Designer Daniel Eltner
updates a classic for German porcelain manufacturer, Walküre in his MODERN CLASSIC cup and saucer series. Used in places as diverse as Viennese coffee house and fashionable catering, series MODERN CLASSICc visualizes the period of transition from art nouveau to modern era.
With a global reputation as a supplier of cups, saucers, and more, the philosophy of Walküre Porcelain is clear: With their more than 110 years of experience and innovation, Walküre manufactures first-class products and offers them in a value-oriented way, made with top quality design and craftsmanship. All made in the heart of Bavaria, home to many of Germany's porcelain specialists.
We're looking forward to reviewing the Walküre line of porcelain tabletop products for hospitality at the upcmoing NRA Show at booth #9150.
If you're interested in learning more about Walküre and its entire collection of products for the foodservice and hospitality industry, go here: http://www.walkuere.de/
Art and coffee.....the perfect blend. Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Hot or Cold, Dark or Decaffeinated there is a cup for you.This is the motto that illy has lived up to. For over 80 years illy has been providing the world with top quality coffee from Trieste, Italy. illy has established themselves as leaders in the market through their innovative marketing strategy and quality product.
A key part of their marketing strategy has been art. The tabletop is one of the last mediums of advertising and art that is yet to be completely taken advantage of. illy
has pushed the boundaries of the norm to create a brand that innovates and redefines a cup of coffee.
By collaborating with artists such as Daniel Buren
has turned cups of coffee into pieces of art that are admired throughout the world. Art is a market that is rarely tapped into....... especially in the tabletop world.
To see all the ways illy
has incorporated art to their brand see their website illy
Another amazing brand that has sought and accomplished using art to market their product is Italy’s Lavazza
Served around the world, Lavazza
is a family run business that has sought to distinguish themselves from their competitors: Starbuck’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. What can you do to distinguish yourselves from multi-billion dollar companies? Brand recognition and quality leads to an increased market share as well as a competitive brand.
Being different, and breaking from the norm has allowed their brand to develop in to world-leader in the coffee industry. Lavazza’s
evocative and risqué advertisements have left the world wanting to know more about this Old Italian Brand. Pushing the boundaries has rewarded Lavazza with the brand recognition only given to a select few brands.
brand, aside of being a high quality, is also associated with high prices and inherently, restricted to a niche market. Couple their high prices with their powerful "art marketing"
, through their branding strategies have become exclusive, expensive, and recognized as quality coffee worldwide. The next time you go to make a cup of superior quality coffee make sure you use illy
. We love the branding....love the coffee more.- Daniel Grewal
American artist Kiki Smith designs the latest cups in the illy Art Collection series
Flowers, butterflies, suns and moons adorn the new illy
Art Collection designed by Kiki Smith
, inspired by the natural charms of day and night.
The American artist’s flowing, poetic images are beautifully expressed on the canvas of the illy
cups and cans, reinterpreting the European decorative arts tradition of flower painting on ceramics with a fresh, whimsical twist. The fluid and fanciful designs of the Kiki Smith collection transform the simple pleasure of drinking a cup of illy
into an even richer sensory experience, heightened by the visual and tactile aesthetics of contemporary art.
Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Nuremberg, Germany) is an American artist whose explorations of the human condition, the body, and the realms of spirituality and nature have resulted in works of exceptional power and beauty spanning mediums from sculpture and printmaking to installation, textiles, and glass.
The daughter of American sculptor Tony Smith, Kiki Smith grew up in New Jersey, according to her bio on www.pbs.org.
As a young girl, one of Smith’s first experiences with art was helping her father make cardboard models for his geometric sculptures. This training in formalist systems, combined with her upbringing in the Catholic Church, would later resurface in Smith’s evocative sculptures, drawings, and prints. The recurrent subject matter in Smith’s work has been the body as a receptacle for knowledge, belief, and storytelling. In the 1980s, Smith literally turned the figurative tradition in sculpture inside out, creating objects and drawings based on organs, cellular forms, and the human nervous system. This body of work evolved to incorporate animals, domestic objects, and narrative tropes from classical mythology and folk tales. Life, death, and resurrection are thematic signposts in many of Smith’s installations and sculptures. In several of her pieces, including "Lying with the Wolf, Wearing the Skin," and "Rapture," Smith takes as her inspiration the life of St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris.
website expresses it best saying if coffee is experienced with all five senses, the very objects that hold coffee should please the eye. Twenty years ago, illy
considered how an everyday object like a coffee cup could be rethought – elevated
, in fact, to meld the sensory pleasures of coffee and art.
This insight gave rise to the illy
Art Collection: small works of art, taking ceramic cup as medium, transforming the simple pleasure of drinking an espresso into an experience that fully engages the senses and the mind.
Art Collection project starts with the same, elegant canvas: the iconic, white illy
espresso cup introduced by renowned architect and designer Matteo Thun
in 1992. Taking cup as muse, more than 70 of the world’s foremost artists have created collections since -no two ever alike, and each a revelation. Jeff Koons
, James Rosenquist
, Julian Schnabel, Robert Rauschenberg
, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Marina Abramovic are just some of the contemporary masters who have contributed to the collection, along with emerging talent from around the globe.
To learn more about illy
and the illy Art Collection
go here: http://www.illy.com/wps/wcm/connect/en/art/the-latest-cup
Another cool product that's hot from Service Ideas....their Flame-Free Thermo-Urn
Ok. So, the new Service Ideas
catalog for 2013 is out. Don't have it yet? Get it.
And, here's why.....not only is it full of cool beverage service, buffet, and accessory products, it's got lots of great, helpful pieces of information. I mean...who even knew what "ETL Certification"
was??? Plus, Service Idea
shows off even more by using those fancy QR codes. Ok..ok....we already knew that Service Ideas
was a pretty cool company, but now QR codes, too?!
Love the QR codes, love the info (did you know what "agion" is?
), ...even love the product diagrams showing about all the replacement parts.
2013 Service Ideas catalog
Diversified Ceramics' new STUDIO GLAZE line currently comes in four styles and a wide variety of items (left to right): Spice, Advocado, Terracotta, and Huckleberry
| |Diversified Ceramics
is not as the first thought when it comes to sexy tabletop.....but that thinking just might need a bit of a change with their new STUDIO GLAZE lineup of colorful products.
STUDIO GLAZE currently has four colors in this process. Avocado, Spice, Terracotta and Huckleberry. Any of the Diversified Ceramics'
items that can be custom colored can be produced in this new process.
Diversified Ceramics has long been known as an incredible reliable source for high value, dependable tabletop and, now, with their new STUDIO GLAZE line, they can add high-quality aesthetics, as well. For someone looking to differentiate their coffee service, while not breaking the bank....Diversified Ceramics' newest introduction - STUDIO GLAZE - may just be the answer.
Coffee. Sometimes....it IS
just about the coffee. So, as an operator, you may a cup and saucer that is straight forward, honest, and won't have the guest remembering more about what they drank from
rather than how the coffee
was that they actually drank.Diversified Ceramics
has been making great, honest tabletop items right here in America since 1976. Their Barista Service
collection is a great example. All the right sizes for espresso, cappuccino, or lattes....and made in a traditional coffee color, with the all the strength and durability that Diversified Ceramics
has come to be known for. And, of course, Diversified
has complete custom capabilities to make your own signature collection if you do a little re-inforcing of your own brand. The color palette for their glazes is incredible
Started in 1976, Diversified Ceramics
has grown from a company that manufactured only two coffee mugs to producing over 200 items and 60 different colors. Today, Diversified Ceramics
specializes in manufacturing vitrified china for the foodservice industry that is American made, single-fired and lead-free.
From standard ovenware to the manufacturing of custom products for the chain operator, the company's success has been based on exceptional quality, value
Their new Barista Service
is another step in that journey.
Was this the coolest new tabletop item of the just completed IHMRS Show
in New York? Jono Pandolfi Designs
cup and saucer (in both coffee and espresso size)
from their Eleven Madison Park Collection
. The collection's coffee-colored matte finish, textured glaze on the outside gives the guests a sensory experience to the touch and the smooth glazed interior makes for a unique and memorable coffee and espresso drinking experience. Chefs and restaurateurs who want do something new interesting on their tables would be wise to look at Made in The USA products from this artistic source.
Hard to say if this was the single
coolest new tabletop product, but for sure it was among a handful of very interesting new items for those who are serious about elevating and differentiating the dining experience for their guests.
One company we are absolutely looking forward to seeing at the upcoming IHMRS Show
in New York is Ancap Porcelain
from Italy. From the little that we know about them, this is a small company with a BIG personality!
Think we'll start our show off in the morning with a visit to the Ancap
booth for an espresso. We're looking forward to learning a lot more about this creative tabletop source.
This nearly 50 year old brand seems to be playing the kind of music that we like to listen to. Of course, there's a lot more to restaurant tabletop than just a pretty face....yes?
Ancap's ARLECCHINO......brightening up the forever white landscape of restaurant tabletops everywhere.
kalokagathia: a union of beauty and goodness
illy. About a lot more than just espresso.
What is your brand about?
Come on...Double Espresso......don't fail me now!illy
.....addictive ......in all the good ways.