As the gift channel becomes more prominent for housewares products, vendors presenting at NY Now are positioning their core kitchenware offerings as more gift and tabletop-friendly.
For kitchen tools and gadgets, decorative designs that can live out on the countertop or be presented as a functional gift for the home will be among the key introductions at NY Now’s summer market.
Materials such as stainless steel will be prevalent in kitchenware, as well as whimsical designs, such as colorful character pops from Zoku.
For tabletop, artisan elements, such as hand paint or hand thrown design details, will be prevalent. Tableware designs crafted from natural, sustainable materials, such as reclaimed woods, will offer up one-of-a-kind elements to create unique tabletop merchandising presentations in store.
The following are highlights of some of the tabletop designs and kitchenware products that will be shown at NY Now:
Annieglass’ summer and fall collections feature fresh, contemporary designs in richly textured glass. The company is debuting the Grove collection, which is textured from the wood grain of a tree, serveware additions to its Roman Antique collection and additions to its winter holiday entertaining line.
Bambu will debut more than 20 new products. This includes the company’s Soft Cork Adjust-a-Bowl, a bowl that can be rolled, folded and shaped to fit the items inside. It can be used for serving food or as an organizer, the company suggested. The company will also expand its Bamboo Coaster line to include designs such as Fox, Stag, Pine Tree and Bicycle.
Drift is a bold new design for Chilewich’s molded series of placemats. It was inspired by traditional Japanese woodblock prints and embodies the movement of water and the irregularity of waves, according to the company. The mats are available in brass, black or silver.
Faded Floral is Chilewich’s first digital print and was hand drawn in its NYC studio. The open mesh material features fringe on four sides. It is made in the U.S. and has been treated with Microban. It comes in black and white, and blue.
An automatic salt and pepper mill from Eparé allows for one-handed use in food preparation. The mill works with salt, pepper or other spice combinations. Measuring 8-3/4 inches tall, the mill features a clear acrylic container, an LED light that activates when the mill is in use, a ceramic grinder and an adjustable dial to change the fineness of grinding. The mill is available as a single unit or in a 2-piece gift set.
Julia Knight, in celebration of its 10-year anniversary, has created limited edition Tahitian pearl pieces. The pieces feature a mosaic tapestry of black Tahitian pearls mixed with shimmering platinum enamels.
Magisso’s new Butter Knife has a blade to spread everything from butter to jams evenly in just a few movements, according to the company. When placing the knife upright on its side, the blade will not touch the table, reducing sticky marks on the table.
The company’s new Cool-ID Glass is designed to keep drinks fresh without any ice cubes. Just soak the ceramic Cool-ID Glass in water for a minute, and it will turn cold. The surface can also be written on with chalk.
Zoku Character Pops, which recently received the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, turn ice pops into individual mini molds for quick, easy and fun homemade ice pops, the company said. Each of the eight Zoku Character Pops comes with a red mold and a reusable stick with a built-in drip guard made to complement each design; for example, a tail-shaped stick for the kitty, feathers for the owl, and webbed feet for the frog.
For additional NY Now product previews, see the July/August edition of Gourmet Insider.