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Polder Wins Four 2017 Good Design Awards

Polder Products has received the 2017 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award for excellence in product design, quality and innovation on four of its recent product innovations.

f8b4b105d7fbf9bb91b55886e6daPolder received the awards across several categories including Household for its Fold-Away Dish Rack, Tabletop for its Chill Station ice bucket and integrated bottle chiller and Personal Care for its Nail Station portable nail salon and 2-in-1 Hot Sleeve hot styling tool storage items.

“To be recognized with a Good Design award is always a special honor,” said Kerry Cooper, Executive Vice President at Polder. “But to win on four of our new products is exceptional, and truly validates our efforts and focus on innovation and solutions-based design.”

All four products are currently available at retail across the U.S. and at select retailers internationally.

Merchandising for Gift Sales

By Micah Cheek

Jill Foucré, Owner of Marcel’s Culinary Experience, has a tried-and-true strategy for last-minute gift sales. She has arranged the front of her store to be accessible to customers running in for a quick hostess gift or holiday item. “We do a ton of walking in and not knowing what [they’re] looking for,” says Foucré. “We have an array of products that cover an array of price points. If you come in and say, ‘I want to do something super special,’ we can cover that too.”

Marcel’s specializes in arranging little collections of two or three items arranged by theme. A food product like artisan dried pasta or a spice blend can make a nice centerpiece for some small items. “I love really great quality food products, [like] a really nice olive oil. Not so much a bottle of wine, but something I would cook with. Something you wouldn’t buy for yourself,” says Foucré. “We also have things like salt boxes – we’ll do that with a nice salt, or a mill. We have a lot of cocktail accessories, and we’ve got some really fantastic bitters that we can build into a cocktail thing.”

For folks who don’t know what they are looking for, Foucré recommends having some go-to items to recommend. “One of the things we always tell our staff is, ‘Always have three or four things in mind.’ I don’t want the staff there hemming and hawing. Because we carry a lot of local artists and food, we really try to be unique,” says Foucré. Handmade or unusual items are good suggestions, because it lowers the chance of the gift receiver getting multiples of the same gift. Handmade serveware has that individual look, and also makes itself a handy container for other items. “We carry a lot of different ceramic bowls – some of them are dipping dishes, some of them are ice cream bowl-sized – and we do tons of stuff with those. We’ll take a bowl, we’ll put in maybe a salt or herb blend and an olive oil, or something like that. Those tend to be very popular,” says Foucré. “The vessel will be part of what they bought. It they’re doing a baking thing, a glass bowl becomes part of the gift.” Bowls from ceramic companies like Carmel Ceramica can make a statement. Inspired by the beautiful gardens seen over Carmel, their porcelain Flower Garden collection has a hand-carved design and is safe for use in both dishwashers and microwaves.

Having a range of seasonal items available is an easy way to supply this need during the holiday season. “I love seasonal things. I love the things that you put away and bring out again,” says Foucré. “We generally have a very good selection of seasonal home décor things.” Even seasonal items aren’t needed, something printed with a statement shows that the consumer put some thought into what the receiver likes. “We have a lot of kitchen towels that aren’t seasonal,” says Foucré. “ellembee, they do towels with saying on them, and we sell literally hundreds of those. When you’re going to your book group and want to bring a little something, they’re great and a little irreverent.”

Candles on their own can seem like bland gifts, but a little something extra can make them special. “We sell a lot of scented candles in jars. We have them from a company called Lasco, Detroit Rose, we have a lot of different kinds that are great for hostess gifts,” says Foucré. “They can be a standalone, and we have a lot of fun matches we can sell them. Skeem [Design] sells some pretty matches in jars, we almost always will sell them.” Skeem Designs has matches in multiple colors and designs, packaged in tins and jars with different symbols and sayings on them. Some sets even have lines of poetry printed on the individual match sticks.

41 Madison Adds New Showrooms for Tabletop Market

Debuting at the October 17-20 New York Tabletop Market will be two new showrooms, three newly remodeled and relocated showrooms, and the completed renovation of the 41 Madison lobby, buyers lounge, and building façade.

Canvas Home, a tableware and decorative accessories brand known for its simple yet stylish pieces crafted with sustainable materials, will debut a 1,000-square-foot space on the 15th floor. Each of its collections are created in partnership with fine artisans and premium factories across the globe, and are designed as timeless livable treasures that provide chic finishing touches for any setting. “We are excited to open at 41 Madison as our tabletop collections become an increasingly important part of our business,” said Andrew Corrie, Artistic Director and Founder of Canvas Home. “It is an honor to be joining the company of such respected members of the industry and we look forward to our first New York Tabletop Show.”

Qualia Glass, a premier supplier of fine handmade glassware and lead-free crystal, will launch its 41 Madison showroom, encompassing a 1,100-square-feet space on the 15th floor.

Showroom Shifts to Note

  • Nambé, the award-winning tableware brand known for its organic shapes and mixed materials, will be relocating its newly designed showroom to the 17th floor.
  • BIA Cordon Bleu’s luxury division housing three of France’s oldest and most prestigious factories: Royal Limoges, Philippe Deshoulieres, and CAPDECO, is relocating to the 17th floor. BIA’s housewares showroom remains on the 3rd floor.
  • The Oneida Group has opened a new showroom dedicated to its food service collections on the 15th floor. This showroom houses brands such as: Anchor Hocking, Buffalo, Buffet Euro, Luzerne, Oneida, Oneida Strata, Sant’ Andrea, and Stölzle. Oneida’s consumer division remains on the 4th floor in the newly renovated Robinson Home Showroom.

Market Makeover

The wraps are coming off the renovation that has transformed Forty One Madison’s façade, lobby and Level A, and the October Show will mark the project’s completion of phase two. The registration desk, now strategically located in the newly constructed building entrance, will include new self-check-in stations to streamline Show entry. New built-in vitrines line the lobby and will spotlight a variety of products from top brands. To trumpet the official opening of the new lobby a special display is being created by The Alpha Workshops, a respected industry design atelier and the nation’s only non-profit organization dedicated to providing decorative arts education to at-risk youths and adults with disabilities. Alpha, which is producing the extraordinary backdrops and the decorative tables, is joining with two acclaimed interior designers — Jon Call, founder of Mr. Call Designs, and Daun Curry — who will each style a vignette featuring products from Forty One Madison showrooms.

Interior Designer Day

The Show will host Interior Designer Day on Thursday, October 19, with 45 showrooms offering Direct Designer Access. Designers are invited to shop showrooms and meet with industry leaders from around the world from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The complete list of showrooms can be found in the show directory or on the 41 Madison App.

Tabletop Trends Watch

Forty One Madison has partnered with Deborah Shearer, industry veteran and founder and creative director at Table + Dine, as the official trend expert for the New York Tabletop Market. Shearer will be reviewing the latest and greatest collections found in the showrooms and identifying the top trends that can be tracked on 41 Madison’s Instagram and Facebook.

There will be more new product than ever at the show; it is a must-visit this fall,” said Laurie Burns, Senior Vice President and Director of Forty One Madison. “We hope all visitors enjoy the recently completed, SOM – designed lobby and buyers lounge. We have invested substantially in the building and marketplace to serve the tabletop industry’s needs far into the future”

For more information on the upcoming New York Tabletop Market including a full list of showrooms, visit

Farm to Table Decor Finds Itself at Home in the Kitchen

by Lorrie Baumann

3810234Kitchens used to be spaces defined by the color of their cubical steel appliances. But over the past few decades, they have evolved from quasi-industrial work spaces for the assembly line production of meals into gathering places for the entire family. As they’ve become living spaces rather than just working spaces, they’ve also become a setting in which the home cook can demonstrate good taste in a multitude of ways and add warmth to the space without turning on the oven.

Now, kitchens can be beautiful, worthy of being seen by anyone invited into the home. Thus, the continuing popularity of the open plan kitchen.

ER35700As kitchens have opened out, so have the opportunities for you, as you continue to redefine your store to meet the changing needs of customers with an evolving sense of the role they want their kitchens to play in their lives. You’ve become the place they come to gather the things they need to help them enjoy their time in their kitchens. You don’t just help them feed their families; you also help them feed their souls.

The marketplace has a lot of help for you as you figure out how to do this, and many of the vendors who displayed their products at this summer’s Las Vegas Market have ideas for you to consider.

ER48440Ganz, a giftware company established in 1950, is offering a Kitchen Clock that features serving utensils and eating utensils to mark the hours. It retails for about $75. The same company offers a variety of decorative plaques, many inspirational and spiritual, but the line also includes some sassy spark. For instance: “The Woman’s Guide to Love & Lasting Relationships,” which advises that it’s good to find a man who makes you laugh, a man with a good job who can cook, a man who is honest, a man who will pamper with gifts, a man who is awesome in bed and then to make sure that these five men never meet.

Timeless By Design‘s Friendship Recipe plaque calls for “2 Cups of Trust, 2 Cups of Mutual Respect” and other ingredients listed on a faux cork board. The model number for this item is 13501, and the same company offers plaques featuring silverware pieces and is featuring a new Spanish line.

66335Melrose International has a farmhouse collection that features sculptural pieces made of metal to help home cooks create “farm to fork” ambiance in their own homes. Model 66335 GY/BR is a wire basket in a pig design, and 70728 is a metal basket that holds two mason jars. Model 70047 is a 6-inch tall by 11.5-inch wide container suggesting a pig that would work as either a serving tray or platter, and model 70268 is a two-piece set of metal pig platters that retails for about $39.

P. Graham Dunn celebrates its mission-driven family heritage and small family farmers with its range of inspirational and aspirational wood plaques that are handcrafted in the U.S. The Farmer’s Market box, which hangs on the wall, is model PNL0595 and retails for around $30, while the plaque that reads simply “Farmers Market” is new to the collection.

Designs Combined Inc., which has been importing home décor and seasonal products since 2005, offers a line of signs made from corrugated galvanized in that make a definitive farmhouse kitchen statement. Model HK453 reads “Market,” HK454 reads “Kitchen,” and JE577 reads “Organic.” Model JJ213 is a cute ceramic set of salt and pepper shakers in the form of hatching eggs, and MP403 is a ceramic sugar and creamer set decorated with a cow image in relief.

3857244From RAZ Imports, Inc, model 3857244 is a 10-inch set of pig bookends that would be cute for the cookbook shelf, and 3857236 is a 50-inch tall sign reading “Welcome to the Farmers Market” that the company says is a top seller. Model 3810234 is an 8-1/2-inch-tall set of ceramic dancing chef pigs.

9732492_whiteburton + BURTON, known mostly for its balloons and party supplies, has jumped into the farm to table spirit with model 1821138, which is a ceramic oval tray that reads “Farm to Table/Table to Soul” and 9732492, its Decor Milk Jug, which retails for $44.

The Queens’ Jewels Collection of Wine Glasses

Cork Pops Queens Jewels_HolidayCork Pops has just introduced The Queens’ Jewels collection of hand-crafted jeweled wine glasses at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market from June 21 to June 27, 2017.

According to House and Home magazine, the latest glamour glassware is trending. The publication cites “glistening glamour” as something that will be popping up everywhere in the world of glass. FSR Magazine echoes those sentiments, stating that among the “Current Trends in Glassware [is] Adding Class with Glass.” More specifically, the glassware trend right now is all about enhancing the drinking “experience with the beverage” and considering “how the glass plays a role.”

The newest collection for Cork Pops, The Queens’ Jewels jeweled glassware, combines these trends with an abundance of sparkle to complement life’s beauty and to flaunt the drinker’s individual personality. Among the motifs featured on The Queens’ Jewels glasses are beach (crabs, flip flops, anchors, palm trees, starfish and seahorses), diamond (hearts, flowers, pink ribbons and apples), fleur de lis (the floral symbol of French royalty), holiday (hearts, shamrocks, pumpkins, snowflakes, Santa hats, Christmas trees and snowmen), pearl (oval, flower and bouquet with elegant pearl accents), sports (baseball, basketball, golf and soccer), western (cowboy boot and horseshoe) and The Queens’ Crowns (aurora borealis coronets befitting royalty).

All the glasses featured in the new Cork Pops collection can be purchased nationwide at fine gift stores throughout the United States. They retail for $23 to $35 and come in a choice of stemmed, stemless and swing top beverage bottle options.

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