Following the launch of the Tableware International Awards of Excellence 2019, Tableware International has announced it has received 269 entries from 146 different brands, up from 218 entries from 94 brands last year.

The 269 entries span 17 product categories, from fine dinnerware and decorative, to cutlery and casual glassware, with an especially large number of entries for the categories of Fine Dinnerware, Casual Dinnerware, Fine Glassware, Giftable Tableware and Coffee/Teaware.

Many of the brands and manufacturers who participated in the first edition of the Awards, for 2018, are returning this year with new collections, brands such as Rosenthal, Orrefors, Royal Crown Derby, Lenox, Prouna, Nikko, Denby, Alessi, Herend, Portmeirion, Stelton, Vista Alegre, Noritake, LSA and Robert Welch and Pasabahce, to name but a few.

In addition, there are brands and manufacturers making their Tableware International Awards debut, entering products and collections for the first time – Riedel, Waterford, Wedgwood, William Edwards, Lehmann Glass, ASA Selection, Revol, Degrenne, Richard Ginori, Kahla, Crystalite Bohemia and Moser, among many others.

“Following the success of the debut Tableware Awards, we had high expectations for the second edition and those expectations have not just been met, but exceeded,” says Kate Birch, editor of Tableware International, the international industry publication, which organises the Awards.

“We are delighted with the entries this year, not just in numbers, but in the quality of the brands and manufacturers, including many new, that have chosen to participate, and the fantastic collections and products they have put forward.

“Such an amazing response is testament both to the innovation and creativity of the tableware industry and the many companies that make this possible, and to the credibility and authority of Tableware International.”

The next stage of the Awards will see the 269 entries across the 17 categories assessed by Tableware International’s prestigious panel of 28 international judges, which is made up of buyers, retailers, distributors, designers and industry experts.

Eight new judges have joined the panel this year, including department store Debenhams; tabletop specialist stores, The Studio of Tableware in New Zealand and TableArt in Los Angeles; gift/housewares chain of stores Hutter Group in German; designer consultant Hugh Biber; award-winning British ceramics designer Billy Lloyd; freelance tabletop designer Brigitte Moulinier; and the University of London’s retail space Not Just a Shop.

These new judges are joined by last year’s panellists, including Amara.com, Wayfair EU, John Lewis, Rustan’s, Parousiasi, Dom Farfora, William Ashley, Skandium, Glancy Fawcett, Lewis Wark, Jorges Perez, Studio Levien and David Queensberry, among others.

The judges will assess the entries according to the criteria of Design/Functionality, Innovation, Aesthetics and Storytelling, and shortlist three finalists in each category, along with a final winner.

The finalists will all feature in Tableware International’s Awards supplement in January 2019 and the final winners will feature in the Awards Winner supplement in March 2019, with the finalists acknowledge and winners announced at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, 10 February at Messe Frankfurt, during Ambiente 2019.

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