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For Immediate Release                                                                       October 28, 2006

TRACY PORTER’S INTRODUCTIONS SHINE AT NY TABLETOP

 

October 28, 2006 Oakland, NJ - Celebrated designer Tracy Porter and The Zrike Company, a leader in tabletop and giftware, launch an array of collections that capture the sure bliss of imagination with charmed artistry.

 

Thalia:

Bamboo accents, zebra wood accessories and Asian inspired florals create a world of timeless promise. As Tracy elaborates, “To me, Thalia adds a fun and kicky layer to our mainline mix. With Thalia’s rich bamboo and zebra wood accents, we’ve successfully taken the classic Asian inspiration I adore so much and paired it with a bright lime green and beautiful periwinkle blue. The result is refreshing and exciting!”

 

The extensive hand painted collection includes dinner, salad, soup, mug, serving bowl, handled footed platter, three section tray, canapé plates, set of 3 canisters, 3-tiered server, zebra wood charger, wooden bowl and wooden tray. The pattern will retail ranging from $11.00 to $140.00.

 

Citrine:

The vibrantly sculpted beauty of Citrine’s flowery designs expands to encompass dinnerware. Pastels and figural place settings cover the series to create a lush garden. The new additions include dinner, salad, soup, mug, chip & dip and handled platter. Retails will range from $16.00 to $55.00.

 

Art Under Glass:

Transform a room into an event with Tracy's collected works of metal trays. Inspired by original Tracy Porter hand painted artwork, the ten independent patterns marry painted iron, fanciful paper and glass to sit on the frontier of style.

 

 “One of our many mantras at the studio is to take chances while decorating. We often find ourselves combining colors, mixed materials, patterns, and styles. Our new serving pieces truly embrace this philosophy. We’ve taken our fun vibrant designs and combined them using decoupage, glass, and antiqued metal…resulting in wonderfully unique serving pieces! Bon Appetit!! “ - Tracy Porter.

 

Scale and architectural dimension are portrayed in rectangular mirrored placemats, round handled trays, footed rectangular trays, cake stands and 2-tiered servers in an array of colors and textures. The collection will retail from $50.00 to $60.00.

 

Artesian Road:

Two culinary sensations join the renowned series for an irresistible affair. Enjoy the delicious pleasure of a perfectly chilled beverage with the new Artesian Road Chilling Bowl. Impeccable styling and architecture cradle ice, wine, champagne and the drink of choice for an enticing evening. Retail $200.00.

 

Dress your salad to the nines with an eclectic pair of salad servers. Textures of wood and ceramic unite to unveil clever style with functionality. Retail $35.00.

Metal Chargers:

With gilded splendor in either Aged Gold, Antique Silver or Vintage Bronze finishes, three new chargers will enhance the loveliness of any Tracy Porter table setting. Your guests will marvel at the intricate details and the sophisticated workmanship of the chargers. Each is fashioned of embossed metal with a solid wood core. Whether you use one or all three together your table will reach the ultimate dining experience. The series will retail for $50.00 each.

 

Mugs:

Embossed styling, fresh palettes and modern floral accents define the series of six hand painted mugs. Tracy elaborates, “As an avid tea drinker, I always have a pretty mug of steaming tea close by…whether I’m at the studio or at home. This love affair is what inspired us to design a beautiful new collection of mugs that offer fun new ways to enjoy coffee, tea, hot cocoa, hot toddies...whatever tickles your fancy!!” These signature mugs will warm your heart and will retail for $15.00 each.

 

Bud Vases:

These sweet treasures are the simplicity of perfection. Each vase is a hand painted gem to accent your home. Bold twists of color and dimension will create endless possibilities. Eight distinctive patterns will retail for $15.00 each.

 

Tea For Ones:

A symphony of flavors and colors fuse together to form the ultimate teatime companion. Distinctive patterns and the art of old world tea makers heighten your personalized experience. Eight luxurious styles are hand painted with alluring figural designs.

 

Ah yes, our Tea-For-Ones...one of our most signature of collector’s items. This round we’ve taken our usual inspirations and added a modern twist with delightful new shapes and wonderfully bold color choices. Life should never be too busy to surround yourself with loveliness...so enjoy!”- Tracy Porter. The collection will retail for $30.00 each.

 

Bone & Horn Salad Servers:

Dripping with the natural beauty of bone and horn these couture salad servers are an absolute must! Each striking pair offers an understated elegance by integrating mixed materials of metal, bone, horn and other elements for a serving sensation. Six servers encased in velvet bag will retail for $50.00 each.

 

Napkin Rings:

With a dash of personality, a pinch of spice and a splash of chic...five fabulous new napkin rings flavor place settings with personalized style. Turquoise Horn, Kelly Green Belted, Flocked Fabric, Sleek, and Avant Garde Wooden napkin rings are packaged in sets of two retailing from $19.00 to $30.00.

 

 

 

 

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Glassware:

Glowing and gorgeous are the jewel tone goblets, highballs and double old-fashioned glassware. Gold or silver accents adorn the glasses in attractive motifs. Six assorted patterns in either raspberry, blue, brown, green or clear illuminate the dining experience (colors are specific to style of glass). The series will retail for $10.00 each.

 

Collectible Trays:

Vivre and Rhapsody make their collectible tray début this fall season. Perfect for gourmet indulgences and scrumptious treats. Each tray is fashioned with intricate artistry and hand painted finesse. The trays will retail for $20.00 each.

 

All of the new introductions noted above will be sold in an open stock format.

 

About Tracy Porter

Tracy Porter is a lifestyle and home furnishings designer who is ever encouraging others to “dream with their eyes open.” Tracy designs an array of products including dinnerware, rugs, bedding, decorative accessories, stationery, and more. Tracy has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, HGTV, and E!, as well as in People, O, and Better Homes & Gardens magazines. Tracy’s products can be found in hundreds of department and specialty stores across the country and on her website www.tracyporter.com.

 

About The Zrike Company

Over the past 23 years, The Zrike Company has become one of the top tabletop and giftware resources not only in the U.S. but globally. In addition to its own Zrike® brand of dinnerware and giftware, the Company also markets tabletop and gift designs under the Tracy Porter®, Jonathan Adler Happy Home™, Woolrich® , Vintage Kellogg®, KönitzÒ and Guy DegrenneÒ brands. For more information on The Zrike Company, visit www.zrike.com.