NEW YORK —Nine board members from some of the world’s largest tabletop companies have created a tabletop association that will focus on continuing tabletop shows at Forty One Madison after next month’s market.
David Zrike, president and CEO of R Squared and Zrike Brands, has enlisted eight additional board members to cover all categories of the tabletop industry, including Linda Levine, president of Godinger; Lucas Updegraph, chief sales officer of Lenox Corp.; Sal Gabbay, CEO of Gibson Homewares; Emon Maasho, CEO of Orrefors & Kosta Boda; Matthew Hullfish, vice president of sales for Casafina and Costa Nova; Holli Draughn, president of Vietri; Bill Robedee, president of Portmeirion Group North America; and a representative from Porland USA.
The association will serve as an industry resource for business-building collaborations and the continuation of the New York Tabletop Show on the originally scheduled dates after the April 5-8 show. Those dates are October 18-21, 2022; April 18-21 and October 10-13, 2023; April 9-12 and October 8-11, 2024; and April 8-11 and October 21-24, 2025. Membership details will soon be announced, according to a release, and brands may begin joining the association this spring.
Permanent showroom building Forty One Madison, the center of the tabletop industry for decades, announced in February that it would no longer officially product the bi-annual New York Tabletop Show after this year’s April market.
“We are thrilled to form a board to continue the rich history of the tabletop industry and to manage and promote the New York Tabletop Shows. We look forward to working with the industry and retailers to continue the show and promote the tabletop business,” said David Zrike.
Interested parties can expect more information starting in April. Please feel free to e-mail David Zrike at [email protected] with any immediate questions you may have.
Editor-in-Chief Allison Zisko first joined HFN in 1998 and spent many years covering the tabletop category before widening her scope to all home furnishings. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of HFN, including its print and digital products, and represents the brand at home and abroad through presentations, panel discussions and HFN’s podcast, The Inside Scoop.