New York, NY - For the first time in the history of the New York Tabletop Market, the fall show was compressed into three weekdays, Wednesday to Friday.   The schedule change announced earlier in the year was met with general enthusiasm.   In spite of a slight overlapping with the High Point Furniture Market and concerns about the economy, Forty One Madison reported a strong turn out of top retail buyers and management from department, chain and independent stores, new showroom openings, press events and a cocktail party that brought out a "who's who" in the tabletop industry to bid farewell to Carole Dixon, the building's Director for the past 30 years.  

     The building's new Director, Laurie Burns who was appointed the end of September commented: "I was delighted to see the volume of traffic that began well before the Show even opened.   All the major retailers were here.   I am encouraged by the meetings I have held and the requests for new and additional showroom space.   My mission at 41 Madison is to keep bringing the best products to the best buyers under one roof.     

I want to continue to serve the industry through developing great markets that inspire, educate and provide networking.   Our plans for 2009 are already underway and the Show will begin a four-day schedule next spring, opening on Tuesday April 21 through Friday, April 24."                                 

Permanent New Showroom Openings

Haviland Limoges: 10 th floor

One of the most prestigious brand names in the luxury tableware category, Haviland Limoges opened a light-filled showroom on the 10 th floor overlooking Madison Square Park.   Classic Haviland patterns and contemporary designs and shapes were introduced to meet the tastes of today's discerning customers.  

Ralph Lauren Home: 9 th floor

The name synonymous with classic style and taste, Ralph Lauren Home is now under a new licensing agreement with Fitz and Floyd and debuted a   showroom featuring dinnerware, stem and barware, flatware and gifts.

J. Seignolles distributed by Marguerite Dorger: 9 th floor

Tableware expert Margi Dorger has opened permanent space where she is distributing the luxury J. Seignolles Porcelain de Limoges, aimed at brides, designers and high end customers.   In 2009 she plans to add Faiencerie de Quimper rounding out the luxury offerings

Temporary Showrooms

Lalique, one of the ultimate names in French crystal and art pieces known around the world, held court with its fine specialty retailers in a light filled space.   Wall panels were painted with butterflies to echo a series of exquisite vases detailed with butterflies.

J. Chew Porcelain , a new entry into the luxury tableware category, owner and designer Jaimie Chew's magnificent porcelains meld the rich tapestry of Asian design and culture with the excellence of Limoges porcelain.    Chew's initial collection also brings inspiration from her Chinese grandfather's watercolor paintings of nature which also decorated her showroom walls.

Cendese Murano - The renowned Murano glass company established over 60 years ago is opening its doors to the US.   The multi colored glass and hand crafted line includes vessels, decorative items and whimsical tabletop objects.

Lobby Settings Feature Royal Crown Derby

Setting a luxurious mood in the lobby of Forty One Madison, the premier English dinnerware company Royal Crown Derby tapped two of its magazine marketing partners, METROPOLITAN HOME and MARTHA STEWART WEDDINGS editors to create two of the four lobby vignettes.   Themed "Remix" sources to come.

Bridal Guide Caffe

Continuing with its international theme, the Bridal Guide Caffe was inspired by the flavors of Spain; offering an array of regional and national specialties - from bite size tapas and sweets to paella and fresh fruits throughout each day of the Show.  


Cocktail Party Toasts "Good Bye to Carole Dixon" and "Hello to Laurie Burns"

The destination cocktail party during the Tabletop Show was held Thursday evening, October 23 rd bringing out nearly 200 industry executives.   The occasion celebrated the retirement of Carole Dixon's 30 year career as Director of 41 Madison and welcomed her successor, Laurie Burns.   The evening was filled with the "who's who" in the industry that came to share a champagne toast to both women.   Eric Rudin, Executive Vice President Rudin Management, extended his thanks to Carole on behalf of the Rudin family, owners and mangers of Forty One Madison and to welcome Laurie into the post.  


The Spring 2009 New York Tabletop Market® at Forty One Madison will   open Tuesday, April 21 and run through Friday, April 24 th .   A Rudin building, The New York Merchandise Mart houses twenty-three floors of permanent showrooms, filled with tableware and gift-related products representing approximately 85 companies from the Far East, Europe and America.   A complete listing of showrooms, upcoming events and future Tabletop and Gift Show Market dates can be found at