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fter what felt like a very soggy April and May, the sun is hopefully here to stay and like many others I’ve been making the most of the warmer weather with the odd garden party or two. As a trueblue Aussie, I do love a BBQ and have relished the opportunity to finally have friends around in person to catch up on all that has happened over the past year and a half. The casual dining collection is getting plenty of use and I’ve dusted off several serving items as I’ve played hostess. And it is wonderful hearing stories of people finally being able to hold events that had been postponed and delayed – summer really does feel like a time to celebrate this year even if things aren’t quite normal just yet. One thing that isn’t operating as many of us would like is the travel industry, so while a holiday to some tropical destination would be wonderful, we will have to be content with bringing the seaside into our homes for now. See our Oceanic tableware trends on page 18 for some wonderful pieces that are inspired by all things aquatic and will have you dreaming of sea breezes and sandy beaches. Another trend we’re looking at this season is all things botanical. With so many of us spending so much time in our gardens and the great outdoors, it’s no surprise this concept is appearing in items for our homes as well. The Botanical trend on page 32 includes pieces with fine florals through to exotic jungle prints and their associated insect and animal inhabitants which are sure to brighten any table setting. Our cover this issue features a beautiful Noritake collection, and we spoke to Jay Fingert, senior vice president of Noritake’s US operations on how the company has faced the challenges of the past year and changes to consumer behaviour. See the interview on page 22 for the insight he provided on the US market. We’ve also gained some insight into the opportunities Turkish organisations can provide with tableware and kitchenware products. On page 74, discover how the Istanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters Association (iddMib) is working at ways

to help businesses gain access to the skill and expertise Turkish suppliers have to offer. As we were unable to hold our annual Tableware International Awards of Excellence event this year, we are thrilled to be able to present our special feature in this issue with all the well-deserved winners. From page 44 check out who picked up the awards across our 15 categories and see what the winners – and some of the judges had to say. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. It was great to see so many inspiring and creative tableware designs and ideas despite the turbulent times. Thanks again to our sponsors for continuing to support the awards, we appreciate your involvement. And finally, another thank you to the judges who took the time to evaluate the entries and pick their favourites, we know it wasn’t an easy task with the amazing standard of entries we received again this year. Keep an eye out later in the year for details on next year’s awards. But while we couldn’t hold our awards in person, we’re thrilled that events are returning. We have a review on page 76 on the successful hybrid event for the New York Tabletop Show at 41 Madison. Plus, we chat to the organisers of the Exclusively Show about plans for their upcoming return to a live format on page 42. And we have a preview of some of the things in store for the summer Atlanta Market on page 78. Things feel like they are looking up and we hope the optimism is warranted, so whether you’re reading this in your garden or over a cup of tea at your desk, enjoy the insights and ideas we have for you this season.

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Fiskars Group appoint new CFO

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Sophie Conran Award-winning chef and designer Sophie Conran has continued her collaboration with Portmeirion by designing two new shapes to join the existing tableware collection. The two new designs, Arbor and Floret, feature organic-inspired lines and are available in Creamy White and Dove Grey. Speaking about the collection, Sophie Conran said

“I am so delighted to be bringing out this new, beautiful collection in collaboration with Portmeirion. I still can't quite believe we've been working together for 15 years! It is immensely enjoyable working with the team, Portmeirion are hugely knowledgeable and create pieces of amazing quality. I feel very lucky to work with such wonderful people!”

Beatriz Ball Partners with Arbor Day Foundation Beatriz Ball has announced its partnership with Arbor Day Foundation. The foundation’s Time for Trees Initiative has a goal of planting 100 million trees around the globe, by 2022. Arbor Day Foundation works to restore forests, improve tree cover in communities and to inspire the next generation of 5 million tree planters. Founded in 1972, the Foundation is the largest non-profit membershipbased conservation and education organisation that is dedicated to

planting trees. Beatriz Ball demonstrated its commitment by making a donation to plant 5,000 trees through this partnership. “We are excited to announce our partnership with Arbor Day Foundation and we are now involved in the Time for Trees Initiative,” said Beatriz Ball, Founder of the company that bears her name. “We use sustainable and recycled materials in producing our handmade metal products. Going forward the company will also focus on recycled materials used in packaging and shipping,” she added.

Inspired by… Floral Trend! If the sun has you in the mood for cocktails in the garden, why not add some edible geranium flowers set in ice to your drinks. Or use the floral ice cubes in clear vases as table decorations for your garden party or special occasion. You can even add some mini bouquets as napkins ring accents. Pelargonium for Europe have plenty of ideas to add some blossoms to your next gathering. 12 TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL

Fiskars Group has appointed Jussi Siitonen as Chief Financial Officer and deputy to the CEO. Jussi will join Fiskars Group on November 3, 2021, at the latest. He joins Fiskars Group from premium sporting goods company Amer Sports, where he has been working as Chief Financial Officer since 2011. Jussi will be replacing Sari Pohjonen, the current Chief Financial Officer and deputy to the CEO, who has decided to leave the company. To support the transition, Sari will continue in her role until Jussi joins the company. “Fiskars Group has undergone a transformation during the last years into an integrated consumer goods company. With the completion of the ongoing Restructuring and Transformation programs in 2021, the company is entering a new phase, with an increasing focus on growing the business. I’m glad to welcome Jussi to our team. He has a strong background from working with great brands on a global scale. In his previous position, he has been in a central role in building growth, and we believe he is a great fit to Fiskars,” said Nathalie Ahlström, President and CEO. “I look forward to joining Fiskars Group, with its unparalleled portfolio of brands. The company is in an exciting phase, and I am thrilled to be part of the journey forward, to realize the potential of the company on a global scale,” said Jussi Siitonen.


Mads Ryder appointed Rosenthal CEO

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 at Tableware International for more information.

Mads Ryder has been appointed as the new CEO of Rosenthal GmbH. He will be immediately taking over the tasks of Rosenthal Managing Director Pierluigi Coppo, who is retiring from the operations side of the business. Speaking of his appointment, Mads Ryder said, “Rosenthal is a valuable and very well-known brand and Rosenthal GmbH is a very renowned company, but it has to face a transformation process to stay relevant and successful in the future. To initiate and implement this change will be my task, which I am very much looking forward to.” “The new management team has my full confidence and support. I am sure that with this team we have set the course for further positive development of Rosenthal GmbH,” Pierluigi Coppo said.

Lenox acquires Oneida Lenox Corporation has announced it has acquired Oneida Consumer LLC. The deal includes all existing Oneida Consumer LLC branded tabletop products including flatware, dinnerware and cutlery. With its recent acquisition of Hampton Forge and now the Oneida tabletop brand, Lenox has a portfolio of brands and products with significant consumer recognition across the range of retail channels. “All of these great brands have served as industry leaders in their respective categories, reaching a broad consumer base,” said Bob Burbank, CEO of Lenox Corporation. “As one family, our products are sold to thousands of retailers including specialty and department stores, mass merchants, warehouse clubs and grocery stores across the U.S., Canada and international markets worldwide. This new combination of brands and array of products will create unprecedented growth opportunities within our existing customer base, and open new distribution world-wide. We are delighted to welcome Oneida and its array of flatware, dinnerware and cutlery products into the Lenox family.” “I believe the combination of these two iconic brands creates a truly dynamic consumer product company,” states Mark Eichhorn, CEO of The Oneida Group. “With the brand management expertise and product and supply chain knowledge that Lenox possesses combined with their commitment to reenergize and grow the beloved Oneida brand, I believe that Lenox is the ideal steward for the Oneida brand.”

Artel launches new website Artel has announced the launch of its new, completely redesigned website at www.artelglass.com. Every aspect of the new website has been rebuilt ‘from the ground up’ with a focus on providing a seamlessly intuitive user experience. The online shop now allows retail customers to design and order bespoke glassware from the comfort of their own homes by mixing and matching from among the innumerable combinations of shapes, colours, and motifs offered by the firm – and then simply sitting back and waiting while the pieces are handcrafted by Czech artisans and shipped directly to their door!

“We have been looking forward to updating our website for quite some time,” says Artel’s Founder, Karen Feldman. “I’m really pleased with how the new design looks and functions, and I’m sure our visitors will be too.”

Rosenthal celebrate Pride month

June is Pride month and Rosenthal are celebrating the LGBT community with a range of collections including limited edition plates by photographer Martin Schoeller. Drag queens are the glamorous stars of Rosenthal’s Art Edition. For the limited edition plates, Martin Schoeller artfully applied the glittering drag culture to porcelain. Eight motifs in shimmering colours characterise the collection. Six of them are limited to 100 pieces each and thus already have what it takes to become a collector’s item. TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 13


general News Virtual cooking demos at Atlanta market IMC recruit digital innovator International Market Centers (IMC), has announced that William B. (Bill) Furlong has joined the company as chief executive officer of Juniper, IMC’s new fully integrated omnichannel B2B e-commerce platform. Furlong brings 25 years of digital innovation and leadership experience, including 11 years with Expedia Group. “We are thrilled to add such a seasoned digital executive with demonstrated talent and relatable expertise to the Juniper team,” said Bob Maricich, IMC chairman and CEO. “We announced our intent to build best-in-class digital tools and e-commerce opportunities for the industry. We pledged to invest $100MM in a platform that would transform the industry through delivery of a unique B2B omnichannel ecosystem. Now, in our second year of development and approaching a major platform launch, the time is right to add an elevated leadership position with unique perspective and a bias for innovation and growth. Bill will be a tremendous asset to Juniper and to IMC.” “IMC’s omnichannel vision is bold and compelling, and I am intrigued and energized by the opportunity that Juniper presents,” said Furlong. “The Juniper team is executing a unique and well-designed omnichannel solution that will help buyers and sellers alike build even stronger businesses during a period of dramatic change. I look forward to being part of that evolution.” Furlong will report to Bob Maricich, chairman and CEO of IMC, and will work closely with Juniper’s founding executive team to accelerate Juniper’s mission to deliver a digital marketplace and transformative technology built by and for the wholesale furniture, gift and home décor industries.

Atlanta Market will be presenting a virtual gourmet cooking class with all-star Atlanta chef and restaurateur Kevin Gillespie as an extension of its popular Demonstration Kitchen programming in the lead up to the July 13-19, 2021 market. "The Demonstration Kitchen is the heart of the gourmet collection at Atlanta Market, so we are bringing back its excitement and exploration opportunities with a local twist," said Dorothy Belshaw, executive vice president, chief customer and marketing officer for International Market Centers (IMC). "Buyers can find out what's trending in gourmet food and housewares pre-market, learn some great new recipes and get an insider scoop on local restaurants to check out while they are in Atlanta.” Atlanta Market is the industry’s premier gift, décor and lifestyle market. Housing the nation’s largest gift product mix complemented by a broad selection of home décor, it features more than 8,000 brands across all categories. Summer 2021 Atlanta Market will run from July 13 to 19, 2021.

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A new phase for Arcturus The Arcturus Group has appointed a Board of Directors for the first time in the company’s history. The Group is a leader tableware and kitchenware with brands such as Sambonet, Paderno, Rosenthal, Raynaud and others a part of their portfolio. The appointment of the board marks a new phase for the group as it moves away from a centralised management by the owners, the Sole Director Cavaliere del Lavoro Pierluigi Coppo and his brother Ing. Franco Coppo, to a Board of Directors. The new board consists of six members, including two independent members, Dr. Mara Caverni and Dr. Marco Patuano, who join the founders of Arcturus, Dr. Pierluigi Coppo and Ing. Franco Coppo, and their respective son and daughter, Dr. Giovanni Coppo and Ing. Alessandra Coppo, who already hold important management roles in the Group. "The creation of a board, together with the entry of two highly respected business professionals with national and international experience, adds to an already begun process of managerialisation and represents an important stage in the Group's growth,” said Pierluigi Coppo.

Speciality & Fine Food Fair opens up to non-food products Speciality & Fine Food Fair has announced that for the first time it will be welcoming products outside of food and drink categories to be showcased at the event, which is set to take place on September 6-7 at Olympia London. Non-food suppliers and products complementary to the Fair’s core audience of independent retailers, wholesalers, farm shops, delis, garden centres and more will be showcased as part of a new ‘non-food’ trail. The new additions to the event will continue to expand on Speciality & Fine Food Fair’s role as a one-stopshop for unique, artisan products, showcasing everything from local, independent producers to innovative international businesses looking to expand in the UK market.


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For the freshness Accent Decor’s Orchard Bowls are fresh fruit and veggie’s newest best friend. With their intricate designs, the openings throughout the bowls make for an eye-capturing design but also keep your produce at the bottom fresher for longer!

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Accent Décor will be at Atlanta’s summer market Americasmart Bldg 1, 18-E-18

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what’s new…. With a new season on the horizon, let’s see what exciting products have launched recently

Feeling green Land of imagination Arcadia is the new Ginori 1735 tableware collection devised in collaboration with fashion designer Orazio Stasi. Arcadia is a land of imagination, a world inhabited by fantastic and free creatures, their movement leaving traces of euphoria. It’s on the Venezia form, characterized by the essential roundness of the line. The different creatures are filled with childish joy and include flowers with eyes, moustached plants, sea horses, angels and devils across the plates, trays, cups and teapots within the collection.

Melody Rose introduces new Forest Green Collection to In Colour tableware series. Playful, elegant and stylish, In Colour brings bold splashes of colour to a selection of quirky tableware designs. Acts of Daring, The Show Must Go On, Rock n Roll Skull, The Models and Fighting Spirit are all offered in the vibrant tones of cobalt blue, raspberry pink, bright yellow – and now Forest Green.

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Portable porcelain Next level wine service Decanterino is an internationally patented system that uses microspheres technology for the immediate oxygenation of wine and spirits. More than a decanter, it takes wine service to the next level. The use of microspheres increases the contact surface with the wine, triggering controlled dynamization which brings effective oxygenation that allows the wine to be ready to drink instantly.

The To Go & To Stay collection from like.by Villeroy & Boch combines expertise with sustainability. Lunch boxes made from porcelain and glass in different sizes, colours and shapes as well as matching drinking bottles made from glass are perfect for meal prepping, a quick picnic with friends in the park or for packagingfree shopping - simply open the lid and enjoy.

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Summer vibes Blue is a big trend colour for 2021 and the new vtwonen blue tableware collection brings the summer into your home. Mix with the white collection to set a nice Mediterranean table or combine with the black collection for a long summer evening vibe.

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This cheese knife set and mango wood holder from Creative Co-op is so handy! With four stainless steel and marble knives that store perfectly in the holder for easy access – it’s perfect for a party or a snack. Creative Co-op will be at Atlanta Market in Building 2, Showroom #1080

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Trend Oceanic

Calm waters Coastal chic A loving combination of white and blue. The birds in full flight, free, easy and reminiscent of sea gulls flying off the coast. The purity of nature itself inspired the designer Maik Hansen to create this contemporary series Blue Birds from Dibbern.

Wow factor with a calming marine feel, Eva from Jomafe is a range of high-quality ceramic serving pieces shaped in the style of starfish and urchins with soft lines which also depict the soft gentle ebb and flow of the ocean. Comprising a delightful collection of bowls and dishes, in natural shades of cream, green and blue, this range offers versatility for serving while capturing the essence of the ocean by way of both design and colour.

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We may not all have ocean views from our living rooms but that doesn’t mean we can't bring a touch of the seaside to our homes. The water, sand and underwater animals provide inspiration for a range of oceanic-inspired pieces.

Ebb and flow Ocean by Poole Pottery distils the ebb and flow of shimmering water into a contemporary, abstract pattern with a smooth, rich, gradient colour scheme. The collection of six vases, flatware and decorative pieces was designed by Alan Clarke, Poole Pottery’s long-serving decorating specialist.

www.poolepottery.co.uk

Stormy weather Porcel’s Adamastor collection is designed by Filipa Ricardo. Adamastor is the name of a mythological character from the literature piece “Os Lusíadas” that manifests itself as a storm to symbolize the dangers Portuguese sailors had to overcome. Each Adamastor piece is fired at 1400°C in order to obtain the intense and thrilling texture. The cobalt blue markings portray the deep ocean current and each piece is handfinished with luxurious gold rims.

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Return to Atlantis Depicting a richly detailed, hand-engraved seascape of coral, shells, and marine flora, the Atlantis motif from Artel Glass provides an enchanting view of underwater life, making it especially suitable for nautical and seaside settings. Also available are burnt orange glasses with crab or lobster designs to further enhance any coastal themes.

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Depths of the ocean Touché La Mer from Fürstenberg whisks you away to the depths of the ocean. The highly detailed reliefs boasting various creatures of the deep-blue sea on a mat outer finish of the series’ filigree cups are a joy for the eyes to behold – and for the fingers, every time they touch this unique porcelain. The high-gloss glaze on the inside, with its restrained celadon colour turns the underwater illusion into perfection.

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Feeling blue Utopia has developed a wide range of designs in tableware and glassware that take inspiration from the sea. Reminiscent of traditional oriental designs, the Urchin collection showcases a blue finish in key size shapes, including coupe plates, oval bowls and a footed bowl. The stylish Atlantis collection features a striking colourway: a deep blue reactive glaze that makes each piece individual. While Lagoon is a more casual dining design, taking its inspiration from the differing shades of the ocean. Atlantis, Lagoon and Urchin are all vitrified porcelain collections, making them practical, durable and long-lasting.

What a catch Reel in a trio of golden Sierra Modern Triton Fish Platters for a great set of stylish, versatile serving pieces. Each fish-shaped platter is designed for a variety of serving possibilities. These shimmering gold-tone fish platters enhance any setting, and are a natural for the beach house!

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Organic shapes and colours The porcelain Terra dinnerware collection is hand-crafted and glazed in L’Objet’s Portuguese atelier. Organic shapes are refined with glazed finishes that bear the idiosyncrasies of their namesake materials – including Seafoam which offers the fresh and vibrant tones of churned up water as it meets the land. As part of the Terra range L’Objet are introducing porcelain napkin rings to complement the tableware and bring it together seamlessly with the new linens.

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Sandy shores The Ryo Maresia collection invokes the natural beauty of the seaside, the gentle touch of sand and the freshness of an ocean breeze. The pieces of this collection are also coloured with pigments that make then unique and special. The use of a pigmented enamel coating and a manually applied reactive glaze guarantees its exclusivity.

Visual reflections The circular flowing blue shades of the Rosenthal’s Junto Aquamarine colour reflect water’s endless diversity. Interspersed with pastel dots in beige and cream, each plate is unique. Applied to cream-coloured stoneware, Junto aquamarine combines lightness with a pleasant freshness, turning the dining table into a place of well-being and joie de vivre. For a moodier atmosphere, Junto Ocean Blue mimics the colours of the sea during a storm.

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Under the sea ‘Under the Sea’ is a set of two colour themed mugs in reds and blues on Dunoon’s Lomond shape. Caroline Bessey took her inspiration from the flora and fauna beneath the sea and has painted her designs in a loose watercolour style. The mugs are made in Fine Bone China and handcrafted in Staffordshire.

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Changing Times In a tumultuous year for business, consumer tastes and shopping habits have changed. Jay Fingert, senior vice president of Noritake’s US operations discusses how they have faced those challenges and are exceeding expectations with their evolving collections.

How is the U.S. tableware market after the disruption of Covid-19? Sales of tableware have been unbelievably good. When retailers brick and mortar locations first shut down in March of 2020, similar to most nonessential goods, sales of tableware all but stopped. But within a few weeks, online sales started to take off. By late May, online retailers and traditional retailers with developed websites were seeing large year-over-year increases. When physical stores began to reopen, they experienced similar sales increases. Noritake’s sales, which have been strong from the start, haven’t slowed down. Sales versus 2019 (LLY) are up at several of our partners. Our only constraints are replenishing our inventory fast enough and keeping up with the orders in our distribution center.

What is trending right now? Almost everything is trending right now. With so many people sharing meals and entertaining family and friends at home, Americans have a growing appreciation for design and craftsmanship. They see their tableware as a reflection of themselves. Color, shape, and texture are trending exceptionally well. While white is always important, bolder, visually interesting designs stand out online and allow people to express their taste. We’re incredibly pleased to be benefiting from American’s renewed appreciation for fine dinnerware. Unsurprisingly, when sales began to take off, it was casual dinnerware that led the way. As the pandemic continued, sales of fine tableware became stronger and stronger. While casual dinnerware continues

to have significant increases and a larger market share, we are seeing more considerable increases in fine tableware in some of our major retailers for the first time in years. Two of the key factors to this renaissance are Charlotta Gold, our microwavesafe embossed gold pattern and the adoption of new configurations based on what we have learned from our casual collections. How is Noritake striving to differentiate itself, especially in an increasingly online marketplace? Differentiating product is part of the equation but communication is the key. Retailers rely on vendors to provide what they need for their websites. Communicating the features and benefits of patterns and collections is paramount. In an online marketplace,

you don’t have the interaction between a consumer and a sales associate. We have to supply retailers cut and paste information about everything - descriptions that explain and romanticize products, information on materials and functionality, and item and lifestyle images - are only the start. To compete in the online world, retailers need more product content from brands, with the demand for styled images and video increasing exponentially. We continue to evolve our lifestyle photography as the need for images grows. You handicap your products if you only provide a standard silhouette image. Online selling requires multiple item and lifestyle images for practically everything. Your imagery has to be aspirational to give customers an idea of how the items can fit into the

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lifestyle they are striving for. In the crowded online world of endless choices, consumer reviews are becoming increasingly important. We have partnered with a provider of ratings and reviews software, which some of our retail partners also utilize, allowing us to syndicate reviews collected on our site to theirs, providing the most robust offering of review content to any potential customer. We have also partnered with the provider and with retail providers directly to solicit these reviews. Is there a typical Noritake consumer? There really isn’t a “typical” Noritake customer. Our customers, similar to the U.S. overall, are more diverse than ever. One thing our customers have in common is a desire for quality. For generations, Noritake has been successful as a wedding registry brand. When couples were getting married, they would register for two dinnerware patterns - one fine and one casual. In many cases at least one, if not both were Noritake. While Color Tex Collection

“Retailers rely on vendors to provide what they need for their websites. Communicating the features and benefits of patterns and collections is paramount” we still pride ourselves on being a leader in this category, wedding registry is not the majority share of the better tableware business like it once was. Consumers purchasing better tableware for their own use have become a larger and larger share of our business. We are seeing strong increases in newer patterns and collections and ones with long histories, both fine and casual patterns and collections. In casual, our iconic Colorwave Collection (introduced in 1998) with 14 color and 4 shape options is proving especially popular with today’s customer. Sales of single color/ shape sets and as open stock for easy mixing and matching are both strong. Our most recent color collection, the modular Colortex Stone, has proven especially popular with younger

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consumers. Similarly, Crestwood Platinum, our top selling fine pattern with its 20plus year history and Haku, a recent introduction, are both exceeding our most optimistic projections. In your opinion, what makes a Noritake dinnerware set special? Noritake has a 117-year history combining exquisite design and functionality. The brand has built an enviable reputation for manufacturing quality and innovation and is renowned globally for its bone china, porcelain and stoneware expertise. The company is also a leader in printing decals, including embossed gold, which now include microwavesafe options. When you buy Noritake, you know you are buying something special. It is quality tableware that looks beautiful and will continue to perform for years. What new collections are planned for 2021? We are proud that Noritake has become known for color and shape in casual dinnerware, something we want to continue. We are excited to be introducing new collections that leverage both. Colorkraft Essence combines a reactive surface decoration with a matte glaze. We will also be introducing two new designs on our successful Stax shape. Conifere White, introduced in 2020, will become a collection with the addition of Ash, Teal and Taupe. In fine dinnerware, we are expanding on recent successes. We will be offering two new designs that highlight Noritake’s expertise in decorated fine porcelain. Poppy Place combines pink poppies and elegant greenery with a delicate microwavesafe gold edge on Noritake’s renowned porcelain. Perfect for both everyday use and a more formal

dining experience. The salad plate with its striking florals and parakeet in a blue shade with touches of saffron and ruby complement the other item’s bold florals within a repeating ogee border give Lodi’s Morning an elevated feel. In casual we will be introducing three new collections. Colorkraft Essence, available in Azurite, Onyx, Jade, Citrine and Garnet, combines a rotating design on each piece, spiraling out from the center, anchored by the sheen of a solid pewter finish. The other collections are both on our modern, modular Stax shape. Stax Ombre and Stax Stripe will each have four colors that coordinate between the collections giving customers more ways to express their individuality. What changes do you see on the horizon for tableware? The pace of change is accelerating. Brands need to be nimble to keep up with changing lifestyles, fashions and shopping habits. From microwavesafe metals that enhance functionality to new configurations designed for the way Americans eat and entertain today, through to software changes that will improve order processing and analytics. What is planned for the rest of 2021 and beyond? Most importantly, we will continue to challenge ourselves to evolve and change with consumers. If 2020 proved one thing it is that change is inevitable. People’s wants and needs don’t move in a straight line. We will learn from what is working and not working. We will continue to expand our selections of fine and casual designs. We will also be leveraging successful configurations we launched with new patterns that have been popular with consumers. TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 23

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Category Serveware

Are you being served?

Whether it’s decorative as well as serving a purpose, a platter or utensil, serveware can be stylish as well functional when it comes to helping to feed a crowd or the family.

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“I see increased creativity in table settings as a big trend” Beatriz Ball With so many ways to get ideas and inspiration via the web, everyone is enjoying the opportunity to have a special lovely moment at the table, where you share something you have thoughtfully done with others to enjoy. Beatriz Ball offer a wide range of items for all those moments, from the most casual outdoor table settings to the most formal, with pieces that easily transform your table into something special. The Vida Alegria range includes a number of serveware options including bowls, platter and a footed cake plate. beatrizball.com

Broste Copenhagen The minimalist, Japanese inspired, Eli collection from Broste Copenhagen, characterised by its round edges and soft colour, has some playful new additions in the form of subtle spots: one stoneware soft with blue spots and one mat soft grey with light grey dots. And new pieces have also been added to the range including a teapot, a teaspoon and two square plates. The everyday design invites users to mix and match with the colours and other tableware. They complement each other beautifully and are perfect for creating a unique and stunning table. www.brostecopenhagen.com

Carrol Boyes Carrol’s love of the human form is distinctly used in All Dressed Up, a glass bowl and stand that makes an iconic centrepiece. Made in durable cast aluminium, it is perfect for displaying fruit, flowers, or a spectacular layered dessert. www.carrolboyes.com

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Rayware Lenox Gather everyone around the island counter to enjoy tapas and appetizers on Noami Bay, the new glazed serve ware collection from Lenox. Your friends and family will feel right at home with these bright and cheery pieces. Soft pastel shades fade gently along the neutral background for a vibrant palette that’s guaranteed to brighten up your table. www.lenox.com

Typhoon Elements serve boards are perfect for entertaining. Natural materials such as terrazzo stone, wood and marble are combined to create beautiful patterns with elegant brass accents to finish off these stunning boards from Rayware. The range works for serving and preparing foods, and the matching coasters bring a sense of luxury to the table. Available in multiple sophisticated designs, they are sure to bring a modern look to any dining table. www.rayware.co.uk

Porcel It is essential to have options of versatile pieces that will beautifully fit various purposes. Porcel love to inspire people to exercise their imagination and experiment with the use of different items. A big round platter can be a tabletop centrepiece and also convert into a big cake plate for a party, or a rectangular tray is useful to organise daily accessories and converts into a serving piece, the possibilities are endless. Porcel’s Premium Gold collection offers a selection of porcelain pieces that assure both elegance and practicality to adapt and perfectly fit different occasions, the options are available on their website under Tableware Complements. www.porcel.com

Creative Co-Op This unique acacia wood cheese or serving board displays a combed texture, and makes a statement with its fresh white colour. The board is perfect for a special cheese or appetizer and can be easily transported from counter to table or buffet. When not in use, display it on a shelf or hang on a wall for an amazing decorative accent. www.creativecoop.com

Pampa Bay Pampa Bay presents this stunning cracker tray from the New Handles with Style Gold Collection. Perfect for crackers, small cookies, and other small treats. It features stunning white porcelain with smooth and fluent handles in gold titanium. Food safe, dishwasher safe, and oven safe to 350°, it is an easy care serving addition to anyone’s collection. www.PampaBay.com

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A new side to serveware As consumers, we typically focus on tableware, drinkware and flatware when it comes to dining and entertaining and often serveware gets overshadowed. Well, not today – as I highlight some of my favorite serveware that offers form, function and style!

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erveware is appropriately named, it comes from the Latin servire, meaning “to serve” and the Old English waru, meaning “something taken care of” or “special merchandise”. Serveware is obviously used for serving. It’s a category that covers a myriad of products including many sizes of bowls, platters, casseroles, tureens, tea pots and any other dishes that are used to bring food to the table. Serving utensils such as serving spoons and forks, ladles and tongs are also classified under this category as well. What is considered essential serveware differs from person to person, depending on culture, lifestyles and entertainment needs. There are multi-purpose serving pieces that can be used all year round for both formal and informal entertaining. By having classic, practical, and versatile serveware on hand, you’ll always be prepared to entertain family and friends whether it’s a small meal for two or a large party. There are so many options out there, and many of those include matching pieces to dinnerware or china patterns. I personally love serveware that complements a dinnerware pattern and adds dimension to my tablescape. I couldn’t possibly cover all the serveware accessories available today but want to highlight a few of my favorites below. The gravy boat There are so many uses that I’m sure my grandmother would never have thought of when it comes to a gravy boat. Gravy boats are great for serving salad dressing at a table and many of them come with a matching ladle. I use a gravy boat in this way as my guests can put

their preferred amount on their salad versus never having enough or too much if I put it directly in the main salad bowl myself. But there’s even more uses; any type of sauce, like a hollandaise or cranberry is

and heights, they aren’t just for cakes anymore. We’ve seen a new trend in smaller pedestal dishes, and some including cloches like Vagabond House’s selection of three sized glass pedestal/dessert servers. Ranging from 6”D to the more standard 12”D size. Besides cakes, these pedestal dishes are being used for cheeses, appetizers and cupcakes. What is great about a pedestal dish is that it offers height and dimension on your table, especially if you are serving buffet style.

By having classic, practical, and versatile serveware on hand, you’ll always be prepared to entertain family and friends perfect served from a gravy boat and it’s also great for syrup on your pancakes. Some of my favorite gravy or sauce servers include Mary Jurek’s Stainless Nordica Oval 2-Spout Gravy Boat w/ Strap Base. It’s great for a number of reasons but mostly for its form and function. Since it is stainless you don’t have to worry about anything that might be acidic, and with it’s double spout you can pick it up and pour from it or use one of her ladles. Another one I love for more formal entertaining is Arte Italica’s Tavola Gravy Boat with Tray and Ladle. With its handy tray you don’t have to worry about drips on the table. Finally, a great everyday one is Vietri’s Chroma, microwave and dishwasher safe – it can be dressed up or down for the perfect accent serveware piece.

Because cake plates are being used for more than just cakes, I’m seeing more patterned and casual cake plates complementing current decorating trends that can remain out on your countertops all year round. Available in glass, ceramic, porcelain, metal and even wood, there’s clearly many different options to choose from. Check out Vista Alegre’s Cobblestone cake plate or Vietri’s Santorini cake plate as some great examples of patterned pedestal plates.

Cake Plates Next let’s talk cake plates or pedestal serving pieces. Not only are they offered in several sizes

The Compote Dish One more great multi-functional serveware piece making a comeback is the compote dish. The

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. www.tisfortable.com

compote is a long-stemmed dish or footed serving bowl. It can be larger and used to serve from, or smaller and used for an individual at their place setting. Traditionally used to serve candy or glazed fruit, they are now being used in other ways – especially as a starter dish when dining, or at the end of the meal for dessert. For larger compotes, look to McKenzie Childs who has always offered several colorful compotes dishes in different sizes. I like her white flower market design. But I really love individual compote dishes. They are so great for appetizers like ceviche or shrimp cocktail, as well as desserts like a custard or pudding. I love the hand-painted Regalia collection from Vietri available in 4 colors for more formal entertaining and Skyros’s Eternity glass compote for casual entertaining. In addition, these smaller compotes are great for nuts or olives within a cocktail party setting. I’m even seeing coupe champagne glasses used as compote dishes – and why not! The possibilities are clearly endless. Regardless of what serveware you choose, always think form and function, as well as, care and material. As basic as it sounds, your serveware holds an immense importance in setting the right tone for your dining experience whether it’s just family or a party with friends.

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In Focus Crystalex

New face of Crystalex Steeped in Bohemia Crystal history, Crystalex felt it was time to grow and present themselves as a modern and progressive company. Embarking on a new rebrand, the company is updating not only its logo but as we discover, the changes are filtering through many other aspects of the business.

studio were able to learn about the company, products, technology and marketing, and then there were a series of workshops and questions that enabled the design studio to come up with a couple of interesting proposals. The Crystalex team evaluated the submissions and chose the best one that combined Crystalex’s history with a young and elegant look. This was used as the foundation for not only a new logo and trademarks, but as a branding point across catalogues, packaging and other business collateral. “A crucial point in the process was to get proper photos and pictures underlining our new style and so we invited one of the best photographers to be involved, which was the real jackpot!” explained Radek. “Working in collaboration with photo and food stylists he made wellarranged photos and we got a very nice brand concept.” The project wasn’t all smooth sailing, yet by keeping an eye on the target – achieving a modern face and elegant style – the puzzle pieces were shuffled around till they all fit together. External contributors and all departments across the whole company were involved to achieve the desired result. “We started the process over a year ago when we promoted ourselves at Ambiente 2020 differently to the previous years. As an example, we presented the collection Tulipa including new packaging and a new combination of colours but it was just a taste of the new Crystalex for our customers. As market feedback was pretty positive, we were incentivised to go this way

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rystalex was built on the traditions and expertise of Czech glassmaking and originated in Novy Bor, a town at the centre of the Northern Bohemian glass industry. They have carried the Bohemia Crystal™ trademark for over fifty years, which ensures their products are of the highest quality in both materials and productions processes. And while they are justifiably proud of this heritage, it was time to bring the company’s image into the 21st century as they

embarked on an ambitious rebrand. “Although we are proud on our “Bohemia Crystal / Glass” origin we decided to change our visual style as we wanted to step out of many similar brands and to build up own market position, focusing on Crystalex brand awareness. It was our main goal to present ourselves as a modern and progressive company. With all due respect to the long-term Crystalex traditions, the existing visuals were developed and designed over 50 years ago and so they do not meet modern trends of global business, especially in regards to e-commerce and social

networks where we see potential for growth and attracting new consumers including younger generations,” said Radek Sulta, sales and marketing director of Crystalex. The idea of rebranding popped up while the team were discussing their marketing strategy and they came to the decision that the brand’s image needed a refresh or in other words to go opposite to Crystalex’s visual ageing. While they knew what they wanted to changed, Crystalex approached a graphic design studio experienced in rebranding to work alongside them for the project. The

which we didn´t stop despite the occurrence of covid-19. And now we have it!” A modern look was the goal, yet the company’s new logo design and branding style was inspired by the existing trademarks for Bohemia Crystal and Bohemia Glass as a nod to their history. A crystal crown symbol has been created and is included as if flying above the text, with the hope that this symbol becomes a recognisable brand in the market. “That´s a very important feature of our new look as we wanted to have not only a text but a symbol as well,

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our ambition is to be recognised only by it in the future. We tell a story that this symbol is a crystal crown pretty nicely showing a character of crystal glass which our products are made of.” Along with the new symbol, a modern type font has been used including a specially designed “A” that was created by the studio for Crystalex as a recognisable element for the text. Crystalex also made the decision to introduce different shapes in the trademarks, replacing ovals with sharp angles and edges which they believe perfectly mimics the feeling of crystal glass. And finally, when it came to colours, Crystalex wanted to move away from many “blue” glass producers, so they’ve changed to a palette that included a dark colour (black or anthracite) with white for their main visuals, and include gold as a premium marking. Since launching the rebranding concept, the company have been delighted by many positive reactions not only from their customers (B2B business partners) but consumers as well. Most of them have recognised the value of Crystalex stepping out of the glass-making factories and moving towards the market with its own brand complete with a new visual style, new packaging, photos, catalogue, brochures and more. Of course, Crystalex aren’t relying only on a rebrand to boost sales and consumer awareness, they are also keen to maintain high product quality, with plans to upgrade customer service and further investment into production as a commitment to their customers and final consumers. The new logo and identity is just on step in their campaign for the future. “We would like not only to be a follower but to become a trend maker of tabletop shapes and designs, that´s our target beyond launching new visual style,” explained Radek. “If you look at the new novelties for 2021, particularly the Pralines and Candles collections, we think it´s visible. Not only regarding the products themselves but also with the photo arrangement and packaging. We are still keeping our claim of Priceless Beauty, but we can extend it also be Timeless Design.” “Another message is a sparkle moment. Our new catalogue is named For Your Sparkle Moments as we are striving to give inspiration together with presenting an atmosphere to the consumer. We want people to enjoy sparkle

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“It was our main goal to present ourselves as a modern and progressive company” moments by using our glass. In other words, we would like to raise emotions as every product is supplemented by its own story.” The Crystalex rebranded image is being used across the novelties for 2021 such as Pralines and Candles and is extending to other offerings as well. “We are bringing out a couple of new decorations including nontraditional motifs with the Alchymist and Tattoo collections which were designed in cooperation with an external illustrator who was another contributor to the new visual style alongside the graphic studio and the photographer. But you might also pay attention to the Claudia collection as well! It´s our best seller ever, and now you can see it newly dressed and arranged. That´s example of possible upgrading of market positioning,” added Radek. Launching the rebranding campaign has been the first phase in the project and more plans are afoot. “We intend to completely refurbish our showroom and inhouse design centre. We are going to launch attractive packaging as we are aware it´s one of the most important features for consumers when deciding which product will be bought. Considering the growing importance of e-commerce, we

FACT! Crystalex use a variety of traditional and modern production techniques across their collections including pantograph, painting, spraying, machine cutting, screen printing and engraving. intend to build up a professional B2B portal focusing on accelerate business processes. And, of course, we haven’t forgotten our end users with whom we are going to communicate through a new website and social networks.” “And, of course, we have already started with preparation of the novelties for 2022. If everything goes well, we could present something special but let´s keep it as surprise and wait till the Ambiente 2022 which hopefully will be held under normal circumstances. We really want to be personally in contact with our customers and all business partners.” It has been an interesting journey

for Radek and his team and for other members of Crystalex’s staff to take the company forward to a more modern entity and the cooperation of all of those involved hasn’t been lost on Radek. “We wouldn´t have been able to complete this project without engaged and fully dedicated people across the whole company and it´s very pleasant to say they all are committed to serve the market on the highest level. Then we can create suitable conditions for growing business together with our customers who will join our journey. We are looking forward to see all of you at the new Crystalex, you are warmly welcome!”

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Trend Botanical

Playful palms La Majorelle collection from Pip Studio is a tribute beautiful botanical gardens with a lively display of flowers playfully combined with a nod to palm trees and curious monkeys. The dots and stripes on the background give this design a modern twist. A new colour group in jeans blue and some lovely new items have been added.

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Meadow magic Contemporary and playful, the Butterfly Meadow collection features a delightful and vibrant motif of florals and butterflies. The newest addition to Lenox’s best-selling pattern - Butterfly Meadow Luna, hides six bowls and two plates inside, so you can take it apart for serving and put it back together as a centrepiece for your table. Crafted of durable ceramic porcelain, this collection is dishwasher and microwave safe, making it perfect for everyday use.

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Flowers and foliage Whether it’s the soft petals of a spring garden or the jungle foliage of a tropical forest - flowers, leaves, trees and their animal and insect inhabitants are leading the way with this botanical trend.

A splash of colour Auréole Colorée is a firework display of colours. Designed by Peter Kempe, it brings to mind the jungle and the Caribbean with its intense colours and philodendron leaves. Lagoon blue against absinthe, orange combined with warm chestnut – colour blocks encourage creative combinations.

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A walk in the woods Royal Selangor’s Woodland celebrates the best of British flora and fauna in a collection consisting of drinkware and men’s accessories. The Welsh daffodil, Tudor rose, Irish shamrock and Scottish thistle, decorate a set of four tumblers. Perfect for enjoying a jigger of whisky, but not bad for a round of negronis or caipirinhas either.

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Island inspiration Villeroy & Boch has created the new Signature collection Avarua, inspired by the Cook Islands. Featuring intricate, artistic, natural-looking motifs of flowers, leaves and birds, the high-quality crockery made from the finest Premium Bone Porcelain has been designed with a soft and calm colour scheme: elegant red flowers of the Gloriosa superba, mangroves and strelitzia leaves in various greens surrounded by colourcoordinated hummingbirds, either on pure white porcelain or an allover blue background.

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Botanical flair From Schoenwald, Delight impresses with its thin brim. Delicate looking yet very robust, the collection has many interesting pieces in leaf-shapes that radiate airiness, elegance and a certain natural, botanical flair.

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Floral finesse Florence is a dinner, tea and coffee collection, consisting of fluid floral elements that gently kiss each piece. Simple and delicate, this stylish set from Porcel comprises of graceful sprouts and greenery with soft pink and blue petals that dance across the white porcelain. Every piece features a dark teal rim surrounding their edges for an elegant, yet modern, finish.

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The design team at Spode bring together on-trend animal prints, beautifully drawn florals and exotic insects and animals such as butterflies and snakes in the Creature of Curiosity collection which features tableware, glassware, giftware, soft furnishings and scents for the home.

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Product Spotlight Zwiesel

Collection Dissection Zwiesel Glas Discover what’s new from Zwiesel Glas

The Moment Whether it is wine, champagne or water, The • Nine different glass shapes Moment is • Mouthblown glass a collection • Designed to extract aromas designed to make the most out of what you are drinking with its fine aesthetics and sophisticated elegance. The collection shows ease and beauty with the clever combination of masterful manufacturing art, award-winning design and filigree glass wall thickness. The smooth and very fine touch provides an extraordinary optical and haptic experience of ease. The mouthblown glasses reflect the colours of wine particularly brilliant, make the wine surface shine, and extract aromas in an intensive previously unknown way. Nine different shapes are available across red wine, white wine and champagne varietals as well as a water glass. Each design expertly promotes the flavour and aroma development of the selected wine, while the water glass shape with its smooth bottom, low edge in the bowl and expansive rim ensure the water appears particularly clear.

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Spirit A century of history and glass-making tradition captured in a series. Spirit is the reinterpretation of a 100-year-old technology that honours Zwiesel’s heritage. The manufactured glass brings elements of the company’s homeland – the Bavarian Forest – together with the craftsmanship for past generations for purest enjoyment of wine. The collection features five shapes, red wine crystal, Bordeaux crystal, burgundy crystal, all round crystal and a sparkling wine glass. There are four colour options – green, aubergine, rose and graphite – with the colours appearing on the intricate design on the stem. Each unique design adds an aesthetic touch to every table to create that special sensory experience.

Key points… • Available in four colours • Five shapes for different wine varietals • Design inspired by Bavarian • heritage

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Product Spotlight Bonna Product Spotlight Bonna

Prints by Bonna Developing innovative, high-quality and accessible tabletop products for the gastronomy industry, Bonna now launches a sustainably created collection to help increase awareness of endangered species all over the world. Prints by Bonna: A small step for you, a genuine and eco-friendly reminder for wildlife

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eatured in Ambiente’s Ethical Guide in 2020, the brand had been concentrating on eco-friendly products and sustainability topics extensively over the last two years. After improving conditions at their facility and focusing on research activities to develop eco-friendly materials, Bonna is now ready to launch a new collection manufactured from 100 per cent recycled materials and has adopted a sustainable approach. Using leftover trimmed clay and up to 50 per cent industrial waste, the Prints

The WWF lists 16 different animal species as critically endangered that it is fighting to protect.

Collection is fully recycled and environmentallyconscious. The collection consists of unusual and distinctive designs to surprise and appeal to customers. By bringing the footprints and traces of threatened and endangered species into the product design, the brand also aims to pay tribute to the wildlife. In addition to this global product range and awareness project, with each purchase of a Prints by Bonna product, customers will be supporting the WWF-Turkey organisation

“The collection consists of unusual and distinctive designs to surprise and appeal to customers”

to help create a future for these species by protecting their natural habitats and fighting against poaching activities. For the time being it is Black Rhino, Hippopotamus, Crane, Fallow Deer and Blue Whale prints and traces that are being used to decorate the range of products. It is hoped that the collection will be expanded in cooperation with WWF-Turkey to raise awareness regarding other endangered animals around the world over time.

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Retail Interview Few and Far

Bringing the world home

When two graphic designers working in the surf industry travelled together, their eyes were drawn to products that are few and far between. We meet the Australian gia Global Honorees, Danny and Tara Solberg - Michelle Hespe talks to them

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recious objects with stories inextricably woven into their fabric, structure, composition and past are few and far between, and these beauties are what Australian couple Danny and Tara Solberg have built the foundations of their thriving retail and interior design business upon. Basically, they collect and curate beautiful, meaningful pieces to enhance people’s

homes and lives. Tara and Danny both trained as graphic designers and met when they were working in the surf industry for a well-established brand. They travelled overseas twice a year to source products and stay ahead of trends, and often while out and about Tara would drag Danny into interiors and collectible stores. Her passion had always been interior decorating.

“We were in Melrose, California, at the beginning of one of our trips and we discovered the most amazing warehouse-style store full of antiques and artefacts from around the world – Asia, Morocco, Africa, India, Thailand, Indonesia as well as industrial pieces from the USA and elsewhere,” explains Tara. “The owner was sitting behind a desk at the back of the store, working on his laptop, and Danny said to me, ‘I want to be him.’ And so, we began dreaming and planning the concept of Few & Far.” The catch-cry for Few & Far – “Bringing the World Home” – is as laden with meaning and warmth as the store’s name, beautifully reflecting the business’s welcoming, cosy and richly

layered atmosphere where the world’s many cultures take centre stage. “Our catch-cry is essentially what we do,” says Tara. “We travel the world looking for inspirational pieces that tell stories of different cultures that we can mix with modern pieces to create timeless interiors. We also love learning about different cultures and traditions and seek out individual pieces with soul that tell a story or spark a question.” Tara and Danny believe that the most captivating and interesting interiors are made up of a collection of pieces that have been added through time. “It takes time to create a thoughtful interior, and the way you feel is noticeably different when you walk into a

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Few and Far has a welcoming, cosy and richly layered atmosphere where the world’s many cultures take centre stage room decorated with collected pieces – each with stories to tell – compared to a room with a package deal of matching furniture.” Tara and Danny confess that the hunt for the perfect space for Few & Far was a seriously difficult process. “We are obviously not a shopping mall type experience with straight edges,” Tara explains. “We wanted and needed old bones in our building with old concrete slabs or old floorboards, timber beams and vintage patinas. These things can’t be reproduced and are a big ingredient in our recipe. We were so lucky with our store’s location – it was an old building that had four stores within it. Over time we presume layers were added with walls to create individual spaces, but when we peeled it all away and exposed the large space, which had fantastic natural light (that also cannot be reproduced!), it became the perfect space for us.” Growing up, Tara loved to redesign and decorate her bedroom and has never let go of her passion for interior decorating. Her parents always owned their own businesses and her dad is a builder and self-confessed hoarder of building materials and aged timbers. He did the entire renovation on Few & Far’s building, and the store fit-out. “Dad being a builder has been a big influence on my love for interiors, architecture and raw materials,” says Tara. “He understands exactly how I like things to be finished and how they should look, and he makes sure the details are finished to a high standard. I can show him an image or an example of the look I am trying to achieve and off he goes to make it happen, even if it means scouring nearby farms or properties for falling down sheds or old houses being demolished to source the timber for a feature wall.”

Danny and Tara are clearly sentimental, and this goes a long way to enhancing that personal touch and also assists in the buying process. “Whenever we unpack a container of furniture, we are immediately transported back to the warehouse in India or China where we chose those

DEALING WITH COVID-19

Like most companies in the world, there is no doubt that the global pandemic of COVID-19 affected Few & Far. After thinking that they were about to have their best year since opening the business, Tara and Danny had to put their physical store on hold and focus on selling online, while also shifting their attention to the interior decorating side of the business. They acted quickly and invested heavily with energy, time and money into polishing their online space and basically re-inventing their business and pivoting where they could. Fortunately, the online store has been growing steadily for 12–18 months and its social following had also been growing at an impressive organic rate. “We immediately acted on expanding our product range online as well as introducing an E-Decorating service offering interior design services without the direct contact that has been hugely successful,” says Tara. “We have also introduced some ‘how-to’ styling videos on our social media streams with the emphasis on improving your home and creating a sanctuary you love through isolation.” pieces just from scent alone,” says Tara. “And when we find amazing pieces, I instantly envision an interior that they could inhabit. I start dreaming about the kind of space that would do them justice – which is when I experience that ‘must buy’ moment!” With so many memories linked to such an enormous array of incredible pieces, it’s hard for the couple to decide on a favourite object discovered during their travels. However, one piece that they love symbolises their innovative, colourful and storyfocused approach to retail. “We are always drawn to Herki Tribal rugs – everything about the Herki’s patterns, styles

and textures resonates with us,” explains Danny. “They often have very organic colours mixed with bright almost clashing fluorescents. The patterns are also a little more unpredictable and usually have more geometric motifs than most carpets.” Becoming a gia Global Honoree shone a light on the work that Tara and Danny have been doing, and although COVID-19 has greatly affected them, they’ve realised that the future is bright – perhaps even brighter on the other side of the crisis. The big night of the livestreamed gia awards (which was at 1am for Australians) came after a tough day at work while home

schooling and juggling their three children, and so Tara and Danny were both exhausted. “We set our alarms and woke up bleary-eyed to watch, hoping that no-one could see us in our pyjamas,” Tara says with a laugh. “When Few & Far was announced as one of the six Global Honorees I did a little happy dance and we silently high-fived. I couldn’t get back to sleep after the announcement, and we also couldn’t help but feel a bit bummed that we weren’t popping champagne and celebrating in Chicago!” But the sense of accomplishment was enough of a reward for Tara and Danny, and they couldn’t be prouder of how far they have come. “Winning the title of Global Honoree is so exciting and extremely gratifying,” says Tara. “We absolutely love and believe in what we do and to be rewarded for our passion, hard work and effort is exhilarating. To think that what started out as a little store on the South Coast of NSW will now be recognized on a global scale is completely mindblowing.” To learn more about Few and Far, visit www.fewandfar.com.au. TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 41

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Welcome return Exclusively returns to its ‘live’ format in August, in a move welcomed by the market. Will Jones, chair of Exclusively and chief operating officer of BHETA discusses plans for the event. How are plans going for The Exclusively Show?  

Is the industry ready for trade shows to restart? What do you think is the general mood?

The return of a live Exclusively Show – potentially the first opportunity for housewares, tableware and small domestic electricals buyers to get together with suppliers for many months – is an exciting prospect – and plans are going well. The hall is not far off fully booked with exhibitors – which is a fabulous show of support - and in our visitor surveys and calls the buyers have been very supportive.

A briefing webinar for exhibitors attracted a record turnout eager to hear about the many marketing options, networking events, the Brand Showcase, the consumer trends manifesting in autumn 2021 and beyond, and of course the operational and safety procedures. UK buyers, UK media and influencers are already registering in numbers, as the show set for August 24 and 25 – begins to create opportunities for an industry starved of the chance to meet face-to-face.

What safety measures are in place?

Will there be any new or different features at the event this year?

Given all that the world has endured over the last fifteen or so months, it goes without saying that the safety of all Exclusively visitors and exhibitors is paramount. Exclusively is working closely with its venue, The Business Design Centre (BDC) in Islington to ensure that all necessary protocols for registration, hospitality, events, meetings and the total visitor/exhibitor experience are in place. The BDC adheres to the Government’s strict “All Secure” protocol for exhibitions and will comply with all requirements.

The 2021 Exclusively Show is to feature a live ‘Launchpad’ initiative showcasing products from suppliers in the housewares, small electricals and gift industries, including startups. The concept was trialled at Exclusively Digital in 2020; but has never run as a live element. Exclusively has a proven track record for enabling established brands to get in front of buyers and the media and the idea of the Launchpad is to do the same for companies who have not previously had such an opportunity. The layout of the hall will be a little different with an enlarged ‘creative hub’ to include the Launchpad, Brand Showcase, seminar space and Trends exhibition on the first floor much closer to the rest of the exhibitors. For reasons of visitor confidence, the 2021 show is focussing primarily on UK exhibitors, buyers and media and will include networking events such as drinks receptions which have the potential to be socially

distanced instead of the Exclusively party which featured in previous years. What are the benefits for buyers looking to attend? 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

Insightful trend predictions are a particular draw for savvy buyers and this year will be no exception. At the briefing meeting, Phil Pond from Scarlet Opus gave 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.

Exclusively will be one of the first trade shows to happen for some long while – and that in itself is extremely exciting items that they will not have seen anywhere else. Among the 130 exhibitors and 300 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 to find everything they need including ideas that are that little bit different, and unlikely to have been seen elsewhere. Exclusively 2021 will feature a wider range of product than ever before. Just taking the Launchpad, 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. Exclusively is also not just about product. It has a reputation for predicting commercial trends. Popular features such as the Trend Talks and Tours with trend forecaster, Scarlet Opus and the Brand Showcase have been expanded considerably compared to previous years. Are there any particular trends you are expecting to be big at the show this year?

Neo Luxe, is all about sophistication and dark romance from earlier centuries. It combines rich luxurious colours with high drama and an almost punk quality in its provocative glamour. 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 was Togetherness, which will manifest in spring/summer 2022. Upbeat, positive, joyful, colourful and vintage, it’s all about sharing, collaboration and putting people first, a multicultural outdoors theme with flavours of Africa and the Caribbean. What are you looking forward to most? Seeing the whole industry together again. Exclusively will be one of the first trade shows to happen for some long while – and that in itself is extremely exciting. More information about visiting Exclusively can be obtained from the BHETA Member Services Team on 0121 237 1130 or via the website www. exclusivelyshows.co.uk.

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e are delighted to present the winners of the 2021 Tableware International Awards of Excellence. Despite the challenges that many in this industry face it is heartening to see so many succeeding and driving not only their own businesses forward, but the industry also. We received entries from all over the world with many established names taking part and smaller, newer companies also. The level of quality as always was consitently high and it was a real challenge for our esteemed judges to decide on the winners. On the subject of judges we would like to thank the many judges who spent so much of their personal time to pick

the winners. After all it is the judges, not us who decide the winners, making sure that the winners did so on merit. Our awards are for the industry, judged by the industry! I would also like to thank our sponsors again. It is only with their support that we are able to run these awards. Finally congratulations to our winners, commiserations to the other finalists and thank you to all of you who entered! Don't forget to enter the next awards where, with luck we will all be able to meet each other, in person at Ambiente and raise a glasss to each and everyone of you and this amazing industry! Mairead Wilmot

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AND THE WINNERS ARE…. FINE DINNERWARE

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Rosenthal - Velvet

FINE GLASSWARE

RCR Cristalleria Italiana - Etna

FLATWARE

Beatriz Ball - Sierra Modern Collection

METALWARE

Riedel - Riedel Winewings Amefa - Opus

SERVEWARE

CASUAL DINNERWARE

Denby - Statements

Royal Doulton - Signature 1815 CASUAL GLASSWARE

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Robbe & Berking - The Box

LSA - Borough

INNOVATION

COFFEE / TEAWARE

Ginori 1735 - Ether Collection

Stelton - Amphora

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

BARWARE

Stölzle Lausitz The New York Bar Glass Collection (Club and Manhattan)

Filipa Ricardo

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Georg Riedel

HOSPITALITY DINNERWARE

Nikko - Halo

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FINE DINNERWARE

Rosenthal was the winner in the Fine Dinnerware category with Velvet. Rosenthal

Velvet

www.rosenthal.de Velvet has been developed by Rosenthal with special iridescent metallic colours that shimmer differently depending on the angle of light. The ‘interference colours’ provide an effective shine on the table and are cadmium and lead free. Shadows and reflections dance and play across the pastel colours and iridescent surfaces in a design that is both timelessly elegant and modern. Lighting will sometimes reveal more and sometimes less of the surprising details within the design. The collection comes in rose or blue and features a growing number of items including plates, dishes, bowls, cups and vases.

The Judges said “Velvet touched me with its poetic iridescence. It is fun to play hide and seek with the pastel décor.” Brigitte Moulinier “Pure art of design and modern decorating techniques, contrast of materials and surfaces – impressive.” Elena Vorozheykina, Promenu

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Riedel wins the Fine Glassware category with Riedel Winewings. Riedel

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Georg Riedel has shaped many glasses in his career and now Riedel Winewings is the winner of the Fine Glassware category for the 2021 Tableware International Awards of Excellence. Georg is a firm believer in varietal specific wine glasses and Winewings continues with this ethos, and Riedel have continued to develop a collection where the finely tuned glass shape enhances the perception of all aromatic beverages.

Riedel Winewings is a wide flat-bottomed glass reminiscent of the wing of an aircraft, complete with winglets. The collection features seven different glasses to represent the most popular grape varietals and are specifically designed to enhance the enjoyment of the wine for which they have been created. With shapes for Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Champagne, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay, there is a glass to suit most wine lovers.

The Judges said “Refined and functional for every discerning wine lover but that aside are beautifully shaped with wonderful lines too.” Sam Hood, Amara “Riedel continues to shine in this category as they are constantly improving themselves as well as always creatively focused on carving out new veins of business to tap.” Jorge Perez “Always a pleasure to drink from Riedel. Seeing the science behind the glass adds to the theatre.” Martyn Lewis, Lewis Wark

Winner's comment “We are proud and honoured to be the recipient of the 2021 Tableware International Award of Excellence in Fine Glassware, with our Riedel Winewings Collection. Designed by Georg Riedel and manufactured in our factories in the heart of Europe, Riedel Winewings represents a new and innovative take on wine specific glassware, whilst remaining true to the company’s ethos and design philosophy, which spans 265 years and 11 generations.” Steve McGraw, managing director Riedel

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Amefa won the Flatware category with Opus Amefa

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www.amefa.com The softness of curves inspired the Opus collection by Amefa. Featuring a high gloss mirror finish, the collection is a full range of flatware with table fork, table spoon, medium teaspoon, table knife, dessert fork, dessert spoon, dessert knife, soup spoon and cake fork. The collection’s knife has a fine micro serrated edge, for efficient use. The pure and flowing lines provide an elegant look, while the understated V-neck on the handle delivers a unique point of difference from other flatware. Made from high-quality 18-10 stainless steel, the collection is dishwasher safe.

Winner's comment “Amefa is very excited to have won the Award of Excellence in the category flatware with Opus. The subtle V-neck between the handle and the top part of Opus gives an elegant and unique look while the round shapes show off the shine of the flatware.” Suzanne Muller, Amefa

The Sponsor said “On behalf of Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market, International Market Centers congratulates all Tableware International Awards of Excellence finalists. We are inspired by your dedication to your craft and commend you on joining this exclusive tablescape of our industry’s boldest and brightest designers and manufacturers.” Bob Maricich, International Market Centers CEO

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CASUAL DINNERWARE

Royal Doulton has won the Casual Dinnerware category with Signature 1815. Royal Doulton

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www.royaldoulton.com The Signature 1815 collection from Royal Doulton features the on trend colours of chalky pink, fresh coral, cool green and soft blue contrasting against the white porcelain base, providing the perfect dinnerware range to serve a signature dish at any casual gathering. Inspired by hand-thrown pieces, the practical and contemporary shapes are all unique thanks to the hand-poured glazed designs that make every piece different. The mugs and bowls have a full glaze coverage on the inside with the poured glaze on the outside, displaying incredible craftsmanship. The colours, shapes and finish of this mix and match range combine for a practical and stylish tableware collection.

The Judges said “Casual, fresh and fun for any occasion. Royal Doulton never disappoints.” Deborah Shearer, Table + Dine “A very beautiful range of fine design and gives the users a very individual kind of usage.” Hermann Hutter, Hutter Group “I love the palette, so perfect for everyday living but still stylish with timeless shapes for longevity but also perfect to mix and match with colours and shapes.” Sam Hood, Amara

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LSA International are the winners of the Casual Glassware category with Borough. LSA International

Borough

www.lsa-international.com Borough is a range of contemporary drinkware for wine, beer and cocktails and inspired by communities across the globe who enjoy neighbourhood socialising, a pastime many are looking to resume. The range features curved bowls with fine, straight stems and flat, level-planed feet to create a modern aesthetic suitable for casual gatherings or more formal occasions if desired. A variety of shapes and styles to suit many different beverages make up the collection, including wine glass, stemless glass, bar glass, highball, martini glass, cocktail saucer, craft beer glass, tumbler, shot glass and many others. The collection is dishwasher safe and is designed with form, function and utility in mind.

The Judges said “Simple yet very distinctive and modern.” Billy Lloyd, Monno Design “Elegant and timeless designs, understated style, fine quality.” Nick Holland “Simple and smooth shapes, suitable for any style, balanced and multifunctional - for every day.” Elena Vorozheykina, Promenu

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COFFEE & TEAWARE

Stelton wins the Coffee & Teaware category with Amphora. Stelton

Amphora

www.stelton.com The Amphora collection from Stelton are named after ancient Greek earthenware pots which were used to store and transport oil and wine. Danish designer Sebastian Holmbäck drew inspiration from the amphora’s round body and distinctive shoulders to create a design that is steeped in history but with modern appeal. The timeless design features a practical handle and drip-free spout for ease of use. The range comes in three colourways – soft white, soft black and soft peach. The two thermo jugs, for coffee and tea, are easy to clean as they are made with a matte plastic and feature a glass insert which can be easily replaced.

Winner's comment “We’re proud and glad to receive the award for Sebastian Holmbäck’s timeless design that connects the past and the future. His new Amphora vacuum jugs are part of Stelton’s Danish Modern 2.0 design family.” Mette Stagsted Larsen, Stelton

The Judges said “Winner - like the look as an alternative to stainless steel jugs - good range of colours” John O’Byrne, Hospitality Products “Minimalistic modern yet classic in design.” Jackie Chiesa, William Ashley “A lovely meeting of old and new. Shapes inspired by ancient history combined with modern technology delivering a sustainable solution.” Robin Levien, Studio Levien “The character from classical roots, updated in a contemporary fashion, truly make the jugs in the Amphora collection products with timeless design.” Donna Ferrari

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Stölzle Lausitz have won the Barware category with The New York Bar Glass Collection (Club and Manhattan). Stölzle Lausitz

The New York Bar Glass Collection (Club and Manhattan) www.stoelzle-lausitz.com

The New York Bar Glass Collection (Club and Manhattan) from Stölzle Lausitz GmbH has won the Tableware International Award of Excellence for Barware in 2021. The collection is 100 percent lead-free crystal glass and features two decorative design cuts. The ‘Manhattan’ features vertical cuts reminiscent of the city skyline after which it is named, while the ‘Club’ features enigmatic diagonal cuts that draw your attention. The clear crystal glass contrasts perfectly with the matt finish of the lines. The glasses are suitable for whisky, brandies, beer, juices, water or cocktails and with their high breakage resistance, they offer optimum durability and elegance.

The Judges said “Great pattern execution. I love the multi-purpose approach as well as the lead-free aspect and most of all that they are dishwasher safe. The gray cut contrast really sets this collection apart.” Jorge Perez “Contemporary and classic at the same time, perfect proportions and volumes for bar cocktails. Great solution for serving sour cocktails!” Elena Vorozheykina, Promenu

Winner's comment “’Club’ and ‘Manhattan’ represent a new leap forward for us in our barware segment by combining our two major strengths: highquality crystal glass and well executed decoration. We are very honoured to be recognised by the jury for this.” Saskia Schimann, Stölzle Lausitz

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Nikko are the winners of the Hospitality Dinnerware category with Halo. Nikko

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www.nikkoceramics.com Modern and sharp, the Halo collection from Nikko was developed for Chinese restaurants in five-star hotels and features a unique radial embossing that is reminiscent of a lotus leaf – a motif of good fortune in China. The line embossing uses a convex and concave curve combination that starts from the centre to create a three-dimensional effect that captures an illuminating glow, hence the collection’s name, Halo. The new shape is cutting edge and manufactured with exceptional technology in Japan. The pure white brilliance of Nikko’s bone china is achieved with the company’s use of around 50 per cent bone ash to create strong and luminous dinnerware. The Judges said “Great designs and would work really well, especially for outdoor and volume catering.” Valda Goodfellow, G&G “Original and distinctive texture, works well across the range. Would look stunning at the table.” Billy Lloyd, Monno Design “Winner - great design and unusual range - well priced for hospitality as well.” John O’Byrne

Winner's comment “This great honour to be the winner has brought us immense pleasure, confidence and hope after suffering through the period of covid 19!” Akiko Mitani, Chief Executive Officer of Nikko

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RCR Cristalleria Italiana have won the Hospitality Glassware category with Etna. RCR Cristalleria Italiana

Etna

www.rcrcrystal.com The new Etna collection from RCR Cristalleria Italiana was inspired by the power of the famous Sicilian volcano. The design by Manola Del Testa features deep carvings that reflect and multiply the light. Technological innovations from RCR mean the line enhances all the features of pressed glass, such as brilliance, transparency and resistance. The range is also environmentally friendly, manufactured following RCR’s stringent eco policies and the glass includes 100 per cent recyclable material. With two different sized tumblers and three goblets, the range has the right vessel for a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The Judges said “We really appreciate the depth of the pattern which we know is difficult to achieve.” Kevin Glancy, Glancy Fawcett “The range is good value for money and I liked the ecofriendly technologies and materials.” Jason Atherton

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Beatriz Ball wins the Metalware category with the Sierra Modern Collection. Beatriz Ball

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The Sierra Modern Collection from Beatriz Ball is a reinvention of metalware with modern finishes that create a stunning decorative statement. Beautiful, with handsome surfaces and unexpected shapes, the collection is easy-care and practical too. Iconic Beatriz Ball designs are in new metallic finishes of gold, rose gold and gunmetal. Decorative yet perfect for serving a variety of foods, the collection includes highly functional pieces such as bowls, platters and serving pieces that are dishwasher safe and will not chip, peel or stain. The range also has decorative photo frames, to add some shine to any room. The collection is handmade in Mexico by artisan craftspeople with eco-friendly and sustainable materials that are FDA-safe, easy-care, and oven and freezerfriendly.

Winner's comment “It is such an honor to win in the Metals category in the Tableware International Awards of Excellence! It took some time, but my team and I perfected a proprietary process to create magnificent modern metallic finishes that are easy-care and practical, as well as jaw-droppingly beautiful. Dishwasher safe, they are a re-invention of metalware that will transform today's table.” Beatriz Ball

The Judges said “A classic design series with nice new finishes.” Nick Holland

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Denby Pottery wins the Serveware category with Statements Denby Pottery

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www.denbypottery.com Denby’s new collection of stylish ceramic serveware pieces, Statements, has won the 2021 Tableware International Award of Excellence in the serveware category. The collection is hand-crafted and includes serving bowls, two platters, a tray and large jug which features impactive glaze effects using Ombre and Botanical designs. Each piece is hand-decorated in blue and green tones, creating unique pieces of art that are perfect for updating interior spaces. Beautiful, eye-catching and functional, the collection is tough enough for everyday use but stunning enough to save for special occasions if desired. Yet even with its decorative appeal, Statements has the inherent strengths of Denby stoneware and is safe to use in the oven and dishwasher, making them highly practical additions to any tableware collection.

Winner's comment “We are delighted that our new Denby Statements Collection has been chosen as the winner of 2021 Tableware International Award of Excellence for Serveware. From the great many entries, we are proud to be selected and receive recognition from the tableware Industry, particularly after such a difficult and strange year in which to launch new products. Denby has been widening its portfolio to include even more Home Decor pieces and Statements Serveware is beautiful enough to leave out as a character piece or display on the wall as well as being practical and durable enough for regular use in the kitchen. Handcrafted at Denby's home in Derbyshire, Statements Serveware has all Denby's inherent strengths and is the epitome of Denby's unique attributes. I would like to wish all retailers and our industry colleagues the best over the year ahead.” Hayley Baddiley, Denby

The Judges said “A gorgeous range of serveware to match any style. Functional, unique and Denby at its best.” Amos van Praagh, Leeuwin’s Serviezenhuis “A tour de force of strong elegant shapes and beautiful glazes that showcase Denby's prowess in the production of true stoneware.” Robin Levien, Studio Levien “Lovely use of blues and greens in the glaze, interesting to see the crossover into homewares and a move towards lighting too.” Billy Lloyd, Monno Design

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Robbe & Berking are the winners of the Decorative category with The Box. Robbe & Berking

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www.robbeberking.com Combining practicality with style, the Box from Robbe & Berking is a chic table centrepiece that has all the right tools inside for every situation. Cutlery no longer has to be relegated to a drawer, but instead has a home in the elegant curved box that is a great addition to the dining table or sideboard. With its simple lines, the box is compact and minimalist but as soon as it is opened, the whole room will sparkle and make a sophisticated statement with the impressive contents. There are partitions for six, four-piece settings, that can be stylishly displayed and safely stored.

The Judges said “R&B is one of our favourite silver brands and we love to see they have created a modern decorative piece for the cutlery.” Kevin Glancy, Glancy Fawcett “Perfect in style and usage. A great eyecatcher in every household.” Hermann Hutter “Sophisticated, refined and elegant!” Jackie Chiesa, William Ashley

Winner's comment “We are delighted that Robbe & Berking have been recognised for The Box which is a highlight in any environment. Taking the cutlery out of the drawer – onto the dining table and into the place where life is at play. A true centrepiece with great radiance inside. The Box not only has the right tools for every situation, but also noble ones and – as soon as opened – makes the whole room sparkle.” Jan Karim Bezziche, Robbe & Berking “We are delighted that Robbe & Berking have been recognised for their amazing new take on the cutlery canteen. It is the perfect addition to any home and is the best way to store your Robbe & Berking cutlery!” Tom Douglas, Lewis Wark

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Ginori 1735 has won the Innovation category with the Ether Collection. Ginori 1735

Ether Collection www.ginori1735.com

Éther is the new decorative motif created for Ginori 1735 by French designer, Constance Guisset. For the design, a nebulous atmosphere has been created, revealing a breath of invisible air, which blows on ashes to confer movement and lightness to the surface of the plates. The texture chosen for Ether is interpreted in black which can be matched with all possible shades due to its lack of tint. “The creation of Ether for Ginori was quite similar to the way in which a ballet

set is conceived. Ether is the scenic design I have imagined for the elements of the Aria collection. The dynamic movement of the graphic design seems to evaporate in the mingling of light and shade which makes the plates a sort of frame, within which chefs can play,” says Constance Guisset. An ideal type of contemporary mise en place, Ether is a masterpiece of dry elegance that is aimed at those looking for a unique experience in the table setting and dish, which combines aesthetics, functionality and play.

Winner's comment “We are truly satisfied with this important honour awarded to us by a jury of international professionals, who considered the technical and aesthetic components, and most of all, the innovation of the candidate products. Ether is surely one of our most challenging collections with regard to the design created by Constance Guisset, and for the new porcelain formula used, exclusively developed in our laboratories.” Alain Prost, Chairman and CEO of Ginori 1735.

The Judges said “This beautiful Ginori service uses such interesting techniques to create a dreamy and light feeling.” Kevin Glancy, Glancy Fawcett “An on-trend design theme with a nice mix of shapes and decorations, with usual Ginori quality.” Nick Holland “The art of creating new forms for the presentation of culinary ideas, an innovative concept based on history.” Elena Vorozheykina, Promenu

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DESIGNER OF THE YEAR Filipa Ricardo www.porcel.com

Filipa Ricardo, Head Designer at Porcel has won Designer of the Year in the 2021 Tableware International Awards of Excellence. With a background in Industrial Design, Filipa has been working at Porcel since 2014. “To be honest when I got here I had very little knowledge and no experience in either porcelain or tableware. I had a creative background, designing objects and concepts for other companies, just not specifically plates, bowls, cups and saucers. Mrs. Ana Roque challenged me to join in nevertheless,” said Filipa. “It’s close to seven years now and, sometimes, when I think about, it feels like it was just yesterday, other times it seems like such a long time ago, considering we’ve achieved so much since then.” Learning the art, intricacies, science and skill behind tableware design was eye-opening for Filipa as she explains. “I had to learn about the process by spending time at the factory, getting my hands and clothes covered in white dust, with the purpose of becoming familiar with the products and the team. It was an amazing experience for me, I

absorbed all the knowledge my colleagues would give at each different production stage, and once I learned it in depth I knew this was something I wanted to be doing and become good at. Moreover, Porcel has a culture of perfection, attention to detail and high quality standards, which is aligned with everything I believe a Design and Industry relationship should be.” Over her seven years with the business, Filipa has been involved in many new designs and collections and as such struggles to pick a favourite. “I get this question a lot, the truth is my favourite one is always the most recent. We usually put out two to three new collections a year. The absence of international events hasn’t had an impact on our development rhythm. So, we’ve presented three new collections

in 2021, Maris d’Or was the latest and holds place as favourite at the moment! But I do have some collections that marked specific moments here: Atlantico has a special place in my heart, as it was the first collection I designed at Porcel. Precious for being a celebration of Porcel’s 30th anniversary, Grace for its feminine rose hue and Infinity for being the most detailed and challenging concept. These are definitely some worth mentioning for me.” With so many different collections, colour palettes, styles and motifs in her impressive portfolio, we asked Filipa what inspires her designs. “I am inspired by so many different things. When starting a new project, I try to translate an idea into a unique and meaningful

design. I also have in mind that our clients are spread out around the globe and have different cultural preferences. Some collections are inspired by the sea (Maris d’Or, Adamastor, Atlantico) others are inspired by architecture and my travels (Pantheon, Dynasty). I also take inspiration from Portuguese culture, heritage and literature (Blue Legacy, Adamastor, Grace, Infinity), others are the result of exploring porcelain shapes and hand painted lines (Golden Orbit, Vivian),” she explains. “We have a multi-disciplinary development team, including sales, innovation, quality, production and design. For each collection I come up with an idea and the team joins in with inputs on how to add simplicity and make it production effective. Keeping in mind Porcel’s identity throughout the whole process, we make samples and adjustments along the way until we reach a final version.” It is the collaboration with this wider team that Filipa appreciates and she was keen to acknowledge her colleagues when told of her award win. Wanting to share the recognition with the development team and the wider Porcel workforce, she added, “They are the ones who have enabled me to go from ideas to actual beautiful products, and that makes it extra special for them too!”

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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Georg Riedel www.riedel.com

As the 10th generation of his family to be involved in glass making and with 48 years’ experience in the business, Georg Riedel is this year’s

deserving winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Tableware International Awards of Excellence. At an early age, Georg was

Georg’s contribution to Riedel’s wine glass success started in 1986 with the launch of the new Vinum range, the first machine-made glass based on wine varieties that became the foundation of Riedel’s fame chosen by his father as his designated successor and was encouraged to pursue a technical education in Vienna. Despite graduating as an engineer, Georg hadn’t quite met his father’s academic expectations and was called to start work in the family’s Kufstein factory in 1973. Choosing to start in the finance department, Georg turned the business’ finances around and oversaw the investment in computers and software to help the business reach required targets in his early years. He became the majority shareholder and Managing Director in 1987, sharing the position with his father until 1994 when he became the sole director. Georg’s contribution to Riedel’s wine glass success started in 1986 with the launch of the new Vinum range, the first machine-made glass based on wine varieties that became the foundation of Riedel’s

fame. The introduction of Vinum also coincided with the time when New World wines were becoming popular. Georg started to travel the globe, meeting many of the world’s most prominent winemakers, and introduced the "magic” of Riedel glass in comparative tastings. As the leading mind behind varietal specific wine glasses, Georg strongly believes that a finely tuned glass shape enhances the perception of all aromatic beverages. More recently he has been involved in the development and launch of Winewings, which took out the Fine Glassware category in this year’s Awards. Georg’s son, Maximillian, has stepped up to become CEO and minority shareholder of Riedel, while controlling ownership and guidance continues in Georg’s capable hands. His daughter Laetizia is the head of legal matters for the business. Georg considers that he has successfully achieved his dream to hand over to the next generations an independent company, with a highly valued brand name. And he is also the proud grandfather to five grandchildren who may well be the 12th generation to work in the family business in the future. TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 65

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Setting the scene

Dressing a table goes beyond the plates, flatware and glasses, all manner of tabletop accessories can complete the look no matter the colours or style. We look at some of the options on offer…

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here are many tableware setting styles, from colourful to monochromatic, metallic to more natural textures, simple white or an intricate pattern, formal to casual, whatever the tablescape there are accessories that can be used to not only assist in serving but add the finishing touch to the overall look. Placemats are practical elements that do more than just protect tables and linens from accidental spills. Mainly Baskets is the go-to source for sustainable, hand woven furnishings and accessories for the home and they have recently expanded with the launch of their Tabletop Collection which features intricately handwoven pieces for the table including three round placemats. Every piece is artisan-made using sustainably harvested Iraca palms to create a laid-back vibe. If you’re after something that makes more of a statement, the

Matbox from Posh Trading Company is an exquisite set of two serving mats, eight placemats and eight double coasters for your wine and water glass. The mats are housed in either a silver leaf lacquered box or crystalclear acrylic box that effortlessly displays its jewel-like contents. When it comes to metal, Carrol Boyes has taken centrepieces to the next level with her whimsical sculptural characters. On a cloud is a versatile platter that can take centre stage with any tableware setting and can be separated into two perfect standalone pieces. Ryan Larson is another designer working her magic with metal, making distinct embellishments for your table setting. Her Napkin Wraps debuted in Paris, launching Tin Parade onto the international market. A new spin on the classic napkin ring, the designs go from soft vines through to more geometric and art deco inspired pieces that shimmer in silver or gold.

If geometric shapes are your style, Villeroy & Boch Signature offers exquisite tabletop accessories

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The collection from Furstenberg combines the poetry of design with the precision of experienced craftsmanship Nature lovers will also like the Fly Fusion collection from Artel Glass which is available in a hand-painted finish or handgilded with 24-carat gold or lustrous platinum. Six different insect motifs are available individually or as a set including one of each design – butterfly, dragonfly, fly fusion, ladybug, mayfly and wasp. The result is a

which can be used as cake stand, centrepiece or decorative accent to your tableware. The Lave collection from Villeroy & Boch adds a twist to the original charm of stoneware with delicate, gently curving

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If geometric shapes are your style, Villeroy & Boch Signature offers exquisite tabletop accessories with breath-taking aesthetics with the MetroChic collection. The geometric decoration brings the classic colours of black and gold onto pure white Premium Bone Porcelain and adds a statement of style and design on any table. The collection includes coasters, cake

stand, serviette rings and more. Of course, the colours black, white and yellow can be used in more casual tableware settings too as evident by the Price & Kensington Sweet Bee collection which features a flying bumblebee pattern. The ceramic storage jars have a conical beehive shape and silicone seal, perfect for keeping contents fresh. The novelty handpainted bumblebee handles and bold yellow glazed lid add a fun finishing touch and feature on the matching butter dish, teapot, bread bin and sugar pot. The collection is completed with matching bamboo serving trays, placemats and coasters.

truly unique look that effortlessly combines whimsy and elegance. At the other end of the spectrum is the stark white simplicity of Fluen. The collection from Furstenberg combines the poetry of design with the precision of experienced craftsmanship. The gentle flowing movement is evident in the organic shape of the tableau

lines, organic shapes and natural colours. Complementing the crockery collection, the Lave Home vases make stylish centrepieces and décor items and are available in three different shapes and two sizes, in a choice of warm grey beige, deep blue and a combination of blue and white to complete your dinner table scene.

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Porland enters US retail market Porland is determined to make the USA love Turkish porcelain, opening its first showroom in the USA with lofty goals for further expansion in America and globally.

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ffering over 20,000 product types to more than 30 countries across four continents, Porland brings its premium products together with its consumers in America. Porland has entered the US retail market and opened its first showroom in the USA in 2021 to promote Turkish porcelain, sharing the same stage with world giants at 41 Madison in New York. With its 33 stores in Turkey, over 200 dealers abroad and its wide sales network; Porland, which brings different category products such as desktop, kitchen, homedecor, textile and bathroom together with its customers, plans to increase its market share by the end of 2021. Porland, which manufactures 70 million pieces of porcelain annually, aims to be a Turkish brand known by everyone in the world.

“We made a rapid entry into the US retail market” Stating that he has been observing the US market for many years, Porland Board Member İmge Pamukçu said, “As a company with a significant market share of 8 per cent in the UK, we thought that we could achieve successful business in the US after our investigations and research. In our roadmap for the next 10 years in 2015, we had a goal to make a presence in the retail market in the USA by 2025. We implemented this plan with the showroom we opened in New York in January 2021 and made a rapid entry into the US retail market.”

“We are undertaking serious strategic planning to introduce the USA to our product range” Underlining that Porland is one of the world’s top 10 key players in porcelain production, İmge Pamukçu said, “We wish to bring our products to more users around

the world. Within the scope of our research, we reached the following conclusion; The USA is a straightforward country in terms of retail and diversity. We are undertaking serious strategic planning to introduce this great country to our product range. We are planning which products and how we will offer it to the USA. There is a huge market in the USA and it is not very possible to see thousands of products under a single brand. We, as Porland, offer this diversity to the USA, on the other hand, we provide services in the field of gastronomyHoReCa and at the same time provide products to consumers.”

“We aim to increase our market share in more than 30 countries” When discussing future goals, Imge Pamukçu said, “We achieved the first of our US plans with our showroom

installation in 41 Madison, which hosts the world giants of the industry in New York. Our next step will be to open our flagship store. Subsequently, we will start to open our new stores with the franchise system.” Stating that their next goal is to establish a factory in Europe and the USA, Pamukçu added, “We aim to increase our market share in over 30 countries outside the USA, by the end of 2021. We aim to establish our warehouses in the USA and Europe. At Porland, we can see that the use of porcelain is widespread all over the world. Our biggest goal is to become a Turkish brand known not only to the industry, but to everyone.”

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Bouncing back Online and bricks and mortar is seeing a resurgence says Will Jones, chief operating officer at BHETA

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atest advice is that thanks to the rapid roll out of the vaccination programme, ‘herd immunity’ from Covid 19 is possible by August (in the UK) which, if all goes according to plan will coincide with Exclusively, the most important UK housewares show. A really positive sign for home, tableware and kitchenware sectors! This prompts me to say, what a difference a year makes! All those months ago, in March 2020, when no one knew what to expect, we certainly did not predict the significant boost in demand from May 2020 onwards for home enhancement products generated by lockdowns and the stay at home lifestyle. As a result of that lifestyle, there have been some spectacular performances from BHETA members who have been able to plot the right routes to stock and to the end-consumer through all the difficulties. Many had a good year in 2020 and as a team, we are optimistic about 2021. There are, of course, big challenges around stock availability, raw material prices, freight costs, unemployment and tariffs. Some serious issues which BHETA is addressing with advisory webinars and where appropriate, lobbying – as with the plastic packaging tax and the responsible retail of bladed items. But there is also much to be positive about such as consumers’ renewed enthusiasm for home enhancement, which shows every sign of staying strong well past the return to ‘normality’. Success is now all dependent on suppliers’ and retailers’ ability to respond to

the market as it is now – online and let’s not forget, the renewed potential of specialist bricks and mortar. The most recent lockdown has of course impacted YOY sales performance in Q1 with household goods, which had both made a strong recovery since summer, slipping back into a YOY decline in January. But this was mitigated by mail order and ecommerce as it continued its upward surge. With electricals up 2.4 per cent overall, this leaves the SDA sector and homewares combined in overall growth despite the early year wobbles. There is no denying the impact of online in these figures - and the need to adapt to the implications. Consumer confidence grew about online mainly because it had to during lockdown, but the largely positive experiences in terms of service and delivery, have seen it become accepted as the norm even for products until recently only ever purchased via traditional routes. It is no longer just about price. Convenience and choice have now become key as even previously reluctant users have tested the formula and found it more satisfactory than expected. The concept of buying direct from the supplier and skipping the retailer altogether has also become much more familiar, allowing as it does a democratisation of choice. There is no longer the limitation of a range that has been curated by a retailer, something which is an inevitable aspect of a purchase in store. So where does that leave bricks and mortar retail? It is interesting to read the latest forecasts from Deloitte. Deloitte’s findings suggest

About BHETA The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is the voice of authority on everything home improvement and home enhancement, including DIY, housewares, garden, small domestic appliances and home decor. It represents £5 billion at retail and 9,000 employees and brings together manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and opinion formers to drive growth at home and abroad. For more information about retailer and supplier co-operation, contact BHETA on 0121 237 1130, or email wj@bheta.co.uk, or

Success is now all dependent on suppliers’ and retailers’ ability to respond to the market as it is now Will Jones, chief operating officer, British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) that Britain will see ‘a sharp snap back’ in consumer spending as lockdown eases and that this will be driven by a desire to return to the experience of shops. In its Consumer Tracker ‘going to a shop’ topped the list of leisure activities consumers are most likely to do after lockdown, with 63 per cent saying they plan to return within a month of lockdown restrictions easing. This perception of shops as a leisure destination coincides with the biggest jump in consumer confidence that Deloitte’s tracker has registered since it was launched 10 years ago, with consumer confidence levels up six per cent overall in the first quarter of 2021. Within that statistic is an eight per cent uplift in sentiment around health and wellbeing and a 12 per cent uplift in shopper sentiment around the state of the UK economy. Deloitte’s chief economist Ian Stewart is quoted as saying, “High levels of saving, the successful vaccination rollout and the easing of the lockdown set the stage for a surge in spending over the coming months.”

Just as the potential of all this is predicted to come good, the new live again Exclusively seems like the perfect opportunity to explore it. Exclusively returns on August 24 and 25 at The Business Design Centre and it will be a great opportunity for suppliers and retailers to make the most of the changes in lifestyle that we have seen in the last 12 months. Over 130 companies and over 300 brands will be exhibiting, and the event will include expanded versions of its most popular features such as the Brand Showcase, the Trend Tours and Displays and the Scarlet Opus seminar programme. So, all being well, the housewares sector is in a hugely positive position for bounce back if we ensure we are ready for it. For more information about BHETA networking, business support services and the Exclusively Show, contact BHETA member services manager, Nicola Adams on 07946 078566 or na@bheta.co.uk. To register as an Exclusively visitor, go to www.exclusivelyshows.co.uk.

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In Focus IDDMIB

Turkey is one of the world’s largest suppliers and exporters of kitchenware and houseware products, İstanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters’ Association (İDDMİB) is working at ways to help businesses across the globe gain access to these suppliers and their expertise Turkey is one of the world’s largest suppliers and exporters of kitchenware and houseware products, İstanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters’ Association (İDDMİB) is working at ways to help businesses across the globe gain access to these suppliers and their expertise.

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Tahsin Öztiryaki, İDDMİB Chairman of the Board

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eing the cradle of many ancient civilizations, Turkey has cumulated a rich combination of tastes and has been carrying over 12,000 years of culinary heredity as it hosts historical sites like Göbeklitepe, the oldest settlement known to mankind. This rich culinary culture is nourished with thousands of years of trade culture from the Anatolian lands on the route of historic Silk Road, endowing Turkey with a unique role to connect the world in production and trade. Today’s Turkey is one of the world leaders in many high added value industrial products and one of the largest producers in the world across many fields including kitchenware and houseware products for everyday use and professional kitchen equipment for the needs of the Horeca sector. A market-leading country in the kitchenware industry, Turkey offers product innovation, efficient and high-quality production certified

to international standards, timely communication and a welcoming business environment. Turkish kitchenware products have become a worldwide trademark, recognized by the world’s leading markets for their aesthetic, functional and original design and highly competitive prices. The hardworking, flexible and solution oriented work culture of the Turkish manufacturers also adds value to their high quality products. The pandemic the world has been experiencing proved that it is strategically crucial to diversify suppliers and source from various markets. Therefore, it is the high time for enjoying the success that will occur with the cooperation of Turkish kitchenware exporters, the choice of the most sophisticated buyers around the world.                                                                 Turkish Kitchenware and Housewares Turkish Kitchenware and Houseware is the world’s 9th and Europe’s 8th largest exporter, exporting to 200 countries

FACTS! Turkish Kitchenware and Houseware is the world’s 9th and Europe’s 8th largest exporter, with products exported to 200 countries worldwide The Turkish Professional Kitchen Equipment sector is the world’s 7th and Europe’s 5th largest exporter, with exports to 180 countries worldwide

“Turkish kitchenware products have become a worldwide trademark, recognized by the world’s leading markets for their aesthetic, functional and original design and highly competitive prices” worldwide. With 45% of Turkish kitchenware and houseware exports destined for Europe, Turkey enjoys a significant position in European markets. Turkish kitchenware and houseware keeps pace with the latest trends, fashion and technologies by exhibiting in world’s leading fairs such as Ambiente, Hong Kong Houseware and The Inspired Home Show for the last 25 years. Turkish professional kitchen equipment The Turkish Professional Kitchen Equipment sector is the world’s 7th and Europe’s 5th largest exporter, with exports to 180 countries worldwide. Turkey is distinguished as a significant supplier for Europe, with around 60% of Turkish Professional Kitchen Equipment exports destined to European countries. The popularity and success of the sector is largely due to the strong investment by Turkish manufacturers in design, research and development. İDDMİB Digitalizes Turkish Kitchenware via Virtual Platforms and Meetings With the support of the Turkish Ministry of Trade, İDDMİB or İstanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters’ Association, works toward supporting Turkish exporting industries including Turkish Kitchenware, Houseware and Professional Kitchen Equipment sectors.

Undeniably, digital platforms, virtual fairs and online meetings are directing the trade nowadays. İDDMİB has adapted promptly to this changing world and launched virtual trade missions right after pandemic started allowing Turkish companies to conduct online B2B meetings with foreign buyers. In 2020, the Association held more than 1,400 online bilateral meetings with the participation of 151 Turkish companies and 450 foreign companies in 15 countries. According to Tahsin Öztiryaki, the President of İDDMİB, the virtual trade missions are in high demand from Turkish exporters. “ The ability to meet buyers from five different countries in one day has offered a time and cost-effective way of marketing. We received feedback from our exporters that virtual meetings have turned into concrete business relations,” said Tahsin Öztiryaki. Trade 365 to promote Turkish Kitchenware & Professional Kitchen Equipment products to the world, 365 days İDDMİB has implemented a web portal project, Trade 365, that will bring Turkish exporters together with foreign buyers 365 days a year. It functions much like a virtual fair where foreign buyers can easily and quickly go through Turkish kitchenware products and request a virtual meeting with suppliers with just one click. It is a platform where buyers can reach Turkish suppliers directly without any procedures or fee. turkishkitchenware365. com is designed for the Turkish Kitchenware & Houseware sector and contains more than 900 products from 200 suppliers. Also, there are more than 150 suppliers of Turkish Professional Kitchen Equipment who showcase their products on turkishhorecaequipment365.com where you can search products by categories and by brand. For more information on İDDMİB visit www. turkishmetals.org For Kitchenware suppliers and products, see www. turkishkitchenware365.com And for Professional Kitchen Equipment visit www. turkishhorecaequipment365. com TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL 75

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Show Review New York Tabletop Show

A hybrid tabletop event For the April 2021 New York Tabletop Show, 41 Madison welcomed guests in-person and online in a special hybrid event. We take a look at a few of the highlights

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ith travel restrictions still in place in some parts of the world, attracting the same number of international visitors to 41 Madison for the Summer 2021 New York Tabletop Show was going to be a challenge. But organisers rose to the occasion and offered special online events which attracted people from over 50 countries, in addition to launching new in-person services that were well received by visitors who were able to physically attend. In fact, with this hybrid event there was a significant increase in attendees both online and inperson since the previous show in October 2020. During the show, 41 Madison launched a new innovative creative meeting space MEET hospitality which offers a freshly renovated lounge on Level A for guests to enjoy, and top of the line meeting rooms designed to energize and inspire. Upgraded service offerings with 41 Madison Concierge were also launched which provides new in-person and online service that offers personalised

52 The number of different countries with visitors that attended special online events during the Summer 2021 New York Tabletop Show

hospitality to ensure buyers enjoy a seamless shopping experience. The concierge team can offer information about showrooms, brands, product categories, price points and even facilitate introductions and appointments to brands. Buyers can also look to the team for travel, dining and lodging assistance and recommendations. The 41 Madison Concierge can be

accessed by phone, email or live chat on 41Madison.com from 9AM - 5PM on weekdays. Those attending in person were also able to see the new showrooms that opened their doors which included LAV Glass and Porland. But so others didn’t miss out, 41 Madison Live! gave livestreamed tours of the new showrooms, products and events. Hosted by Adam Glassman, creative director of Oprah Daily and Kelley Carter, home fashion director for Bloomingdale’s, the videos provided insight into some of the new lines from companies including Vista Alegre and Blue Pheasant. The videos are still available to watch at 41Madison. com. Finally, 41 Madison are pleased to say they raised nearly $10,000 for God’s Love We Deliver through the #TableTogether auction and fundraiser event. Tablescapes by celebrity designer

and stylists Alexa Hampton, Young Huh and Adam Glassman were auctioned as part of the proceedings and featured tableware from Waterford, Tar Hong, Blue Pheasant and others in the three creative and beautiful designs. The next New York Tabletop Show is planned for October 5-8 at 41 Madison.

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Show Preview Atlanta Market

Expanded resources at Atlanta market

The summer 2021 Atlanta Market is open for registration with both the showroom and temporary resources expanding significantly for the July buying event to cater to the strong industry recovery. We discover more about what is planned. Rolf Glass - C109 Made in America, Table Top, Booth

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egistration is open for the Summer 2021 Atlanta Market. Showrooms will be open July 13 to 19, and temporary resources operating July 14 to 18 at the AmericasMart Campus. The event will host its most expansive product offerings since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. “The optimism of the first half of 2021 is amplified for the summer market,” said Bob Maricich, International Market Centers (IMC) CEO. “Buyers and sellers are preparing for a strong market as industry recovery continues and business approaches prepandemic levels.” Atlanta Market expects

significant expansion in showroom and temporary resources for the July buying event. “We are on a strong growth path,” explains Scott Eckman Chief Revenue Officer for IMC. “Early commitments for new leases and expansions, and healthy trade show sales signal the return of the unmatched depth and breadth of lifestyle product that is a hallmark of the Atlanta Market experience.” Nearly 800 lines will be presented in socially distant temporary booth configurations on nine floors across the three-building AmericasMart campus. Highlights include a wide selection of artisanal gift products returning to Building 3, Floor 2 plus the new The Gallery Collection, a curated presentation by members of the Museum Store Association that is open to all market buyers. This reopening and category launch are part of an ongoing reorganization of Atlanta Market’s temporary collection to create new synergies and

“Atlanta Market expects significant expansion in showroom and temporary resources for the July buying event”

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Atlanta Market has over 1000 gift and home décor showroom offerings! accessibility to product categories. Updates will also be found throughout Buildings 1 and 2 as IMC continues the Atlanta NEXT reorganization of the market’s 1,000+ gift and home decor showroom offerings. In-Person and Online Experiences Add Excitement Atlanta Market plans an engaging in-person experience with at-market installations including a tribute to the 2021 Greeting Card Association Louie Award finalists, instagrammable moments, trend vignettes, live entertainment and more. Five design and lifestyle influencers will also be onsite to share favorite product finds and market moments on social media as trend ambassadors. The AmericasMart App and the Buyers’ Guide will serve as on-campus orientation tools for visitors.

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Buyers also have the opportunity to learn more about IMC’s new B2B e-commerce platform JuniperMarket which is set to launch later this year. “Preview Pods” will be staffed with system experts who can provide a demonstration, answer questions and facilitate registration for the new e-commerce platform. Users can pre-register now via JuniperMarket.com and at registration. “This Summer, buyers will discover, connect and be inspired at an Atlanta Market with a renewed energy gained from comprehensive product resources, new tools and hope for recovery and prosperity,” added Maricich. For the Summer 2021 Atlanta Market, showrooms are open Tuesday, July 13 to Monday, July 19, from 9am to 6pm and temporaries will open Wednesday, July 14 to Sunday, January 18, 9am to 6pm.

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