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41 Madison to mark 40th anniversary milestone

The upcoming New York Tabletop Show is set to commemorate its long-standing family members this October

Forty years ago, Japanese tableware brand Noritake signed a lease for a showroom at Forty One Madison. With that single move, Forty One Madison soon became the Number One address for tabletop, as other manufacturers rapidly followed suit.

Today, some 115 leading international tabletop brands have located their wholesale showrooms within this prestigious building where every Spring and Autumn, it fills with all the major retail buyers from across North and Central America for The New York Tabletop Market.

The upcoming edition of the Market, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 through Friday, October 24, will not just mark, but also celebrate, the 40-year milestone of this Market.

While Noritake does enjoy the distinction of being the first tableware company to plant its roots at Forty One Madison in 1974, a variety of prestigious companies soon followed, and they, too, remain in the building to this day, contributing to the vitality of the industry. According to Laurie Burns, senior vice president and director of Forty One Madison, the Rudin family, owners of Forty One, will be honouring these stalwarts with a special presentation. In addition to honouring Noritake, Mr. Christmas, Nikko Ceramics, Oneida, Reed & Barton, Rosenthal, Royal Doulton, Villeroy & Boch and Wedgwood will also be recognised.

An Anniversary Year for Media Partner Traditional Home
Traditional Home will help set the tone for Forty One’s celebration since the magazine also has an anniversary of its own – year 25 for this Meredith publication. In taking over the Lobby Settings that greet guests entering the building, Senior Style Editor Krissa Rossbund will be creating tables with a celebrations theme.

Additionally, for Interior Designer Day on Thursday, October 23, Rossbund will moderate a panel discussion headlined by three of America’s A-list designers: Jamie Drake, Alexa Hampton and Matthew Patrick Smyth. Their presentation, “Building Business: Know Your Role,” will explore how interior designers can leverage new business opportunities by guiding their clients in choices for dinnerware barware, decorative accessories and the kinds of products available from Forty One Madison showrooms. According to Rossbund, “The more designers learn about Forty One Madison and its value as a resource, the greater the opportunity for turning client expectations into dollars earned. We want to impart to interior designers who attend how they can maximize this niche business.”

Bridal Guide Sponsors Buyers Lounge
The Café on Level A, hosted by Bridal Guide, will be open for business, dispensing complimentary bites and beverages with a “Southern Comfort” menu planned. Adjacent to the Buyers Lounge, it’s a popular spot in the building for meet ups with colleagues in between appointments and showroom visits. The Café hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For the showrooms listing, app information, and to register, visit www.41madison.com

To find out more and see what brands will be unveiling at the show, check out our October issue, which is out 30th September



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