NEW YORK--Nikko Ceramics, founded in 1908 in Japan, will celebrate 50 years of operation in the United States during the Tabletop Show here this week.
On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the company will host several events in its eighth floor showroom at Forty One Madison, culminating at 5 p.m. with a toast and presentation of a handpainted bone china plaque to Eric Rudin of Rudin Management, which owns and operates the showroom building.
Festivities start at 10 a.m. with authentic matcha green tea served in Nikko bone china, and continues on to a Japanese sushi lunch before cocktail hour starts at 4:30 p.m.
"America is the most important market outside of Japan," said Akiko Mitani, global CEO. "We look back on all our company has accomplished and are proud and grateful for our customers and consumers. We wanted a day to express our thanks and have fun. Our products are always best used when people are enjoying time together.”
Nikko was one of the seven original tenants of Forty One Madison.
"When you are grateful, you want to thank someone and convey this feeling,” Mitani said. “It was easy to see that Forty One Madison and the Rudin family are the most important supporters of tableware in the U.S. and by thanking them, we can thank all our customers and partners."
The plaque honoring its anniversary milestone features cherry blossoms, which are a symbol of Japan and of the future. "We know things many things will change in the next 50 years but we also know Nikko will still be in 41 Madison,” Mitani said.
side from the celebration, Nikko will debut two collections designed by the American artist Dorothy Feibleman. Wave is a white-on-white pattern that reveals undulating waves that seem to be captured in time."The challenge with Waves was how not to lose the natural thinness and translucency of the bone china or have the decal raised so that you could feel it with your hand," said Kenji Anzai, president of Nikko Ceramics USA.
The other collection, Geometrica, is a study of color and shapes and developed to mix in with existing products. Feibleman was particularly concerned with making sure that light could still pass through a colored decal.
"Nikko is still among the most technologically innovative china companies in the world for glazes and decals and our new introductions are not only meant to be beautiful, but also extraordinary," Anzai said.