The Tableware Awards Categories 2020

In celebration of the excellence and innovation displayed in tableware, we are inviting tabletop suppliers, brands, companies and factories to enter tableware collections and products into our Awards 2020.

There are 17 product categories, covering the complete tabletop, and brands can enter collections/products in up to three categories (see tab ‘how to enter’).

Our international panel of experts, including buyers, will judge the entries across all categories using the following criteria: Design, Innovation, Aesthetics, Storytelling.

The shortlist of five in each category will be announced in our Awards Supplement in January and the final winner in each category will be announced at our Awards event during Ambiente 2020.

The Tableware International Awards of Excellence 2020 categories are as follows, and can include a full collection, capsule collection, single product or extension(s) of an existing collection, but must have launched January 1, 2019 onwards.


• Fine dinnerware
(bridal, formal, premium, luxury)

• Casual dinnerware


• Serveware

(serving pieces, platters, bowls)

• Barware

(full collections or pieces – tools, drinkware, serveware)

• Licensed collaboration

(licences, collaborations with brands/designers/artists)

• Flatware/cutlery

• Fine glassware

(premium, crystal, handmade, mouthblown)

• Casual glassware


• Decorative

(vases, candlesticks, figurines)

• Giftable tableware

(designed / curated for gifting, including packaging)

• Coffeeware / teaware

(full set and/or individual coffee/tea pieces)

• Metals / metalware

(can be decorative or functional, but made of metal(s)

• Artisanal

(handmade, mouthblown, maker’s movement)

• Tabletop accessories

(napkin rings, tablecloths, napkins, runners, pepper mills, placemats)

• Outdoor tableware

(melamine, acrylic, on-the-go, outdoor-friendly)

• Hospitality Dinnerware

(dinnerware designed and produced for HoReCa segment)

• Hospitality Glassware

(glassware designed and produced for HoReCa segment)

• Lifetime Achievement Award

(an individual who has significantly contributed to the tableware industry in their lifetime)

• Sustainability Award

(a company, brand, factory, supplier that has taken significant steps towards sustainability and eco-friendliness, both as a company and its product portfolio)


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