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18 Giftware Review May/June 2014 Table & Kitchenware

Serve tasty tableware this season

Table and kitchenware have been exciting product ranges for retailers in recent times and with Exclusively Housewares about to open its doors it’s worth looking afresh at the latest goods on offer. Home entertaining has seen a huge

upsurge in popularity with national celebrations contributing to the ‘feel good’ effect as well as the need to save money during a recession. Now the economic outlook seems brighter households are even more willing to spend money on their kitchens and tables and the wealth of new product coming onto the market is breath- taking. Exclusively Housewares runs at London’s

Business Design Centre on June 10 - 11 and show director, Simon Boyd said: “It’s great to be part of an energetic, buzzy industry like this and our exhibitors will be putting on a great show. There are anniversaries, celebrity link ups and new products being brought to the show this year.” On the celebrity front, Europasonic has

teamed with the Hairy Bikers and will be showing new kitchenware developed with

Talking Tables account manager, Emma

Partridge said: “I think the enthusiasm for parties is better now than it has ever been. Trends change and the bright neons are proving popular along with new additions including small plates for canapés.” For retailers the opportunities have

Si and Dave. Meyer is working with Buddy Valestro from TV’s The Cake Boss, T&G is showing the new Sophie Conran chopping boards and Elite is featuring a range which uses images from 1950s illustrator John Hanna, famous for his series of covers for Country Fair magazine. Whitbread Wilkinson has a new range based on archive graphics of eight characters from Disney’s, ‘It’s a Small World’.

been enormous. Every event is catered for from weddings to Easter, from hen parties to Halloween and from baby showers to garden parties. This Summer there are eight new gifting, making, decorating and entertaining ranges as well as additions to firm favourites. There is also an opportunity to elevate

One woman who is clear about the

strength of tableware is Clare Harris of Talking Tables who launched her business to coincide with the Millenium celebrations and has seen it go from strength to strength. She launched with just eight products

and today there are more than 1,000. A year after she started she was joined by Mark McCormack and between them they head up a jolly company where staff ‘take fun seriously’ and design every single product in- house. Clare wanted people to party, to have a

good time and to get those around the table talking – hence the name, Talking Tables. Her products were designed to add some style to the occasion, to make people feel special. She succeeded beyond her wildest

dreams and ever since the Millenium, Britain seems to have got the party bug. There have been street parties, events

Other top product launches are also

promised from Brabantia, Creative Tops, Dualit, Eddingtons, Everywhere Global, GEH, Gilberts, Green Pioneer, Hahn, Mason Cash, Scotts Brothers, Tradestock, Typhoon, WMF and Zodiac to name a few.

around Buckingham Palace, posh balls and village hall jamborees. A return to traditional crafts – including baking and sewing – has seen a swing towards vintage afternoon teas where amazing cupcakes and giant sponge cakes take pride of place.

indoor and outdoor entertaining with giant pom pom picks, neon ombre napkins and Mexican-style bunting from Floral Fiesta. Then up the ante with tassel fringes and candy-coloured paper fans for Decadent Decs.

On a completely different theme, but still

appealing to lovers of tableware, a new appeal by the RSPB has been joined by Roy Kirkham China with a new licensed range including mugs, breakfast cups and saucers, egg cups and gift sets. The beautiful illustrations on the china

support the campaign – Give Nature a Home – which encourages the nation to make simple changes in the garden to protect local wildlife. Every item sold will generate income for the RSPB which will be used in the campaign.

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