO of Institute of Hospitality. Panellists Chris Gamm of Springboard, David Taylor MI FIH of Lore Group, Kathy Dyball of, Julia Sibley MBE of The Savoy Educational Trust and Sally Beck of Royal Lancaster London will be setting the hospitality world to rights as they discuss retaining staff, strengthening the reputation of the industry and where to direct future resources and investment. Elsewhere in the programme, Juliet Kinsman, Sustainability Editor at Condé Nast Traveller will host an all-star panel for ‘ESG: Building A Sustainable Business Strategy’. The panel will take a close look at what it truly means for a hotel to be socially and environmentally responsible. The Social Business Space designed by Aorta will be a hub of discussion, debate and learning, as hoteliers are invited to sit down and discuss topics such as rebuilding the urban city hotel, the rise of residences, creating a lifestyle brand and what it means to be an environmentally and socially conscious business. Independent Hotel Show Event Director Elena Attanasio said, “The Independent Hotel Show programme is packed with content aimed directly at our audience of boutique, luxury and independent hoteliers. We know the specific issues, trends and challenges that affect our audience and work hard to provide practical, implementable thought leadership alongside more wideranging analysis and insight.”

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HMRC reverses position on plastic tax Following lobbying from the British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) and other bodies and organisations, outlining objections to the draft Plastic Packaging tax legislation, BHETA has received confirmation from HMRC that it has made a U-turn on the latest draft secondary legislation. HMRC’s original position was to extend the legislation’s scope to include multi-use consumer goods such as home and garden storage boxes and packed lunch boxes as well as packaging. This will not now be the case. HMRC’s project leader, Mark Palmer has messaged BHETA thanking it for its input and clarifying the following, “HMRC has now published draft secondary legislation clarifying the scope of the tax. Storage boxes for home use and reusable food and drinks containers do not need to be included in these regulations. The draft legislation clarifies that a further number of products are outside of the scope, and examples of

these include items sold for long term storage of goods throughout their lifetime, such as toolboxes, items where the packaging is integral to the use of the goods, such as water filter cartridges, and items for reuse in the presentation of goods, such as shop fittings.” The previous draft of the legislation could have precipitated costs of an additional £10million per year in tax across the supplier base. Commenting on the breakthrough, BHETA’s marketing manager, Steve Richardson who co-ordinated the lobbying initiative said, “The amended legislation follows the principle BHETA championed that ‘single use plastics’ are a much bigger problem than ‘multi-use’ products. Any plastic single use items for home use will be liable to the plastic packaging tax. The change of plan regarding multi-use products is great news for many suppliers across housewares, DIY and garden and BHETA thanks everyone who has supported the campaign to date.”


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Handcrafted inspiration The new Rustic collection from Spal was inspired by the handcrafted-feel trend that perfectly matches current lifestyle concerns with a focus on the natural and organic, and promoting a healthier type of living. The Rustic collection’s three different colour versions embody this philosophy with terracotta, grey and cobalt-blue. A colour palette easily related to nature. Designed by the in-house studio, the collection is made from the finest porcelain for an additional sophisticated feel and is dishwasher and microwave safe. Available in three smooth and earthy tones, its clear coupe shapes and casual style make it the ideal choice for everyday use or informal parties.

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Minimalism masters Remastered is a new collection of Nikko Fine Bone China. The pure white, beautiful and durable Western tableware is a popular line that has been loved by many top chefs due to the uncompromising craftmanship. And now, from this line, Nikko have selected the ones that will lead to a richer, modern life and have developed a re-edited and remastered collection.

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These fine ceramic teapots from Bunzlau Castle are great for everyday household use and restaurants. Suitable for the dishwasher and microwave safe. Featuring a pretty flower design and dragonfly motif, these teapots are lovingly hand-made in Europe by expert crafters that only use the best quality products available.

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Dark crystal The new addition to the Carat candle holder collection is in anthracite. The candle holder gets its name and blackish grey color from the very special rock anthracite, which is a type of coal, just like diamonds. Designed by Lena Bergström, it is a modern take on cut crystal with a stem creating a sense of jewels. There is a balance between the steady base and the asymmetric. The metal ring at the top is a contrast to the crystal and it protects the glass from the melting stearin. The candle holder is also available in clear crystal which comes in different sizes. Perfect to combine on the set table.

Ready for some bubbly LSA International is all set to celebrate with the new Epoque collection. Featuring champagne bucket, champagne flute and vintage-inspired champagne saucer, the stylish collection is a party waiting to happen.

What’s new? Bamboo! Though it never really went away in certain circles, bamboo is enjoying something of a resurgence and Beatriz Ball is responding with fabulous new pieces in a variety of materials. A three-piece Bamboo Collection in luxury melamine consisting of an 11-inch dinner plate, 9-inch salad plate and 7.5-inch cereal bowl, makes for a stylish and modern table setting – add in some bambooinspired picture frames, candlestick holders, trays, bowls and ice bucket and it will be like it’s a tropical holiday.

Pretty in pink Crackle is a collection of mouth-blown vases created from elements of nature – fire, earth, and water. Designed by Åsa Jungnelius, the shape is carved from clay by hand and the crackled surface is formed by using an ancient technique, by placing the hot glass in ice cold water. The result is a collection of sculptural vases with light reflecting organic properties. The pieces in this collection can be used for storage, serving, special occasions, but also for informal times with friends and family. Each piece in the collection can stand alone as a solo player, but they also work well together as a group. Crackle in a gorgeous pink color picked by the designer herself is one of the new items from Kosta Boda this year.

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Trend Japandi

Sleek lines

Denby Modus

Geographically Japan and Scandinavia are some distance apart but aesthetically the simplicity and sleekness of both styles have melded together for the hybrid Japandi trend. Relaxed vibes, calming colour palettes, organic shapes and clean lines epitomise pieces within this trend as we discover.


apandi may just sound like a word that’s been made up by some marketing agency in a boardroom (and it may have started there) but by combining the words it really does describe the fusion of both Scandinavian and Japanese design. The trend is proving popular in homewares, interiors and tableware as people look to inject some serenity into their homes and lives. As Richard Eaton, design director at Denby explains why this trend

is important, “We have been talking about ‘Scandinasia’ (a term popularised by the Design Press) for the past four or five years being a blend of purist Scandinavian with an added Asian feel. Japandi is a more recent term and in many respects you can put them in the same trend even though there are subtle differences between the two. I think the overriding factor is a look of clean lines, that natural element that comes from both Scandinavia and Japanese design with the careful consideration of

materials, the element of quality, the beautiful muted and natural colours, craftsmanship and of course, coming increasingly to the fore; sustainability.” Denby’s hand-crafted products fit beautifully within the Japandi look and ethos, the simple lines of the Modus collection with its subtle natural colours, ooze the calming qualities that are at the forefront of the trend. “Another way of considering ‘Japandi’ is bringing together the Scandinavian Hygge movement, we

were all talking about a few years ago, and morphing it together with Japanese ‘wabi sabi’ which is the art of the imperfection. Both movements emanate from craftsmanship, and the beautiful qualities that emanate from hand-made products.” Richard added. “I think Japandi pulls all these elements together – the simplicity of clean lines that are easy to live with combined with rustic handmade and beautiful natural materials. For Denby we have been making Scandiasian


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and Japandi items for the last forty or fifty years without realising it!” Beatriz Ball’s popular Nube collection sits nicely within the wabi-sabi or Japandi trends thanks to its imperfect shapes and crisp white colour. The collection of luxury melamine has been expanded with five new pieces - three bowls, a pedestal cake-stand and a generous rectangular tray. Presented in a white matte finish, the pieces have the look of handmade ceramics, and feature cleanly organic shapes and rich surfaces. All very Scandi-friendly, too! Broste Copenhagen have been inspired by the frozen landscapes of Scandinavia and nearby regions with their Nordic range of tableware. Speckled like vanilla milk, the smooth yet lustreless surface characterises the Nordic Vanilla tableware collection. Every piece embodies the characteristics of Scandinavian design by creating a calm and inviting aesthetics around any meal from breakfast to dinner. The stoneware range consists of teapots, milk jug, mugs and cups as well as bowls and plates in several sizes. Nordic Vanilla is glazed by hand and therefore each piece varies a bit in colour and expression. Create a classic table look with light and airy off-white shades and give the table a timeless calm or use it with other Nordic Coal for a more dramatic effect. It also looks great with Nordic Sea and Nordic Sand, to create your own unique table setting that feels collected and curated.


The Japandi trend isn’t all about shades of white however, earthy tones, wood and organic products bring a sense of being one with nature. T&G Woodware’s Baroque serving boards are beautiful in their natural simplicity. The small and medium rectangular serving boards with clean lines, natural rustic acacia wood texture and organic shape are designed to suit a variety of purposes from breadboards and chopping boards to serving platters and cheese boards. While the Sphere salt and pepper mills have a simple scandi shape. The clean lines, tactile finish and natural wood is perfect for any modern gastro pub, café or restaurant. Combining wood, cork and glass, Plateau, the new collection of desktop organisation sets from LSA International wouldn’t be out of place in any Japanese or Scandinavian design setting too.

The clean lines and fine walls of the mouth-blown glass drinkware contrast with the organic textures of the untreated, sustainably-sourced ash and cork. It is the special mix of natural products and clean lines that make Japandi a trend to look out for according to Josh Rammell, marketing manager at Utopia. “We have seen this trend growing over the past few years, with styles blended from both Nordic and Japanese influences. In response Utopia has launched ranges such as Omega, Orchid, Atlantis and Zen, all aimed at a clean-cut look for serving,” he explains. “Omega combines a contemporary design of shallow bowl shape, a natural mottled outer shell and a dramatic black inner. The stylish Atlantis collection features a striking blue reactive glaze that makes each piece individual. For calmness and serenity choose the Zen collection. With a

“I think Japandi pulls all these elements together – the simplicity of clean lines that are easy to live with combined with rustic handmade and beautiful natural materials” delicate brown highlight on the rim of the plates, Zen is ideal for modern menus. Meanwhile Orchid plates and bowls add a distinctive flair to table settings. Orchid has a pastel white colouring and damask inspired raised pattern around the outside. Made from vitrified porcelain, it’s super light too, modern production methods allowing the body to be thin but still robust enough for busy service. These collections offer the opportunity to add character to the table for different dishes through their shape and style.” While appearing simple, it is the clean and sleek features of Japandi products that set this design trend apart. It takes a lot of effort to look elegant but don’t mistake understated for underwhelming, as Japandi brings warmth and comfort with it as well.

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its position WMF Professional is strengthening its position as an “Expert of Table Culture” with the launch of its first porcelain collection. Marten van der Mei, managing director of proHeq GmbH, discusses the company’s goals and what he hopes the new collection will do for restaurateurs.

“We want to support our customers in the daily challenge of setting the stage for their food”

Why is WMF launching its first own porcelain collection? We know the credibility that is linked to the WMF Professional brand and its product segments. That is why we have decided within our repositioning to offer our customers products for the entire table setting. In this way, they not only receive high-quality products, but also everything from a single source. Always upto-date and stylish. The aim is to provide our customers with all-round support for their complete furnishings. This includes the equipment segment where it is crucial to offer a wide range of products. What was the focus during the development process? When developing the SYNERGY porcelain collection and the STYLE LIGHTS trend and lifestyle articles, our focus was on being able to offer customer-specific solutions - for both classic and trend-oriented gastronomy. We want to support our customers in the daily challenge of setting the stage for their food. Aspects such as outstanding quality,

practical and feasible handling for service, and reliable sustainability play a decisive role in this. How does WMF Professional keep developing trends for the table setting? One important aspect is our constant market analyses, which also focus on other sectors such as fashion, automotive or jewelry/ luxury goods. Based on these results, we transfer current trends to our product worlds with the help of workshops. This is, of course, a continuous process. What customer needs were you determined to meet with this new range? Every day chefs and restaurateurs face the challenge of setting the scene for food and the table setting - this scene must be “Instagrammable”. Our collection supports them in this, as the countless possible combinations provide inspiration for every gastronomic concept. What sets this collection apart from your competitors? For the professional catering


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sector, the product must be practical and versatile, while offering reliable quality. This is exactly what is anchored in our history in addition to the USP “Made in Germany” - we also call it our DNA. The biggest difference to our market competitors, however, is that we as WMF are able to offer restaurateurs and hoteliers the complete table setting. As “Expert of Table Culture” we offer everything: from the breakfast area in the hotel or guesthouse to the lunch and the banquet or flying buffet to the elegantly set table. Our porcelain and trend collection SYNERGY and STYLE LIGHTS can be perfectly combined with our general assortment. Last but not least, the design and shape language of our porcelain clearly stands out and is therefore unmistakable. In your opinion, what markets have the greatest sales potential for you? We have seen a great deal of interest from all markets during the launch. We are focused on Continental Europe and the USA however, as brand awareness is high and the barrier to entry is therefore lower than in other countries.

Can restaurateurs and hoteliers also order SYNERGY with individual decor? Yes of course. We offer our own decors, but we can also transfer customers’ individual decors onto the porcelain. If required, we are also happy to develop a completely new decor together with our customers. There is a wide selection of accompanying trend items. What is the concept behind the various products? STYLE LIGHTS is oriented to the pulse of time, meaning this collection lives on new ideas, and takes future trends into account. In this way, new products are created again and again. We have based our selection of materials on trend forecasts that weren’t limited to the tabletop sector. Materials such as ceramics, glass, wood, marble and cast iron bring a completely different feel, interesting shapes and surfaces to the tabletop. In addition, different color combinations give our porcelain that certain something. STYLE LIGHTS should stand out from the standard. What is the impor tance of mix & match for the table setting?

Mix & Match is one of the most essential features of SYNERGY and STYLE LIGHTS. The countless combination options ensure that restaurateurs and hoteliers can sustainably integrate any product from the collections into their own gastronomic concept. Even if they change this concept, the equipment can be flexibly adapted or supplemented. What has been the initial reactions from customers? The reactions have been very positive throughout. Both in terms of design and quality, plus the ability to combine the basic range with the special signature items. In addition, the extensive range of STYLE LIGHTS trend items, which leave nothing to be desired, is very impressive. We have already received the first orders before the first samples have been sent to retailers and distributors. So, the SYNERGY & STYLE LIGHTS concept has convinced all along the line.

The WMF StylAR APP brings the combination possibilities for the Basic Collection, Signature Items and Style Lights to life via augmented reality animations and video sequences that offer 360-degree views of the selected products. The StylAR APP offers users the ability to discover all the facets of the porcelain pieces and create table settings that inspire with the endless options available from the 40 items in the new SYNERGY porcelain series, which is complemented by the expressive SIGNATURE items with a further 130 trend pieces made of ceramic, marble, walnut and ash wood, glass and cast iron in the STYLE LIGHTS range. If users are interested in the individual pieces, the respective item numbers are available directly in the app. An info button takes users directly to the WMF Professional website and the right contacts. “With the WMF StylAR APP, we not only offer a solution that makes table design fun. Rather, we are setting new standards as an Expert of Table Culture," explains Marten van der Mei, managing director of proHeq GmbH. WMF StylAR is now available for download in the App Store and on Google Play. TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 23

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Flatware with flair

Advances in technology coupled with a trend towards less formal and fussy dining has led to some fantastic flatware on the market. From Mepra to Capdeco to Sambonet, suppliers are delivering on colour, function and flair. Michele Trzuskowski tells us what her customers are buying


wenty or thirty years ago, when a bride was choosing flatware as part of her wedding registry, she looked for a stainless pattern for everyday use and sterling for her formal china setting. Wow, have times changed – not that there aren’t brides still registering for their favourite flatware choices, but what they are registering for is certainly different. With the prices of sterling silver at an all-time high and innovations in stainless-steel flatware, there is a distinct movement towards 18/10 stainless place settings for both every day and more formal dining. The big change, and in my opinion, the primary reason for the evolution in the flatware category, is due to the innovation of PVD processing. PVD, or Physical Vapor Deposition, is a vacuum coating process that produces a brilliant decorative and functional finish. The process, developed through aeronautic research, creates a hardened coating that makes it extremely durable, 100 per cent dishwasher safe and ideal for use by caterers, restaurants, hotels, and of course, in our homes. These coatings are more resistant to corrosion and offer more durability. As a result, this category continues to have steady growth, not only because it is an essential part of your tableware but also because the PVD choices elevate

the aesthetics of the kitchen and your dining experience. You can now get flatware with finishes in gold, rose gold, copper, black, pewter, and mixed metals. In addition to the variety of colour you can also get alternative finishes, with matte, satin, or shiny options. Because stainless has become more affordable, we are seeing three strong trends in 18/10 flatware – colour, plating (PVD), and personalisation. As a note, there are different types of stainless, we recommend the 18/10 mark which signifies 18 per cent chromium and

that with Bugatti and Capdeco all offering colored acrylic flatware in both traditional and contemporary styles, and you are set. Additionally, we are seeing steady growth in the PVD plating flatware sets. With the ability to pick gold, rose gold, and champagne gold as a plated set offers anyone to perfectly match the gold that might be reflective in their china patterns. That, along with the fact that it is now dishwasher safe, makes is a no brainer. We are even seeing brides take to the gold patterns for their

There is a distinct movement towards 18/10 stainless place settings for both every day and more formal dining 10 per cent nickel used in the steel composition. It is more durable for dishwashers and has a heavier feel in weight. Colour focus Combination resin/metal or acrylic/metal create some unique and colorful flatware. Not new to the industry, these colorful sets continue to grow in popularity. Take Mepra for example, their Fantasia pattern has rounded resin handles in a multitude of colours (19 to be exact). Clearly there is a colour to match anyone’s home décor. Follow

everyday use and not just for more formal occasions. Within this group there has been unexpected movement towards the black finishes. I attribute this to both the minimalist contemporary look as well as the more casual farmhouse look that is so popular right now. That coupled with the fact that the black can be done in a shiny (modern) or matte (farmhouse) finish only adds to the appeal for customers. Sambonet does a great job within this category. I find they offer the most plating colours as

About T is for Table T is for Table is a luxury independent boutique, with a focus on tabletop, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Open more than 20 years, it offers an experiential and inspirational space dedicated to helping customers tell stories, create traditions and celebrate life. The boutique offers everything from fine pottery, china, glass, serveware and table accessories, to home décor, jewellery and body products, and delivers a custom service with its custom engraving, home visits and gift registries.

well as finishes. Along with that they also offer the personalisation to someone’s flatware set. They allow you to choose a monogram (five different font styles) or symbol (six different choices) like a diamond or crown. In addition, they’ll engrave a date on the rear of the flatware piece. All these choices allow for over 100 possibilities from this program. Making the right choice When working with customers purchasing flatware, we recommend they first pick it up in their hands to ascertain if they like the weight. This can really vary if it is a solid or hollow handle. We ask them to pretend they are cutting a piece of meat for the best determination. Then we discuss the handles and how they lay on the plate. Some rounded handles on knives can roll slightly when laid on the edge of a plate. We also review the stacking capabilities. When customers go to store the flatware, some prefer flatware that stacks on top of each other. Again, in the case of wider or rounded handles, this can prove difficult. With all the choices out there, however, we don’t find it difficult choosing an option they like. More importantly, we find that flatware is no longer an afterthought in setting the table, but rather is now at the forefront in creating a stunning table-scape.


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In collaboration with world-renowned mixologist Remy Savage

simple is beautiful

Beatriz Ball

Feature Gift Ready Tableware

The Garden Leaf Double Dip from the Sierra Modern Collection is great for snacks, and looks gorgeous on the table, bringing a sense of luxe to any environment. Presented in a proprietary champagne gold-tone metallic finish, it is food and dishwasher-safe. The piece adds a new dimension to Beatriz Ball’s award-winning designs and is just one of the new tableware and homeware items introduced for effortless gift-giving.


With its Zodiaque line, Fürstenberg adds a new mug to the Touché series every year with the relief of a traditional sign of the zodiac. Inspired by the Chinese zodiac, the special edition is adorned by a number of motifs including dragon (2012), snake (2013), horse (2014), sheep (2015), monkey (2016), rooster (2017), dog (2018), pig (2019) and rat (2020). Fürstenberg now adds buffalo, the zodiac sign of the year 2021 to the series.

Get gift ready

Tableware and homewares make lovely gifts and as retail starts to prepare for the final quarter of 2021 and all that the silly season involves, we take a look at a variety of gift-ready products just waiting to be gift wrapped.

Artel Glass

This salt & pepper set from Artel Glass is the essence of understated simplicity and elegance. Perla, which means “pearl” in Czech) is an exceptionally versatile design that complements traditional and modern settings with its symmetrical interplay of polished circles and matte lines. Perla is available in a full range of vibrant colours to suit any taste.

LSA International

Handmade by skilled craftsmen, the perennially popular Moya collection includes champagne sets for six or 12, ideal for gift-giving. Each flute is mouth-blown from a single piece of glass to create the collection’s iconic design with thick, curved stem. Sets are available in clear glass as well as decorative finishes, or with a delicate blush pink tint inspired by rose champagne.


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A designer carafe or decanter is always going to be a popular gift with wine lovers. Utopia’s Vini series ranges from the simply stylish to the outstandingly stylish, including designs from the likes of Ron Arad. The 44oz Vini Carafe is at the safer end of the scale, with its wide bottom and graceful curves, the 59oz Vini Carafe features an asymmetrical design and a ribbed surface that cries out to be held. Vini offers a choice of three carafes and four decanters, each an individual design. Vini is made from high quality glass crystal and is made by Nude.

Royal Selangor

Royal Selangor unveils Vienna - a brand new pewter drinkware collection comprising various wine products including decanter, wine glass, bottle coaster and more. Vienna’s items share a column motif and strong geometric profile inspired by midcentury classic designs. Vienna’s strong angularity defines the decanter, whilst the curved edges where planes meet serve to invite touch and create soft shadows.

Burleigh Pottery

The Blue Felicity Breakfast Cup 3-piece gift set from Burleigh Pottery makes an ideal present for tea lovers. The set includes a cup, saucer and plate in designs inspired by the charm of an English tea room. The sets are handmade in England.

Haviland Denby

Gift ready tableware has been part of Denby’s portfolio for many years and the recent in introduction of the Denby Décor Collection has seen Denby expanded its hand-crafted gifts. The most recent addition to Denby’s gifting selection in time for Christmas trading is handcrafted Children’s Dining Sets containing a Plate, Bowl and Beaker gift boxed in seven of Denby’s popular patterns. These fun, capsule collections are tailored for little hands and allow children to be part of every dining experience with their own set of Denby. Denby has also re-introduced its collectables – Byngo the French Bull Dog and Marmaduke, the rabbit which have been recreated from original moulds of the 1930s. These cute characters are also gift boxed and have wide appeal. 28 TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL

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The Maison Haviland invites you to discover its prestigious collection of gift sets to treat yourself and others at any time of the year. The manufacturer shares its codes of elegance with offers ranging from coffee time to decoration pieces, to dress and enhance your tables and homes. The box, wrapped in intense bronze paper, reveals the finest porcelain pieces from France. The wide selection of gift sets include the Magnolia set of four teacups and saucers with a small frieze design.

Villeroy & Boch

La Boule from Villeroy & Boch is a new take on the “Globe” with which Helen von Boch caused a sensation in 1971, it is available in matt black, glossy white, in a contrasting black & white and in a stylish memphis décor. For La Boule’s new look for 2021, Villeroy & Boch drew inspiration from nature: La Boule pure beige is like a pearl from the ocean with its soft shimmer and flowing curves. The interior of La Boule has been brought up to date, yet the iconic shape continues to fascinate with its fusion of aesthetics and functionality. This makes the La Boule the perfect gift for design lovers – regardless of whether in single pieces on the table or as objet d’art in the display cabinet.

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Profile Alessi ProdFocus 100


celebrations continue The Alessi 100 Values Collection continues with further releases for Art, Paradox and Beyond as the company carries on with its centenary celebrations. Art

Art is the value represented in the second project of the Alessi 100 Values Collection with the "100% make-up Proust" vase, which was designed by renowned architect, artist, designer and theorist, Alessandro Mendini, a long-time collaborator of the company. Art is a fundamental value of the company’s identity, which conceives its nature more as a “Research Lab in the Field of Applied Arts,” than a factory in the traditional meaning of the word. “I have always thought that design is a creative discipline originating from art and poetry,” said Alberto Alessi, President of the company which was founded by his grandfather, “it is needed to bring a little transcendence in today’s consumer society, to separate between function and emotion, to set off surprise, and to stir feelings through the beauty of our objects.” The "100% make-up Proust" vase joins the collection coordinated by Alessandro Mendini in 1992 that saw 100 people from diverse artistic and creative fields decorate the same vase that had been designed by Mendini himself. The vase provides an extraordinary interpretation of the celebrated décor originating from a travel in the French writer’s homeland, during which Mendini felt a connection of an artistic and cultural nature between the author and Parisian pointillists. The expressive spotted patterns that come up across several objects bred from the eclectic activities of this unforgettable master of design. The cone-shaped base and cover are decorated in hand-applied pure gold leaf, which is then fired and finally coldbrushed in a unique production process that is somewhere between industry and craftsmanship that entails the lightest variations in shape and in the colour of the decorations.

The preciousness and uniqueness of the 100% make-up Proust vase, make it an object of desire for fans of Alessandro Mendini and seekers of limited-edition objects, who are creating their own private design gallery. The 100% make-up Proust vase comes in the special packaging created for the company’s centenary, exclusive to the objects of the Alessi 100 Values Collection: a range that wishes to celebrate not only this important milestone, but also the beginning of a new century of challenges and experimenting in the field of applied arts.

The Alessi 100 Values Collection is enriched by a series of digital contents. Two videos are released for each value: one with an Ambassador linked to that specific universe of value, the other one is a conversation between Alberto Alessi and a special guest that interprets it through his or her testimony. To see the videos, visit


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Paradox was the value celebrated by Alessi during July, along with the third launch of a product for the Alessi 100 Values Collection. “From the Greek para-dóksa”, explains Alberto Alessi, the paradox “is generically something that surprises us thanks to the way it runs counter to everyday logic, giving a new slant to common opinion and daily experience, and this makes this thing extraordinary or at least bizarre. In Alessi we have often made use of this literary notion to help us reach beyond the apparently commonplace nature of everyday objects.” To embody this value, here comes an object of Italian design from the Alessi production that is now iconic, by way of its irreverence and eccentricity - "Merdolino". It was created by Stefano Giovannoni in 1992, when the company surprised the public and shocked self-righteous design lovers with this pretty toilet brush in the shape of a green shoot sprouting from a vase. Edited for the centenary in a gold version, this challenging object becomes “a paradox squared,” commented Alberto Alessi, “a type of object that is indeed fundamental, but usually kept as it were hidden in a corner, but is here rehabilitated in the poetic interpretation of a flower vase, and finally even gilded as if to underline its ineluctable preciousness.”

“The Alessi 100 Values Collection is a range that wishes to celebrate not only this important milestone but also the beginning of a new century”

Beyond Beyond is the fourth value acclaimed by Alessi to celebrate its 100th anniversary and, as explained by Alberto Alessi, it is “the quest to go one step further, and yet another. Not just for the sake of doing so, for the sake of doing something different.” Beyond is the company’s drive towards going over and above the ordinary and the consolidated practice, evolving in its way of working and contributing towards the development of our domestic environment through novel and revolutionary objects. "Cohncave" was selected to represent this value: a new edition of the famous centrepiece by Susan Cohn, created during a design workshop at the Centro Studi Alessi (CSA) in 1992, which involved around two hundred women designers under the age of 30, focussing on archetypes in the presentation and offer of food. The refined project by the Australian silversmith celebrates the centenary in new colourways, blue and red, and in two sizes, the original large one and a smaller one. Inspired by mesh-lined pantries, Cohncave features two painted wire meshes that intercept light and create a sophisticated moiré effect. Cohncave represents the value Beyond as it is a commonly-used object, with apparently minimal design, yet whose elegant refinement is instead the fruit of expert design. In its transcendence of mere use, in its going beyond the centrepiece and instead Cohncave becomes a small work of art. TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 31

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Distribution and Logistics

Distribution dilemmas Brexit, that was supposed to be the big bad problem facing UK businesses in 2020, how wrong we were. Instead, it was a global pandemic that caused significant disruption and drama in addition to the added paperwork involved after Britain left the EU. And while we all hoped the pandemic would be a short blip, sadly it has dragged on for over 18 months and the impact is continuing to be felt in many different ways across industry, within workplaces, economically and in regards to distribution and logistics. And with different regions and countries at different stages in their Covid recovery, the impacts are going to continue for some time. We have all heard some horror stories about delays and problems

with distribution and logistics domestically and internationally due to a number of factors. There are shortages in a variety of areas - raw material shortages, labour shortages or just staff being unable to work, container shortages, and even transport driver shortages. Freight costs are on the rise across all sectors, whether its air, sea, rail or road. Many businesses have faced increased demand but may not have the facilities or staff to be able to manage that demand given the circumstances. Yet even with the issues being faced by businesses, it isn’t all doom and gloom when some clever planning and ingenuity can help the situation as we learn from our industry experts.

Viewpoints Kathleen Schicht, senior director supply chain management dining & lifestyle, Villeroy & Boch Have you faced any distribution and logistical issues in the wake of the pandemic? A strong increase in demand from our online-shop brought a lot of challenges to our logistics and distribution system. But luckily we had planned a new order picking and packaging system before the pandemic and we were able to speed up the installation. It started April 2020 under critical conditions as we and the construction companies had to follow all legal pandemic constraints. But we managed to complete on time just before the Black Week and the Christmas shopping season. The start-up of the new machinery helped us get keep up with the huge market requirements and meet demand faster than before and on time. What are the biggest challenges your business is facing when it comes to international distribution? Our American and Asian customers are supplied by regional warehouses. To ensure product availability there we deliver to our warehouses via container ships. Right now, this is difficult because containers are scarce and expensive, resulting in long delivery times. Have you had any problems within your supply chain? Due to the coincidence of the high order volumes and of the Corona-related ongoing raw material procurement bottlenecks we have experienced some supply chain delays and production difficulties. Some novelty launches have unfortunately been slightly delayed this year, but we hope to get back on track in the second half of the year. By working closely together with our suppliers and logistic partners we manage the situation and try to minimize the impact on our customers.


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Luca Prandelli, Mepra Have you faced any distribution and logistical issues in the wake of the pandemic? Thanks to the success of our brand in the last years we have also been able to increase dramatically the amount of stock we keep in US and we now have about 6 months’ worth of sales of our 700 best-selling SKUs.

Anand Baldawa, CEO Seeba | thinKitchen What are the biggest challenges your business is facing when it comes to international distribution? The global market has faced issues of delayed deliveries, primarily for two reasons, shortage of resources (Labour and Raw material) and congestion at ports. Costs at all levels have been on a continuous rise. At Seeba™|thinKitchen™, we made a point to maintain higher than average inventory and dispatch shipment before time to ensure that customer deliveries were not delayed. Have you had any problems within your supply chain? The supply chain was affected during the pandemic. At times the suppliers failed to deliver on time, and to prevent an “out of stock” situation, we had to hold stock over our regular stock levels. However, this also helped us complete dispatches in time.

What are the biggest challenges your business is facing when it comes to international distribution? The main challenge for us is to find the right partners in each market. In 2021 it is still true that people are who make the company successful. In markets where we have partners who understand the values of our brand the brand is strong and well known. Have you had any problems within your supply chain? At MEPRA we are proud manufacturers and this has been a great competitive advantage in today’s market. We do not need to rely on suppliers to guarantee stock to be available for our customers. We make our products and thanks to our lean manufacturing

Josh Rammell, marketing manager, Utopia Tableware Have you faced any distribution and logistical issues in the wake of the pandemic? Since the beginning of the pandemic there have been ongoing challenges throughout the world with logistics. We have seen freight costs increase, whether getting products by sea, rail or air, which has meant we have had to look at inventive ways to get our products both into the UK and out to our international customers. These problems started with the slowdown at the start of the pandemic, but then the massive increase in retail and e-commerce purchases increased global demand drastically. This has meant unprecedented challenges for shipping goods, which are set to continue for some time. Brexit has posed its own challenges, with new regulations on exporting and importing goods to and from the EU. With all of these challenges it was vital for us to be on top of incoming information, so we could continuously adapt our planning and communication with our customers and keep everyone aware of the changing environment. What are the biggest challenges your business is facing when it comes to international distribution? The biggest challenges are the rising costs of freight and the new legislation changes with Brexit. But, as with the pandemic, a lot of the challenges are from the unknown, not being able to predict or plan due to the changing environment. We are fortunate that we have always had a strong handle on logistics. It allows us to navigate with the knowledge we have good partners and a strong communication network with our customers. Have you had any problems within your supply chain? We are lucky to have strong supply partners throughout the world who we can rely on. However, the situation for manufacturers everywhere has been greatly affected and we have had to work together to find new solutions, planning ahead while being aware of the need to be able to adapt those plans to the changing environment. The rising costs of raw materials, the fact that the economic recovery from the pandemic is at different stages around world, and several other factors have meant that we and our partners have to be much more reactive in the short term, while keeping an eye on the long term.

Beatriz Ball, founder of Beatriz Ball Have you faced any distribution and logistical issues in the wake of the pandemic? Like all companies contracting with overseas manufacturers, we’ve had our share of challenges in the wake of the pandemic. Shipping delays, higher costs, and slower transport times are all realities we’ve had to face. What are the biggest challenges your business is facing when it comes to international distribution? Our distribution is primarily concentrated in the US and Canada, so that has not been an issue for us. Happily, our Mexico-based foundry still manufactures the bulk of our merchandise, so we are not negatively impacted there, as our transborder supply chain continues uninterrupted. Have you had any problems within your supply chain? In an effort to counteract the various supply chain issues that are plaguing international commerce, we have encouraged our retail customers to “pre-order” merchandise a season ahead, and are ordering goods far in advance. We have also expanded our warehouse personnel and improved resources in order to get out more packages.


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Costa Nova


The drama of

demand and supply It’s all well and good having something to sell, as long as you actually have it to sell. Valda Goodfellow talks supply and demand


About G & G Founded by Paul and Valda Goodfellow, G & G Goodfellows is a highly creative design & Distribution Company with an amazing showroom in Little Portland Street. Offering a truly hands-on service, Goodfellows passion is to bring new and exciting, bespoke food presentation concepts to the UK’s culinary scene. As well as offering a wide variety of the world’s best branded tableware, kitchen equipment, clothing and machines, Goodfellows also collaborates closely with UK craft producers for totally unique products. It works with all sizes of restaurant and catering projects, happy to supply anything from an individual plate to a full restaurant concept.

ast weekend I trotted off excitedly to try and buy a new car. There are supply issues, I was told. You are going to have to wait! Have you not heard about the shortage of semiconductors? Well yes, of course I had, but I thought there must be some manufacturers that were better able to control their supply chain. And there are, but even luxury car manufacturers have to accept some delays. And they are by no means the only sector being hit by supply chain problems. It seems we are in the eye of a perfect storm that is not limited to the ‘chip’ industry, our own tableware sector is having to cope with a cocktail of issues including; a surge in demand created by the opening of hospitality (certainly in the UK), reduced workforce availability due to Covid, raw material shortages creating hold-ups further down the supply chain, shipping and courier issues and continued high retail demand, particularly from online sales. Spare a thought for us Brits who also have to deal with the knock-on effects of Brexit! When I was told I had to actually WAIT for my car, it did not go down

well but there was little alternative other than try my luck with a different manufacturer. This is a decision being repeated across every sector, including ours, which poses some real challenges and potential serious impact to brand loyalty. If customers must switch, they may not return to their previously favoured brand. Everyone accepts that sometimes problems occur but what counts is how those problems are handled. Where a brand/manufacturer is not

information, consolidating shipments and promoting core stock selections. This last point has been really effective in helping us deal with a surge in new customers coming to us having been let down by other suppliers; and now have critically short lead-times. I am not saying we don’t have supply issues, of course we do, more so in relation to some glassware and kitchen equipment than our exclusive ranges but we are not complacent about the challenges that are present

Our own tableware sector is having to cope with a cocktail of issues directly communicating with the enduser, service must be handled by the distributor or retailer; and there is no doubt that continued brand loyalty is most likely to be achieved where the relationship through the manufacturer/ distributer/customer chain is the strongest. We have amazing relationships with our manufacturers, who have been indomitable in their efforts to maintain supply to us. We have, in turn, taken our share of the responsibility for helping them with advance demand

in the supply chain now; and how long they may continue in the future. We put immense effort into very close communication with both manufacturers and customers to try and ensure that if we do have issues, we are offering our customers viable options they will love. Where possible we will do that from the same manufacturer but in the end, achieving customer satisfaction is paramount. What we stress to our manufacturers is that we are all in this together and that we need to work hard to maintain


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Costa Nova

Valda says...

“We hold stocks of popular items where we can, just so we take some of the pressure off and where chefs and restaurateurs need something unique, they know that they have to work with a lead-time” loyalty to their brands. The more they help us, the more we will collectively retain customer loyalty. Even the effort to try and overcome issues goes a long way in keeping customers on-side. In these days of pivoting to online services, old-fashioned customer relationships suffer and while we all need to embrace new technology, in the end people are individuals with feelings which dictate

What’s affecting supply and demand in tableware? ❚ a surge in demand

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created by the opening of hospitality (certainly in the UK) reduced workforce availability due to Covid raw material shortages creating hold-ups down the supply chain shipping and courier issues continued high retail demand, particularly from online sales knock-on effects from Brexit

their behaviour. My husband always says the most expensive commodity in business is goodwill and I am not sure how that is delivered online (other than through loyalty bonuses) when there are problems. We are lucky in that our customers have got used to lead-times from the start for our hand-made products, so we are not so much victims of the next-day supply mentality that has become rooted in most of the hospitality sector. If lead-times need to be extended, we explain the reasons why and we can usually retain the sale for our producers. In particular, we have the amazing Montgolfier, Studio Mattes and Hering Berlin who all try hard to support customer critical dates. We hold stocks of popular items where we can, just so we take some of the pressure off and where chefs and restaurateurs need something unique, they know that they have to work with a lead-time. For what I call ‘core ranges’, we hold significant stocks of brands like Narumi, Costa Nova and Bonna, so that we can satisfy almost any cuisine requirements from stock. When we help customers build their concepts, we can advise on how to create a unique concept, even if we have to do it last minute where their normal supplier can’t deliver.

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So, take this week, when a new customer finds he has been let down for his opening and has been recommended to try us. His concept is a small plates menu of popular mixed cuisine. We look at his restaurant design and see what he reacts to in terms of look. Then we guide him to a core of Costa Nova Roda plates, mixing his service items with elements of Notos which solves his table space issue and then add a few wow items like the Hydrangea Leaves in Vigne & Tomate - suddenly, he has a core concept that we can satisfy from stock but doesn’t look like it was picked from a catalogue. Montgolfier He then wants to add a couple of unique items for bread service which he knows will take a few weeks to produce, but in the meantime, he can either use Notos bowls or the Lagoa Metal bowl which is also handy for side salads. He leaves the showroom a relieved and

happy man. The point is, he came into the showroom with a problem and left not just with a solution, but one which he really loves. We could equally have matched his expectations with our great selection of Bonna core options. Will he return to his previous supplier? I don’t know yet, but what I do know is that we created that incredibly important commodity of goodwill. Where there is a demand, customers will find the supply from someone. If not you, then it could well be your competitor.


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In Focus D i b b e r n

“An extraordinary meal will let you travel to another place”

Dibbern are making sushi an event at home with a stylish new set that melds Japanese tradition with exquisite Fine Bone China made in Germany.

Stylish sushi


The new Sushi Set from Dibbern, made from Fine Bone China and top-quality wood, is the ideal setting to turn sushi into an event at home. The clear lines, delicate appearance and special fineness of the porcelain corresponds with the philosophy that an extraordinary meal will let you travel to another place with its colour, shape, flavours and textures. Whether it is to serve nigiri, sashimi, maki or some other delectable treats, the sushi set is a beautiful and inspiring gift for those who also like to experience culinary diversity at their own dining table. The crisp whiteness of the porcelain will allow the food to be hero on the table, while dipping sauces remain steady in the delicate yet stable bowls. Made from Fine Bone China that is both dishwasher and microwave safe, the sushi set includes a rectangular dish, flat dip bowl, chop stick rest, dip bowl, creamer and wooden tray to ensure all the bases are covered for any Japanese cuisine. The wooden tray although not dishwasher safe, is suitable for food and can also be used as a serving utensil for the bowls.

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Trend Bold



Colour can change the look of a table and the ambiance of a restaurant. Utopia’s most colourful designs can be found in their ‘Look on the Bright Side’ theme. , If you’re after a striking, brilliantly bold patterned tableware, then Cadiz is the answer. Geometric designs in blue and yellow or red and black give the plates and bowls a wonderfully Moorish look that yells sun and heat.

The Fantasia Flatware from Mepra is a celebration of colour, offering 28 different colours across the range, the setting is dishwasher guaranteed and is suitable for home use and also for restaurants.

Bold and brave

Being bold can mean different things – brave, outlandish, confident, cheeky, daring or even unflinching. When it comes to tableware it might be bright colours, an interesting pattern, or just unwavering in your taste and style. We look at some items that will make a bold statement on the table.

LSA International Add a splash of colour with Polka glasses from LSA International. Hand-painted in four assorted colours across three shapes – wine glass, champagne flute and tumblers, you can choose from pastel tones or metallics to add a bit of glitz to the table setting.

Denby Richard Eaton, Denby Design Director says: “Bold colours such as summery yellows, Mediterranean blues and stronger pinks are a growing trend reflecting our desire for wanting happy, positive, invigorating colours. We have also seen bold shapes and colours developing through from the maximalism trend.” Denby Heritage collections have bolder colours such as Veranda and the strong pink of Piazza which can be used as accent pieces. 38 TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL

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Retail Isetan

“We’ve built our stores and services by identifying the true needs of our customers” Oleg Mykhaylenko

Michelle Hespe looks behind the scenes of PROMENU in Ukraine – a store that has always placed a firm focus on the emotional journey of its loyal customers

Did you know?

The Heart of


nyone who has worked in the retail industry understands that retailing is not just about selling a product to someone. It is about understanding the customer and giving them what they need, and possibly even what they don’t know that they want. gia Global Honoree PROMENU – a retailer of homewares and tableware ¬– took this notion to the next level by establishing an educational program in conjunction with psychologists that assists staff in professionally profiling customers. Profiling

helps them to better understand personality types, behaviours, motivators and essentially, what a person wants or needs. It’s the core of what PROMENU (which can be read as Pro Menu – aka professional menu) does. “We do not sell. We help to buy,” says Oleg Mykhaylenko, owner and CEO of MIRS Corporation, where the PROMENU is a part of. “The main idea is not to sell the goods, but to ensure that the consumer remains satisfied with the result of their purchase.” Oleg explains another of the company’s grounding philosophies – based upon the idea that service

is the “what” and innovation is the “how.”“With the help of the ‘what,’ we achieve our goals. That’s the secret,“ he says. “Then we receive the loyalty and trust of our customers, and success to us is a satisfied consumer. Successful retailing is when you are giving to the consumer a little bit more than they expect.” Oleg lives and breathes these philosophies, and he is so in love with his job that he considers his work to be his hobby. “I don’t go to work really,” he says. “I live this every day and I do not even expect weekends! And I am also sure that for every employee of PROMENU, the work they do also is a special part of their lives.”

One of the company’s innovative approaches is called “Emotion Point” – which is a concept based upon the research of a consumer’s journey and the ability for staff to shape the mood of the client. The backstory MIRS started 28 years ago as a wholesaler of the best European brands in home appliance. “We were distributors, so obviously we needed to find customers to enable distribution,” says Oleg. “When we studied the entire market here, we realized that no-one was supplying the best products directly to customers, and so we decided to forget about distribution and open our own retail stores.” The company then expanded its range into the cooking and serving sector to show Ukrainian consumers (who, at the time, were largely accustomed to using basic,

About gia Sponsored and organized by The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), gia (IHA Global Innovation Awards) is the world’s leading awards program honoring overall excellence, business innovation and creative merchandising in homegoods retailing. For more information about the gia retail program, the cosponsors, or participating in gia, contact Piritta Törrö

at Additional information on gia is also available online at For more information about The Inspired Home Show and to pre-register for the 2022 show, taking place in Chicago on 5-8 March 2022, please visit


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“We do not sell. We help to buy” Oleg Mykhaylenko, owner and CEO, MIRS Corporation

traditional implements such as aluminum pots and enamel pans) what could be achieved through using top international tableware and cooking brands. “At that stage it became clear that our own retail shops required two different store formats – the first devoted to gifts and serving others in the home, and the second focused on cooking and household chores. The evolution of these two formats led us to the branding of our two distinct retail chains – PROMENU as the store with the best goods for the kitchen, gadgets and household chores, and the second one, 12 PERSONS, stocking gifts and goods for serving for those with refined tastes,” explains Oleg. After several iterations, the team came to the conclusion that PROMENU shouldn’t be only about the kitchen and gadgets, but also about solutions to various household chores in the easiest (and even fun) way. “We decided that ultimately, the brand should be about creating a mood and atmosphere in the home that made families and loved ones feel good,” he said.

Innovative thinking The main team that developed the concept and then the stores in the beginning is still with the company, living through its many stages of creation, growth and evolution. “At PROMENU there is a constant process of the generation and

implementation of innovative ideas,” Oleg says. “And I’m sure that there are only a few others who can replicate this approach, taking into account the unbroken decades of experience, unique knowledge in these specialized areas and the absolute readiness for change. Everyone in the PROMENU management team and our store employees become a part of this culture and then the magic happens – which our customers feel and believe. This is why they stay with us.” Another of the company’s innovative approaches is called “Emotion Point” – which is a concept based upon the research of a consumer’s journey and the ability for staff to shape the mood of the client, and in doing so, ensuring that they return for that same feel-good experience, regardless of what kind of product they needed or wanted to buy. “We’ve built our stores and services by identifying the true needs of our customers,” explains Oleg. “We have managed to achieve a feeling of comfort for our clients by asking them what is personally important to them, then we aim to fulfill their desires by creating offers for them and ultimately helping them to make choices that make them happy. We always convey the message to our customers that the main thing they need to achieve is a good mood, and that’s whether you’re preparing dinner for your beloved

family as a chef in a Michelinstarred restaurant or doing household chores.”

The best at what they do Oleg thinks it would be difficult for another company to replicate or even come close to what PROMENU does. He says with extreme pride: “I don’t know of another omni-channel store with 100–150 square meters of products selected from more than 100 of best brands, including tableware and household goods, that also comes with an emotional envelope – where communication and a unique system of working with clients based on their needs and desires is also offered.” He’s right. This certainty that everyone at PROMENU has – of their store being unique and eternally innovative – led to the Ukrainian retailer being voted as one of the six best retailers in the world for 2020. And despite the gia awards being online this year due to COVID-19, this did not dampen anyone’s spirits. In fact, it raised them as everyone was able to be present rather than a few select people travelling to Chicago for the awards. “The sensations were real – a big

splash of emotions and absolute joy!” says Oleg when PROMENU was announced as one of six gia Global Honorees. “The organizers did such a great job, and the atmosphere of solemnity was conveyed so well. Strangely enough, thanks to the online broadcast, the whole team had the opportunity to get the whole range of emotions from winning at the same time! It was amazing.” For Oleg personally, and for the entire PROMENU team, he says that their gia win was a “WOW inspiration moment.” It was also worldwide recognition for Ukrainian retail for the first time in the 21-year history of the gia awards. “This means we cannot remain in the zone where we are now,” says Oleg with unbridled excitement. “The belief, the recognition that we do the right things in the best way, is pushing us forward to become even better. Especially during times like this, when there is a lack of great expectations around, this is an opportunity to achieve much more on this amazing wave!” To learn more about PROMENU, visit


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Product Nude

Nude has elevated its signature Stem Zero collection with the introduction of Ghost Zero to the global glassware market…

Perfectly formed You may have been under the illusion that Nude had reached the pinnacle of its design prowess when it brought the remarkable Stem Zero to market, but you’d have been mistaken. The Istanbul-based global design brand has elevated its signature collection with the recent launch of Ghost Zero. We are talking two distinct shapes available for red, white and sparkling. Ghost Zero has all the key elements which make Stem Zero so fantastic, yet it is even finer and lighter. Think beautifully delicate but tough glassware enhanced with Ion Shielding Technology from leadfree crystal. The design team has placed an emphasis on sophistication and elegance with this featherweight collection which, as mentioned, boasts two distinct styles. Nude is presenting Ghost Zero in the Belly and Tulip shaped glasses, each style offering its own unique characteristics. Tulip brings a contemporary take on a classic glass seen in its curvaceous bowl and gentry tapered rim, expertly shaped to magnify flavours. Meanwhile, Belly challenges conventions with its bulbous bowl that transitions into tapering straight sides designed to intensify and funnel aromas. Naturally, each style is available in red, white or sparkling alongside a complementing water glass, and all are meticulously handmade by Nude’s skilled artisans.

About Ion Shielding Technology Ion Shielding Technology is Nude's revolutionary surface modification technology based on an ion-exchange process. Larger ions replace smaller ions in the glass surface, suppressing the microfissures that cause glass to crack. The result is incredibly tough, yet exquisitely fine, lead-free crystal glass that will satisfy the most discerning wine connoisseur. Its delicate design brings a weightlessness to the vessel, allowing one to fully savour the aroma and taste of the wine.

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Brand Focus K o r a n s h a

“Our products touch people’s hearts and this is exactly Koransha Style”


Koransha style Japanese manufacturer Koransha has been at the forefront of Arita pottery for centuries, melding traditional techniques with modern designs. President of Koransha Co, Yuji Fukagawa tells us more about the company and their plans for the future. Can you tell us more about Koransha? This year marks 332 years since we were established when the firstgeneration Eizaemon Fukagawa started making porcelain potteries in Arita, Japan in 1689. Followed by the request by the Japanese government to create works in order to exhibit at the World Exposition held in Philadelphia, USA in 1876, we officially incorporated the company in 1875 and this gave rise to Koransha today. The sophisticated yet elegant porcelains acknowledged as “Koransha-style” have gained enormous popularity and excitement in Europe and the US and have been awarded gold awards at numerous World Expositions. Koransha has been an official purveyor to the Imperial Household which continues today.

Koransha has a long history, but how do you keep it current in today’s marketplace? First, in order to understand the consumer’s taste, we collect information from not only the porcelain and ceramic industry but also all tableware related products and analyze them from various aspects. Also, we rent out our products to consumers and reflect their real feedback into our products to improve them further, to suit our consumers needs and demands. Second, we collect information of designs and trends throughout the world every year to suggest new products from us to our consumers.

Japanese porcelain is admired worldwide, with many regions and

manufacturers well-known for their quality and distinctive style. What sets Koransha apart from its competitors both in Japan and globally? In regards to craftmanship, we have a strong commitment through every step starting with the base material. Also, we always make sure to only introduce products which are beyond our highest standards to our customers. This is the fruit of our traditional techniques which is supported by our long history. As for the products, we are very proud of our very thin base, delicate designs, and brightly colored glaze. Especially, our deep-blue colored glaze, which has been very popular and known as “Koransha Blue” among our customers.

Yuji Fukagawa, CEO (15th Generation)

What impact did the global pandemic have on Koransha and are you facing any continuing issues? In Japan, we were forced to cancel our annual event, the Arita Ceramics Market, two years in a row. Typically, it is where more than one million customers gather to purchase Arita-ware. Due to the state of emergency in Japan, there were less opportunities for people to shop for our products. Also, buyer demand dropped due to the recession caused by the pandemic. We still can’t have inbound tourists from overseas. Moreover, we still can’t exhibit at any trade shows where we usually cultivate new


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business clients. Since we have not been able to travel overseas, we have lost many opportunities to develop new clients internationally. Internally we are facing the challenges of being able to pass our traditions onto the next generations due to the declining birthrate. Externally, more and more people are aware of the importance of SDGs (sustainable development goals) and the values and standards of people in society as a whole is changing. At the same time, we need to consider that their tastes are getting more diverse. However, as Koransha has been adapting to all these changes from each era for the past 332 years, we will continue growing and evolving.

How does Koransha differentiate itself in an increasingly online marketplace? We have our own e-commerce website, where consumers can purchase not only our regular products but also online exclusive products. We offer a loyalty program for people who register as our online members where they can earn points by registering, purchasing and even on their birthdays, and then use them when they make their next purchase. We also have a website for overseas customers, where people can learn about our rich history and story;

Is there a typical Koransha consumer? Families who have been enjoying

Eizaemono Fukagawa (8th Generation) Koransha products inherit their traditions, culture and tastes for several generations and they still embrace their designs and senses even during these times. Also, there are people who recognize the beauty of Japanese traditions as they get older. Those people like Koransha products, as they reflect Japanese traditions but we also have products arranged with modern twists.

What is trending right now in your opinion? In general, we see “matte style” “Northern European style”, “simple design” or “earth color” as trends, however, we don’t think trends play a big role these days because consumers tastes are very diverse. We focus on the traditional products and their techniques, we continue to challenge the new “Koransha style” with modern products loved by people throughout the years that remain popular today.

traditional designs, modern products incorporating Koransha techniques and dinner sets etc. to attendees. After that, as we see how the Covid situation unfolds, we will exhibit at trade shows in Asia and the US enthusiastically.

What new collections are planned for 2022? We have developed a series of Pinstripe which was awarded for the Best New Product at NY NOW Winter in February 2019. Also, we are working on new line of products which Koransha has never produced before and are aiming to launch them at the end of this year.

What future plans are there for Koransha? We will continue to announce our latest news or goals on our website as well as social media, so please visit them and check them out at and

Is there anything else you would like to add? We believe that when Koransha’s traditional techniques and designs meet the state-of-the-art designs in each era, they inspire each other, and create new valuable designs. For this, we have been cherishing the innovative designs produced by the fusion of “traditional techniques and contemporary styles.” Have you ever wondered why Koransha has been in business successfully for more than 300 years as a ceramics manufacturer? Please take a look at our products. From the moment you have them in your hands, you will realize a deep impression coming up from the bottom of your heart. Our products touch people’s hearts and this is exactly “Koransha Style”.

Do you intend to exhibit at any of the upcoming trade shows either in the US, Europe or elsewhere? At the moment, we have confirmed that we will be exhibiting at the Las Vegas Market from August 22 to 26. It has been two years since we exhibited at trade shows and we are very excited to introduce the wide range of our products, such as products with Japanese TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 45

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Feature Christmas

Trefolio holiday collection

Noritake has created the perfect mix of nostalgia, pattern and rich colour for its beautiful new Christmas dinnerware collection. The Trefolio Holiday collection features a luxuriously festive take on the classic trefoil three/four leaf clover design. In a vibrant mix of red, green and gold, the lush stylised design appears on the rim, punctuated with raised enamel dots, of the larger accent as well as cups, saucers and mugs. Smaller plates retain the same colour palette with a simplified version of the patterning. A textured gold rim features on all pieces.


festive After a tumultuous 18 months and a ho-hum Christmas in 2020, it’s no surprise people are hoping for a jollier festive season in 2021. Whether it’s for grand parties or fun with the family, nights out with friends or a relaxing break after a hectic year, we’ve got the festive-inspired items ready to set the mood this holiday season.

Christmas skaters

Christmas Skaters is a design on Dunoon’s Lomond shape and features a contemporary festive winter scene. Designed by Kate Mawdsley, the mug is made in fine bone china and handcrafted in the heart of Staffordshire, England.

Green regal peacock collection

Burleigh’s regal peacock collection may be well known in blue or black, but the green regal peacock range is ideal for an elegant Christmas table setting. Available in 12 piece settings or as individual items including dinner plate, side plate and pudding bowl.


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Toy’s Fantasy

The 2021 Toy’s Fantasy collection brings back memories of celebrating the best festival of the year as a child. Original images from bygone times serve as a template for the new motifs. Digitised and rearranged, they show children writing their wish lists and decorating the tree so that Father Christmas can put their presents underneath. Also available this year is the Christmas Toy’s Memory centrepiece – a large porcelain nutcracker to decorate the Christmas table.

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Christmas Love

SPAL has a long tradition of developing themed dinnerware and also giftware for the most cheerful season of the year. They have an extensive portfolio of creations developed for the magical season created by the inhouse design studio.

Love birds

The decorative medallion with the robins and other birds still take a central place in this collection. They receive extra attention because the medallion is executed in relief. Surprising is the combination of the sometimes curly golden decorative elements with the sleek design of both the shapes and stripes. The decoration around handles, ears and spouts give this collection its own recognizable style, with a proud little bird adorned on the lids. The collection has been extended with the Love Birds White series which combines perfectly with the other Love Birds collections on your table. The Love Birds White collection is available on subscription only.

New items have been added to the Christmas Love collection this year, to continue growing the festive set. The design features two sweet birds kissing under the mistletoe, with a ring of holly around the edge of the plate.

Touch of gold

Sometimes you want to enjoy a golden moment. A spontaneous dinner party that will put a smile on your face every time you think back on it. Maybe a Christmas dinner or some other event, it is for these moments that vtwonen presents tableware with a golden edge. Classic white tableware with golden rims, or bolder statements with gold exteriors on mugs and teapots, it is tableware that could only come out of the cupboard for special occasions or special guests. But it could equally be for anyone who makes a party of every day, as well as special occasions.


Metallics create an opulent ambience, ideal for adding a touch of sophistication come the festive season. The Epoque collection from LSA International features champagne drinkware in vintage-inspired silhouettes, hollow-stemmed mouth-blown glasses that are hand painted with iridescent lustre in a variety of colours. Perfect for creating instant atmosphere at any event. TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 47

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In Focus INDIA

With over 1.3 billion people, India is the second most populated country on earth and the changing demographics are working in favour of businesses who are able to tap into the growing demand. Anand Baldawa, CEO of Seeba|thinKitchen looks at why the digital Indian consumer holds promise.

India’s digital


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40% increase in internet penetration


h e Indian consumer market is drawing global attention not just due its promise of scale but also thanks to the fundamental shift happening in the nature of demand. The country’s strong demographics also work to its favour. In India, the median age is relatively lower than that in other major countries globally. As the working population increases faster than the country’s overall population, it is boosting the consumption story.

Nature of Demand

India’s growing young and upwardly mobile population seeks niche, high-quality and customized products perhaps underserved by the traditional players in the past. The modern Indian consumer has evolved from being reactive, where they were waiting for information to reach him or her, to being highly proactive − actively seeking product information, comparing products available in the market, and making informed decisions. A change in lifestyle is in turn leading to a change in consumers’ shopping baskets, where they are now adding high-quality and better options. There is also a growing need for individuality and exclusivity as consumers get more discerning.

Digital Dynamics

This fundamental shift in demand is boosted with the explosion of digital influence and fulfilment that India has experienced in the past few years. The statistics look impressive here, Deloitte RAI 2021 Report noted a 40 per cent increase in internet penetration and 63 per cent increase in smart phone users over the next few years. Given the population size and growth, these increases equate to hundreds of thousands and potentially millions of people. Deloitte estimated that online shopping accounted for an estimated 100 million in 2019 with the potential to grow to 350 million by 2024. The proliferation of e-commerce in India was demonstrated by a Local Circles Study in 2021 which asked consumers their preferred mode of shopping. E-commerce, websites and apps were the clear leaders with 49 per cent, followed by 31 percent for malls, markets and local retailers, 18 per cent for local retailers offering home delivery and 2 per cent unable to say.

Of these online purchases, groceries and essentials accounted for 69 per cent, with medium value items and high value items also popular.

COVID-19 Implications

As seen in other markets, COVID-19 has acted as a catalyst for e-commerce in India. For the kitchen and house ware category, some trends have come into sharper focus during the pandemic. The home kitchen has been the first to pivot during the pandemic, with more experimentation, a focus on clean eating and its impact on immunity and a willingness to pay for better quality, seasonal and organic produce. The pandemic has also seen millennials cook at home, perhaps for the first time, but keen to learn and expand their skill set and kitchen utensils and accessories. Dining Out has revamped itself by reaching the customers doorsteps, there has been the emergence of cloud kitchens, curated weekend

menus, DIY kits and home chefs that has not only kept the hospitality industry moving but finding new and broader consumers and markets as well. Fine dine restaurants are delivering the finest meals with fine packaging, special cutlery and dedicated delivery fleets to maintain the high standards that customers expect.

In Conclusion

Clearly the opportunities in India are huge and growing, even as Indian consumers, and their global counterparts, navigate through the pandemic. But to tap into the Indian consumer, it is important to deliver quality and a clear benefit. It is more important than ever to signal trust across all the digital touch points, constantly leading and guiding people ahead. For brands and offerings willing to meet the needs of a technology savvy, agile and demanding consumer, the Indian promise beckons.

About thinKitchen™

thinKitchen™ is part of the 35-year-old Seeba™ group of companies. As a premium retailer in India, it focusses on distribution. thinKitchen™ currently represents over a dozen global leading kitchen and home brands in the India market. Some of these brands include Amefa, Denby, Dartington, Brabantia, Luigi Bormioli, DKB, BergHOFF, Kambukka, Zoku and Royal Prestige. The team can be reached at


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Feature Cutlery

Couture cutlery Flatware is a staple for any meal but gone are the days of simple silverware, spice up your table setting and inject some colour and flair with a whole host of new ideas in colours, finishes and designs.

Going for gold

Utopia have a range of new colours and finishes across their cutlery collections. Stonewash offers a way to have a more toned back and rustic look to usually shiny flatware. Utopia offers Kings, Manhattan and Rattail stonewash ranges. The colour profiles of gold, black and copper flatware work well for various types of food. Popular ranges that are regularly picked to mix and match with other tableware options are Turin for black, Rio for copper and Bullion for gold.

Jet set

Trendy textures inspired by dream holiday locations and international jet-set destinations. A fashionable relief on the entire body of the cutlery, both front and back, for extremely refined mise-en-place. Sambonet offers innovative stylistic interpretations of stainless steel, opening up the table to design-oriented moods. Venezia is inspired by the iconography of intertwining canals, arches and bridges in Italy’s most famous tourist destination. Other new collections include Cortina and Siena. Available in mirror stainless steel and in the attractive PVD colours Copper and Gold.

Copper tones

Bona is not just about function, it is a cutlery collection designed for creating a dramatic backdrop for food that indulges the senses. Made from 18/10 stainless steel Bona is available in two colourways – vintage gold and vintage copper. Each piece undergoes a final PVD process, to give either a matt or mirror finish and ensures a high quality coating which is dishwasher safe. A truly comprehensive collection of 25 individual items which is available as single items or comprehensive sets. There are all the usual dinner settings through to a vast selection of serveware such as cake servers, soup ladles and more. With versatility at the fore, Bona can add a striking dramatic effect, a chic opulence, a sumptuous elegance or a contemporary exuberance – in fact, whatever style you wish to create.

Modern opulence

The Select Gifting Collection explores the unique method of adding vibrant colours to stainless steel using a titanium coating. This technique provides extra durability along with creating a lavish and desirable effect. The range includes pastry forks and teaspoons with an elegant teardrop handle in both a rich grey and opulent copper finish. The petite pastry forks feature a classic design and are ideal for pastries, cakes and small desserts, adding a touch of luxury to any afternoon tea setting. The pieces come as a set of four in a beautifully designed box set, great gifts for any occasion.


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Feature Cutlery

The dark side

For 2021, Villeroy & Boch is unveiling the trendy stainless steel Manufacture Cutlery in a matt anthracite-coloured finish. The bold black cutlery perfectly matches the Manufacture Rock porcelain range. Also available in a matt copper-coloured finish.

Updated finish

The Portola collection features flared handles with elegant, beaded textures at the base. Crafted with smooth PVD coating, these 20-piece sets add a unique update to everyday dining. Available in two new shades: matte gold with a satin finish and sleek black with a mirror finish. Set Includes a service for 4.

Let them eat cake

South African designer Carrol Boyes had a talent for taking plain traditional utensils and transforming them into sculptured collectable items, a vison her design team continues today. The woman cake fork set combines outstanding design with every day functionality. Made from stainless steel.

Bamboo is back

Bamboo is enjoying newfound popularity as part of the burgeoning “Grand Millennial” trend and a rediscovery of opulent décor. Beatriz Ball responds with a five-piece bamboo cutlery set composed of 18-8 stainless steel with natural bamboo handles. The set includes a dinner knife, dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon and tea spoon and is packaged in a handsome branded gift box.

Set for spring

Linea Leaves is inspired by spring: the Mepra Design Team created this pattern to celebrate the new life which is ahead of us, when we will hopefully be able to go back to our life as it was before the pandemic. The intricate leaf pattern extends along the handle of the pieces within the collection.


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Retail Table Manners

With growing digital consumerism in India, we talk to online homewares retailer Table Manners about their business and the luxury collections that are proving popular with their customers

Bringing global

designs home Tell us about Table Manners?

How did the business come about?

What area/region do you operate in?

Table Manners is an online Luxury Table Décor Brand that creates and curates an exceptional premium home decorative range. We are a brand of contemporary finesse, with global design sensibilities, thereby stimulating a higher lifestyle.

Our founder, Shikha Nanda, has always been drawn to the various elements of different cultures - from her globetrotting adventures. So, over the years, she has developed a keen taste for art, food, design and artefacts. Table Manners is an initiative to explore many unique cultures, communicated through their finest table-top adornments. We are dedicated to being the leading luxury tableware curator, facilitating a gateway into the luxury world!

We operate from our warehouse in New Delhi, India with a strong client base in South-east Asia, UAE and USA.

Who are your main customers? Our client base are primarily 20-65 years of age, professional, educated, well-travelled and who understand that presentation is as important if not more than what is being presented.

What products are trending for you at the moment? We recently launched our fun serve ware called MiniBytes which add a little bit of fun to the whole table setting. Inspired from iconic themes that we come across in our everyday lives and remember from our childhood, these servers are intelligent and playful.

What is the best-selling item this season? Flatware by TM and Sitaraa Home Table Linens have been making to everyone’s table this season. Your table setting is quite incomplete without some exquisite cutlery and elegant napkins and mats.

How do you stand out in the marketplace? With an amazing team constantly researching and analysing the market, we tend to keep up with the trends and bring out the latest tableware products for our clients. Our collaborations are very thoughtful to the daily needs of our customers, providing them with the ability to source the latest trends while sitting at home with the click of a button.

What opportunities are there for any designers or manufactures looking to work with you? How do they get in touch? Any designer or manufacturer can contact us directly at with their proposal and we would love to check out the opportunity to grow together.

What’s next for Table Manners? We are very excited to launch Table Manners Silver, our new Silver/ Silver Plated collection, which includes options for dinner service, divinity idols, as well as table and home decor. We are also looking forward to our collaborations with Casa Pop for their super fun accessories and Kaunteya for their elegant dinnerware.

How do you choose who to collaborate with? Table Manners has a unique design vision that is hard to be replicated. We look for the same in our partners, a unique vision and the tenacity to achieve it.


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WMF Professional – Adding great glitz and glamor to the laid table The SYNERGY porcelain series and the STYLE LIGHTS lifestyle range stand for spectacular and inspiring table arrangements. Beautifully-shaped porcelain meets elegant materials for every lifestyle concept. Mix & match with SYNERGY and STYLE LIGHTS.

SYNERGY and STYLE LIGHT can now be experienced on a smartphone or tablet: WMF StylAR invites you to get creative yourself and dive into the virtual world of table design. All you need is a printed WMF Professional brochure with the StylAR symbol.

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Collection Dissection

Grape Collection by Arthur Court “Timeless, traditional and always beautiful, bring the fruit of the vine home with Arthur Court Designs”

Grapes represent the sweetness of life, the gift of fine wines, the celebration of happy gatherings and enjoying good food. A classic natural table motif, Arthur Court are proud to present their largest and most popular Grape Collection. Timeless, traditional and always beautiful, bring the fruit of the vine home with Arthur Court Designs. “The Arthur Court grape collection is one of our most popular collections in the United States,” said Scott Haas, creative director of Arthur Court. “It is not a new collection but our designers have made it more modern and up-to-date. The pieces are slimmer and lighter and suit today’s modern entertaining, which is casual and easy to care for. The range looks like sterling silver but doesn’t need polishing, it can be heated in the up to 350F, and also goes in the freezer.” Made from aluminum, the popular pattern is a classic in home décor. Lustrous clusters of grapes with trailing vines are hand polished onto these gorgeous pieces. Choose from a variety of grapethemed, trays, bowls, cheese and cracker sets, platters, salt and pepper sets, trivets, salad sets, butter dishes, and many more household items. This collection is casually elegant in the modern or traditional home and is full of gifts for wine lovers or those who love Italian culture. The company firmly believes that a world of throw-away tableware and disposable gifts are not only environmentally distressing, it also is the world where memories are fleeting and traditions are forgotten. With a history of 55 years of craftsmanship, the Arthur Court company Grape Collection is made to last a lifetime.


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Feature Metals

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Spoil that special entertainer in your life with a curated, thoughtful gift set. The loads of love gift set contains the quirky Small Bowl - Oval Load and a striking Aster Butter Spreader and comes beautifully boxed.

The magic

of metal When it comes to metal, it doesn’t have to be limited to cutlery or barware, instead it has potential to bring some shine and glamour to the table and the home with a variety of uses that are both decorative and practical. And just like the Olympics, you can add a touch of gold, silver or bronze to the setting with statement pieces or simple metallic accents that will catch the light.

Beatriz Ball

After more than three decades of bringing metalware designs to the marketplace, Beatriz Ball remains on-trend with new pieces presented in its signature polished aluminium, and in proprietary finishes of gold and gunmetal. Trending motifs include serving and decorative pieces featuring exotic textures like python and croc, as well as classic bamboo and leaf forms. Manhattan pieces including lidded boxes, handled trays, and picture frames incorporate multi-hued geometric elements inspired by the New York skyline, while the Ripples subcollection of Sierra Modern, boast shimmering surfaces in gold or gunmetal finishes. Beatriz Ball’s handmade products use eco-friendly and sustainable materials and are crafted by artisans who trace a heritage of metalworking for generations. The products are made of a top quality, FDA safe, easy-care, oven and freezer friendly aluminium alloy.


Afternoon tea is hugely popular at the moment, especially as socialising is back. Different takes and modernising the custom seem to be working well alongside more traditional and quirky servings, but no matter the styling or setting the cake-stand is a must-have when it comes to afternoon tea. Utopia has launched gold three-tier cake stands to add new flare to the item and an elegance to the table. On the bar front, Utopia’s new bulb jiggers are perfectly weighted and an essential piece of equipment for the barman making cocktails or measuring shots. They make a stylish accessory, coming in both copper and silver. 58 TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL

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A limited edition that makes you daydream. With the Cometa cutlery, Sambonet looks to the galaxies and constellations that inspired the classic iconography of Christmas, adding a pop touch and contemporary, fairy-tale influences. A fashionable relief impressed on the entire body of the cutlery, both front and back, for trendy mise-en-place. The collection is made of high quality 18/10 stainless steel and is available in mirror stainless steel and PVD gold colour. The PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) colouring system is a Sambonet registered know-how and it is a cutting-edge technology in the market. It is not a simple coating, but the colour is tied to the substrate of the surfaces at an atomic level, offering great resistance to wear, scratches and the formation of rust or oxides. By setting the table, we make wishes and they come true. Cometa is a collection dedicated to the hopeless romantics and those who remain breathless before the starry universe.


Carrol Boyes

A Carrol Boyes piece is always going to be a talking point and the up and coming tiered server will do just that. Sitting cross-legged, this sculpted character raises both arms high to hold four serving plates. Not quite your average cupcake stand but a unique version to showcase all your exquisite pastries.

Mepra and Pininfarina have created Stile, a refined collection for the lovers of Italian beauty. An unmistakable design in which pure lines find harmoniously their place in everyday life. Stile brings elegance in the house without forgoing functionality. The simple lines and clean geometries shape a collection in which function and style reach the perfect balance. The rounded lines guarantee a perfect integration of elements and conveying the idea of a single, extremely compact body. The Stile by Pininfarina range includes a variety of square and round bowls and trays, wine and champagne coolers, ice buckets, shaker and many other cocktail and serving pieces and accessories.


The Viners® Select cake server will add style and sophistication to any afternoon tea setting. The subtle, slender teardrop handle shape is expertly balanced, making it great to hold. The cutlery is crafted from the finest quality 18.0 stainless steel and polished to a mirror finish. The long-lasting cake server is rust-resistant and dishwasher safe.


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Show Preview Exclusively

Excitement grows for Exclusively The 2021 Exclusively Show returns to its live format at the Business Design Centre on August 24 and 25 and organisers are expecting a bumper turnout. In this preview, take a look at what visitors can expect at this popular event and uncover some of the trends set to make an appearance across a variety of products at the show.


arly indications from both retail buyers and the media suggest that the live 2021 Exclusively Show, taking place at The Business Design Centre, Islington on August 24-25 is set to be a popular event. Housewares, small domestic electricals and gift sector buyers, journalists and influencers are confirming attendance in abundance. Big name home and department stores such as John Lewis, Fenwick, Robert Dyas, Next, Wilko and B&Q will be joined by grocery chains like Iceland and Aldi, specialists such as Lakeland and ProCook, discounters, B&M, Home Bargains, TK Maxx, Studio and Trago Mills, garden centre groups like Bents and Blue Diamond and online giants such as Ocado and eBay. Bira is incentivising housewares, gift, electrical and hardware independents among its 6500-strong membership with a £100 voucher to be used against any single order of over £300 at the show. Moreover, all buyers visiting Exclusively can benefit from a £50 contribution to travel costs incurred in attending, courtesy of show owner, The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA). On the media front, 120 invite acceptances have so far been received by the Exclusively Brand Showcase, the show feature curated just for journalists and influencers. Titles including Marie-Claire, ELLE, Real Homes, BBC Good Food, Olive Magazine, The Sun, Homes & Gardens and ITV’s This Morning are all attending alongside key influencers and trade media – including Tableware International and Kitchenware International. They will not only see an edit of the Show’s most exciting products, but also be able to soak up the thinking on latest trends from forecasters, Scarlet Opus. For Exclusively is also not just about product. It has a reputation for predicting commercial trends and a proven track record for enabling brands to get in front of buyers and the media. Popular features such as the Trend Talks and Tours provide insightful trend predictions and are a particular draw for savvy buyers. This year will be no exception and Phil

More information about the Exclusively Show can be found via the website More information about visiting Exclusively can be obtained from the BHETA Member Services Team on 0121 237 1130 or via the website

“This year’s show will also feature a wider range of product than ever before”


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Pond from Scarlet Opus has given a sneak preview of three trends which will start to come through from the autumn / winter – the idea being to help ensure that the products on display at the show are perfectly placed for buyers both short term and into Christmas, as well as long term. Neo Luxe, all sophistication and dark romance from earlier centuries combines rich luxurious colours with high drama and an almost punk quality in its provocative glamour. Key for Christmas, the look will be around for the next three to five years. Reset accepts sustainability not as a trend but as ‘the norm’. This is about the circular economy and designing out waste and will see blues and greens with muted patterns reminiscent of foliage, herb, fruit and vegetables. The third trend to be previewed is Togetherness, which will manifest in spring / summer 2022. Upbeat and positive, joyful, colourful and vintage, it is all about sharing, collaboration and putting people first, a multicultural outdoors theme with flavours of Africa and the Caribbean. Having said that, this year’s show will also feature a wider range of product than ever before. Just taking the Launchpad – a new feature at the live show dedicated to smaller companies and start-ups – there are a whole host of consumables on show alongside general merchandise, making Exclusively a perfect opportunity to explore the potential of baking kits, speciality teas, exotic spice blends, gorgeous cheeses, home curing kits and foodie hampers alongside the related housewares items. In fact, one of the great things about Exclusively is the level playing field it offers to all companies – large, small and new to the market – ensuring that buyers see the leading brands, the major launches and many items that they will not have seen anywhere else. Among the exhibitors and brands on show, there will be the biggest and most established names in the industry – companies like Rayware, Denby and DRH. With equal space, presence and opportunity are new exhibitors like Katie Alice, Pure Tableware and Lazarro. It is the perfect opportunity for buyers, journalists and influencers to find everything they need including ideas that are that little bit different, and unlikely to have been seen elsewhere. Commenting on the increasing excitement ahead of Exclusively, marketing manager, Steve Richardson said, “With over 130 companies and 200 brand names exhibiting, as well as a wealth of other treats such as the

Trend Tours and Talks with Scarlet Opus, the Launchpad area which features eighteen of the Show’s newest and smallest exhibitors, not to mention wine tasting with Olly Smith, I can see why both buyers and media are so eager to attend. “It goes without saying that the Exclusively Show team and the Business Design Centre (BDC) regards the health and safety of clients, staff and partners of paramount importance and we have agreed measures to ensure the safety of all those on site, in line with the latest UK Government guidance.” Will Jones, Chief Operating Officer at BHETA and Chair of Exclusively, added,

“Exclusively has always been must-see event in the home enhancement industry and one that has an excellent trackrecord for predicting trends and doing business. This year’s Show is even more highly anticipated because of the unique circumstances of the last eighteen months, and I am not surprised at the levels of interest. “Exclusively 2021 is going to be a huge opportunity for exhibitors, buyers, journalists and influencers to see the very best of the housewares, small domestic electricals and gift sectors, to see up and coming trends and to discover new products and ideas.” TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 63

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Neo Luxe Trend Neo Luxe is all sophistication and dark romance from earlier centuries and combines rich luxurious colours with high drama and an almost punk quality in its provocative glamour. The trend is all about learning from the past and appreciating the sensuous style of earlier centuries - rich colours and dark luxuriance. It is a provocative meeting of the historic with contemporary and the key colours are blue, black and shades of green with textures such a velvet, walnut, gloss and gold and brass. Florals and foliage are important patterns going forward. Products which work with Neo Luxe will not only be prevalent in the exhibition in general, but also in the Brand Showcase – a mediafriendly edit of the main show – where some 250 press, bloggers and influencers will soak up the on trend thinking and use it in all their coverage to come. Chair of Exclusively and Chief Operating Officer of show owner, BHETA, Will Jones, said, “Given all that the world has endured over the last 18 or so months, it goes without saying that the safety of all Exclusively visitors and exhibitors is paramount. Everyone can be confident in being there and in enjoying a great show. The opportunities to see the latest product, talk to suppliers and gather all manner of excellent content and market intelligence is second to none.”

Reset Trend With the return of the ‘live’ event, Exclusively will unveil the trends set to hit the market for the next few years to buyers, trade and consumer media and suppliers. One of the biggest is Reset and trend forecaster, Scarlet Opus will be sharing all the details at the show in a series of seminars and trend tours. Phil Pond from Scarlet Opus gave a sneak preview of Reset at the Exclusively briefing meeting for exhibitors. It is a trend which is already manifesting in global design as sustainability shifts from being a trend to being the norm. Embracing this point, product at the show will be perfectly placed for buyers both immediately as well as long term. Reset is all about ‘preserve, conserve, protect’ and acknowledges the establishment of green cities, urban farms, rooftop and vertical gardens. This is about the circular economy and the key mantra of ‘do no harm’. As a result, this trend is about designing out waste, repairing and reusing, and products that are not disposable. In terms of style, we will be seeing blues and greens and muted patterns which reflect foliage, herbs, fruit and vegetables. A mix and match pallet that will look particularly good on glass. Key words are nature, recovery, local, waste, protect and reuse. 64 TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL

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Denby has beautiful and stylish pieces perfect for any gifting occasion; striking Vases, Home Fragrance items, stunning Hand-decorated Mugs and our new Children’s Sets which are tailored for little ones and a lovely keepsake gift. All are hand-crafted in Denby’s iconic Derbyshire pottery from local Denby stoneware clay, creating the beauty and durability only Denby can achieve. Visit Denby at Exclusively Housewares Stand No. EH352 Contact:


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Togetherness Trend

The Exclusively exhibition has a reputation for predicting commercial trends and a proven track record for enabling brands to get in front of buyers and the media. One of the biggest new trends to be unveiled to buyers, the media and visitors is

Togetherness and trend forecaster, Scarlet Opus will be sharing all the details at the show in a series of seminars and trend tours. In a sneak peek of the trend, Phil revealed that Togetherness will begin to make its mark in early 2022 over the spring and summer and it is all about positivity and collective wellbeing. It is an immensely upbeat trend – the perfect foil for the chaotic period of the past 18 months. Togetherness reflects permanent changes in society and is about people putting other people first. Sharing and collaboration are key and the colours we will see are joyful and vintage. Peach, cardboard brown and bubblegum pink are all to the fore. From a cookware and tabletop point of view, food from Africa and the Caribbean will be on trend as well as more product for outdoor eating and cooking. Portable product for picnics and alfresco dining will be huge and quirky cocktails will be back in abundance and people are keen to get out and enjoy life once more.


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In Focus Kutahya Porselen

“Skallop gives a sense of imperfection to marry nature and food in our organic ritual of eating”

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Kütahya Porselen Kütahya Porselen pride themselves on their extensive range and capacity of porcelain products, see what’s new from them in 2021.


ü tahya Porselen is of the largest worldwide tableware suppliers, with an extensive production capacity that runs white and alumina (cream porcelain across six factories. Established in 1970, the company prides itself on being valuedriven and innovative and with their R&D and design centre they are able to provide a large product range thanks to their new technologies and capacity. Benefits of their flexible collection are the digital printing opportunities for all materials, the colour variety for earthenware and packaging solutions for all product groups which they supply to their partners with ready set options as well. To ensure they can supply the market quickly, they keep ready stocks in their warehouses. With their production experience and high quality standards, Kütahya Porselen are able to design different products for special Chef Collections and other special projects as well. The wide and durable HoReCa collection has reactive glaze application and digital

printing opportunities. Designs and shapes are specially strengthened for hotel, catering and restaurant use and they provide edge chipping and durability requirements, to meet the demands of HoReCa clients. You can find the wide collection of pieces in Kütahya Porselen’s catalogues. In 2021 Kütahya Porselen launched the new collection SKALLOP designed by Karim Rashid. The Skallop collection is based on contradicting perfection. Most tabletop dishes are a pure, circular form; whereas nature is organic, fluid, and completely irregular in form shape and colour. So, the idea of Skallop is to create a democratic collection of dishes that appear handmade, and give a sense of imperfection to marry nature and food in our organic ritual of eating. To see the Skallop collection and more from Kütahya Porselen visit them at Zuchex Home & Kitchenware fair in September 2021 and at Ambiente fair in 2022.


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Makes Everyday Better

Show Preview Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas calling Las Vegas Market takes place from August 22 to 26 – the summer edition promises tableware buyers plenty of choice with an eclectic mix of product ready for perusal


wice a year Las Vegas plays host to one of the most exciting crosscategory markets and this year is no different. Buyers from a myriad of disciplines are attracted to the exhibition – think home furnishings, gift and design trades – with retailers, buyers, interior designers, architects, specifiers and purchasing companies all congregating in one place. You’ll find exhibitors in the housewares, gourmet and tabletop categories in Building C on floors 1 and 11. Coming off the back of a global pandemic, all things home enjoyed a resurgence in popularity – designing the perfect table has become an art form enjoyed by the many rather than the few. Addressing the upward swing in the housewares category, Las Vegas Market’s organisers IMC say: “ Millions of consumers have rediscovered the joy of entertaining at home during 2020, and the housewares category is a sizzling product pick at retail in all areas of the country. Leisurely meals, delicious food, and an artfully set table are top of mind in gift shops and stores, and sellers with a product smorgasbord of offerings are enjoying the rewards of a well-stocked inventory. At Las Vegas Market, housewares, gourmet and tabletop brands include all of the ingredients required for a successful, memorable entertaining recipe. From cookware to cutlery to gourmet and more, the mix is magical at Las Vegas Market.”


4,000+ the number of brands showcasing at Las Vegas Market

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Casafina bring an exciting holiday collection to market. The Nutcracker collection has been inspired by Hoffman’s tale and Tchaikovsky ’s subsequent ballet of the same name. Casafina’s collection reproduces beautiful scenes from the much-loved classical ballet, bringing music, dance and magic to the table. Consisting of several dinnerware, serveware and decorative pieces, The Nutcracker showcases original illustrations that capture the ethereal images from the beloved ballet. This complete collection will delight both adults and children and make the holiday season more meaningful and memorable.

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Creative Co-Op C712 Studio A Home A153 Joining sister company Global Views at Las Vegas is Studio A Home. Visit the stand to see an on-point array of decorative products, of interest to tableware buyers will be this deckled edge collection in matte white.

Visit the Creative Co-Op stand at Las Vegas to check out their 8” Round Stoneware Fruit Baskets with Reactive Glaze. Coming in a set of two, these bowls are perfect for serving fruit but can also be used to display dish towels and other accessories. Also see the set of two stoneware mango bowls includes matching spoons. This stoneware bowl set is a great staple to have out at any special occasion. Ideal for olives, salt, or any other appetiser essential. Meanwhile, also make note of two round marble trivets which are perfect for adding style to any tablescape. Decorative trivets can become part of the table decoration and already be in place when time to set out the food. This unique and modern trivet will be the perfect gift for the stylish chef.

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Visit the Bloomingville stand at Las Vegas to see a host of quality products. Their stoneware bowl is a great staple to have in any kitchen. At 3.75 inches round, it can easily be set out and filled with olives, salt, or any other chef essential. Meanwhile, the Round Mango Wood Cake Stand is an easy way to add a pop of natural decor in your kitchen. Made out of enameled mango wood, this cake stand is perfect for displaying cakes, homemade desserts, or a cheese board. Finally the set of three mango bowls includes a tray and three spoons. This set of seven can be used for salt and pepper or other spices or condiments. They sit snuggly into the mango wood base for security when passing around the table. Matching small spoons are wonderful for sprinkling the spices or condiments onto your food.

Global Views A153 Bringing a stylish collection of home accessories to Las Vegas is the Global Views team. Think slip moulded Portuguese ceramic vases influenced by the shape of a Japanese kimono or ceramic pitchers reminiscent of Greco-Roman serveware.


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Maison & Objet

To the maison! Maison&Objet – the trade show to visit By Room for high-end, design-centric pieces – Hall 5A Stand P76/Q75 returns this September and we couldn’t be By Room is a Danish company, with a high ambition of happier… designing and producing as


eptember 2021 heralds the return of the great Maison&Objet with the French capital playing host to a global assortment of brands while simultaneously hosting Paris Design Week. The trade fair runs from 9 to 13 September with Paris Design Week opening on the same date and taking place until 18 September. Despite enduring the same fate as other trade shows in 2020, Maison&Objet offered innovative digital formats on its MOM (Maison&Objet and More) platform. MOM has recorded exceptional performances with over 2.7 million visitors in one year. More than 2,000 subscribed brands are now in permanent contact with 220,000 buyers and interior designers, regular users of the platform, worldwide. To ensure everyone’s safety, entry to this year’s M&O is strictly monitored, attendees must have a health pass or proof of a negative RT-PCR test, Covid-19 recovery cert or proof of vaccination – full details available on the M&O website.


the number of brands attending Maison&Objet’s September edition

Designer of the year! Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year is Franklin Azzi. The Paris-based architect has a diverse portfolio with projects encompassing everything from urban planning to interior design. His best-known is probably the metamorphosis of a stretch of expressway directly on the Left Bank of the Seine into a 2.5km-long pedestrian promenade. He founded his own agency in 2006, which now employs a staff of 50 housed in a former warehouse at the heart of Paris’ 2nd arrondissement. He considers himself to be an “architect-technician” and professes to not having a signature style. “For me, each project is totally different”, he insists. He also firmly believes that a beautiful building is not simply an aesthetically pleasing one. “It’s one that brings happiness to those who use it”.

many products from recycled and sustainable materials as possible, while always focusing on the high quality that is inbred in their Scandinavian design roots. The focus is on creating sustainable products, where they reuse elements such as military tents and residues from clothing. A distinctive feature is the attention to the little things. There can be no design without focus on the details. Most of their products are unique in that they are processed by hand, leaving no two products 100 per cent identical.

Be Home

Hall 5A Stand O52/P51 Be Home provides beautiful, handcrafted products inspired by nature and with a purist design. Each home tells a story, let them help you write yours. New collections are developed each season in line with their values: handmade, responsible, and sustainable. They engage in partnerships with craftspeople from small communities around the world, encouraging them to keep their traditional practices and to find a use for every scrap of sustainable material. Launched in 2006 in San Francisco, since 2019 Be Home is now also present in Europe from Belgium. Each product is handcrafted and therefore distinctive and unique.


Hall 4 Stand F4/G3 Blomus is synonymous with intelligence, minimalism, and functional design for the contemporary home. Founded in 1961, and rooted in the German tradition of exceptional quality and highly skilled craftsmanship, the family-owned brand has built its success on a firm belief in the honesty of materials, the purity of shape, and the necessity of a passionate approach. This has made BLOMUS a leading provider of interior design, décor and accessories to last and be loved for generations to come.


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