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2010 Trade Show Season Kicks Off The 2010 season of trade shows for kitchenware and housewares kicks off in January with the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF®), the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® and the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market®. Management teams from all three shows declare they are ready with new exhibitors and new tools. They are also serving up some genuine optimism about the coming year. “We are tracking to be larger (100+ booths) than we were in August thanks to an influx of some 350 new participants and a return to market by companies that were waiting for market conditions to improve,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. NYIGF takes place Jan. 30-Feb. 4 at the Javits Center in New York City. Lucky for the kitchenware buyer, Belshaw said that tabletop and home furnishings are the biggest growth categories. On the attendee side of the equation, Belshaw commented, “We have also had strong registration interest from returning and new attendees particularly from out of region (Western States, South America and Europe) who are looking to the New York market as their principal resource for innovative, design-led, and fashion-forward product.”

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The Digital Kitchen by Kelly Lewis In today’s high-tech world where every room in the house is becoming more and more digital, it only makes sense that the kitchen should follow suit. And while touch-screen tools will help make your customers the envy of their friends, going digital these days is about much more than appearance. It’s also about food safety. In the United States, an estimated 1.4 million cases of non-typhoidal (NT) Salmonella cases are reported annually, resulting in more than 16,000 hospitalizations and 580 deaths, according to the Center For Disease Control’s FoodNet. From cutting-edge gadgets that cut down cooking and cooling time, to large-scale appliances that take the guess-work out of baking, these new products are helping to make food safer, easier and a whole lot tastier.

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{ headlines } The Gourmet Housewares Show is Moving to New York in January GLM, LLC, the show’s owner, has announced that the Gourmet Housewares Show will be held within the New York International Gift Fair in January 2010. There will be no 2010 Gourmet Housewares Show. The co-location will bring some 150 Gourmet Housewares exhibitors to the NYIGF, complementing the NYIGF’s existing Tabletop & Housewares division, for a comprehensive presentation of 350 gourmet kitchenware and specialty tabletop resources, according to GLM’s announcement of the move.

Relocation plans were developed in response to an industry-wide survey that revealed a need for a housewares event at the beginning of the calendar year. The announcement of the co-location followed shortly after a joint announcement by GLM and the International Housewares Association that their talks about a potential relationship between the Gourmet Housewares Show and the International Home + Housewares Show had fallen apart, and the two organizations had decided to go their own ways. This new market platform offers advantageous first-quarter timing and

expanded cross-marketing opportunities to benefit both retailers and vendors,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president.

appealed to buyers who understand their customers’ passion for food and entertaining,” she said. “This profile applies to NYIGF’s gift, home and gourmet specialty attendees as well.”

She pointed out that with the combination of the two shows, Gourmet Housewares exhibitors can still have a third-quarter opportunity to showcase their products by exhibiting in the fall NYIGF.

The 2011 winter show will be held Saturday, Jan. 29 through Thursday, Feb. 3 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94.

Belshaw indicated that there is considerable overlap in the buyer profiles for the Gourmet Housewares Show and NYIGF. “The Gourmet Housewares Show has always

eCommerce Merchants on SiteLINK Grow November Gross Merchandise Sales 41 Percent Dydacomp Development Corporation, the makers of SiteLINK eCommerce solutions, reported that their merchant community grew sales 41 percent this November compared to the same time period last year. Order volume this November compared to 2008 was up 47 percent. John Healy, CEO of Dydacomp, reported that, “Cyber Monday fueled the already strong growth for our merchants resulting in an incredible double digit sales increase compared to last year despite Nielsen’s prediction of flat sales for the 2009 holiday season.” Healy continued, “In fact, merchants using the latest version of our ecommerce technology which includes features like easy-to-use SEO search tags, social media features like product recommendations and new payment options saw an even more dramatic improvement.” SiteLINK, Dydacomp’s flagship SaaS eCommerce solution was an early player to the shopping cart scene. “When we started SiteLINK back in 1997 responding to our clients’ business needs, the term ‘shopping cart’ was not in the web vernacular,” said Healy. SiteLINK has since been bolstered by two additional shopping carts in Dydacomp’s lineup:, designed for merchants generating approximately $1 million in sales and Phoenix which is built for merchants with annual sales of $5 million or more. “Dydacomp hosts over a thousand sites using our technology, whether it’s one of our SaaS solutions or a licensed one, and thousands more that are running our technology on their own. We believe that our eCommerce-enabling technologies combined are responsible for at least $1 billion in online sales annually,” Healy noted. When asked what is next for Dydacomp, Healy replied, “Continuous improvement of the technology and infrastructure running our clients’ web stores. Our core purpose is to make it easier and more profitable for our clients to conduct commerce online, MOTO or at point-of- sale using one or several of our solutions and we won’t stop innovating until we reach that goal. Stay tuned.”


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{shorts} Abbiamo Tutto and Bottega del Vino Open Showroom in Atlanta Abbiamo Tutto and Bottega del Vino have joined together to open a new showroom at AmericasMart Atlanta. The new showroom will be located in Suite 866A, Building 2 WestWing and will debut at the January show. According to Donna Marie Territo, president of Abbiamo Tutto, her company’s ceramics and porcelain are a perfect complement to Bottega del Vino’s hand-blown crystal. “Both companies represent the best of what ‘Made in Italy’ offers to the marketplace,”

said Territo, “It is a natural fit for both of us. Abbiamo tutto and Bottega del Vino share the same philosophy and passion for promoting Italian manufacturing, artistry and craftsmanship. We also share the same appreciation for the ‘Italian way of life,’ where presentation and a beautiful table setting is just as important as the wonderful food and wine that is served to family and friends,” she said. Retailers will be able to shop both companies at the showroom. A wide variety of tabletop and gift products including hand-blown

The eco-friendly American Pan line is manufactured from a mix of 65 percent recycled steel for strength and durability, with aluminum for superior conductivity. The pans are coated with Americoat, a

proprietary silicone coating that provides a clear, nonstick, non-toxic baking surface. Their corrugated surface allows for air circulation all around, for better browning, more even baking and perfect release. Rolled edges with internal steel wires provide extra strength and a good grip. “King Arthur Flour—the Baker’s Catalogue has long wanted to offer more domestically sourced products to its array

of high-quality baking tools,” said merchandising director Deb Powers. “The introduction of these USA Pans is one exciting step in that direction, and we’re especially pleased that they’re also manufactured with environmental factors in mind.” King Arthur Flour—the Baker’s Catalogue offers 16 different American Pans, available at



d Robert Hall, chief wine officer for Bottega del Vino, commented, “The customers of Abbiamo Tutto and Bottega del Vino Crystal share a love for the Italian food and wine experience. Proper presentation of food and wine is a comfort and a therapy that each person can look forward to, day after day. You don’t need to be wealthy to enjoy it and make the Italian reverence for food and wine a part of your life. We look forward to creating a new showroom together through which we can help bring the Italian kitchen to an increasing number of American households.”

King Arthur Flour Introduces USA Pans to Lineup of Great Baking Tools King Arthur Flour—the Baker’s Catalogue has expanded its lineup of eco-friendly and U.S.-made baking tools with the introduction of 16 new pans from Pennsylvania-based USA Pans.


crystal stemware, wine accessories, oven-totable bakeware, monogram and personalized ceramics, as well as classic Italian ceramics will all be available.






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Green Cleaning: By the Numbers Source:


The number of petrochemicals available for home use, only 30 percent of which have been tested for exposure to human health and the environment.



Happy New Year! As we kick off 2010 (now are we saying “twentyten” or “two thousand and ten”), my resolution is to turn the crystal ball over to guest columnists from the kitchenware/tabletop industry and let their voices resonate on our pages every month. Starting this month, we will have industry voices from both the manufacturing and retail sides discussing a variety of topics including what trends to expect in the coming months.


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The number of synthetic chemical products found in the average American home, translating to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals.

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I’m pleased to kick off this new feature with the words of Michael Kinsler, creative director of Gibson Overseas. As part of Gibson’s 21-member design team, Michael gives us a look ahead, trend-wise, over the next 12 to 24 months. This industry leader has an eye for what drives design. His fashion experience with Macy’s and the Gap is an important connection, as we know that our industry is strongly influenced by the ready-to-wear business. Michael points out some fine examples of this connection, including how plaid is moving from clothing and accessories to the dinner table and how the latest color trends are influencing our side of the business. He also discusses the focus on the environment and what shape that’s taking in the industry. As we head into the New Year and the January shows, we at Kitchenware News remain dedicated to bringing our readers the freshest products and newest innovations in our industry. To that end, on you may have noticed our newest feature, KNHR’s Top Drawer, which spotlights the very latest products and is an instantaneous way to stay current with the latest product launches. This is just another way we are working to make the lives of our readers a little easier. Stay tuned as we continue to make improvements to both the magazine and the website in the coming months.

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100 The number of times higher that indoor air pollution levels can be above outdoor air pollution levels, according to U.S. EPA estimates.

275 The number of active ingredients in antimicrobials that the EPA classifies as pesticides because they are designed to kill microbes.

5 billion The number of pounds of chemicals that the institutional cleaning industry uses each year.

23 The average gallons of chemicals (that ’s 87 liters) that a janitor uses each year, 25 percent of which are hazardous.





I imagine most people in our industry are looking forward to a new year. Roles and responsibilities for consumers, retailers and suppliers evolved in 2009. Developing more conservative spending habits, managing a tight inventory and learning ways to make greener products without adding costs were all a part of the 2009 experience. Armed with these new skills, buyers and suppliers will be hitting the road in January for the beginning of the trade show season. In this issue we’ve highlighted three shows that will feature goods for the gourmet kitchenware buyer. Our feature on the January shows provides highlights of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®, Dallas Total Home & Gift Market® and the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF). The trade shows are evolving and changing, just like the retailers and suppliers, in the face of new demands from consumers. The shows are bringing retailers and suppliers together, providing the right conditions for buying new product, for learning about new retail techniques and for networking. You might find a few celebrities in the mix as well. The shows also offer suppliers and buyers quality time to work together on plans for 2010. As always, Kitchenware News brings you a selection of new products for your consideration. This month highlights products in three major categories: portable beverage containers, high tech digital products and environmentally-friendly cleaning products. I hope you find something new on every page!


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{ headlines } In Depth: New SousVide Supreme Kitchen Appliance Makes ‘Sous Vide’ Style Cooking a Cinch for Home Chef Eades Appliance Technology LLC (EAT) introduces the SousVide Supreme™, a countertop appliance for home cooks that uses the culinary cooking method “sous vide” or “under vacuum.” Developed in France in the mid-70s, this cooking method involves vacuum-packing foods in air-tight pouches, then submerging the pouch in a low-temperature water bath (typically 120-190 degrees Fahrenheit) with a precisely maintained temperature throughout the cooking time. This waterbased cooking method, known for its ability to maximize a food’s flavor, nutrition and appearance, has previously been limited to upscale restaurants and institutional kitchens due to high equipment costs.

pump, seal the food in a food-grade plastic pouch suitable for cooking; simmer— submerge the pouch in the SousVide Supreme’s 11.2-liter water chamber that has been brought to the desired temperature, and cook for the appropriate time; sear—an optional step, some meats are best when seared for one or two minutes using a pan, grill, broiler or heat torch—the searing adds a familiar texture and appearance to the outside, while still keeping the inside perfectly cooked. The SousVide Supreme can cook a wide range of food, such as fish, poultry, beef, pork, lamb and game. The SousVide Supreme

retails for $449 at and ships with gourmet seasonings, recipes and an instructional DVD. About the SousVide Supreme Passionate about nutritious, flavorful foods, the Eades family and their research experts at Eades Appliance Technology LLC created the SousVide Supreme™, consulting with globally renowned chef Heston Blumenthal. The patent-pending SousVide Supreme is the first consumer appliance to bring traditional sous vide cooking techniques to the home kitchen. For more information, go to

The new SousVide Supreme is an affordable countertop appliance—and the first of its kind—that now provides the home cook with easy access to this culinary style. Cooking times for sous vide are generally longer than those of a traditional oven, and can span from 30 minutes to several hours or even days, but without the risk of overcooking the food. According to the manufacturer, the result is moist, tender, flavorful food cooked to a consistent perfection all the way through. The example given is of a medium rare steak traditionally being served with a charred exterior followed by a layer of well-done meat before the tender middle. With sous vide it will be a consistent, juicy mediumrare from edge to edge. “The taste and texture you get from cooking sous vide is simply spectacular,” said UK chef Heston Blumenthal, who helped test and develop the SousVide Supreme in conjunction with EAT. “By vacuum-sealing the food and maintaining low temperatures, you lock in healthy nutrients, flavor and moisture that is lost with other cooking methods. It’s almost impossible to go wrong, and it’s a fun method to experiment with, so it’s no surprise sous vide is emerging as the next big trend among adventurous home cooks.” “Although cooking sous vide has many noted benefits, it’s been under the radar for most non-professional cooks because current home products only offer makeshift, clunky setups,” said Dr. Mary Dan Eades, physician, nutritional expert and EAT co-founder. “The SousVide Supreme is an affordable, all-in-one appliance that automatically regulates the temperature to within one degree Fahrenheit—which is key to successful sous vide cooking—delivering the same precision as commercial set-ups that can easily cost thousands of dollars.” The SousVide Supreme is similar in size to a bread maker, and meals are cooked in a few simple steps: season—add herbs, butters or broths to the food—because flavors are intensified, simple seasoning creates dramatically infused flavors; seal—using a common kitchen vacuum sealer or hand

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{ news on six } Microplane® announced the appointment of Tracy Panase to the newly created position of marketing manager for the U.S. Kitchen Products Division. Panase reports to Joel Arivett, Microplane’s president of sales and marketing. Panase’s background includes a three-year tenure at Fox Run Craftsman, a leading worldwide distributor of housewares products, as director of sales and marketing and as brand manager. “Tracy’s creative skills and solid background in traditional and cutting edge marketing techniques will provide us with a distinct advantage as we continue to build our brand,” said Arivett. Microplane is a division of Grace Manufacturing Inc. For more information, go to Cuisipro gave away 150 dual basters on the Rachel Ray show just before Thanksgiving. The baster features two interchangeable heads: a showerhead that bastes evenly and gently without splattering and an injector head for sauces and butters. The baster has a threaded collar and a clear polycarbonate tube with measurements in ounces and millimeters indicated on the side. The baster retails for $10. For more information on the dual baster, visit Cuisipro USA at Fagor America created a kitchen installation at the Wired pop-up store in New York City’s Meatpacking District. The Fifth Annual Wired Store took place Nov 21-27, 2009 and featured the latest items in the world of technology and design’s kitchen installation included their line appliances, including built-


in induction, 24" Black Art refrigerators, side opening convection ovens and stainless steel cooking design center. Also on display was their state-of-the-art portable induction cook top, induction-ready cookware and pressure cookers. For more information, go to Meyer Corporation U.S. announced that its Circulon® Elite hard-anodized nonstick cookware earned the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal. Introduced in 1909, the Seal was one of the first “tested and approved” emblems in the United States and is now a symbol of quality assurance and consumer protection. As part of its policy, Good Housekeeping promises to refund or replace a Seal-holding product if it is found to be defective within two years of its purchase. “This is a great honor for our brand, which is soon entering its 25th anniversary year, and an excellent boost to our well-designed and successful Circulon Elite collection,” said Suzanne Murphy, vice president of marketing at Meyer Corporation U.S. For more information, go to 7 W New York added PATINA-V, purveyors of sophisticated shop concepts, to the building’s showroom roster. The launch of this more than 4,000-square-foot showroom in Suite 717 coincided with the NADI Retail Design Collective, taking place Dec. 9-11. NADI is the visual merchandising division of the Florida-based ARE (Association for Retail Environments),

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a non-profit trade association representing the retail environment industry with over 800 member companies. According to Chris Collins, vice president and general manager, 7 W New York, “PATINA-V is a leader in the mannequin and display industry. Their entrepreneurial spirit and aggressive sales and marketing approach is consistent with that of 7 W which will make this an exciting partnership.” “It’s great to be back in the city and in a venue that affords PATINA-V the opportunity to showcase its multifaceted product line,” said Norman Glazer, president and CEO of PATINA-V. For PATINA-V information, see As part of the Pyrex® product marketing campaign for the brand’s new Pyrex Pie Plate Portable® carrier, 200 of the handy food carriers were given to the audience attending The Pie Show, a special on the Martha Stewart Show. The program, broadcast Nov. 16, 2009, featured an audience of baking enthusiasts, all of whom brought their homemade pies to compete in the show’s first pie contest. Afterward, each member of the audience took away a Pyrex Pie Plate Portable carrier, along with a pie top cutter from the Martha Stewart Collection. The newest Pyrex Portable product is a three-piece set made of BPAfree plastic and featuring a high-heat, seethrough translucent locking lid with handle, a 9-inch Pyrex glass pie plate and a Pyrex red base engineered to hold, to carry and to easily remove the plate. Portion guides ensure

that everyone gets even pieces. For more information, go to Mastrad’s Magma® hot-plate, designed by Anne Tanguy, was singled out for the Observeur Design Star or the Etoile de l’Observateur du Design, an annual presentation organized by promoting agency APCI, which awards best new product conceptions to companies and designers. As a result of this award, the product will be on display for four months at the City of Science and Industry at an exposition of huge interest to the general public. For more information, go to The Housewares Design Awards announced the finalists for its seventh annual competition. Sixty-five finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges that evaluated hundreds of new housewares products along multiple dimensions. Criteria included unique appearance, functionality, positioning, innovative technology or materials, safety, environmental benefits, emotional appeal, social impact and the ability to meet consumer needs. “Best of the Best” Design Awards will be announced at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels at a Housewares Design Awards presentation ceremony and luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at the New York Marriott Marquis overlooking New York City’s Times Square. Thirteen “Best of Category” winners will also be named and “Green House” Design Award winners will be honored. For more information, visit the award competition’s website at

{ headlines } IHA Announces Social Media Tools For Association, International Home + Housewares Show To further connect with members, fellow industry professionals and consumers, the International Housewares Association (IHA) announces the debut of a strategic social media plan. IHA has initiated social networking memberships on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. In addition, it has posted Wikipedia pages for both IHA and the International Home + Housewares Show and started a blog on its website, IHA’s Facebook page includes Association information and photos as well as a wall feed to facilitate communication with and

networking among industry professionals. It also includes show event information and allows attendees to register for their badges through the page, access tools for pre-show planning and read about the latest news in the industry. Facebook links directly to IHA’s YouTube channel, which includes videos of IHA’s events as well as others from the industry. IHA has two different Twitter accounts. The first Twitter feed, housewaresAssoc, provides IHA members with important information about the industry and exhibiting at the show, including key

links to other companies within the industry and job openings. Status updates allow IHA to actively inform group members in real time.

dates, reminders and tips for having a successful show. The second feed, housewaresShow, was developed for show buyer attendees, focusing on pre-show preparation and show events as well as providing industry information. Like Facebook, IHA’s LinkedIn group displays member networking opportunities and provides discussion boards to facilitate contact, but it has a strict focus on business relationships. Individuals can join both the IHA group and a subgroup for the International Home + Housewares Show. The LinkedIn page includes industry news,

On its website, IHA has begun a blog. Several authors will contribute to the blog discussing topics ranging from the latest consumer lifestyle trends to behind-thescenes happenings at the International Home + Housewares Show to tips on doing business globally. In addition, IHA has developed two Wikipedia sites—one that explains the history and mission of the Association and a second that focuses on the show. Users can sign up for each of these tools through links at

VIC FIRTH’S CITY STIX Teaming up again with Professional Chefs and Restaurant Owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Vic Firth Gourmet offers a new pair of fashionable salt and pepper mills designed by the famed architect Josh Schweitzer. The 6" City Stix were designed with a contemporary flair using clean, straight lines. The pair includes black pepper mill with the letter “P” and white salt mill, with the letter “S”, stylishly engraved on the front of the mills. All Vic Firth Gourmet wood mills feature Vic Firth’s patented “Lock & Grind” grinding system for perfect consistency. The stainless steel mechanism pops out for easy cleaning. Mills include a free funnel for spill-free refilling. Made in Maine. Lifetime Guarantee. Suggested Retail Price:$39.95 Vic Firth Inc. [tel] 800-894-5970 [email]

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CONTIGO AUTOSEAL STAINLESS STEEL MUG Contigo® line of Autoseal® beverageware offers no-spill, no-leak convenience. The Autoseal travel mugs and bottles have an exclusive lid system that automatically seals between sips and allows one-handed operation. There is no cap to remove or spout to open, making them easy to use for all ages. The 16-ounce capacity Autoseal Stainless Steel Mug is pictured. This mug has double-walled, vacuum insulation to keep liquids hot for four hours. Contigo [tel] 888-262-0622 [email]

EarthLust bottles are hand made from high quality #304 (18/8) food grade stainless steel. Their bottles are a custom design—not stock bottles. Most of the line is limited edition. They use non-toxic paints and BPA-free safe polypropylene #5 caps. Select from 13-ounce, 20-ounce and 1-liter sizes. Each bottle comes with a high quality carabiner and optional sports tops are available for all sizes. EarthLust [tel] 415-332-5878

The Tap Water Bottle from the Arvind Group lets you store your tap water in a stylish bottle and help provide drinking water to children around the world through UNICEF and the tap project. Arvind Group [tel] 805-968-2073 [email]


BASE BRANDS WATERWEEK Base Brands adds to its WaterWeek™ lineup with a set designed for kids. The WaterWeek for Kids is a set of five 10-ounce reusable, BPA-free, dishwasher safe water bottles. The bottles come with a specially-designed tray that fits neatly in a refrigerator. Kids will love the fun designs while parents will enjoy the convenience and savings of buying juices in bulk. WaterWeek is one of several eco-friendly home products in the Reduce™ suite of inventions by Base Brands.


These BPA Free reusable bottles are made of high quality, 100 percent recyclable, 18/8 stainless steel inside and out. Won’t alter the taste of beverages. Available in 27-ounce and 12-ounce in a rainbow of colors.

MUD PIE’S INITIAL TRAVEL MUG Acrylic travel tumblers are stainless steel lined and hold 16 ounces. The black and white dot fabric insert features a large embroidered initial.12 ounces. Available in 16 initials: A, B, C, D, E, H, J, K, L, M, N, P, R, S, T, W.

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Includes reusable silicone lid and coffee sleeve; all components are microwave and dishwasher-safe. Ceramic cup, silicone lid and coffee sleeve. Suggested Retail Price:$14.99


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The 20-ounce tumbler from Planetary Design not only holds enough coffee for the whole day, it has the ability to keep it warm that long. Constructed of restaurant-grade, 18/8, double-walled, vacuuminsulated, stainless steel, it's nearly bulletproof. The tumbler's heat retention capabilities are incredible and with its sleek, colorful appearance it makes this mug the perfect balance of form and function. Planetary Design [tel] 406-546-1449 [email] 8

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{ headlines } The Knot Announces 2009 Registry Study The Knot Inc., the owners of The Knot Wedding Network (which includes and released the latest installment of The Knot Market Intelligence Bridal Series with this year’s Bridal Registry Study, tracking the $12 billion registry industry. This recent survey of over 12,500 couples with 2009 wedding dates captured detailed feedback on wedding registry decisions, including influences, products and retailer choices made during the registering process. “Once again, we are delighted to present a holistic look at the registry process from start to finish,” said Miriam Alexander, vice president, head of insights and analytics of The Knot Inc. “The response to our first survey proved that there is a real need in the marketplace for this kind of comprehensive examination. With our access to brides nationwide, we are uniquely suited to provide these relevant insights and look for ward to sharing them with industry stakeholders.” 2009 Bridal Registry Study Highlights In-store wedding registry set-up still dominates (57 percent), but the new study reveals couples continue to move toward the web for their initial registry set-up

needs (33 percent in 2009 vs. 29 percent in 2008). When it comes to managing their registry over the course of their engagement, the majority of couples use the Internet exclusively (69 percent). When it comes to registry influences, the Internet is the dominant media platform and shares the top spot with friends and family. These sources are influential for 80 percent of couples. In-store visits come in third with 45 percent. A couple’s personal wedding web page has become more than just a resource for dayof wedding details. Two-thirds of couples now have personal wedding web pages, which play an increasing role in the registry process. Most of these web pages are a primary resource for communicating registry information to guests. In fact, 53 percent of to-be-weds utilize an online wedding web page to inform their guests of their registry specifics—a 13 percent increase over last year. Nearly 70 percent of couples create their primary registries with Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Macy’s. Bed Bath & Beyond leads the category with over 35 percent of couples choosing the store as their primary registry. Many couples are considering their guests’

pocketbooks when registering for their wedding gifts; more than 4 out of 10 couples claim that the current state of the economy affected their registry choices.

release in The Knot Market Intelligence Bridal Research Series. Other 2009 studies include the jewelry, bridal fashion, beauty and health and fitness markets.

Couples registering for honeymoons increased 50 percent—12 percent in 2009 compared to 8 percent in 2008. Other alternative registries, such as charity registries, have remained relatively stable year over year; 4 percent of couples set up a charity registry.

About the Survey More than 12,500 qualified couples of mixed ethnicities and education and income levels were polled across 50 states. Wedding dates of those polled fell between January 2009 and December 2009. To qualify, a respondent had to be 18 or older and engaged to be married before the end of the year or 18 or older and married between January 2009 and August 2009. The survey was fielded in July and August of 2009 and was administered by DRI on behalf of The Knot Market Intelligence Group.

Kitchen, bed and bath remain the most popular categories on a couple’s wedding registry (kitchen appliances/electrics, 91 percent; bakeware, 91 percent; kitchen accessories, 88 percent; cookware, 86 percent; bath items, 85 percent; bedding, 84 percent). However, other categories continue to grow, such as electronics (30 percent in 2009 vs. 26 percent in 2008) and everyday china (69 percent in 2009 vs. 64 percent in 2008). Brides are moving toward transitional china that can serve for both casual and formal occasions. Additional highlights will be available on The Knot Market Intelligence website:, while complete results and custom profiles are available for purchase. For more information, please contact TKMI at The 2009 Registry Study is the latest

About The Knot Inc. The Knot Inc. is a leading lifestage media company. The company's flagship brand, The Knot, is one of the nation’s leading wedding resources, reaching well over one million engaged couples each year through the wedding website, The Knot weddings magazines and The Knot regional magazines, The Knot books (published by Random House and Chronicle) and several television series bearing The Knot name (on Style Network, Oxygen, and Comcast).

L. Tremain Introduces Flavored Compound Butters to Butter Bell Crock Line L. Tremain Inc., maker of The Original Butter Bell® Crock, has partnered with Distinctive Tastes Specialty Foods, a company dedicated to transforming dishes with interesting ingredients. Butter Bell customers can now purchase crocks together with their choice of sweet or savory compound butters.

Tastes butters to their order. These proprietary flavor combinations combine sweet and savory herbs, spices, vegetables and fruit. Gourmet blends include Spicy Cilantro Lime, Provencal, Citrus, Garlic and Bacon Molasses. All product is handmade in small batches and hand packed to ensure optimal freshness and quality.

“For the last several years we have searched for a butter line that could deliver the high quality our customers have come to know from our products,” said Lisa Tremain, president & CEO of L. Tremain. “After testing Distinctive Tastes’ line we were really impressed. Never have we tried a flavored butter that delivered such an intense, unique flavor profile.”

Distinctive Tastes gourmet compound butters are now available for purchase on

The Original Butter Bell Crock is a modern version of the authentic French beurrier. Made from high quality, durable stoneware, the Butter Bell safely keeps butter at room temperature— on the counter or tabletop—without spoilage, refrigeration or odors. L. Tremain has recreated and improved this natural method of preserving the creamy texture and delicate flavor of butter. Individuals who are purchasing crocks for their kitchen or as gifts online can now conveniently choose to add Distinctive 10

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About L. Tremain Inc. L. Tremain Inc., a marketing and distribution company, has found a niche providing unique and time-honored cooking items, housewares and kitchen tools to consumers worldwide. For more information, contact L Tremain at About Distinctive Tastes Specialty Foods Founded in 2009, Distinctive Tastes Specialty Foods produces gourmet food products for consumers, grocery stores and restaurants nationwide. Based in Groveland, Mass., the company creates the first and only line of bake-your-own crackers and compound butters. For more information, visit


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featured LAID BACK DISH BRUSH & SPONGE This pair comes with replaceable heads and a beautiful, ergonomic handle you won’t want to throw away! The sponge is made from the cellulose in plants, so it’s biodegradable, and the brush block is made from biodegradable Bonterra™, a plastic made from plants. The bristles are a great example of how Full Circle tools balance function and sustainability. Natural, plant-based bristles are absorbent and hold soap while postconsumer recycled plastic bristles are tough and durable. The arched handle is both comfortable to hold and minimizes surface contact with your counter, preventing any puddles or bacterial build-up.


The Laid Back dish brush and sponge are just two tools from Full Circle’s full line of stylish, functional, sustainable and affordable cleaning tools. The company offers dish brushes, vegetable brushes, pot scrubbers, sponges, cloths and towels, all made from renewable materials and ranging from $3.99-$9.99 retail. Visit them at booth 836 at Atlanta Gift Mart. Full Circle [tel] 732-993-5572

SUDS UP DISH BRUSH & SPONGE This cleaning duo comes with replaceable, interchangeable heads and a push button for easy soap dispensing. They stand on end eliminating the need for bulky storage containers and allowing the bristles and sponge to air dry, keeping bacteria off your counter. The sleek, ergonomic handles are made with renewable bamboo and the brush block is made with Bonterra™, a plant-based, biodegradable plastic.

The brush features a unique blend of absorbent, natural bristles and durable, recycled plastic bristles and the sponge is made from the cellulose in plants, so you get the best of both worlds—tough scrubbing action with earth–friendly materials. These tools do a great job washing even the toughest dirt and grime. Everyone needs to clean up, why can’t they do it with effective tools that are stylish and green at the same time? The Suds Up dish brush and sponge are just two tools from Full Circle’s full line of stylish, functional, sustainable and affordable cleaning tools. The company offers dish brushes, vegetable brushes, pot scrubbers, sponges , cloths and towels, all made from renewable materials and ranging from $3.99-$9.99 retail. Visit them at booth 836 at Atlanta Gift Mart. Full Circle [tel] 732-993-5572


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a touch of aromatherapy.

Howard Naturals offers two natural cleaning collections – the Kitchen Care Collection and the Furniture Care collection – each with an added touch of aromatherapy.

Howard Naturals invites you to try the two collections and create a fresh, chemicalfree atmosphere in your daily tasks.

All the products are free from petroleum distillates, bleach, ammonia, glycol ethers and silicone oils, providing a refreshing, healthier way to clean. The company turned to the natural products industr y to find the most innovative vegetable-derived ingredients, so they could develop the ver y best natural cleaning products possible. Howard Naturals then added their specialized blends of essential oil fragrances to provide

MARIE’S CHEF’S SOAP After three years of research and development, Marie’s Chef’s Soap shows superior performance in rinsing germs, food and odors down the drain, contains no synthetics, animal products or fragrances that would contaminate food, and keeps hands soft wash after wash. The authentic formula has been passed down in France for generations and is known by chefs worldwide. Unlike regular soap, Marie’s Chef’s Soap rinses clean completely, and while the bar fits Because of these attributes, it is one of nature's most environmentallyfriendly crops, and the perfect allnatural substitute for materials like cotton and wood, which make a larger environmental footprint.

MÜKITCHEN'S BAMBOO TOWELS— EVERY COLOR IS GREEN The bamboo plant is a fast-growing, natural woody plant that is grown without pesticides or chemicals. It regenerates every two to three years and is 100 percent biodegradable.

Bamboo has properties that make it especially suited for kitchen products. When woven, it makes an ultra-soft fabric, much softer than cotton or silk, yet one that stands up to tough daily use. Bamboo cloth is super-absorbent and fast-drying, and bamboo releases an all-natural anti-bacterial agent that kills bacterial growth. Users will notice the fresh bamboo scent of the bamboo kitchen towels. home fresh, fun and fragrant. All of their cleaning supplies are made with natural essential oils, are biodegradable and phosphate-free and are never tested on animals. Whether you use the All Purpose Cleaner (good for just about everything), the Dish Soap (cuts grease like nobody’s business) or any of their other cleaning supplies, you’ll find their products are good for your house, your nose and the environment.

MRS. MEYER’S CLEAN DAY COLLECTION Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day cleaning supplies make cleaning your

Their Liquid Dish Soap (16 ounces) is great for cleaning pots, pans, dishes, crystal and china. It contains naturally-cleaning Soap Bark extract, naturally-derived,

The Furniture Care Collection features a wood cleaner and polish, a wood preserver and an upholstery cleaner; the Kitchen Care Collection features a granite and marble cleaner, a kitchen cabinet cleaner and polish and a stainless steel cleaner and polish. Scents available are grapefruitginger, lemongrass-lime, sage-citrus, lavender-bergamot, sandalwoodtangerine and vanilla-patchouli. Howard Naturals [tel] 800-266-9545 in the hands, it is guaranteed to last at least one year of use in the residential kitchen. That means the 21⁄4-pound, creamy colored $28.95 bar comes out to less than $2.41 per month—much less than regular bar soap and even synthetic soap liquids. The affordability, practicality and all-natural aspects of Marie’s Chef’s Soap have positioned it for strong everyday and gift sales. Marie’s Chef’s Soap [tel] 888-400-2425 MÜKitchen's line of bamboo products includes dishtowels, dishcloths and aprons. The dishcloth is 12" x 12" and comes in nine colors. It also features a hanging loop for convenience. The dishtowels measure 16" x 24", come in nine different colors and also feature a convenient hanging loop. The bamboo aprons are available in violet or chocolate colors and feature an adjustable ring at the neck and extra long ties for comfort. Because they are made from sustainable bamboo, all three products are completely biodegradable. MÜKitchen [tel] 866-544-2224 powerful cleansers and degreasers and essential oils. The Countertop Spray (16 ounces) is ideal for all non-porous surfaces like finished wood and tile floors, countertops, walls, porcelain and bathroom fixtures. It features the same formula as the All Purpose Cleaner, but with an added vegetable protein extract to remove odors. For extra-grimy surfaces, the Mrs. Meyer’s Surface Scrub (11 ounces) works wonders. Chlorineand phosphate-free, it can be used on tile, stainless steel and porcelain. Mrs. Meyer’s [tel] 877-865-1508

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NYIGF Booth #2257 Seracon introduces reed diffusers that are low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). The reed diffusers are specially blended to last up to a full year. Seracon is known for introducing long-lasting eco-friendly products made with highest quality ingredients and premium fragrances made with essential oils. The reed diffusers are available in 18 fragrances.

NEW ROBOT SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS NYIGF Booth #3767 The Salt and Pepper ‘Bots will walk across your tabletop delivering your salt and pepper requirements with pride! Each ‘Bot measures 95mm high. The ‘Bots are made from food grade ABS. Suggested Retail Price: $35-pair Suck UK LTD [tel] +44 020 7923 0011 [email]

Seracon Products [tel] 800-465-1818 [email]

LINK PLACEMATS NYIGF Booth #3940 Designs Abroad brings the Link Placemats by Ute Design to the U.S. market. Suitable for indoor and outdoor entertaining, the Link Placemats are Australian made with a timeless contemporary style. Designed by Melbourne based designer Kain Lucas, the Link Placemats were inspired by traditional Islamic circle

patterns and are a durable, dishwasher safe and child friendly option for your dining table or outdoor setting. Made from click pressed polyethylene, the Link Placemats are available in black and white. Suggested Retail Price: $79-Set of six Designs Abroad [tel] 404-287-0547 [email]

GREEN GLASS COMPANY “REPURPOSED” TRIO CANDLE HOLDERS NYIGF Booth #5421 Make repurposing the center piece of your table with these candle stick holders made from reclaimed Bordeaux, Westport Rivers Wine and Californian Chardonnay Bottles. The bright candle light will make these colorful holders sparkle. The approximate height of the trio of candles is eight inches, 10 inches and 12.5 inches. The candle holders are sold in a set of three. The Green Glass Company embraces the idea of repurposing over recycling. The bottles are cut, edge melted and annealed. Re-purposing of glass requires a fraction of the energy compared to melting and forming glassware from recycled glass cullets. By only using reclaimed bottles and other reclaimed materials for its unique glassware, The Green Glass Company not only practices a reclamation policy but also actively promotes re-purposing as a viable and sustainable way of living. Suggested Retail Price: $50-Set of 3 The Green Glass Company [tel] 715-355-1897 [email]

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MUSTARDSEED & MOONSHINE NEW COLLECTION NYIGF Booth #3532 The new Mustardseed & Moonshine Spring Collection of toothpick holders make great collectable or hostess gifts. They also brighten any breakfast table when used as egg cups. Designs are based on real flowers, true-to-nature in form and color. Every petal is laid one at a time, and meticulously hand painted. Over 17 artisans bring their talents to each piece, which takes over 15 days to complete, including three separate firings. Made from earthenware, each one, though

delicate in appearance, is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. Each piece is approximately 2 inches high. The Spring Collection comes in nine different patterns and colors: Fritillaria Green, Fritillaria Purple, Delphinium Light Red, Delphinium Greek Blue, Delphinium Lime, Poppy Japanese, Poppy Yellow, Inca Lily Lilac, Inca Lily Pink. Suggested Retail Price: $30 Mustardseed & Moonshine [tel] 516-829-4103 [email]

NYIGF Booth #3956 Now Designs introduces the new Dandelion print. Dandelion is a stylized botanical print inspired by 1950s fabrics and quirky organic plant and flower shapes. The color palette consists of yellow tones with a crisp navy blue. The pattern is available in Dandelion Tango Apron, Dandelion Porcelain 10-ounce Mug and Dandelion Porcelain Dessert Plate, 7.5". During the NYIGF, Now Designs product line will be shown at the Keena booth. Suggested Retail Price: $7-each mug and plate, $25-Apron

NYIGF Booth #4222 OOTS! offers a set of placemats that are made from 100 percent natural, biodegradable and recycled fibers, seeds and plant material. And, the something special about this product is that the seed mats can actually be planted. The seed placemats are made by Symphony Handmade Seed Papers in New Mexico and distributed by OOTS!. OOTS! has the exclusive distribution rights. The Chasta Daisies Placemats are pictured. The placemats are sold in a set of eight along with place cards. Suggested Retail Price: $44 OOTS! [tel] 505-989-7707 [email]

Now Designs [tel] 866-253-9001 [email]

POTTING SHED CREATIONS’ BAMBOO GROWPOT NYIGF Booth #7344 Bamboo Growpots contain complete herb and flower gardens in a 4" high pot made from sustainable bamboo. Lids invert to become saucers; ribbons are made from recycled plastic bottles. USDA certified organic soil and seed are used where available. Available in oregano, parsley, basil, mint, lavender, snaps, blue eyes and wishflower. Bamboo Growpots can also be displayed in groups of three coupled with the display tray. Suggested Retail Price: $20-Growpots; $10-Display Tray Potting Shed Creations [tel] 800-505-7696

SEA STONES STONE STEMMED WINE GLASSES NYIGF Booth #3679 & 6524 Contemporary glasses made entirely from recycled glass and stone, Stone wine glasses embody an intriguing sword-in-the-stone design and feel great in your hand. The form is inspired by cairns, the carefully balanced stacks of stones that mark the way along hiking trails in New England forests. Since no two are alike, the design also makes it easy to recognize a particular wine glass. The glasses pair perfectly with Stone bottle stoppers and napkin rings. Suggested Retail Price: $30 Sea Stones [tel] 206-202-1092 [email] 16

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NYIGF Booth #3276 The Ravi Instant Wine Refresher now has a decanter available. The Ravi is based on a concept of cooling wine at the very moment it is served. Instead of cooling the entire bottle, the Ravi cools the wine itself as it’s poured through the Ravi. The Ravi can cool a glass of red from room temperature to its optimum serving temperature in a matter of seconds or can replace the need of an ice bucket while enjoying a chilled bottle of white or rosé wine. The Ravi can also chill two to three glasses of non-refrigerated white wine to the perfect temperature for impulsiveness. At the NYIGF, Ravi Solution will be introducing a new decanter. This decanter incorporates the Ravi into the decanter for a beautiful serving piece. Suggested Retail Price: $39.95

NYIGF Booth #3515 Abbiamo Tutto continues to focus on the importance of what made in Italy really stands for in reference to design, workmanship and quality. One of the company’s newest additions to the 2010 line is the Espresso and Cappuccino coffee cup sets. The set highlights four Italian cities—Florence, Venice, Rome and Naples and incorporates the Tri Colori based on the three colors of the Italian flag—green, red and white. The selected shape for the set is a traditional Neopolitan style. The collection is simply called “Caffé” and will be premiering at the winter shows, including NYIGF in January. Suggested Retail Price: $56-four espresso cups/saucers; $70–four cappuccino cups/saucers

Ravi Solution Inc. [tel] 514-312-8476

Abbiamo Tutto [tel] 866-714-9161



NYIGF Booth #4126 Ink Dish works with leading artists to create fashion-forward porcelain dinnerware that retails for under $100 per four-piece set. Ink Dish brings the visions of cutting edge artists like Paul Timman of Sunset Strip Tattoo and Alyson Fox to the table. All products are ‘A’ quality porcelain decorated with an in-glaze decal that results in a product that is elegant as well as microwave and dishwasher safe. The pictured collection, called May, was designed by Alyson Fox. Suggested Retail Price: $12.50-$25

NYIGF Booth #5147 This bark serving bowl is made of mango wood from Northern Thailand. Artisans spend nearly 45 days shaping, sanding, drying and staining the bowl, while carefully preserving the original bark. The bowl is food safe and ideal for fruits, vegetables, chips, salads—or a variety of other foods. Clean with soap and warm water, making sure to thoroughly dry. The bowl measures 11 inches by 6 inches. Suggested Retail Price: $48

Ink Dish [tel] 857-241-7104 [email]

Circa Asia [tel] 800-541-7226 [email]

MAGGY AMES HANDMADE MIXING BOWLS NYIGF Booth #302 These handmade mixing bowls from Maggy Ames are made of high-fired stoneware suitable for oven, microwave and dishwasher. The bowls go beyond mixing duties and perform equally well as tableware. The bowls go from kitchen to oven to the table. Available in shades of green (shown), shades of blue and shades of tan. Sold in a set of three bowls. Suggested Retail Price: $66 for set of three Maggy Ames [tel] 212-431-7631 [email]

ALADDIN SUSTAIN LUNCH SET NYIGF Booth #3681 Aladdin’s new Sustain Lunch Set is a perfect fit for the consumer and the planet. The customizable lunch set has four different containers and a colorful tote. All parts are made with recycled material. The containers are BPA-free and recyclable wherever plastic is collected. The containers are stackable, as well as microwave and dishwasher safe. Available Spring 2010. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 Aladdin [tel] 615-750-1913 [email]

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TRADE SHOW (cont. from page 1) The bottom line for NYIGF is that Belshaw expects an excellent showing in January. “With retailers managing inventory more closely than a year ago and consumer confidence cautiously on the rise, we anticipate a vibrant Winter Market with healthy buying activity,” she said. New tools and a new marketing strategy feature prominently in NYIGF’s preparations for the January show. The new marketing strategy features the tagline “New Rules” and includes a redesigned NYIGF logo along with a website, print campaign and onsite signage. The show is also counting on the continued reorganization of the divisions and show layout to create more depth in product categories. For educational events, NYIGF will feature a seminar designed to facilitate relationships between buyers and sellers of art and design licensing. Another program will be SustainAbility: design for a better world®, showcasing “green” gift and home products and business practices. Slightly southwest of New York, the January Total Home and Gift Show at the Dallas Market Center takes place Jan. 13-19, 2010. Robin Wells, executive vice president of leasing for the Dallas Market Center, shares Belshaw’s optimism regarding the 2010 market season. “Given the trade show patterns in the fall, we have seen the optimism rise from both vendors and retailers,” said Wells. “We all

seem hopeful that the new year will bring stimulated sales as people start spending again. Our region has fared better than most in the country, so the spending levels here on the broader levels have remained above average. We did not fall as far, so our spending levels and market-time activity have been stronger than most trade shows. Of course, we like to think our marketplace adds to that success as well!” The Dallas Market Center is adding a new award program in the gourmet field to rally the kitchenware buyers and exhibitors in January. The center’s Gourmet Market, a 25,000-square-foot shared showroom, featuring gourmet gifts, specialty food, housewares, cookware, tabletop, kitchen gadgets and wine, will host its first annual Gourmet Gold Awards at the January show. According to the press announcement, the award program will highlight the best offerings during the Total Home & Gift Market. Award categories include: Best Chocolate, Best Candy, Best Dessert, Best Snack, Best Condiment, Best Soup or Chili, Best Extra (seasoning, salad dressing or dipping oil), Best Beverage and Most Innovative Kitchen Accessory. The Awards will also recognize new companies and new products in the Best of Gourmet Rising Stars category. AmericasMart Atlanta is counting on some star power as well as new products, new exhibitors and new divisions to draw buyers to the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, taking

place Jan. 7–10, 2010. Designer Kathry M. Ireland will help the market launch a new division called Living and Entertaining: Gifts, Tabletop & Accessories. The new name is part of an evolving set of product offerings for the tabletop and gift floors in Building 2 at AmericasMart. Products to be featured in the new section include more casual tabletop, paper tableware, party invitations, hostess and entertaining gifts, candles, candle sticks and artisan tableware. Performing in AmericasMart’s Gourmet Demonstration Kitchen during the January show will be Alton Brown, Tyler Florence and Virginia Willis. Tom Filicia will talk about design philosophy and sign copies of his book, “Style: Inspired Ideas for Creating Rooms You'll Love.” Brad Ford will be on hand to speak about “The Accidental Blogger,” providing personal insight on how his quest for inspiration quickly detoured into the world of social media marketing. AmericasMart will also be hosting AmericasMart University (AMU)—an industry educational program, offering buyers a comprehensive schedule of business classes taught by business professionals. The AmericasMart University (AMU) Social Media Day will feature a keynote address by “Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business” author Erik Qualman, with breakout sessions and classes following in the new AMU social media curriculum.

January Shows at a Glance AmericasMart—Atlanta Show: The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® Dates: Jan. 7-10, 2010 Location: Atlanta Age of Market: 53 years Square Feet of Exhibit/Showroom Space: 7.7 million Biggest Change in Recent Years: Opening of Building 2 WestWing with Gourmet Kitchen Exhibition Space Celebrity Guests for January: Alton Brown, Tyler Florence, Virgina Willis, Thom Filicia, Brad Ford, Kathryn M. Ireland Educational Seminars: Yes New for January Market: Launch of “Living and Entertaining: Gifts, Tabletop & Accesssories,” with exclusive presentation by celebrity designer, Kathryn M. Ireland. Dallas Market Center Show: Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dates: Jan. 13-19, 2010 Age of Market: 53 years Number of Attendees Expected: 50,000 annually for this show Square Feet of Exhibit/Showroom Space: 5+ million Biggest Change in Recent Years: Growth of FINDS—temporary exhibitors and a “Fast Pass” Registration System. Celebrity Guests for January: Susanna Salk, author & interior design commentator. Educational Seminars: Yes New for January Market: Five new categories in the FINDS Temp Show: Bath & Body, Garden & Outdoor, Outdoor Furniture, Paper & Party and Souvenir. Key Product Categories: gift products, decorative accessories, lighting, floral, gourmet, furniture, toys, seasonal items and more. George Little Management Show: New York International Gift Fair, plus open show rooms at 41 Madison, 7 West New York and 230 Fifth Ave. Dates: Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2010 Location: Javits Center, New York, NY Age of Market: This January represents the 158th semi-annual show. Number of Attendees Expected: 31,000 Number of Exhibitors Expected: 2,700 Biggest Change in Recent Years: Reorganization of the layout to make the divisions more “pure” in terms of product category. Celebrity Guests for January: Margot Datz, author Educational Seminars: Yes New for January Market: “New Rules” marketing campaign, including newly designed Web site. “BIG” announcement planned in January on organization of devisions. Key Product Categories: Candles, Children’s/Baby Items, Decorative Accessories, Fashion, Floral, Games/ Puzzles/ Toys, Handmade/Craft, Home Furnishings, Home Textiles, Jewelry, Kitchenware, Novelties/Souvenirs, Outdoor Living/Garden, Personal Care, Pet Products, Promotional Items, Religious, Seasonal/Holiday, Stationery, Tabletop & Housewares.


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NYIGF WINTER SHOW PREVIEW ROMANOFF PRODUCTS’ LAZY SUSANS NYIGF Booth #1845 Romanoff Products Inc. announces the launch of its newly designed 9" and 12" Lazy Susans with bright, colorful nonskid mats at NYIGF. Many customers may already be familiar with Romanoff’s Lazy Susans with black and white nonskid mats. The much anticipated models with bright, colorful non-skid mats are now available. The mats are great for keeping spices organized and at hand. The new colors for the mats include Tomato Red, Bountiful Blue, Luscious Lime and Totally Tangerine. Romanoff Products [tel] 800-828-9587

DBO HOME’S ACORN VESSELS NYIGF Booth #5530 dbO Home’s Acorn Vessels are handmade in the company’s studio in Sharon, Conn. The Acorn Vessels come in three useful sizes—small, approx. 3"h x 4.5"w, medium, approx. 4"h x 4.5"w and large, approx. 6"h x 4.5"w. Each vessel is wheelthrown porcelain with hand turned claro walnut lids fitted to each piece, as no two are alike. The Acorn Vessels come in either their oyster glaze (a glossy cream) or vanilla bean glaze (matte white with specks). dbO Home [tel] 860-364-6008 [email]

CLAY ART’S FREE RANGE COLLECTION NYIGF BOOTH #3128 The Free Range collection takes a lighthearted turn around the barnyard with whimsical ceramic serveware and accessories reflecting a trio of popular farm figures including the illustrious pig (shown), cow and hen. The colorful collection includes chip platter and dip bowl, serving bowl, mug set, salt and pepper shakers and cookie jar. Clay Art [tel] 800-252-9555 [email]

FLIP & TUMBLE BAGS NYIGF Booth #4226 The Flip & Tumble Bags were designed for those who only seem to remember their reusable bags the moment they need them. A stretchy pouch makes it a cinch to go from a full size bag to small ball in seconds flat. Stash one in a messenger bag or purse and you are ready to go, 24/7. The bags are made of ripstop nylon and have a felt patch on the shoulder to ease the burden. They are machine washable. Suggested Retail Price: $9 Flip & Tumble [tel] 415-830-5624 [email]

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DIGITAL KITCHEN (cont. from page 1) New Advances to Barbecue Technology The avid barbecue-lover will never have to worry about over or under-cooking their meat again! These neat little Admetior barbecue tongs have seven preset meat types. After inputting the type of meat you are cooking, the tongs display the appropriate internal temperature for that meat, based on USDA standards. They measure temperatures from 32 to 392 degrees Fahrenheit, and are able to read Fahrenheit or Celsius. By inserting the probe into the meat, the digital tongs display the internal temperature of the food and an alarm sounds when it is ready, eliminating the risk of under-cooking. This item also has a built-in LED flashlight, perfect for late night barbecues in the backyard, and boasts a five-second quick response time. The LCD screen is removable, meaning the tongs are also dishwasher-safe. It is available on for $29.99. Give Yourself a Little TLC! For the busy cook, iBon! has developed a thermometer called the TLC—Time Left to Cook. After developing a variety of thermometers that have set the standard for food safety in the industry for the past few decades, iBon! President Richard Rund has created the TLC, raising the bar by combining a thermometer with a clock, which counts down to when the food is cooked. “The housewares industry technically has always been very conservative and very far behind consumer electronics and I just didn’t see any reason for that to be the case,” Rund said. “I saw [TLC] as a tremendous convenience factor. It gives you more versatility, so you can go pick up the kids or run errands and know how much time you have until the food is cooked.” The thermometer is just about to hit the market, debuting in March at the International Home + Housewares Show. The anticipated MSRP is $19.95-$39.95 based on features in the respective unit.

said Eric M. Halberg, General Manager for the Americas, Parasia International LTD/ Mingle Metal LTD. “We wanted to make something that was simple and easy to use.” The Digital Spoon Scale measures a onetime weight of up to 10 ounces and an accumulative weight of 105 ounces It includes two different spoon scoops, one that measures to three tablespoons and another that measures 1½ tablespoons. They are removable and dishwasher safe. The spoon comes with two AAA batteries which are easily replaceable. The item debuted last April and is available on It retails for $24.95. Voice Activated Coffeemaker Brews Itself Coffeemakers these days often come with too many buttons and functions, intimidating customers, said Seth Lichtman, Group Marketing Manager for Hamilton Beach. “We started thinking, well what if we just had one button that you press and speak into...everyone can do that,” Lichtman said. And thus, in September of 2009, the Hamilton Beach Voice-Activated Coffeemaker was born. Easy for all to use, by pressing a button and speaking a command, the coffeemaker will program either the time, or will set itself to auto-brew. By choosing the auto-brew feature, the device is programmed to create a fresh cup of coffee each day at a specific time, provided the user inserts the coffee grounds and water. If there are no coffee grounds in the machine, the coffeemaker will shut itself off. “We wanted to make it very simple and very easy to use,” Lichtman said. “That's really what this is all about.” Dual-Wine Cooler Measures Temperature of the Liquid, Not the Bottle Wine enthusiasts worldwide will rejoice for the Kalorik Tabletop Wine Cooler, a dualwine cooler that is the perfect addition to any home bar. Introduced to the market in 2008, this wine cooler sets itself apart from all others on the market, as it measures the temperature of the liquid, not the bottle. “You can program the cooler to champagne, red wine or white wine, and when it gets to the right temperature, it beeps,” said Dori Topaz, vice president of sales for Kalorik. By removing the cork from the bottle and replacing it with a battery-powered cork and probe, the wine cooler is able to

measure the liquid in the bottle, letting wine connoisseurs know when it has reached the perfect temperature. And with dual chambers, the wine cooler is able to simultaneously cool two different bottles of wine, controlling the wine to between 48 and 65 degrees. It can also be programmed manually, for those who prefer their wine even more chilled. “What makes this more special is the fact that it has a wireless temperature gauge,” Topaz added. “If you have the bottle sitting near the unit on the table, it will tell you when the temperature starts to rise.”

To measure “doneness,” the oven comes with a probe that measures the food’s temperature. By following the picture provided, the home cook knows exactly where to insert the probe, taking out the guesswork. What’s more, the oven features the industry’s first “no-preheat” function on one rack. Your customer will never again have to wait 30 minutes to cook a 10minute frozen pizza. In today’s world where food safety is an important issue, the Jenn-Air Wall Oven helps guarantee that food is properly cooked.

The rubber cork and probe are powered by easily-replaceable lithium batteries, and the unit itself plugs into the wall. It retails for $199.99. Touch-screen Oven Packs Heat Jenn-Air has just created the Jenn-Air Wall Oven, an industry-first that is breaking new boundaries in terms of how people cook and bake. Recently released to the market, the Jenn-Air Wall Oven features an LCD screen with touchanywhere technology and a variety of options to help home cooks prepare their meals to perfection. Developed by a team of engineers, scientists, chemists and “foodies,” the oven features a Culinary Center that gives the home cook options on how to best cook over 65 types of food, comprised of 10 categories, including poultry, vegetables, desserts, beef, lamb, etc., said Juliet Johnson, Premium Brand Experience Manager for Jenn-Air. And That’s Not All Say your customer wants to cook lamb, medium-rare. Touch the appropriate buttons, and the oven will suggest the best type of pan in which to cook the meat. Comes out just right? The settings can be saved into a “favorites” category, so that the dish will always come out perfectly. “It's really well-rounded technology,” Johnson said. “Not everyone wants that high degree of help offered, so you don’t have to use every option available with the culinary center, but if you want it, or say if you’re familiar with beef and poultry but not so much with lamb, it provides guidance.”

The Perfect Balance— A Digital Spoon That Tips The Scale More than a spoon or a scale, this little gadget combines measurements of both weight and volumes and reads in grams and ounces, meaning customers will never again have to guesstimate when using international recipes. “There are a lot of recipes beginning to call for weight versus volume, hence the evolution of this item,” 20

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{ to market } Gourmet Catalog Expects Record Number of Attendees Gourmet Catalog has a record number of store and vendor members signed up to attend the seventh annual Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group Start the Year Member Conference scheduled for Jan. 8-9, 2010, at AmericasMart in Atlanta. “We view this increase as a positive nod to the industry,” said Janis Johnson, founder and president of Gourmet Catalog. Gourmet Catalog’s exclusive Member Conference will feature guest keynote speaker Rick Segel, author of “Retailing for Dummies,” in addition to an extended Vendor Showcase. Top executives from the Group’s vendor members will preview their new products. “In a tough economy, camaraderie plays an important role in keeping retailers in a positive frame of mind,” said Johnson. “Giving store and vendor members the opportunity to share ideas, expand product knowledge and learn from each other is what the conference is all about.” The annual conference focuses on education, networking, new product introductions and training demonstrations for members. Highlights include small-group discussions, a networking lunch, a buffet supper, a cocktail party and the Vendor Showcase.

The California Gift Show Offers Seasonal Product at the January Market The California Gift Show® showcases the most prominent lines in seasonal product this Jan. 12-18. Los Angeles has always been a destination for seasonal product and is now presenting a larger, more-enhanced and revitalized selection at the California Gift Show. The California Gift Show plans a fresh look to the January Market with expanded seasonal collections. With the increase in exhibiting companies and the ability to buy now and ship later, The California Gift show has made purchasing holiday merchandise a one-market-shopping experience. Between the Los Angeles Convention Center and L.A. Mart, the California Gift Show offers resources from traditional to trendsetting, seasonal product in one market. “The California Gift Show is a must-attend market for West Coast buyers looking for distinctive, fresh product,” said Frank Joens, vice president of sales, L.A. Mart and California Gift Show. “The Los Angeles Convention Center and L.A. Mart will offer thousands of unique resources for buyers to peruse. Our buyers will see some of the hottest, most innovative lines available today.” The newly produced seasonal section is the ideal complement to the current seasonal

product in the L.A. Mart permanent showrooms and will feature Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine, multicultural holiday, and mom, dad and grad products from both new and national names in seasonal lines. Companies such as Melrose International, Jim Marvin Collection, Joy to the Word, Hanna Handiworks, Katherine’s Collection Ohio Wholesale, Amscan, Lickerman, Sullivans, Bethany Lowe Designs, May Arts, America Asia Trading, Kurt Adler, K&K Interiors, Roman Inc., and Roger E. Gruen Inc. will be showcased at the California Gift Show.

Mart is home to nearly 300 permanent year-round, residential, decorative accessory and gift showrooms serving the retail and interior design industries. The California Gift Show and L.A. Mart Temporaries feature over 500 temporary exhibitors of lifestyle merchandise, home décor and furnishings, in the newly enhanced and expanded Temporaries at L.A. Mart, and Los Angeles Convention. L.A. Mart is located at 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007. For more information call 213-763-5800 or visit

“We are thrilled to offer buyers an unparalleled seasonal product selection,” said Peggy Coleman, vice president of marketing, L.A. Mart and California Gift Show. “With the addition of more seasonal lines in both locations, Los Angeles is the destination for amazing holiday resources.” For more information, visit About L.A. Mart L.A. Mart® is a registered trademark of MMPI. The California Gift Show is a registered trademark of MMPI. Beckman’s Handcrafted Gift Show is a registered trademark of MMPI. L.A.

The Vendor Showcase is a private trade show for Gourmet Catalog members, where vendors demonstrate products and store members fill goody bags as they visit each vendor’s booth. The mission of the showcase is to offer stores and vendors valuable face time to discuss products and sales strategies in a comfortable, educational environment. A wrap-up cocktail party at the new location of Cook’s Warehouse in Atlanta will feature dishes prepared by a host of professional chefs, using tools and products produced by vendor members. The 2010 Member Conference theme will be “Regroup, Recover, Regrow,” signifying the group’s commitment to helping members recover their retail footing and move toward renewed success in the new year. The conference is open only to store and vendor members of Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group. About Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group Gourmet Catalog Members formed the original group in the housewares industry. The Gourmet Catalog Buying Group, formed in 1981, seeks to ensure the success of independent retailers with a variety of programs and support services available to store members, including discounts provided by nearly 200 vendor members.

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{ to market } Ambiente 2010 Will Present Award Ceremonies, Trend Presentations and Events at February Show Along with its 4,300 or so international exhibitors, the numerous award ceremonies, trend presentations and events make Ambiente a major consumer-goods event for the first half of the year. Ambiente will be taking place from Feb. 12-16, 2010, with the trends of tomorrow, interesting up-and-coming designers and great ideas for the coming business year. Messe Frankfurt, the trade fair organizer, provided the following highlights of the upcoming Ambiente show in Frankfurt, Germany. Award Ceremonies: Prize-Winning Product Variety Design Plus Galleria 1 For some time now, product design must have both aesthetics and function. Consumers do not want to choose between one or the other contemporary consumer goods products must successfully integrate both elements. The best among them are honored annually at Ambiente by the Design Plus Award. The prize-winning products will be on display in an exhibition designed by Martin Metz. The Award’s sponsors are Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung), the City of Frankfurt and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Deutsche Industrie- und HandelskammertagDIHK), Berlin. Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany Galleria 1 The best of the best: only products that have already been awarded a design prize are nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2010 there will be a new structure to the awards. Up to 50 awards will be conferred. Along with the 25 awarded for products, a further 25 will be awarded for achievements in communications design. Also in 2010, a new prize for young designers will be awarded for the first time. The formal Award Ceremony will take place on the first day of Ambiente. The touring exhibition of the interdisciplinary awards can be seen in the Galleria throughout the trade fair. These awards are the central pillar of the strategy of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology to foster design, and are organized under its aegis. Find out more at Plagiarius Foyer Halls 5.1 / 6.1 The “Plagiarius” campaign names and shames the imitations and the fakes and awards the negative prize to intellectual property thieves on the first day of the trade fair. The most brazen counterfeits are officially unmasked with the award of the Dwarf with the Golden Nose and can be seen in an exhibition in the Foyer of Hall 4.1 together with the originals. Find out more at


Product of the Year Hall 5.1 The best there is in plastic will be the contenders for this award organized by the pro-K Industrial Association for SemiFinished Products. Consumer products made of plastics will be subject to rigorous scrutiny, before they become eligible for the title “Product of the Year.” The panel of experts will judge on the criteria of functionality, design and innovation, and will choose winners in four categories: Home, Leisure, General Requirements and Technical Consumer Goods. The prize-winning products will be on show, with relevant explanations, in the exhibition in Galleria 0. Kitchen Innovation Award Foyer Halls 5.1 / 6.1 In 2010, the award for the "Kitchen Innovation of the Year" will be presented for the first time at Ambiente in the past it has been Tendence that was the backdrop for the celebrated award ceremony. The prize is organized by FoodVision Deutschland GmbH and their "Better Living" initiative. It honors innovation and exceptional quality of products from the areas of Kitchen and Tableware. The prize-winning products will be on show in an exhibition in the Foyer of Halls 5.1 and 6.1. Talents Promoting Young Talent: Design of the Future Living Hall 11.0 Dining Hall 4.0 A top-quality stand, an international public, interesting surroundings, no costs: the ideal start for a career in design, which is what both of the international consumer-goods fairs Ambiente and Tendence offer year after year. The promotional program “Talents” has established itself as a springboard for the design scene and is to be extended at Ambiente 2010. Alongside an area for newcomers to the profession, with an emphasis on interior design, gifts and personal accessories (in the new Hall 11), the newcomers will, for the first time, have their own dedicated area in the Table and Kitchen section too (Hall 4.0). Messe Frankfurt is making 20 exhibition stands available for newcomers to the profession free of charge in each of the two areas. Next Loft Hall 11.0 Carat Hall 9.3 Kids’ World Hall 9.2 The next step on the career ladder: “Next” is aimed at young companies with a design background, who have already had the opportunity to get some experience in the business world and who would like to establish themselves firmly in the consumer-goods sector. After the initial success of the program, the promotional initiative was also extended to other

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product segments at Tendence 2009. Avant-garde furniture design is what is most in demand, but “Next” is the right platform for trendy children’s products and innovative jewelry creations too. Participating companies will be able to attend the leading trade fair for the consumer-goods sector and take advantage of the special offer of an all-inclusive, complete stand at a discounted rate. Trends 2010/Bora.Herke Galleria 1 Year after year, Ambiente is there to give a face to the trends for living, giving and enjoying: the trend show in Galleria 1 puts the products of Ambiente's exhibitors into the context of thematic trends in four style “worlds,” so that visitors can see and touch them in the flesh. The names given to the four worlds are: “genuine + sincere,” “present + everlasting,” “progressive + sensitive” and “crafted + original.” They embody the buzzwords of current trends authenticity, durability, progressiveness and craftsmanship. 300 Years of Porcelain in Germany Foyer Hall 4.1 Be they baronial showpieces, highly desirable collectors’ items, traditional family porcelain or mass-produced items porcelain reflects the development of society in an impressive and unmistakable way. The development of this cultural treasure is the theme of the display “300 Years of Porcelain” in the Foyer of Hall 4.1. Designer Gerd Sommerlade will flesh out the most important milestones from three centuries of tableware history. This sought-after producer and style guru has already produced several major photo series for Lifestyle Magazine on the subject of Table, Kitchen and Hospitality. The Hamburgborn designer has also created displays to showcase lines and collections by major porcelain manufacturers such as Rosenthal and Reichenbach. A Mano Hall 4.1 The items showcased in the “A Mano” display in Hall 4.1 are handmade in the truest sense of the word. The focus here is on craftwork, hand-made production goods and short production runs from traditional manufacturers as well as from small workshops and businesses. Within the framework of “Table Prestige,” with its quality suppliers such as Dibbern, Riedel, Robbe & Berking, Rosenthal and Villeroy & Boch, Hall 4.1 offers participants the very best environment in which to establish international business contacts.

Garden Visions Galleria 0 The borders between interiors and exteriors are becoming more and more blurred. Gone are the days when the balcony and the terrace were merely an appendage to a house. They are becoming fully-fledged living areas in their own right. Be it planters, outdoor furniture or barbecue equipment: among the “Garden Visions” displays there are some inspiring suggestions including designs for balconies, terraces and gardens from plant-pot specialists Scheurich and Lechuza and from outdoor furniture manufacturers Kettler and Weber Grill. Afrique Authentic—Authentic Afrika Hall 8.0 More and more consumers are seeking a combination of sustainability, traditional manufacturing techniques and quality. The “Afrique Authentic—Authentic Afrika” project meets this demand in an exemplary way: the home textiles and items of clothing manufactured in Burkina Faso are made of organic cotton and achieve their success as a result of particularly high-quality design, which skillfully blends the modern and the traditional. The project is on display in Hall 8.0 and showcases a selection of products. Gastronomic Highlights: Sustenance in Style In fitting out selected cafés and Mini-Pics, Messe Frankfurt regularly invites the help of famous designers and style gurus: those responsible for the design highlights in our eateries include Veit Streitenberger, Petra Strickstrock, Studio Morgen and Phoenix Flowers. About Messe Frankfurt Messe Frankfurt is Germany’s leading trade fair organizer, with 440 million euros in sales in 2008 and more than 1,500 employees worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries, five branch offices and 52 international Sales Partners, giving it a presence for its customers in more than 150 countries. Events made by Messe Frankfurt take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2008, Messe Frankfurt organized more than 100 trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany. Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds, featuring 578,000 square meters, are currently home to ten exhibition halls and an adjacent Congress Center. The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 percent and the State of Hesse 40 percent. For more information, please visit their website at

2010 TRADE SHOW CALENDER JANUARY 2010 6-13 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market AmericasMart Atlanta Atlanta, GA, 800-ATL-MART 10-13 National Retail Federation 99th Annual Convention & Expo Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 202-626-8154 12-18 California Gift Show L.A. Mart, Los Angeles, CA, 800-LAMART4 13-16 Heimtextil Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Center Frankfurt, Germany, 770-984-8016

21-24 Alberta Gift Show Northlands Agricom Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 800-633-8332 23-24 Upshow-Upper Midwest Foodservice & Lodging Show Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, MN, 914-421-3200 27-March 1 Portland Gift & Accessories Show Oregon Convention Center Portland, OR, 800-346-1212 MARCH 2010 7-10 Montreal Gift Show Place Bonaventure Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 888-823-7469

13-19 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center, Dallas, TX, 800-DAL-MKTS

14-16 International Home & Housewares Show McCormick Place Chicago, IL, 847-692-0109

15-17 Orlando Gift Show Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL 678-285-3976

14-16 Spring Gift Show LA Mart Los Angeles, CA, 800-LAMART4

16-19 Philadelphia Gift Show Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA, 678-285-3976

21-24 Boston Gift Show Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA, 800-272-SHOW

17-19 Winter Fancy Food Show Moscone Center, San Francisco 212-482-6440

25-28 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center Dallas, TX, 800-DAL-MKTS

23-26 The Seattle Gift Show® Washington State Convention & Trade Center Seattle, WA, 678-285-3976

APRIL 2010

29-Feb 2 Christmasworld 2010 Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Center Frankfurt, Germany, +49 69 75 75 0

13-16 New York Tabletop Market New York Showrooms, 41 Madison 7 West 34th, 230 Fifth Ave. New York, NY, 212-686-1203, 212-279-6063 800-698-5617, 17-22 International Home Furnishings Market High Point, NC, 336-869-1000

30-Feb 4 New York International Gift Fair® Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 914-421-3200 31-Feb 4 CGTA Gift Show International Centre and Toronto Congress Centre Toronto, Canada, 800-611-6100

MAY 2010 15-18 International Contemporary Furniture Fair Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 800-272-SHOW


JUNE 2010

7-11 Spring Fair Birmingham, National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, England 609-921-0222

8-10 Licensing International Expo Las Vegas, NV, 212-951-6612

12-16 Ambiente Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Center Frankfurt, Germany 770-984-8016

14-16 NEOCON World’s Trade Fair The Merchandise Mart Chicago, IL, 800-677-MART



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column Upcoming Trends Embrace the Past, Present, and Future Michael Kinsler, Creative Director Gibson Overseas Over the next 12-24 months trend right tabletop looks are set to gain inspiration from a melting pot of multi-cultural heritages from our past, the present global environmental focus and from clean design that while being inspired from circa 1960 is, at its heart, new and futuristic. As a way for consumers to be connected with their past roots in this fast paced world, heritage or heirloom inspired patterns offer that sense of familiar bonds. Whichever continent your family tree was originally planted, you will find patterns that reflect the general look and feel of every heritage in the upcoming seasons. From Europe we will see tartans (think old school paired with family crests or for a fresh twist think prep school meets rocker), roses (coral, pink and lavender look newest) along with Liberty of London inspired ditzy prints and country toile (roosters and floral will continue to be the standouts). Finally, we see traditional warm Tuscan looks and updated takes of brightly colored saturated Provencal patterns that round out this Euroambiguous point of view. America is the home of red, white and blue! While red and white have been and will continue to be huge volume drivers in the tabletop category, it is honest and forthright true blue (Navy) that is new for 2010. Blue, long considered a very safe color in uncertain times, now feels right in everything from elegant indigo to causal denim. For a merger of past and future, pair any blue with a novelty layer that is plaid, patriotic or peace inspired, as all of these 1960 inspired layers will be on everyone’s top trend lists at some point in the next 24 months. From the continent of Asia, trend inspiration will have an eclectic exotic bohemian point of view with saturated jewel and indigenous inspired colors front and center (think the colors of a Indian Sari—burnt orange, turquoise, purple, etc.). Asian trend right patterns will range from animal-inspired prints (cheetah and zebra are best), to Ikats and paisleys to henna tattoos. Texture feels fresh in this trend and work best when they have a hand-crafted

feel; for example, tribal stamped leaf patterns or ceramic bodies that look hand carved or have nature inspired debossings. Top on everyone’s trend list presently is anything that relates to the environment; here robust earth based colors, Faux Bois and nature inspired botanical art will continue to be the core trend focus. This global trend is also the perfect place to explore how texture and the layering of different textures and refined organic silhouettes will bring newness to Mother Nature over the coming seasons. Sophisticated looks will embrace the harmony of both monochromatic and tonal color schemes that are abundant in nature (imagine the colors of different shades of green grass); these looks should be paired with exotic woods (Zebra wood is the wood to watch) and animal prints used in surprising application (on the back of the plate) or an exploded scale for the most updated combination. Looking to the future, we will embrace both clean contemporary and casual, easy to live with designs that have the naive simplicity that will bring to mind the 1960s. Combinations of geometric shapes and stackable dinnerware will bring to mind the early days of space exploration, while day-glow colors, polka-dot, and houndstooth patterns will be reminiscent of the excitement Marlo Thomas brought to fashion as “That Girl” in the late 60s. The focus of this vintage modern trend expresses both individualism and creative versatility, which appeal to today’s iPod generation. From trends that focus on environmental preservation, to heritage prints for every heritage, to the juxtaposition of futuristic shapes mixed with the casualness of the summer of love, we will see trends over the next 12-24 months that we all will want to relate to on some level, whether it is past, present or future. Michael Kinsler’s fashion and visual merchandising experience is based on his years at Macy’s and the Gap. He also spent seven years at Pacific Rim where he served as the product development manager. Kinsler may be reached at 323-832-8900 ext. 1151.

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