Author Archives: Allison Zisko

About Allison Zisko

Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

Preserving Tradition

Fagor’s Duo 10-piece canning set fagoramerica.com

Canning captures consumers’ attention, and manufacturers respond By Allison Zisko Renewed consumer interest in canning—a homesteading tradition that never completely vanished—has prompted the launch of several canning tools and accessories, and even a small fashion trend. Fresh fruit and vegetable consumption is on the rise as more Americans make healthy changes to the types ofMore »

Last updated: December 20, 2013

Blog: Cru Founder, Inspiring Women to Make a Difference

CRU dinnerware

Darbie Angell, founder of Cru dinnerware, is on another philanthropic mission. Angell, who works to provide fresh drinking water in Bangladesh and who has produced a dinner plate whose sale benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is now trying to inspire women to make a difference in the world by helping others. Cru hasMore »

Last updated: November 26, 2013

Blog: Sweater Mug Sensation

Yedi’s Sweater Mugs

Yedi Houseware’s Sweater Mugs have grabbed the consumer media spotlight. The mugs made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list in the December issue of The Oprah Magazine; the “Secret Sales” portion of New York’s local ABC Eyewitness News program; and Good Morning America’s “Deals and Steals” program. The mugs were also featured on a recent episode ofMore »

Last updated: November 20, 2013

West Elm Showcases Its Universal Expert

West Elm Universal Expert

By Allison Zisko Last month West Elm Market launched an exclusive housewares collection called Universal Expert by British designer Sebastian Conran. The hallmark of the collection, which encompasses small electrics, gadgets and other non-electrics, is its form-meets-function approach to design. “Universal” refers to its flexible use, affordability and visual appeal, Conran said, while “expert” signifiesMore »

Last updated: November 1, 2013

Blog: Baccarat, Lladro, Celebrating in Style

Baccarat boutique

NEW YORK-Last night, two big brands in tabletop–Baccarat and Lladro–celebrated milestones in grand fashion here in Manhattan.   Baccarat held a champagne reception and book signing in its gorgeous new flagship boutique on Madison and 60th for “Baccarat: Two Hundred and Fifty Years,” a book that marks the French crystal’s company’s long and illustrious history.More »

Last updated: October 23, 2013

Trends | Color Cues | October 2013

Sherwin-Williams

What goes into picking a color palette  for the year ahead? Pretty much everything. The major paint companies as well as color authority Pantone find inspiration from the worlds of fashion, design, mathematics, science and the natural world, as well as from prevailing consumer moods and interests. Thus the themes for 2014 range from aMore »

Last updated: October 14, 2013

Lenox Debuts DKNY, Aerin

Urban Essentials

By Allison Zisko Lenox comes to market this month with two big licensed launches that are decidedly casual and distinctly different from each other. DKNY Lenox and Aerin by Lenox make their official debut at the New York Tabletop Show, though both have already been exclusively committed to two different department stores, said Lenox PresidentMore »

Last updated: October 11, 2013

Color Cues

Pantone

What goes into picking a color palette for the year ahead? Pretty much everything. The major paint companies as well as color authority Pantone find inspiration from the worlds of fashion, design, mathematics, science and the natural world, as well as from prevailing consumer moods and interests. Thus the themes for 2014 range from aMore »

Last updated: October 14, 2013