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T&G Woodware Heart of the Home


Dining, kitchen and related products are still on the up, as evidenced by the focus on these categories at major trade shows and mirrored by growth in retailers such as Lakeland, which saw pre-tax profits double to £5.5 million for the year ending December 31 2014. The Home


section of Top Drawer Autumn was seen to have matured greatly, really coming together with an eclectic mix of suitably stylish exhibitors covering a wide product selection, from textiles to gadgets and luxurious tableware. Germany’s leading Autumn show, Tendence, was


Joseph Joseph


also strong on kitchen and dining and it was interesting to see the different styles favoured by our mainland European colleagues. Very traditional, rustic wooden items featured strongly, whilst sleek, colourful contemporary products – that still desirable Scandi- chic - made a nice contrast at the other end of the spectrum.


As Christmas approaches, beautifully packaged


porcelain, glassware and sleek gadgets will feature on the gift lifts of many British households, while celebrity endorsements and brand licenses will often convert to strong store sales. Personalised gift specialist, PMC, has noted a


strong and steady upward trend for customised kitchen products and ceramics, with consumers snapping up everything from mixing bowls and egg cups to chopping boards and cutlery. London’s iconic department store, Selfridges has


its eye on housewares as we enter the festive season, featuring functional items for the home in its ‘Journey to the Stars’ 2015 Christmas theme. John Lewis, meanwhile, featured two kitchen gadgets – the Nutri Bullet and the spiralizer – in its


latest list of ‘year defining’ products. Independent gift stores up


Excellence in Housewares


This year’s Excellence in Housewares Awards brought together over 400 members of the industry together with a host of retailer awards. Some of the best products of the year were


recognised, including: Alan Silverwood’s Game Pie Range, winner of Excellence in Cookware; the Microplane Spiral Cutter from ICTC, which scooped Top Tool or Gadget; Dualit’s beautiful Copper Finish Classic Toaster and Kettle won the Plugged-In Award; Noted as Cutting Edge was the Arcitec Concave Cutting Board from PHA Kitchen Essentials; Joseph Joseph’s Intelligent Waste Totem won Excellence in Homewares; Burton McCall’s Placematrix scooped the


Top of the Table prize and the Innovation in Product Award was won by Auteur for SpreadTHAT! Last but not least,


Rayware Group scooped the coveted Icon Award for its classic


Kilner Jars.


and down the country are also making plenty of shelf-space for kitchen, table, glass, ceramics, picnic and - partly in response to The Great British Bake Off phenomenon – bakeware. For gift shops this is a sweet opportunity to get out the cookie cutters and fairy cake cases, without forgetting those all-important coffee cups, cake stands and – suddenly popping up everywhere – teabag dishes.


Kilner Jars


Autumn Fair released a list of its hottest trending Table & Kitchen products, which included T&G Woodware’s Optic Mills, Cafflano’s coffee maker and Koziol’s Pablo Steak Knives and Block sets. Bristol-based T&G also won the Kitchen & Dining category of this year’s Gift of the Year Awards for the CrushGrind Optic Mills.


64 Giftware Review & Home Interiors November / December 2015 Katie Alice


Giftware Review takes a look at kitchen, dining and homewares to whet the appetite for gifts


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