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a sneak peak at spring trends…

It was the season again for the Fall annual TableTop Show in New York City. Renowned manufactories and designers from around the globe showcase their latest tabletop creations for the upcoming Spring season.

I found this year’s show very inspiring, with a definite point of view for up and coming design directions. There were glamorous shiny high gloss finishes, lots of gold, ivy vines and the seasons “it” color is clearly Fuschia. The Best in Show included a table designed by Linda O’Keefe at Metropolitan Home Magazine. She updated the classic Royal Crown Derby black and gold “Aves” pattern by introducing decorative bird figurines and a spectacular black feather light fixture; creating the ultimate urban chic dinner party. My favorite element on the table setting are the gold bricks from the Conran Shop used to display the Calvin Klien flatware.

My show favorites included a new collection by artist Jacqueline Cambata who introduced two stunning patterns called Shangri-La and Elephant Shantih manufactured in Limoge France. Her inspiration was the visual storytelling of the 16th century Indian Mughal art.

Jacqueline Cambata

The strong color trend was Fuschia which was seen throughout the new collections. My market pic was the Syracuse pattern by Haviland Parlon who pattern was reminscent of fine strands of beads.

syracuse pattern

Metallics continue to be a trend this season with the newer versions having a high Hollywood style shine. Rosenthal introduced the new TAC Gold collection.

Elements found in nature continue to be a trend in tabletop, the newest elements being seen are Ivy Vines and a more upscale approach to Bamboo.

My old friend Stephen Chambers is now the VP of Merchandising for Waterford Wedgewood. Stephen and I met over 15 years ago both doing display tables to raise money for Monterfiore Medical Center. Stephen at the time worked for Willam-Sonoma and I worked for Rosenthal. I’m so proud of the work he is doing now. He found some amazing artifacts that he used to update the Waterford Wedgwood showroom. These are actual Wedgwood shoes

He also found playing cards

Wedgwood Playing cards-an Ebay find!

He made this lucite table down at Canal Plastics

Lucite Table made at Canal Plastics

Lastly, Stephen made a mirror with stick on flowers to promote the new Marc Jacobs line which was one of my show personal favorites

Daisy Mirror

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lucite serving cart…

I was asked by a New York real estate company to put together tabletop items for there corporate dining room. They have a very modern interior with white walls and decor, Mac computers. They had been searching for quite some time on a cart that they could use to go floor to floor that would fit in the interior–no heavy woods. I searched and found nothing. I then went to my friend Julia who was working with a firm producing lucite serving trays. We came up with this cart for them and now it’s available in the collection to purchase. It’s such a great piece for parties.

HK Servng Tray $1500.00 contact service@etabletop.com


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displaying collectibles…

As we enter a leaner year economically, I thought to share some inexpensive ways to add a little holiday sparkle around the home.

I don’t know about you but I have cabinets filled with vases, decanters and other objects that rarely see the light of day. This holiday, I created little vignettes around my home with some of my tabletop items to add a little holiday sparkle. The above picture shows a few decanters that I normally would decant wine from partnered with some greens and a fun hourglass. I bet you would be surprised what gems you will find hidden in the attic or in your china cabinets. Consider making a display of bottles, fill a favorite teacup with holiday chocolates, put pictures of family members in inexpensive frames on a wall or sideboard for the holidays or when entertaining. Another quick inexpensive fix is to add greens and lots of candles.

Lastly, holiday twinkle light add such sparkle. I like to add them outside of a room so they can be seen from the windows for drama.


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great websites for the holidays…

Ok, so it’s a busy time of year! I always find this time of year extra busy since I’m not just buying gifts but selling them as well. To save time, I’ve been doing alot more more shopping online and have found some really great websites this season to share. The first one is an extreme foodie website that has the most amazing products like truffles, truffle honey, rare meats for the adventurous eater and artisanal pastas. The little gem to the left is a peppercorn ravioli stuffed with asiago, ricotta and mozzarella cheese. YUM!!! I mean what’s not to love about that! If you are looking for a really neat gift consider some of our hotel sized pasta bowls… and some of these pretty raviolis to knock your friend out. http://www.marxfoods.com/

Another great find this season, is Moolka.com

I happen to be a fan of toys that look like they came from Santa’s workshop for little children at Christmas. I really liked how many of the toys at Moolka were not made of plastic(from you know where!) but made from wood and painted in exciting colors. Check them out at http://www.moolka.com/


Lastly, I’m crazy about jewelry. What woman isn’t? This year, I had a special necklace made with charms of my children from Jennifer Fisher. Check her out:
http://www.jenniferfishernyc.com/
On my personal Christmas list this year, I wanted to add a charm of my Chow-Chow, Asbury. Jennifer has a website where you can order charms online instead of going all the way to her studio. Everything she makes is very high quality so you can’t go wrong.


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tempted!

I had to share this customer email on the question “Should we or shouldn’t we do a Holiday Pop-up?”
The above picture was 150 Spring St. a few days before the set up (see below)

Hi all!

For a number of years, now, I and my friends have relied upon you to be the place we can purchase interesting, high-quality gifts at reasonable prices. Where will I go, if you don’t do a pop-up store this year?

Where will I go to find something like the Andy Warhol tree ornament my niece (now in college) insists on hanging herself every year? Or the Bjørn Wiinblad serving bowl my mother loves so much she won’t even use for fear of breaking it? Or my father’s “scotch glasses” which are “just the right size and heft”? Or the lovely little crystal cruets my parish uses every day during the celebration of the eucharist? Or so many other things which have brightened so many other people’s lives?

Or (and this is the best of all):

You’re wandering around mid-town or SoHo frantically looking for something which has artistic merit and practical function and a price you can afford.

You’re beginning to despair.

And then, all unexpectedly, you discover a shop which hadn’t been there the day before — and which will have disappeared again by the time you leave for Midnight Mass. A magical mushroom of a place. A Brigadoon of retail. A Crystal and Crockery Salvation for the Crazed Christmas Shopper. Hundreds of people like me have walked in, realized what’s happening, breathed a sigh of happy relief, and later, walked out rejoicing with heavy shopping bags and a light heart.

Please, please, please! Try, once again, to summon the energy, commitment, fortitude, and long-suffering necessary. No one will blame you if you want to take a break. But…

It just wouldn’t be Christmas in New York without the eTable Pop-up Shop!

Whatever your decision, you have my best wishes for the Holiday’s and a Joyful New Year.

Yours very sincerely,
Father Craig


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