NEW YORK—Forty One Madison will no longer formally produce the bi-annual New York Tabletop Show after the April market, the permanent showroom building announced this afternoon.
The April show, scheduled for April 5-8, will still take place as scheduled, and the building, which is owned and operated by Rudin Management Company, will continue to serve as a showroom space for tabletop tenants, many of whom use a portion of their showrooms for office space.
Brands may continue to receive and meet with customers in their showrooms and request the services in the conference space managed by the event space MEET throughout the year and during shows. There are over 60 showrooms in the skyscraper building on the corner of Madison Avenue and 26th street in Manhattan.
Kristi Forbes, who serves as director and senior vice president of Forty One Madison, will remain with the building through the end of the year.
Forty One Madison said the changing nature of the trade show business in recent years prompted the real estate company’s decision. Over the years, tenants have requested smaller showrooms and shorter leases, which has made the business of producing shows less viable for the company. Pandemic shutdowns and the cancellation of other home furnishings trade shows hastened the decision.
“Due to changing trends and demand for in-person trade shows, 41 Madison will no longer produce the New York Tabletop Market,” the company said. “We tremendously value all of our 41 Madison tenants, and will continue to provide them with the same services and support that they are accustomed to, including a newly renovated private meeting and event space managed by MEET, renovated lobby and elevators, 24 hour security and check-in. The April 2022 Tabletop Market will be the last show produced directly by 41 Madison.”
The published dates for the twice yearly show remain for 2023, 2024 and 2025, leaving open the possibility that another interested group, such as a trade association, could arrange an exhibition.
“The Tabletop Show will continue in some capacity,” said Forbes. “So many companies want to stay in the building.”