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Dorothy Belshaw, President Gift+Home Décor, International Market Centers, has been working overtime since she joined the organization upon her departure from the company that produced the NY NOW trade show to improve the selection of gourmet housewares and giftware that’s offered in the Las Vegas Market’s showrooms. Over the last year or so, we’ve seen those efforts come to fruition with expansive displays in the temporary booths in the Pavilions, a collection of exhibit spaces across the courtyard from the three main buildings that house the Market’s permanent showrooms as well as Building C, the permanent home of many gourmet housewares, tabletop and giftware collections. This year’s Winter Market offered an impressive array of hot new products.

CASOFrieling launched the CASO German Design VC300 Vacuum Food Sealer, which the company is positioning as the premium quality choice for fresh food storage and sous vide cooking. The system provides an airtight seal every time, and a double sealing bar with electronic temperature control ensures the seal’s durability. The vacuum pump offers both power and precision, and the unit offers a vacuum roll storage box that eliminates clutter and simplifies use, while a snap-out bag cutter makes it easy to customize bag size. The unit retails for $199.99.

PrintFrieling is also offering the CASO Air Fryer, a sleek countertop appliance that uses high volume hot air circulation technology to fry food with little or no added oil. The Air Fryer features digital touch controls with six presets for popular fresh and frozen comfort foods and a large LED display. Temperature is adjustable from 140 to 400 degrees F, and there’s a 60-minute timer with automatic shutoff. The removable parts are all dishwasher safe, and the stainless steel interior wipes clean. The unit retails for $199.95.
Capresso frotherCapresso showed off its froth MAX Automatic Milk Frother, which offers patented frothing technology that delivers maximum milk froth at the touch of a button. There are three temperature settings and a large capacity – 8 ounces for frothing or 12 ounces for heating without frothing. The machine comes with two frothing disks and one heating disk and retails for $59.99.

The Capresso 8-Cup Perk features durable stainless steel construction with a glass view-through lid. It can brew four to eight cups of coffee in less than a minute per cup and has an automatic keep-warm function. The drip-free pouring spout and detachable power cord simplify serving, and it’s countertop-friendly, with a heat-resistant base that’s safe for any surface. It retails for $59.99.
Kuhn Rikon_Easy Cut

The Kuhn Rikon Easy Cut operates with a pull mechanism that rotates the blades in the four-cup container to slice and grate cabbage, potato, carrots or cheese. This energy-efficient design is safe and incredibly fast, and the high-quality stainless steel blades on the cutting discs stay super sharp. The Easy Cut retails for $80.

The Kuhn Rikon Wine & Champagne Bottle Sealer is dependable enough to allow the wine bottle to be stored on its side. The sealer is made of stainless steel with an expandable silicone gasket that keeps flavor in and air out. It’s 1.5 inches in diameter and 3.25 inches high and retails for $10.

PeugeotPeugeot’s Tahiti Duo Mills are now available in a fresh new color palette inspired by the seasonal colors of nature. Each set features gracefully curved 6-inch pepper and salt mills made from beech wood in France. Each set includes one mill with its mechanism optimized for pepper and one for salt. These mechanisms are highly efficient and fully adjustable, offering a consistent high-output grind. At $65 per set, they come in Spring (green and yellow), Summer (blue hues), Autumn (two shades of orange) and Winter (chestnut browns with red undertones). See them along with the Peugeot Whisky Set and Peugeot’s Mahe Mill, which features Peugeot’s iconic spice-specific mechanism in a simple design that has no shaft, which allows more room inside for a greater quantity of peppercorns or sea salt.

RSVP Old BensonRSVP International, Inc. offers its Old Benson Bottle Butler. Available in chrome and brass finishes, this is a remake of a 1930s classic inspired by Rollin Kirby’s political cartoons of Senator Andrew Volstead, father of the Volstead Act that ushered in Prohibition. The RSVP Old Benson Bottle Butler is 6-1/2 inches tall and features a corkscrew and bottle opener that will provide a humorous focal point in gin joints, speakeasies, bars, kitchens and homes. Zinc alloy construction provides strength and resistance to corrosion, and it’s dishwasher safe. The Old Benson Bottle Butler retails for $16.95.

pils01Endurance® Pilsner Glass from RSVP is made of dishwasher-safe 18/8 stainless steel with satin exterior and mirror interior and has a 16-ounce capacity. It retails for $19.95. For further information about the RSVP products visit www.rsvp-intl.com or email Krista Jenkins at kristaj@rsvp-intl.com.

lodgesMenus and Music was at the Winter Las Vegas Market with “Dining at Great American Lodges,” a cookbook with recipes from legendary lodges, national parks lore and wilderness art along with a music CD that blends bluegrass, country, western swing and jazz inspired by traditional American songs. Perfect for those who like to dance around the kitchen while stirring the stew and enjoying a nip of the cooking wine, “Dining at Great American Lodges” comes gift-boxed. For more information, visit www.menusandmusic.

Abbiamo TuttoAbbiamo Tutto brought new patterns in its ceramic glasses and coaster set collections, which now include 11 patterns. The glasses are 6.75 inches tall, and the coasters also act as lids. They’re designed by Donna Marie Territo, founder of Abbiamo Tutto, and made in Italy.

Reversible Veggie PeelerWidgeteer’s Rotating Vegetable Peeler is a smart peeler that adapts to the user’s preferred method of peeling and converts from a vertical position to a horizontal position with a simple sliding motion. Its stainless steel swing blade provides quick and effortless peeling for any kind of vegetable, and a built-in extractor removes potato eyes with ease. Comfortable to use, it’s also dishwasher safe. It retails for $12.99. For more information, visit www.widgeteerinc.com.

catstudio towelcatstudio offers original designs featured on embroidered pillows, dish towels and drinking glasses. [Image: catstudio tumblers] The original Geography Collection by catstudio is comprised of all 50 states and an ever-expanding list of cities, international and favorite vacation destinations. The new, licensed Collegiate collection features a growing number of university campuses. In all, there are more than 200 designs.
The pillows retail for $158 to $228, the dish towels for $20 and the glasses for $14.75 to $16.25. You can find the company at www.catstudiosales.com.

The collections from B by Brandie include dinnerware and stainless steel flatware in designs that combine elegance with drama and the innovative Olivia Wine/Champagne Combo Glass pictured here. [Image: BbyBrandie] Each of the items exemplifies luxury presentation and a host who dares to stand out in a crowd. The five-piece flatware place settings retail for $84, the Olivia Wine/Champagne Combo Glass retails for $64 and prices vary for the dinnerware items. Visit wholesale@bbybrandie.com for further information.

DEMDACObyDesign Toasting Bottle Socks from DEMDACO protect and insulate wine bottles. They’re made with double knit construction and turn a bottle of wine into an inspired gift. They retail for $9. Also look for the Uncorked & Unwind wooden wine lanterns that elevate the wine gift bag by doubling as lighted home decor and wine gift packaging. See more at DEMDACO.com. [Image: Demdaco]

WellnessMats’ new Studio Collection challenges preconceptions about the “anti-fatigue mat” with striking scalloped and semi-circle shapes in stunning designs and a myriad of colors. WellnessMats are inherently antimicrobial, easy to clean and stain resistant, so Studio is ideal for the kitchen, especially for a smaller kitchen, but these mats will also work in any other room in the home. See them at www.wellnessmats.com.

Park DesignsFarmhouse Inspired Flour Sack Dishtowels from Park Designs are made of 100 percent cotton. These flour sack fabric dish towels feature designs that pair nicely with the trend for farmhouse-style living. There’s a Duck, Rooster, Pig and a Cow, each themed with the lyric from a nursery song. They each measure 19 inches by 28 inches and retail for $8. Visit www.parkdesigns.net.

Vestiges offers a kitchen towel collection featuring geographical designs created in collaboration with students from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. These 100 percent cotton pique towels are printed with environment-friendly inks for high quality products that can help you add local flavor to your product assortment. Get more information by emailing mary@vestigesinc.com.

The Bloom Apron, designed by Bonnie Christine, from Peking Handicraft Inc. is hand printed on 100 percent cotton and features dart detail on the front. It measures 28 inches by 32 inches and retails for $29. The Bloom Kitchen Towel, also designed by Bonnie Christine, carries out the cheerful spring floral theme and features crochet trim. The suggested retail price for the towel is $10. Email sales@pkhc.com.

Celebrate Fabulous at Las Vegas Market

By Lorrie Baumann

Las Vegas Market has been working hard to expand the range of products that will be of interest to Kitchenware News readers, and the hard work is paying off. This winter’s Las Vegas Market has a lot to see in the showrooms and pavilions along with a grand opportunity to meet The Fabulous Beekman Boys, who are emerging as thoughtful spokesmen for a generation that values fresh, local and seemingly effortless design and cuisine. Also, they’re both fun and funny.

joshBrentHorizontalKnown as The Fabulous Beekman Boys are Brent Ridge, physician and former Vice President of Healthy Living for Martha Stewart Omnimedia; and his partner, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, advertising executive and New York Times bestselling author, The celebrity duo began developing their unique and chic brand strategy when they purchased the historic Beekman 1802 Farm in Sharon Springs, New York, in 2007 and then had to start figuring out (fast) how to pay the mortgage and make new lives for themselves as gentlemen farmers after the national economy took a dive in the Great Recession. The pair launched a line of goat milk cheeses and soaps, and quickly added other artisanal items to the Beekman 1802 brand. The popularity of the brand spawned a reality television show, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” now airing on the Cooking Channel; they also competed and won the grand prize in CBS’s “The Amazing Race” in 2012, and their Beekman 1802 product line of gourmet foods launched in Target stores last November.

Celebrities aside, there’s much to see this winter at the Las Vegas Market. Here’s a small sampling.

AvoSeedo is a cute little gadget for the folks who like to save their avocado pits and sprout them for new trees. You remember how to do that by sticking toothpicks into the sides of an avocado pit and balancing the picks on the rim of a glass of water? Well, this is a little boat into which you set your avocado seed and float it in a bowl of water. In a few weeks, the avocado seed germinates and begins to grow.

avoseedo_with_plant_avocados_cmykAvoSeedo comes in four different colors: evergreen, transparent, cyan and pink, and in two retail packages, a single pack that retails for $8 and a three-pack that retails for $20.00. For more information, email Daniel Kalliontzis at AvoSeedo LLC: info@avoseedo.com.

European ExcellencyEuropean Excellency will be showing off a gorgeous line of three-ply paper napkins imprinted with a wide variety of floral, abstract, butterfly, food related, Easter and Christmas designs. The napkins are made in Europe, and only environmentally friendly, water-based paints are used for the designs. Luncheon, cocktail, round and snack sizes are available. For more information, call 949.374.7757 or see them in Pavilion 1 at the Las Vegas Market.

Design ImportsIf cloth napkins are a better fit for your customers, consider the Farm Fresh Stripe Napkins from Design Imports (DII). They come in a set of four, and each napkin measures 18 inches square. They’re 100 percent cotton, so they can be machine washed in cold water on the gentle cycle, and they go in the dryer on low heat. The set of four retails for $14.99. See them in the Design Imports Showroom in Building C at Las Vegas Market or call 1.800.344.4115.

Next Step RepsApropos by Home Essentials is debuting the Marble & Mango collection of cheese paddles and cutting boards made from marble and mango wood for a new twist on classic design that echoes the design trend that’s seeing more use of marble in kitchens. The 18-inch-long Brown & White Triangle Marble Cutting Board from the collection retails for $35 to $40, while the 20-inch Brown Round Marble Cutting Board retails for $50 to $60. A set of four White Marble 4-inch Square Coasters retails for $15 to 18. For more information, call Next Step Reps at 760.731.7445 or see them in the Next Step Reps showroom in Building C at the Las Vegas Market.

CTW HomeThe CTW Home Collection offers a vintage-inspired K-cup caddy that’ll fit beautifully into the same kitchen that has a Marble & Mango cheese paddle or cutting board hanging on the wall. The Roast Coffee K-Cup Caddy is 8-1/2 inches wide, 11-3/4 inches tall and 6 inches deep and retails for $45. It’s offered without a minimum order. See it in the CTW Home Collection showroom in Building C in the Las Vegas Market or call 1.800.433.5054.

Top ShelfTop Shelf Glasses is bringing trendy to the table with Double Wall Stemless Wine Glasses. Two pieces of glass are fused together with designs on both glass walls to make glassware that truly makes a statement. They’re dishwasher safe and retail for $17.99. See them in Building C at the Las Vegas Market or find out more by calling 888.808.4001.

Brilliant Imports Ovalate trayA tray has a way of transforming a group of several objects from clutter into a collection, and Brilliant Imports is offering a couple of hand-woven fiber trays from Bali that will lend a subtle note of elegance to just such a tabletop collection or a display of spice bottles or utensils on the kitchen counter. The Circle Rattan Tray is 12 inches in diameter and retails for $55. The Ovalate Tray is hand-woven from ate grass and measures 12 inches wide by 15.75 inches long. It retails for $50. To find out more, email Brilliant Imports, LLC at info@brilliantimports.com or see them in Pavilion 1 at the Las Vegas Market.

To the MarketYour food is handmade, so why shouldn’t your table linens be? TO THE MARKET offers a nine piece table top set embellished with delicate kantha stitching. Cotton sari is used to make four napkins, four placemats, and one table runner, all with one solid and one patterned side. Designed by TO THE MARKET, the set is constructed by Basha, a co-op that employs survivors of human trafficking in Bangladesh. Find out more by calling TO THE MARKET at 859-740-9498 or the TO THE MARKET booth at Las Vegas Market.

Totally BambooHonor your veteran with an Official Licensed Military Board from Totally Bamboo. These serving boards would be fantastic for serving cheese or taking out to the patio for next summer’s barbecues, and in between-times, they’ll make a gorgeous plaque to hang on the wall of the man cave, dining room or family room. They’re 12 inches in diameter and retail for $30. For more information, visit the Next Step Reps showroom at Las Vegas Market or call Totally Bamboo at 760.471.6600.

The Las Vegas Market runs January 24-28 in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the Pavilions open January 24-27.

Skoy Magnetic Sink Rail

Visit Skoy at booth number S3256 at the IH+HS or at www.skoycloth.com

Karen Peterson and Michelle Lundqvist, creators of the Skoy Cloth, proudly introduce the Skoy Magnetic Sink Rail. The Skoy Magnetic Sink Rail was designed in Denmark and features a stylish stainless steel construction. It is the perfect place to keep your dishcloth. Peterson says, “The Skoy Magnetic Sink Rail is designed especially for dishcloths, it sits away from the sink so that air can circulate around the entire cloth, allowing it to dry quickly.” Unlike most sink rails with suction cups that harbor bacteria, the Skoy Sink Rail is magnetic and allows for easy cleaning.  It attaches easily to most sinks using two strong magnets that are placed under the sink. This eliminates the need for screws or other hardware. The Skoy Sink Rail retails at $24.99.

Skoy Enterprises also has its full line of Skoy products at the International Home and Housewares Show. Including the Skoy Cloth and Skoy Scrub. Be sure to stop by Skoy’s booth, S3256, where Karen Peterson and Michelle Lundqvist will be happy to tell you more about their company.

Textiles Take the Fore at NY Now

By Lorrie Baumann

With the explosion of interest in entertaining at home, and particularly in entertaining in and around the kitchen, more retailers are looking for products to offer their customers who are interested in making their kitchens a place to show off their design and artistic sensibilities. Textiles are a way to make that kind of statement relatively inexpensively and without a sacrifice of valuable counter space. And just as retailers are interested in offering their customers the products that meet those needs, so the artisans at NY Now are eager to offer those products to the retailers who will be flocking to New York in January to see the best of design-forward products for gifts and home.

WPOmo-Hand-Towels-1During your tour of NY Now, stop by booth #416 in the Galleria to see and touch the OMO kitchen towels from WOVEN PROMISES. These OMO towels are handwoven in Ethiopia of rich, soft yet durable Ethiopian cotton. These absorbent towels come in stripes of natural color with either blue, gold, gray, tangerine, with a few new colors, including purple and turquoise, for the spring and summer of 2014. They are a generous 20 inches by 30 inches and are machine washable. Suggested retail price is $28.

Felt PlacematLinenMe is also offering some beautiful home textiles. The LinenMe Felt Placemat is a rustic-style placemat made from rough non-woven linen fabric. These are touchable and elegant and their natural color would be lovely on a breakfast or brunch table. The placemats measure 14 inches by 20 inches and retail for $23.49. Jazz up your table with the Jazz Striped Napkins in either black or green. These napkins are 53 percent linen and 47 percent cotton, and they retail for $12.99 for the 20-inch by 20-inch napkins. They can be custom-made in any size.

Rustic Napkin WhiteFor folks who prefer elegant white napery with a soft touch and an inviting rustic texture, LinenMe offers the Rustic White Napkin in 100-percent pre-washed linen. These retail for $19.99 for the 19-inch by 19-inch size. Pair them with the Rustic White Runner, which is also pre-washed 100 percent linen for a lightweight soft runner with handmade fringes on each edge. The runner retails for $34.99 for an 18-inch by 55-inch runner. Both of these Rustic White items can be made in any size.

Finally from LinenMe, there are Striped White Natural Tea Towels, which are lint-free 100 percent linen fabric with beautiful stripe patterns to add a little fillip of frivolity to the kitchen. These retail for $29.99 for a set of two 18-inch by 28-inch towels.

11_300dpiTuck the napkins into napkin rings from Calamarie, which will be showing tabletop products inspired by the beauty of orange peel spirals and handcrafted by women artisans from Colombia. These products incorporate painted orange peel spirals collected from street juice vendors in Colombia and covered with durable resin to create functional, modern and unique home accessories. The Orange Hoop Napkin Ring Set retails for $68 for a set of four, as does the Orange Triangle Napkin Ring Set, and the Half Moon Napkin Holder retails for $48. The Circle of Dreams Coaster Set, a set of four 3.5-inch coasters retails for $78 and is available in several colorways. See them in booth #237 in the Handmade Global Design division of NY Now.

NS401014_flatNine Space is also offering striped kitchen towels, this time on 100 percent Turkish cotton for the Bali Kitchen Towel, available in slate, indigo, emerald, gold, white and red for a suggested retail price of $24.00 for the 30-inch by 20-inch towels, and the Deck Kitchen Towel in beige, gray, navy and teal, which also retails for $24 for a 30-inch by 20-inch towel. See them in booth #2845 at NY Now. Call 909.930.1237 to place wholesale orders and visit online at www.shopninespace.com.

For a truly multi-tasking textile, see the Fouta hammam towels at FOCALPOINT HOME in booth #532 at NYNow. This Australian company supplies handcrafted textiles made from natural fibers imported from Tunisia, and close ties with artisans ensure that the company offers unique products obtained under fair trade practices. The range is constantly evolving with new trends in color and design.

The Fouta hammam towel is made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton and with its generous 38-inch by 78-inch dimensions, it can be used as a picnic throw, a beach towel, a tablecloth, a sarong or a summer wrap. In a range of bold colors and with gorgeous hand fringing, the Fouta hammam retails for $45.

The 72-inch by 100-inch tablecloths in 100 percent Egyptian cotton retail for $125. Find FOCALPOINT HOME in booth #532 in the Global Handmade division of NY Now, and after the show, visit online at www.focalpointhome.com.au.

Cavallo - 2 color ways natural black & natural ivoryFor those who find images from nature more appealing than geometrics, Linen Way offers Cavallo, 100 percent linen 17-inch by 28-inch tea towels in packs of six. Images of thoroughbred horses from a by-gone era run across these linen towels. Available in two colorways, natural linen with a black print of thoroughbred horses or natural linen with an ivory print of thoroughbred horses. Suggested retail price is $14 each. Fern, also 17-inch by 28-inch 100 percent linen tea towels, are printed with ferns and are available in four colorways: light sage/dark sage print on lightweight ivory linen, dark teal/light teal print on lightweight ivory linen, garnet/ dusty garnet print on lightweight ivory linen and putty/straw print on lightweight ivory linen. These retail for $12 each and are also offered in packs of six.

Of course, not every party happens in the kitchen and dining room. Sometimes the guests also take an iced drink out onto the terrace. Zoku will be showing off the new patent-pending Zoku® Ice Ball in booth #3058 at NY Now. The Zoku Ice Ball adds a little more fun to your drinks, and because it melts at a very even rate in your glass, it doesn’t dilute the flavor as much as multiple ice cubes can. It’s very easy to use. You just fill the food-safe silicone mold with water, freeze it, and then pull the halves apart to reveal the perfectly formed ice sphere.

The Zoku® Ice Ball comes in a stackable set of two. Taking up minimal space in the freezer, each unit is just 2.75 inches tall and 3.6 inches diameter. The Ice Ball is BPA- and phthalate-free and has a suggested retail price of $16.95 for a set of two. It is available for immediate shipment. For more information, visit www.zokuhome.com.

And just as some things are beautiful because they just work so well, so some things are beautiful because they just force us to stop, stand and admire. Count on Japan to bring that to New York. Take time during NY Now to visit BlueBird Trading Company in booth #3983 at the Japan Pavilion in the Accent on Design section of Home on level 3 and take a look at the Wajima Lacquer Titanium Hollow Cup. These cups build on a 9,000-year-old Japanese tradition of applying lacquer to iron armor and Nanbu Ironware to prevent it from rusting. Now, the folks making the Wajima Lacquer Titanium Hollow Cup have adapted that technology to the application of lacquer onto a base of titanium to produce objects that continue to season and grow in beauty as they are used. Only after 14 years from the time it begins to be used is the product truly finished.

In the same BlueBird Trading Company booth at NY Now, you can see glass jewelry and sake cups by Mieko Noguchi, an up-and-coming glass artist from Yokohama, Japan. She is showing her glass jewelry and objects for the first time at NY Now, although she’s been showing her work in Japan since 2003.

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