The New York Tabletop Market kicked off the first day of the spring market, April 4, with fresh tableware design trends as vendors aimed to shape their assortments for the upcoming season.
Key design trends included a range of organic shapes and softer hand painted looks that could be seen at market, as vendors aimed to offer consumers unique looks for the table. Pastels and watercolor decals also added a more feminine look to the table. For example, Villeroy & Boch’s Artesano Nature pattern added a soft palette “no two are alike” handpainted feel to its iconic shapes, while Portmeirion’s Choices offered a mix and match offering highlighted by soft green and blue.
Personalization continues to be a trend in the market, and vendors are looking to present gift packaged tableware, such as wine glassware or smaller trays, with key words or sayings that might appeal to a specific consumer’s personality. Lenox, for example, expanded its initial based personalization program with its made in the USA ID dinnerware, offering their customers four new pattern options in more everyday looks from last market.
Coastal is still a prevalent design trend at market as well. For example, Dansk introduced a new appetizer and barware line called Moby and a serveware line called Off the Hook; Lifetime Brands debuted new coastal themed Mikasa glassware and Pfaltzgraff mugs, as well as a new Nautical line from Wilton Armetale.
The spring New York Tabletop Market also marked new partnerships. Portmeirion teamed up with U.K. designer Sara Miller for a colorful bird-inspired gift line, while Lifetime Brands teamed up with the Museum of Fine Arts to showcase licensed art on its popular Mikasa mug program.
Tableware vendors also presented entries into new categories. In the Lenox showroom, for example, kate spade new york expanded its All in Good Taste diner-inspired line by entering into lunch food storage as well as kitchen electrics, with a cordless water kettle, toaster and hot air popcorn maker.