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Nambe was founded in 1951 in the Santa Fe region of New Mexico. Nambe's passion for good design happend with the discovery of proprietary metal alloy which they use to make most of their products today.

As a design company, Nambe is dedicated to delivering a timeless, simple beauty. Nambe's clean, sensual pieces promise high quality, low maintenance, and affordable luxury. Continually changing concept and design, functionality, and quality, Nambe is evolutionary.

Nambe's passion for good design has become a philosophy: Every piece we handcraft must have an undeniably beautiful structural and artistic integrity, making it a remarkably high-quality, functional item that impassions the beholder. The result is award-winning designs of exceptional craftsmanship and timeless beauty.

Nambe creates its products by heating the metal to over 1300 degrees Fahrenheit and then carefully ladling it into a handmade sand mold where it is then cast as one solid piece. Once each piece is set, they are then shaped, polished, and buffed passing through the hands of fifteen craftsmen.

Nambe was first discovered by prestigious stores such as Neiman-Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue and Bloomingdales. Museums soon after added Nambe to their collections and exhibits. Nambe metal pieces are now featured in over 20 museums worldwide and have received many awards.

Museums and Awards

Nambe has received several awards and has been shown in several museums all over the world.

  • New York Historical Society
  • Center for Modern Art, Prague
  • Summit of the Americas, White House, Washington D.C.
  • The British Museum, London
  • Museum of Modern Art, San Fransisco
  • Virtu 10, National Design Winner, Canada

Interesting Facts

Metal Products & Designs (Click to view)
  • Nambe's handcrafted metal serving items and accessories are made in the U.S.A.
  • Nambe serving items can be used on stovetops and in ovens, although they can not go in the dishwasher and should not be left in standing water or be put in the microwave
  • Nambe metal has excellent cold and heat retention
  • Nambe metal is tarnish-free and will not crack, chip or peel
  • Nambe metal vases prolong bloom life by keeping water cool

Flatware (Click to view)

In 2003 Nambe introduced their stainless steel flatware. With Nambe's unique flatware, such as the Luna Salad Servers, or the Wishbone 5 piece place setting as shown below, they are a great fit for any contemporary home. Also shown below is the Twist Salad Servers by Fred Bould.

  • Nambe flatware is made of 18/10 stainless steel
  • Each piece of Nambe flatware is hot-forged as one piece
  • All Nambe flatware is dishwasher safe
  • Nambe flatware complements dinnerware and serving items

Crystal (Click to view)

Nambe's full-lead crystal was introduced in 2001. The most popular designer of their crystal is Karim Rashid designing things such as the Bopp Vase and the contemporary Planar Bowl. Shown below are the Twist Votive and the Spector Vase.

  • Nambe crystal is handcrafted by the finest European glassblowers
  • All Nambe crystal serving items are made with at least 24% lead
  • Nambe crystal bowls and serving platters are safe for serving food

Porcelain (Click to view)

Nambe introduced their porcelain line in 2003. Some of their major selling designs are Butterfly and Spinnaker as shown below.

  • Nambe porcelain is produced in top European factories
  • Nambe porcelain designs are safe for use in the microwave, dishwasher, and oven
  • Nambe dinnerware includes designs beyond the oridanary, the curving, oblong shapes defy the traditional round table settings
  • Nambe dinnerware is hand-finsihed, creating a smooth, translucent surface

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