NIKKO CERAMICS: LONGTIME FORTY ONE MADISON TENANT RENEWS LEASE

New York, NY --- Laurie Burns, Senior Vice President and Director of Forty One Madison confirmed the Japanese company, Nikko Ceramics, Inc. has renewed its permanent showroom lease effective immediately.   The manufacturer of fine bone china and porcelain tableware, Nikko was one of the earliest companies to open a showroom in the building in 1978.    Relocating to the 17 th floor, a new floor plan is being designed for the space to create a flowing, open and modern feeling.     

     Ms. Burns noted Nikko's Centennial year celebrated throughout 2008 garnered additional attention at retail, particularly with its unique art pieces commissioned for the occasion.   "The Nikko brand has continued to advance its reputation for quality and design through distribution in leading department stores where it has built a successful bone china program, especially aimed to the bridal market."

     Tage Strom, Nikko's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing said:

"We want to continue our presence at 41 Madison.   With all the key buyers for both our US retail business and our OEM clients shopping at Forty One Madison, it is the only place to be in New York."  

    Nikko will participate in the January New York Gift Show with a display in the lobby of Forty One Madison.   There will be a soft opening during the Gift Show on Monday and Tuesday, January 26 and 27 th and by appointment. A formal ribbon cutting during the April Tabletop Market will take place when the showroom is completed.

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Forty One Madison, a Rudin Building, is committed to the growth and support of the tableware and gift industries in New York.   Located at the corner of Madison and 26 th Street, the building is open daily 9:00 to 6:00 PM.   For showroom listings and special events, click on www.41madison.com or for questions, contact: Laurie Burns at lburns@rudin.com