INSIDE: New Arrivals From Global Outposts 2 The Forty One Scene 4 De Lovely De LUXE at Forty One Madison 6 Milestone Mania 7 Note From Laurie 8
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New Arrivals From Global Outposts They’ve arrived from Australia…Spain…Scandinavia…China via Italy…even from crosstown. They are among the industry’s most illustrious brands, and they’re the newest arrivals to open showrooms at Forty One Madison. Michael Aram crowns the building’s 8th floor renovation in a 4,000square-foot space dramatically aglow with the namesake metal artist’s hand-worked creations. Taking his cues from nature, Aram sculpts the material into forms imitative of twigs, seashells, leaves, flowers and the like that become exquisite bowls, platters, candleholders, flatware and other decorative yet functional objects for the table and beyond. The gift and decorative accessories assortment is extraordinary and a growing category that has segued into lighting and furnishings. The space is as polished and highwattage as the products themselves. Also on the 8th floor is another Forty One Madison newcomer, Circle Glass. It is exquisitely ensconced in a roomy area filled with the most comprehensive array of glass barware, stemware, serveware and giftware in the market. The encyclopedic scope of the Circle Glass portfolio has helped make it the go-to resource for valuedriven glass goods for more than 30 years. Circle Glass has the capability to produce totally handmade and machine-made glass in all shades of color with specific Pantone numbers provided by private label designers. Circle Glass also offers decorated designs as well as clear options. Vases, carafes, decanters, planters, bowls, cake platters, trays…the list goes on and on. The company from Down Under—Maxwell & Williams—is far above and beyond the cool factor as it brings a fresh, modern ethos to 2
the table. It’s no wonder the “designer homewares” brand was snatched up in a distribution partnership by Fitz and Floyd. The cornerstone of the brand is its White Basics line of casual category dinnerware. To be found, also, are several groups of colorful and high-spirited patterns, plus a strong selection of practical oven-to-table cookware. Maxwell & Williams is on the 6th floor. Q Squared Design, on the 19th floor, is new to the American market but promises to make an impact with its reinvention of melamine. Italian design is clearly in its DNA, with production coming from its own manufacturing facilities in China, and the line includes plates, bowls and serveware that are fashionable eye candy yet exceptionally practical. Creations are shapely, clever and untypical of “your mother’s melamine” from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Cristal de Sèvres is a renowned French brand with majestic, traditional designs that are elegant, graceful and timeless. Since the 1850s, the company has distinguished itself with unparalleled creative vision and skilled craftsmanship. Its roommate, La Mediterránea, is all about dynamically colorful glass tableware made entirely of recycled glass. It’s an unexpected contrast of classic and contemporary within a single space that warrants exploration. These two companies can be found the on the 19th floor. Industry veteran Nils Lindblad is serving up a veritable smorgasbord of home products – many from Scandinavia along with a few others with overseas origins. In his own showroom, NGL Associates on the 17th floor, you will find brands such as ASA-Selection, known for its sleek porcelain and ceramic tabletop and accessories. You will also find cubed-form kitchen and bath designs from Sweden’s Cult Design. From Italy’s SowdenDesign there’s an innovative gourmet coffee press called SoftBrew and an automatic home scents dispenser from Serene House.
ON THE COVER:
Ocean Mussel Bowl by Michael Aram FORTY ONE MADISON
The Forty One Scene PHOTOS LEFT TO RIGHT: Interior designer Jamie Drake and Samantha Rudin were part of the Forty One Madison party scene. Jose Luis Perez Herrero, CEO of La Mediterránea, Pedro Macias Gomez, CEO of Cristal de Sèvres, and Laurie Burns. Tervis Tumbler executives Chris Simpson and Keith Colabella toasted Tommy Bahama buyers Sarah Olman and Mary Wincell. EditorTV’s Tori Mellott interviewed interior designer Nina Freudenberger at the Michael Aram showroom. Click on editoratlarge.com to see what she and other well-known interior designers say about the trends and novel uses of tableware. Lynne Okulski of Denby had a sit-down with retailers Casey and Randy Reid of Shepherd Hills, Lebanon, MO. At DeVine Corporation, Ildiko Varga, owner of Varga Art Crystal, showed her collection to retailer John Shulan of Shulan Farlan in Akron, OH. Michael Wainwright introduced his new Capitol Collection to Melissa Fritz and Jessica Ray of Halls Kansas City. Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton’s own royal subjects, Jorge Perez and Lord Piers Wedgwood, at the company’s Tabletop Market bash. Sharon Nale, VP of design for Fitz and Floyd, shows Gregory Allgeyer of Macy’s a new creation. Megan Boothroyd and Steven Bruce of Kmart were shown the new merchandise at Gibson Overseas by Jeff Starliper.
N E W Y O R K TA B L E T O P S H O W ®
OCTOBER 25 – 28, 2011
APRIL 17 – 20, 2012
PHOTOS LEFT TO RIGHT: Arrigo Bordicchia of Guzzini acquainted Real Simple editors Kelley Carter and Stephanie Sisco with the hip housewares line. Lenox president Lester Gribetz, Lord Piers Wedgwood, Lenox CEO Peter Cameron and Bill Rudin at the Lenox party. Laszlo Szesztay of Herend and Michael Scully of Scully & Scully. The Belk team – Katie Lastowski, Tom Pilcher and Amanda Astrologo – made selections at The Jay Companies while working with Chuck Evans. It was high-five for Sango’s Francis Fluegel and Replacements’ Robin Long. Robinson Home Products joined with Echo Design to launch a new fashiondriven collection. Showing off one of the exciting patterns were Echo principals Steven and Meg Roberts with Robinson’s president Jim Walsh, strategic marketing director Kelly Carhart-Kline, and Dorothy Roberts. Maxwell & Williams executive VP Terry Fitzell, from Australia, and Steve Baram, president and CEO of Fitz and Floyd, were joined by Kathy Husman and Keith Tidmore of Dillard’s for a toast to the U.S. launch of the brand. Forty One Madison partyers included Eric Rudin and Isabelle von Boch, Villeroy & Boch. Marissa Rojas of The Great Indoors was surveying the options shown by Neil Orzeck at Pasabahce. Tim Riddle, CEO & president of Reed & Barton, served up new designs to Clayton Dibble of Crate & Barrel.
NEW YORK GIFT SHOW
AUGUST 13 – 18, 2011
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De Lovely De LUXE at Forty One Madison LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine lived up to its name as it partnered with revered New York interior designer Michael Tavano to create three glorious lifestyle vignettes where tableware and giftware were the stars. The settings were exquisite reminders that the fabulous finds of Forty One can be enjoyed throughout every room of a house. These inspiring vignettes are due to be featured in an upcoming issue of LUXE Magazine.
LUXE editor-in-chief Pamela Jaccarino and Michael Tavano.
Well read and well bred, this library setting included designs from Donna Karan Lenox, Hering Berlin, Jasper Conran for Wedgwood, Jaune de Chrome by DeVine Corporation, Seguso, and William Yeoward Crystal.
A bar-raising bar featured serving necessities furnished by Donna Karan Lenox, Kosta Boda, Michael Aram, Puiforcat, Seguso and William Yeoward Crystal. Textiles on chair: Hering Berlin.
Colorful, exotic and inviting, this table was set with beauties from Herend, HermĂŠs, Kate Spade for Lenox, Kosta Boda, Michael Aram, Moser, Reed & Barton, Saint Louis and Seguso.
M I L ESTO N ES
Milestone Mania There were plenty of reasons to celebrate at the Spring 2011 New York Tabletop Market, with five beloved brands based at Forty One Madison in the midst of anniversary years. Congratulations to all on these milestone occasions.
Happy 60th to NambĂŠ. The Butterfly Bowl, like so many of its other original masterpieces, is as timeless as ever.
Itâ€™s the 50th for Rosenthal Studio-line, which includes the iconic Wirkkala and Fontaine vases.
Eisch may be turning 60, but has yet to show its age, as proven by such recent designs as its Flash collection.
20th Laurie Gates has reached its 20th with stellar designs such as Anna helping to shape its image.
Fiesta is marking year 75. The Disc Pitcher is a classic and has earned a coveted spot as a U.S. postage stamp.
FORTY ONE MADISON
NEW YORK TABLETOP MARKET® October 25 – 28 April 17 – 20
NEW YORK GIFT SHOW August 13 – 18
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January 28 – February 2 (dates subject to change) Visit our website at www.41madison.com for regular updates and market events. Laurie Burns Senior Vice President, Director
From Laurie What a Spring Market. Retailers from across the USA (37 states), Canada, Central and South America and 45 other countries attended. And they were inspired. Top four show observations: – Each and every brand excited with new product offerings – Retailers have the funds for and need new inventory – Buying indicated a positive 2011 outlook, especially for the holiday selling season – Retailers, designers, architects, hotels and restaurants were all shopping the show Consumers “are who they are” – now more than ever. With social networking, there are Thank You Café Sponsor Bridal Guide
The magazine’s editor-in-chief Diane Forden and senior director Steve Ritterman with guest Darbie Angell.
no more personas. Porcelain outside at BBQs, plastic cutlery in the dining room, color mixing, price point mixing and all in between: It’s not only okay, it’s how we shop, dress, entertain and live.