Friday, September 16, 2016

Protect age-old memories

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:25:00 AM in Gien (34)

Heirloom pieces are intended to last for generations, but can’t last for ages instantly. They should be given utmost care to do so, especially fragile and delicate ones like dinnerware. Precious and rare collections that span several generations can disappear at an instant if special care and correct cleaning practices are not observed. For instance, use soft sponge to wash dinnerware and dry it off with a soft cloth or allow it to dry by itself. Likewise, never wash them with silverware because metal cutlery can scratch crockery. Further, don’t use them to cook or defrost food, but only for basic reheating in microwaves and never in ovens. And if you want to add new heirloom-worthy pieces to your collection, checkout Gien Filet Bleu Four-Piece Place Setting—elegantly hand-painted and molded faience featuring exquisite strokes carefully applied to the curves of every shell-shaped piece. This includes dinner plate, dessert plate, bowl and mug, and are microwave and dishwasher and microwave safe.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Decorate your house with Gien

Posted by Schiffman's at 2:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

Gien doesn’t only make beautiful dinnerware and glassware for dinners. The brand also has a line of ornaments that can enliven your house. For instance, its Ornamental China is a collection of flower vases and decorative pots that can create an accent in the living room. From a museum vase to renaissance imperial and cone vase to Japanese potice, the vases are richly painted or patterned that they can stand alone. Gien also offers a line of lamps that can highlight an arc, hallway, or a center table. These lamps are likewise beautifully painted with flowers or birds that make them look playful and elegant. But if you prefer a more romantic ambiance, go for Gien candle holders. They add a relaxing appeal to the dining room or even the bath area.
Gien is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center and in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Dinner artworks

Posted by Schiffman's at 1:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

There’s a fulfilling feeling that comes with hosting a gathering. If you have a spacious garden or living room, inviting family and friends over can be an occasional weekend therapy to your otherwise stressful day job. The chance of seeing dear ones all in one place—plus the opportunity to catch on gossips—is a gem that cannot be matched by the most glamorous party. Hosting a gathering is even double the fun when you have an interesting dinnerware collection to entice conversations. For example, a Gien collection can easily catch the attention of your guests. From the colorful Gien Noel (Christmas) to the watercolor style of the Grands Crustaces, a Gien never fails to impress. They are like little masterpieces of artworks that guests look at as exhibits.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem.

Friday, October 30, 2015

For Better Dining Experiences

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

Many consider their dining room to be the center of their homes. If you do not, chances are, there's just something a little missing in your dining experience. You might be a good cook but as you know, you'd enjoy your food more with great china. Where to get it? Well, Gien is one place to go. Gien is a producer of world-class quality china with designs and patterns ranging from Old World styles to the modern and contemporary. You have a lot of ranges to explore and you can set one pattern for coffee, another for breakfast, another for tea and the list of dining possibilities could actually just go on and on. From the formal parties to the intimate dinner setting, Gien can help provide the necessary mood and accents. 
Shop for Gien pieces that fit your style. Visit Schiffman's at Friendly Center. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Garden breakfast for two, please

Posted by Schiffman's at 4:41:14 AM in Gien (34)

There's nothing like a breakfast in the garden on a bright sunny morning. Although you can plan this setup in a hotel in some faraway romantic city, why not have it every day at home. If you have a garden, then all you need is a collection of nice ceramic dinnerware to complete the ambiance. Gien's tea cups, dinner plates, saucers, and bread & butter pieces are perfect for a garden setup. You can choose the Alice Collection, which features blue wild flowers amidst a dry white backdrop. Flora is also ideal for garden breakfast with its pastel colors laid out in playful patterns. Likewise, Jardin Imaginaire features a cornucopia of flowers and plants, how more garden-like can you get? Gien has more earthenware collections that can make a garden breakfast romantic and charming any day.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Great China from Gien, France

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Great china sure comes from China but great china also comes out of France. Yes, France, with all its great contributions in food, wine, culture, art and everything else also takes a big slice of the cake when it comes to creating great china – porcelain that is. Limoges porcelain has been known to be quite malleable to be formed into different beautiful pieces and stay durable for a long time. One of the great producers of great china in France is Gien. Gien started its porcelain journey in 1821 and after long years it became an invaluable part of the country’s heritage – a near national treasure. Over the 19th century, it has supplied many aristocrats all around Europe. Also, Gien has provided more than 2500 aristocratic families with plates adorned with their family crests or monograms. 
To avail of your own customized plates by Gien, visit Schiffman’s at Downtown Greensboro. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

French Heritage in Your Homes

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

Gien has been a part of France’s cultural heritage and it is no wonder that many aficionados back then and today choose to make Gien a apart of their homes as well. Throughout its existence it has supplied royals and other aristocrats with plates adorned with family crests and monograms. Today, Gien, having a rich heritage and knowledge of making china, incorporates modern technology and techniques while honoring the traditional practices such as paper printing and hand painting. This mix of the traditional and the modern lends Gien the ability to create more beautiful pieces that exude classic elegance. Gien continuous to create and add new models to its collections. Currently, the company has amassed over 50,000 molds and constantly collaborates with artists to add more to these pieces. 
For your Gien china, visit SChiffman’s in Winston-Salem. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Gift to Mom

Posted by Schiffman's at 2:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

Now that you have a stable career and substantial savings, why not give your mother something sentimental for no occasion at all? That should surprise her. You need not wait for her birthday, Christmas, or Mother’s Day to show your appreciation. A Gien tableware set will surely make her emotional (she may even wonder what you’re up to). Gien’s floral and fruit inspired themes cannot be any more dramatic, reminiscing those times when mom would prepare breakfasts every morning, those sweet scent of fruits and refreshing morning sun peering in from the kitchen window. Share and relive these moments while you share warm tea with her with a pastel bright Gien tea set. Even more wonderful, why not visit her every weekend to share stories.
Gien is available at Schiffman's at Friendly Center.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lovely story

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:45 AM in Gien (34)

My wife and I once dreamed of touring Greece when we were newly married. We thought of the washed white houses of Mikonos amidst the clear blue Greek summer sky. In the evening, we imagined having dinner at one of those centuries-old balconies in Santorini overlooking the vast placid sea of Aegean. Fifteen years hence, and after the continuous barrage of tuition fees, housing mortgage, insurance premiums, car loan, utility bills, medical bills, etc. We’re still at it—dreaming of our little Greek getaway. We even have our Gien Alice set, a finely crafted ceramic dinnerware set of Mediterranean-inspired blue and washed white shades, to remind us of our aspiration. When I look at my wife (and she at me), I see wrinkles and tired skin. But never did she waver a bit believing that one day we’d be drinking wine in Santorini. She must love me that much.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Downtown Greensboro.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The Gien Flexibility

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

The traditional practice when creating a themed dinnerware collection is to stick to one style. Many interior designers don’t recommend a mix of set styles; it dilutes the overall ambiance of your dining set. But somehow, Gien dinnerware disrupts that tip. The signature has a wide array of different themed sets, but you can actually mix and match them. The Pont aux Choux Yellow compliments the Pont aux Choux Terracota, or the Pont aux Choux Amethyst. The rich colors fit each other perfectly; in fact, Gien has one collection that actually demonstrates a mix of each line. The obvious benefit, of course, is that you can always keep a Gien set even if you break one piece. It will always fit with another set without diluting your interior style.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Allow More Beauty In Your Life

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:10:00 AM in Gien (34)

For nearly two centuries now, the word ‘Gien’ has been synonymous with exceptional earthenware. The company was founded by an Englishman named Thomas Hall in 1821 and since then it has accumulated a vast collection of original porcelain designs that made our beautiful world a little more beautiful to live in. Gien’s creativity is top tier; their pieces exhibit the creative depths that the company had mastered throughout the years. Gien design collections range from traditional, contemporary and even futuristic designs. Creative innovation has always been at its core as it maintained and even improved its significance in the luxury industry since its birth. It isn’t just creativity that makes Gien one of the most sought-out earthenware producers. Gien’s technical supremacy in craftsmanship contributes to its continuing success. With the right mix of creativity and expert transcendence of creative visions to tangible marvels, the word ‘Gien’ today still remains synonymous to exceptional earthenware.
Allow a little more beauty in your life by introducing Gien pieces to your homes. Visit Schiffman’s in Friendly Center to see Gien’s beauty up close. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

A delightful cherry morning

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

Add fruits to your dining pleasure, that is, to your dinnerware collection. The Gien Cherry Collection adds a happy feel to mealtimes during lunch or dinner, whether for casual or formal gathering. But the joyous Cherry theme is most amplified during breakfast, when the early morning light beams right through the window and shines in the Gien Cherry dinnerware. It’s a morning delight just to witness the Gien plates glimmer that seems to make the leaves and fruity illustrations come to life. The Gien Cherry Collection includes dinner plates, dessert plates, bread and butter plates, round deep dish, and cereal bowl. Also included are servers, such as covered vegetable big bowls, oval platters, and oblong serving tray. For a nice morning coffee, serve the brew with the Gien Cherry mug with covered sugar bowl and creamer pot. 
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The French of Chinaware

Posted by Schiffman's at 11:00:15 AM in Gien (34)

Gien is a prehistoric town in France, the center of trade between farmers and blacksmith during the Middle Ages. The company famous for its fine chinaware porcelain traces its roots to Gien, France. This French influence boasts of its Gien dinnerware with awesome beautiful patterns and warm collections of colors. The elegant features of these dinnerwares are as intriguing as their name! The traditional scalloped shapes are the fundamental hallmarks of a Gien Chinaware. It provides the perfect ambiance for a relaxing, soothing dinner. one to enjoy a lavish, sumptuous dinner, a set of Gien Dinnerware is just so perfect for an occasion. The intricate and lively designs in patterns so exquisitely crafted for a fine dining experience! These contemporary patterns are continuously improved to suit the modern taste of people whose attitude towards elegance is a constant change! 
Gien Chinaware Collections are available in Schiffman's at Friendly Center.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Gien This Way

Posted by Schiffman's at 12:00:00 PM in Gien (34)

Gien, France is known for its medieval castles and the International Museum of Hunting. One of the well-known castles would be the house of Alix located at the corner of the Rue de l’Hotel de Ville and Place Jean Jaures. It is one of the few houses in the town that was spared by the bombing of the Second World War. In the 15th century, the ancient building belonged to the bourgeois family Alix, where it took its name. For those who do not have the budget to travel to Gien, you can still experience the tradition and exquisite style with Gien Faience Dinnerware! It offers the gorgeous warm colors of Gien, France captured in your tableware! Les Faienceries de Gien were founded in 1821 in Gien, France. 
Come see their collection at Schiffman’s at Downtown Greensboro.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Out of season theme

Posted by Schiffman's at 4:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

You can collect varying themes to spice up your dinner set or time it by season. Gien has a wide array of designs that can match your mood throughout the year. But for times when you don’t have a specific mood or season in mind, the Gien Cherry collection can fill in the gap. It has a spring feel about it with its flower bloom and freshly minted leaves. But the deep red cherries remind one, too, of autumn, the shade of red-orange giving way to white. Still, the luscious fruit in fact can easily be taken as a tropical pick on a summer’s day.  The Gien Cherry collection is one of those “safe” themes that you can hardly go wrong with any interior theme. It is a full line of dinnerware that includes platters, bowls, servers, trays and tea and coffee sets.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Feeling blue

Posted by Schiffman's at 7:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

Put some blue in your dining experience. We don’t mean to give you a downer, but a vintage blue theme reminiscent of oceanic past. The Gien Oiseau Bleu collection of earthenware gives your dining set a Mediterranean feel, even a blast of Roman-Greco art that complements an easy, sun-rich dining room. The dinner set is rendered in monochromatic wash sky blue; but the varied tones and bluish hues give the design a deep finish. Enjoy a feast of wind-blown leaves and birds enjoying the rich climate of southern Europe. The whole set gives your meal time a sunny ambiance even in dreariest days. The Gien Oiseau Bleu includes dinner, dessert, canapé and salad plates, rim soup plates, cereal bowls, round and oval platters and round deep dish. The collection also has coffee and tea sets for a warm break time. 
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Under the sea

Posted by Schiffman's at 12:00:00 PM in Gien (34)

“The seaweed is always greener…,” my kid would start singing Under the Sea from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She would belt out the happy tune every breakfast since I replaced the plates with the Gien Ocean plates. I love the sea creature theme and the rich colors that give them life. Of course its Gien ceramics and I don’t mind spending an extra for the added value in quality and shelf life. Nonetheless, the happy ambiance that this Gien collection gives off made me choose to bring the sea creature plates home. It is a playground of crab, clam shell, starfish and fan corals every breakfast. The whole set, admittedly, reminds me of that singing hermit crab backed by the musical chorale set of all things under the sea. I can’t get enough of enjoying staring at these Gien plates and hear my daughter sing every morning.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Friday, August 16, 2013

French affair

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:00:35 AM in Gien (34)

The allure and serenity of Provence, France is brought to your dining room with the Gien Provence ceramic dinnerware. The Provence landscape is set in a harmony of pastel blues, pinks, yellows and greens, creating that undeniable easy air of the French province. The Gien Provence collection captures the fruits, plants, flowers, springs and all that define the quiet lifestyle of Provence. Imagine a field of lavenders or a basketful of grapes and squashes as you walk in the province’s cobbled streets.  The blue serene sky and the liberal sun complete the Provence portrait. The Gien Provence theme includes: dinner, canapé and salad plates; cereal bowls; cake platters; coffee and tea sets; jars; and coasters. In combination or alone, the Gien Provence item is an attractive addition to your dining set.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Into the jungle

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Put some Amazon to your afternoon coffee or tea break. The Gien Cacao collection can't get any more chocolately with its delectable cacao tree and fruit renditions, along with other flora and fauna of the South American jungle. The overall cacao theme exudes a smooth, alert flavor of this brown addiction that stirs up your afternoon relaxation.The cacao theme is not only brown all throughout just like the fruit and beans in nature; traces of green, gold and yellow run across the palette. This is accented by the red and blue colors of the parrot and the alluring pink of the flamingo in slender stillness or flight. Brewed coffee is made even more potent. Tea becomes more flavorful. At least in your mind as it wanders across the South American jungle of the Gien Cacao art.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Porcelain vs. china

Posted by Schiffman's at 10:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

Porcelain and china are often interchanged, but technically they are different types of ceramics. For one, china is softer and can be cut by a file, allowing china artisans more room for better molding and artistic rendition. Likewise, while porcelain is translucent, china is opaque, giving it a rather classy and timeless undertone. Like a Gien china. It looks fragile, yet it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. It’s as utilitarian as for everyday use, as it is an elegant set for dining with guests. Interestingly, the Gien china is inspired by the Bauhaus architecture, the theme used by designer Ulrich Raupach. From plates to chargers, tea cups to coffee sets, a complete Gien china line creates an elegant table set for any occasion, either formal or casual. 
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Of Vines, grapes, wines

Posted by Schiffman's at 8:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

It is a cornucopia of hanging grapes, the translucent sparkle of white and deep ruby red of wine. The Gien Bouquet collection of dinnerware celebrates happiness with blooming flowers, vines that overarch liberally and fully ripe grapes hanging loose. The hues are proud without demanding attention; a subdued confidence that knows they will catch the dinner guests’ attention, even for a fleeting moment. As with the Gien signature, the Bouquet line is guaranteed to be of the finest earthenware, almost porcelain-like in feel, thinness and look. Collect the full range of the Gien Bouquet dinnerware, including dinner, canapé and salad plates, cereal and soup bowls, coffee and tea sets and coasters. The Bouquet collection also has a bakeware line, such as casserole and round dish for oven cooking.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer in winter

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

There is a Mikonos feel to the Gien Alice dinnerware collection. The deep blue overall theme is reminiscent of the Aegean Sea in summer, the warm breeze filling up your senses and inviting you for a deep. The white flowers reinforce the summer sensation, punctuated by the green stem that makes you crave for a summer bloom during winter. The warm and inviting thematic art runs through the signature contour of a Gien ceramic, a hallmark of a master potter’s delicate hands. The Gien Alice collection is a complete dinner set from plates and servers to cups and saucers. You can also get a Gien Alice for your coffee or tea set; or add a Gien touch to your dessert service.  
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

An Explosion of Flowery Colors

Posted by Schiffman's at 7:00:00 AM in Gien (34)

The abundance of flowers liberally covers the plates, cups, and saucers of the Bagatelle collection by Gien, the renowned French ceramic signature. An explosion of violet that runs the gamut of purple to indigo shades is countered by a palette of orange, yellow and reddish mid-tones. The leafy green provides a low-key backdrop, subtle but completing the art of a Gien Bagatelle. The lively collection suggests a sunny luncheon or a relaxing near sundown coffee or tea break. Still, the flowers and colorful shades of the Gien Bagatelle line will always add cheer to a dinner. Beyond the art, the Bagatelle collection guarantees quality craftsmanship as expected in a Gien, France’s gift to dinnerware collectors.
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Mother-in-law cometh

Posted by Schiffman's at 9:20:00 AM in Gien (34)


The man thinks of how to impress his in-laws, who are dropping by for dinner. The man knows the mother-in-law can be snooty, a bourgeois class that he has to impress with only the best cuisine. Surely he can cook; but is it enough to break the in-laws’ high standard of expectation? He tries French and opts for a five-course meal. His wife knows French is not his best cooking, but that doesn’t seem to bother him. He knows he just has to serve the food on a Gien dinnerware, especially a Gien Millefleurs, and his in-laws will be so involved appreciating this romantic design classic. The rich flower depiction, the explosion of colors, the detailed line and depth of shades…who has time to talk about the food?
Gien is available at Schiffman's in Winston-Salem.

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