NEW YORK–New licenses between designers and celebrities and tabletop companies were unveiled at The New York Tabletop Show last week.
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has designed a short stemware collection for Orrefors. Lagerfeld reportedly wanted a glass suitable for drinking Diet Coke, and so created a straight-sided, barrel-shaped bowl in white, black or clear on a clear stem, along with a glass coaster, which Lagerfeld felt essential. There are also champagne flutes and a few cased-glass pieces in the collection.
Gibson has inked an agreement with ready-to-wear designer Isaac Mizrahi. Details of the agreement were unavailable at press time.
Wedgwood has partnered with Donna Hay, the Australian cookbook author, food editor and television personality on a collection of everyday dinnerware and accessories. The dinnerware collection sports clean, modern lines with a vintage twist and includes three patterns in soft blues and white.
In addition, sister companies Waterford and Royal Doulton have shifted the Monique Lhuillier license from Royal Doulton to Waterford. New Monique Lhuillier patterns include platinum-banded Sunday Rose dinnerware that has a cabbage rose design; a new stemware pattern called Arianne; and new crystal statement pieces.
London designer Bodo Sperlein has created a new line of dinnerware and tea items for Nikko, in the Blossom and Cloud shapes and the softened color dot motif Sperlein favors.
Kate Spade, who had designed a full tabletop range for Lenox for many years, has licensed the library of Florence Broadhurst, an Australian artist known for her graphic designs from the 1950s and 60’s. Japanese Floral is a new black and white floral dinnerware pattern based on one of Broadhurst’s wallpaper patterns.
The Jay Companies have partnered with Waverly to create a number of new dinnerware patterns, along with beverage dispensers, plastic trays and other giftware. Jay also brought to market the Jelly Belly collection of dinnerware and giftware and several new mug and giftware pieces under the Saturday Evening Post name.
Housewares company Meyer Corp. exhibited at the New York Tabletop Show for the first time, bringing extensions and several additions to its Rachael Ray and Paula Deen collections, including several holiday designs for 2012.
And Mikasa and textiles company Croscill have teamed on a collection that includes top of the bed, bath accessories, placemats and other table linens that draw inspiration from some of Mikasa’s popular dinnerware patterns. Some of those interpreted patterns include Countryside, Pure Red and Love Story.