Eat4Fun will introduce its new line of children’s cutlery at the International Home + Housewares Show 2016 being held at Chicago’s McCormick Place March 5 – 8. Eat4Fun can be found in the North Building. Eat4Fun is a first-time exhibitor at the International Home + Housewares Show.
This patented, plastic-handled, hand-drawn kids character cutlery is the only standing/upright childrens cutlery in the marketplace. Lorraine Ragland Maberry, Eat4Fun owner says, “We offer a unique, yet functional, product that will keep kids entertained at mealtimes. We designed the utensils and accessories, to make the sometimes not-so-easy dining adventure a little more fun for everyone. These fun and educational utensils keep children’s attention on the matter at hand. Besides, who can resist a smiling face with every bite?”
Eat4Fun childrens cutlery has hand-drawn characters that both parents and kids can relate to. It is a choice in flatware for kids beyond the typical commercialized, licensed television and movie characters. Dishwasher-safe Eat4Fun’s exclusive “Xtra” wash technology guarantees up to 500 dishwasher cycles. The boldly colored designs will not fade or wear off in the washing process, as most children’s printed cutlery does.
High quality 18/10 stainless steel components mean no bending or rusting. The PVC/BPS/phthalate-free, durable ABS plastic handles handles are safe for children. The product meets CPSIA standards.
The line was founded in 2014 and is internationally distributed. The International Home + Houswares Show 2016 is the U.S. debut to the housewares, tabletop and gift industries. The company offers a range of styles within the Eat4Fun brand, and also manufacture adult cutlery under the Quid Novi brand, as well as private labels product all over the world.
Bridge City Tool Works is launching the Chopstick Master™, an innovative product that offers a new way to create an ancient tool. The product is easy to use and designed for non-woodworkers as well as the DIY market and all those who appreciate fine craftsmanship.
“Through extensive testing and market research, we’ve developed a product that contains everything you need to make your own gallery quality chopsticks. Anyone over the age of eight, regardless of experience, can join in the fun and make their very own set in 15 minutes,” said Designer and CEO John Economaki. “The response in China has been phenomenal, and the concept of hosting chopstick-making dinner parties in the United States has been equally surprising. This is a universally fun experience.”
During the past six months, over 1,000 pairs of chopsticks have been produced with various Chopstick Master prototypes. This non-powered product is a professional tool with an all-metal base, designed to last multiple generations. The Chopstick Master design has been optimized and is now ready to hit the worldwide market. The product had a successful launch in China this September and is available in the U.S. by pre-order only until 2016.
“I’ve been designing tools full-time for over 32 years and can honestly say, nothing in my past prepared me for the reception of this tool,” Economaki said.
Chopsticks were first developed in China about 5,000 years ago, and were adopted by most Asian cultures that continue to use them today. While the Asian population makes up about 60 percent of the world’s population, many Americans enjoy using chopsticks. In fact, according to online research in a 2014 YouGov study, 23 percent of Americans prefer chopsticks to silverware.
Luxe metallic accent pieces have a strong presence in this year’s fall tabletop collections. The new La Cité Collection from Rosanna features 24 karat gold geometric designs on top of clear glasses and white rounded square plates, as well as other matching tabletop pieces like salt and pepper shakers, a pitcher, lidded canisters, and nesting trays that are all inspired by the 1960s. Mixing in a few of these pieces with an existing classic white set of porcelain dishes is a quick and easy way to update a tablescape and give it a modern look reflective of current trends without having to completely overhaul every piece, says Rosanna Bowles, CEO and Head of Design at Rosanna Inc.
“Let’s say you have a plain set of white dishes, which I always recommend to everybody, even if you don’t have white dishes you can get very inexpensive white dinner plates and then just build from that,” says Bowles. “You can change your look so easily by layering in salad plates, layering in great flatware, and wonderful accessories for the table.”
Also playing on the popularity of metallics is Tom Dixon with the PLUM series of copper barware accents. The matching tongs, cocktail shaker and ice bucket have a modern futuristic appearance that will quietly become the stars of any table. The items incorporate the luxe metallic trend for fall as well as another fall trend emphasizing geometric and sculptural elements.
Christofle’s new L’Âme flatware collection from designer Eugeni Quitllet has a silver mirror finish and elegant lines reminiscent of a fine sculpture. The collection incorporates a “palillo” tapas stick, ice cream spoon and espresso stirrer making it even more tabletop friendly for a variety of entertaining scenarios. The classic silver finish ensures versatility so the settings can be used for decades.
“It’s important to invest in good flatware because if you get a good set it’s like a workhorse; it won’t corrode, you can put it in the dishwasher, it lasts a long time,” says Bowles. “When you invest in long term things, like flatware, it’s important to get good quality because it’s like you’ll throw it away otherwise, it’ll rust, the knives won’t cut, why do that? It’s just like throwing your money away. So I think flatware is a really good investment.”
Fitting along with the focus on metallics that reflect sculptural influences is the Myria expandable trivet from Carl Mertens. Composed of rectangular stainless steel loops, the trivet can be arranged in a variety of fashions and uses are just as varied, from acting as a true trivet for hot dishes to serving as a centerpiece built up with multiple heights of candles and votives.
L’OBJET has also embraced the concept of creating tabletop with a fashion mindset. The company’s line of Napkin Jewels truly resembles jewelry to adorn yourself with. The 3-Ring napkin ring is available with bands of 24 karat gold, platinum, and rose gold-plating. Options even include Swarovski crystals, all while retaining a timeless appearance with just the right amount of sparkle and shine to express personality but not overwhelm.
“Paying attention to those little things, whether it’s your linens, napkin rings, lighting – all those things will finish off your table,” says Bowles. “You just have to kind of look in the mirror like before you leave the house, look at your table and then look in your house and say, ‘I want to add that’ … it’s just kind of like the finishing touches.”
Pieces with a timeless elegance will provide those finishing touches and remain current no matter what the season’s trends are. PlaceTiles are stylish erasable ceramic accent labels that can be used as place cards for guests or as a descriptive accessory for each dish being served. Other items from the line include napkin rings, bottle stoppers, cheese tiles and beaded hang tangs all of which can be written on with dry-erase markers to be used again and again. The Avenue Whisky Decanter from Vista Alegre is another simple and sophisticated piece that can be mixed and match into a variety of tabletop themes to add the perfect last touch.
Seletti’s I-Ware collection features baroque style finishing on fine opaque porcelain paired with fluorescent handles in orange, green, blue, yellow, fuchsia. The classic look of the coffee set, tea set, mugs, sugar bowl, and teapot allow them to fit in with existing décor, while the pop of color on the handles lends well to the collection being mixed and matched, depending on the tabletop theme.
A larger than life Champagne sabre from Menu distributed by Creative Danes brings drama to the table. The company taglines the polished, stainless steel piece with: “If a sabre’s too much, you’re too young!”
This story was originally published in the October 2014 issue of Kitchenware News, a publication of Oser Communications Group.
By Lorrie Baumann
French artisans from Laguiole and nearby towns in France are taking Laguiole cutlery design in new directions while keeping elements that speak strongly of a 200-year tradition of attention to detail and elegant craftsmanship.
At the Atelier du Réquista, in Sebrazac, a town near Laguiole, Founder and Director Hervé Liné is using his design skills to augment blades forged in Laguiole with distinctive handles that combine precious woods with innovative materials. The Olivier tableware collection is one of his latest creations. Characterized by triangular handles made from olive wood that widen gradually from the bolster to the handle’s end for an elegant, ergonomic look, the natural wood grain gives each piece a unique appearance.
Liné used the same delta shape for his Laguiole Cube Rouge knives, which feature handles made from solid marquetry that combines ebony from Gabon, burr maple and red stamina, a dye-injected wood. Both the Oliver tableware and Cube Rouge knives feature the bee on their bolsters that identify knives made in the Laguiole tradition.
The bee is also prominently featured on knives from the Forge de Laguiole, which takes a creative and playful approach to the traditional Laguiole shape, with its slender, gently curved handle. These table knives are made with a fixed blade, a finely decorated spring, and the bee. The company also offers forks, soup spoons, coffee spoons and carving sets as well as bread knives.
The Forge de Laguiole knives are offered in many different materials and finishes. Stable steel blades come in either a shiny or satin finish, with bolsters in the CLAL version made of stable brass or in stainless steel with either a shiny or satin finish. Handles are in horn, bone, precious wood, the stamina dye-injected wood or acrylic glass.
A new design by Philippe Starck celebrates Forge de Laguiole’s 25th anniversary, in 2012, with knives featuring an all stainless steel mono block model with a handle textured to mimic the look of wood bark. Designer Jean-Michel Wilmotte brings color to the table with his creation of a model with fluorescent-colored handles in acrylic glass. Ten colors are available: red, pink, blue, green, lime, mauve, wine, gray, black and white. All of the firm’s models can be ordered singly or in sets of two or six pieces.
Celebrating proportion, balance and of course, personality, Robinson Home Products pulls out all the stops with Oneida’s latest line of “eclectic” housewares and fine flatware introductions during April’s Tabletop Market. Pulling inspiration from current home design trends, vintage fads and hidden market gems, each placesetting radiates character. The unique detailing, shapes and mix and match designs come together to form a purposeful and intriguingly cohesive statement across the 11 new patterns.
“Consumers are taking the opportunity within their home décor decisions to tell a story and let people know who they are. It has become a form of self-expression; each plate, fabric, chair and lamp, becomes an outward representation of their personality. The new line caters to a variety of design sensibilities with an eclectic flavor without having to scour the aisles to complete their collection,” says Ross Patterson, Business Director-Tabletop for Robinson Home Products.
The spring housewares flatware introductions include:
Taro – Each handle in this setting is naturally unique…as the fern grows along each. Mirror finish, 3.0-3.5mm gauge. $79.99 for 45-piece set. 18/0 stainless steel.
Darwin – Taking a walk on the wild side, different intricate animal prints grace the body of each piece including zebra, cheetah, giraffe and tiger. Mirrored finish, 3.5-4.0mm gauge. $89.99 for 45-piece set. 18/0 stainless steel.
Clara – Following current architectural trends for faceted surfaces, subtle curves and light geometric influence roll through the body of this collection. Mirrored finish, 4.0-4.5mm gauge. $99.99 for 45-piece set. 18/0 stainless steel.
Clovis – Inspired by the romance of colonial wax seals, each handle dons a different crest at the tip. Mirror finish, 3.4-3.8mm gauge. $99.99 for 45-piece set. 18/0 stainless steel.
Durango – The intricate stippling effect seen on each handle is reminiscent of fine leather detailing. Each handle tip is formed into unique shapes across the setting for a mix and match feel. Mirror finish, 3.0-3.5mm gauge. $99.99 for 45-piece set. 18/0 stainless steel.
The spring Fine flatware introductions include:
Avenue – Sleek asymmetrical line running horizontally, north to south, along the handle of each piece. Mirror finish with beadblasted detail. 3.0-3.5mm gauge. $29.99 for a 5pc place setting. 18/10 stainless steel.
Chival – Inspired by bold yet intricate textile patterns, textural chevron pattern has been carefully formed along body of each piece in setting. Mirror finish, 3.0-3.5mm gauge. $39.99 for a five-piece place setting. 18/10 stainless steel.
Whitmore – With a sturdy build and classic structural design aesthetic, each piece is fashioned to resemble accent pieces prominent in home décor. Mirror finish, 4.0-4.5mm gauge. $39.99 for a five-piece place setting. 18/10 stainless steel.
Emblem – Branded with an historic Oneida hallmark at the tip and ridged piping along the body of each soft rounded, hollow handle. Mirror finish, 4.0-4.5mm gauge. $49.99 for a five-piece place setting. 18/10 stainless steel.
Sawyer – Dramatic modern take on classical colonial pattern, highlighted by scooped handle and balanced weight built for comfort. Mirror finish, 4.0-4.5mm gauge. $49.99 for a five piece place setting. 18/10 stainless steel.