Fall 2016 Tabletop Debuts

    From chic, pricy fine china and crystal created by European heritage brands to cheeky decorative themes on melamine by upstart American brands, the fall 2016 tabletop market offers something for almost all tastes and budgets. Many fall introductions can be seen at the New York Tabletop Show at 41 Madison, where more than 95 showrooms and brands will be open for business, Sept. 27-30. 

    Certainly among the most affordable, fun and gift-able finds this fall are those from Rosanna Inc., the eponymous Seattle brand designed by Rosanna Bowles. Her instantly recognizable aesthetic — which combines upbeat retro designs with current trends and generous doses of gold — is built around themes that add a dash of levity and feminine style to entertaining. Notable fall/holiday introductios: Soirée Noire in bold black and white stripes with gold trim; Good Cheer, decorated with kitschy late 1950s and early ’60s-inspired Christmas trees, Santa faces and French poodles rendered in pink, black and gold; and Bowles’ new book, “Coming Home—A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions.”

    American tabletop brand B by Brandie, which burst on the scene in 2012, continues its mission of offering non-traditional china patterns. For fall, Austin, TX, native and designer Brandie Gehan adds to the popular Maxwell and Channing collections with gold and white Maxwell chargers and Channing oval platters, the latter decorated with a delicate etch-a-sketch motif in navy or black on white porcelain with gold accents.

    Up-market buyer favorite Juliska introduces a new casual dinnerware pattern for fall called French Panel, which was inspired by the classic wall paneling details that are a hallmark of Parisian interiors. Made in Portugal with a whitewash glaze on modern shapes with raised designs, the collection layers well with other Juliska signature patterns, notably Country Estate, the spare hand-drawn scenic in Christmas-y red and white. French Panel also pairs nicely with Hugo, a collection of mouth-blown crackle glassware making its debut this fall.

    Designer Elad Yifrach, the founder of high-end dinner and giftware resource L'Objet, once again did what he does best: give classic designs a new edge. Two key examples for fall are Soie Tressee, a minimalist, meticulously handpainted black braid on fresh white Limoges porcelain, and Alchemie Black, an earthenware collection with a reactive finish that incorporates 24-karat gold on matte black, providing a high contrast backdrop to colorful foods.

    One of the American market’s most prolific artisans, Michael Aram introduces three decorative tabletop collections this fall. The Dogwood Collection is inspired by the North American flowering tree, with petals rendered in white enamel on branches of oxidized brass, while the Wheat Collection features a classic motif of metal golden sheaves that capture a sense of abundance and renewal associated with the fall harvest. Rounding out Aram’s fall offerings is Torched, a series of glass and metal that explores the magic of these materials when they are put under intense heat. Surfaces transition from dark to light, smooth to textured in this collection of tabletop sculpture, barware, trays and giftware.

    Meanwhile, Louisiana-based Abigails is adding to popular collections like Contempo and also bringing forth new designs for the fall and holiday season. One of the most visually interesting is the aptly named Graffiti Collection of simple white glazed forms decorated with spare lines that are handcarved while the forms are still wet.

    Casual melamine specialist French Bull will present two new patterns, both a bit reminiscent of 1960s mod design. Villa is a bold, cheeky floral in vivid colors, while Twiggy is a black-and-white linear graphic. Q Squared NYC, another melamine specialist founded by a mother-daughter team in 2011, hopes to take advantage of holiday sales opportunities with small, affordable gift items based on best-selling patterns Knoll Gardens, Portsmouth and Yuletide and a new design, Finch Royale.  

    Moving overseas, Italian brand Richard Ginori 1735 will unveil two divergent collections, one in a rich painterly vein and the other in the minimalist tradition. Ginori’s Perroquets is an old school collection of wall plates featuring 12 different parrots made by a craft technique of printing using film-painted china. At the other end of the design spectrum, Manifattura 1946 is a series of minimalistic white porcelain vases by Giovanni Gariboldi, one of Ginori’s most important creative directors.  

    Denmark’s venerable Royal Copenhagen, now under the Fiskars umbrella and long celebrated for its classic handpainted Blue Fluted pattern, is also bringing old designs forward with a twist. For fall, the brand is adding new pieces by Karen Kjaeldgard-Larsen, who has deconstructed, magnified and recolored elements from the original and much loved Blue Fluted pattern, also known as pattern number 1 since 1775.  

    Another Fiskars brand, Rogaska explores Modernist dimensions in the classic art of cut crystal. Rogaska’s new giftware introductions are the Dots collection, featuring deep oversized circular cuts on hefty crystal shapes; Amphora collection accented by deep vertical cuts on bold modern shapes with provocative angles and golden accents; and Gem collection, a semiprecious stone concept (without the stones) that features a contemporary grid of raised crystal facets.

    Last but not least, the iconic Wedgwood brand is overflowing this fall with new collections and updates to long-running classics. Among the new collections: Vibrance formal dinnerware and giftware with a contemporary and colorful stripe pattern; Bluebird, a casual dinnerware collection; and the contemporary Tea Garden, the company’s first-ever complete tea set. Another striking collection especially well-suited to holiday gift-giving is the Gilded Muse collection, a contemporary rethinking of ancient Greek and Roman figures in gold pixelated patterns on fine white china bases.

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