Author Archives: Allison Zisko

About Allison Zisko

Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

Water, Water Everywhere…

Tervis

Water bottle designs take their cue from consumer drinking preferences  By Allison Zisko Toting water from the tap has become the hip way to hydrate, and the makers of water bottles have quickly stepped up with new designs and features that reflect the way consumers prefer to get their H2O. Drinking spouts, wide mouths forMore »

Last updated: September 9, 2013

Housewares Report: Investing in the Nest

Haan Multiforce Pro

Home storage, floor care and healthy food prep poised to grow as consumers hunker down at home  By Allison Zisko A gradually improving housing market and a more financially confident consumer have put the housewares industry—traditionally a resilient category to start with—in a position to grow. Industry observers predict that the home storage and organization,More »

Last updated: September 9, 2013

Blog: The Well-Laid Table

TableSwoon

Natalie Engelhardt is a former L’Oreal marketing executive who has hit upon a consumer need that more seasoned home furnishings executives—despite all their talk about addressing consumer lifestyles—have missed. Engelhardt is the founder of TableSwoon, a brand-new company that sells table-setting kits. A table-setting kit contains all the accessory pieces consumers need to set aMore »

Last updated: August 12, 2013

Padma’s Premiere

Padma Lakshmi

Prima Design pairs with Padma Lakshmi for globally inspired collection By Allison Zisko Model, cookbook author and Bravo “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi is delving into tabletop and housewares with a global and ethnically influenced collection produced by Prima Design. The collection is set to debut later this month and encompasses two porcelain dinnerware patterns,More »

Last updated: July 24, 2013

Tabletop | Now, in New York | August 2013

Steelforme

NY Now, the rebranded New York International Gift Fair, makes it debut under its new name and format from Aug. 17-21 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 94. Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares will be part of the Home division, located on Level 3 of the Javits Center. It willMore »

Last updated: July 30, 2013

Housewares | New in Atlanta | July 2013

Core Home
The Fruit & Veggie Knife Series is made from high carbon stainless steel that stays sharp and has a non-stick coating. corehome.com

Atlanta’s AmericasMart provides a venue for housewares companies to showcase their wares this month to independent specialty stores and others from across the country. Here is a sampling of the newest tools, gadgets and other items that will be on display.

Last updated: July 30, 2013

Tabletop | Atlanta Ambitions | July 2013

Chevalier Collection
The Legacy Aerating Wine Glass features a built-in aerating cell that showers wine into the glass as it is being poured. chevaliercollection.com

This month’s Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market offers a wealth of new product across numerous categories and price points. Vendors will showcase everything from whimsical garden animal figures to crystal barware; following is a sample of what is being unveiled.

Last updated: July 30, 2013

Tabletop | Mining for Opportunities | May 2013

Nikko Fortune

Tabletop manufacturers at last month’s New York Tabletop Show focused on what they see as profitable niches in the market, such as small giftables, executive desk items for men, and introductions from partnerships with party planners and set designers.—Allison Zisko

Last updated: July 30, 2013