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Nambe Design, Care, and FAQs

Nambe (pronounced nom-BAY) is named after a small village near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the company was founded in 1951. It began with the discovery of Nambe's signature alloy metal, a proprietary aluminum-based combination of eight different metals that resists tarnishing and has the unique ability to retain hot and cold temperatures for long periods of time. Because it is susceptible to discoloration or pitting with acidic foods, it is not recommended any food be stored in Nambe metal or held for greater than a few hours due to these concerns (not health). Nambe does not contain silver, lead or pewter, but because Nambe's alloy is a trade secret, Nambe does not divulge the rest of the formula of its metal. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared Nambe safe for cooking and serving.

In 1998, Nambe introduced the collection of Nambe full-lead crystal. In 2001, Nambe introduced Nambe lighting. Best Crystal is proud to sell all Nambe metal, Nambe crystal and Nambe lamps.

Nambe Design

Nambe has always been dedicated to great design, both for form and function. Nambe's guiding principal - Dedicated to Design - sets Nambe apart and inspires great products, functional design that looks great anywhere. Many early Nambe designs, such as Nambe Tri-Corner bowls and Nambe Butterfly bowls still sell briskly.

Nambe Design Awards

Nambe searches out America's finest product designers, and they are drawn to Nambe. Nambe's visionary designers represent a wide range of influences and styles. Many of Nambe's artists are already recognized as major influences in the design world, while others are being closely watched as exciting new stars. Proof of Nambe's commitment to the best designers and to great design is seen in the design awards Nambe designers win for Nambe products:

Nambe Chirp Kettle
Designed by Steve Cozzolino
2013 Best of the Best
Housewares Design Awards

Nambe Fruit Tree Bowl
Designed by Wei Young
2012 Global Inspiration Award for Design Excellence

Nambe Elbow Frames

Designed by Neil Cohen
2012 Best in Category, Home & Outdoor Decor
Housewares Design Awards

Nambe Cradle Serving Bowl
Designed by Steve Cozzolino
2011 Good Design Award
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture

Nambe Scoop Server

Designed by Wei Young
2011 Global Award for Design Excellence

Nambe Morphik 2-Tier Server

Designed by Karim Rashid
2010 Platinum Award for Design Excellence

Nambe Elbo Bud Vase

Designed by Neil Cohen
2009 Good Design Award
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture

Nambe Twist Coaster Set
2009 Good Design Award
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture

Nambe Champagne Flutes
Designed by Karim Rashid
Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

Nambe Kissing Salt and Pepper Shakers

Designed by Karim Rashid
Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Exhibition
Virtu 10, National Design Winner, Canada
Museum of Modern Art Permanent Collection, San Francisco
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Exhibition Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

Nambe Planar Bowl
Designed by Karim Rashid
Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

Nambe Square Service Plate

Designed by Richard K. Thomas
Museum of Modern Art Permanent Collection, New York
Summit of the Americas, Commemorative Gift to First Families

Cleaning and Caring for Nambe

All Nambe Metal

Special Care for Nambe Metal Bowls, Platters, Plates and Casseroles

Serving in Nambe Metal

Cleaning and Polishing Nambe Metal

Nambe Wine Servers

Nambe Salt and Pepper Shakers

Nambe Candleholders

Nambe Vases

Nambe Salad Servers

Nambe Metal Champagne Flutes

All Nambe Crystal

Nambe FAQs

How can I tell if I have an original Nambe item?
All Nambe items are stamped on the bottom "by Nambe" or "Nambe." Newer Nambe metal items are marked "Nambe Studio," "Nambe Classic," or "Nambe Design." Nambe Crystal is identified by the Nambe logo sandblasted on the bottom.

What is the Nambe alloy?
Nambe is an eight-metal, aluminum-based alloy that resists tarnishing and has the unique ability to retain hot and cold temperatures for long periods of time. Because it is susceptible to discoloration or pitting with acidic foods, it is not recommended any food be stored in Nambe metal or held for greater than a few hours due to these concerns (not health). Nambe does not contain silver, lead or pewter, but because Nambe's alloy is a trade secret, Nambe does not divulge the rest of the formula of its metal. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has declared Nambe safe for cooking and serving.

Can Nambe pieces be engraved?
Yes, Nambe metal pieces can be engraved. Some Nambe Crystal pieces can be sandblasted. For more information, please contact us at 1-866-516-0907.

Where are Nambe products made?
Nambe is headquartered in the United States. Most Nambe products are designed in the United States and manufactured internationally.

Sources for Nambe history, design awards and caring for Nambe: Nambe website and Nambe product literature.