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Discover Design: Urbio, LLC

Monday, February 11th, 2013

By Vicki Matranga, Design Programs Coordinator

Get to know the people behind the stylish, thought-provoking designs that will be exhibited in Discover Design. This series of conversations will give you a glimpse of the inspirations, influences and ideas that go into creating the exciting products that you’ll see at the 2013 Show.

Based in Oakland, Calif., Urbio is a collaboration between Beau Oyler and Jared Aller and Enlisted Design. Beau and Jared, industrial design classmates at the Academy of Art University, worked for noted Bay Area design companies after graduating in 2005 and then founded Enlisted Design in 2008. The boutique creative agency specializes in product design, branding, graphics, packaging, POS and multimedia. Beau also teaches design at Academy of Art in San Francisco. The group has designed lifestyle products for Williams-Sonoma, Nestle, Netgear and Clorox and merited design awards and media attention. Urbio is a wall-mounted organizer composed of an assortment of magnetic, individually shaped containers that can be used vertical urban gardening or for keeping household and office supplies handy. They launched Urbio with Kickstarter funding in 2011 and presented it on ABC’s Shark Tank.

We are speaking with Beau Oyler, Co-Creator of Urbio.

Where do you find inspiration when designing new products?

Urbio Office Environment

Urbio Office Environment

Architecture, furniture, materials

Are there any specific designers, places or eras that influence you?

Urban landscapes, designer Konstantin Grcic.

How do you choose which idea to take to the next step — to product development?

When we understand the market/user and research sufficiently, recognizing the right concept becomes clear.

How do you identify the key user audience for your products?

Simple, anyone with a wall.

Is there an approach or look that joins the functionality, form or emotional appeal of your product line?

Urbio Living Room Environment

Urbio Living Room Environment

Urbio’s softness invites the user to touch, plant, organize and enjoy the product. The universality of the design allows it to fit well in any environment.

How do you see design’s importance in our industry as it moves forward?

As consumers expect good design, designers will validate their seats at the business table.

Where are your products manufactured?


How does Discover Design help to expand your brand?

Retailers and consumers are looking for new design. There is no better platform!

What advice can you offer to designers working in the home goods field?

Take risks and trust that consumers demand progression.

Thank you, Beau, for sharing your insights with us. We look forward to meeting you and seeing your products in Discover Design Booth S4380. Wishing you success at the Show as Urbio meets retailers from around the world.


To learn more about their design team, see To learn more about Urbio, visit

Discover Design is the premier design destination at the International Home + Housewares Show. Located in the South Building, within the Dine + Design Expo, the invitation-only category features more than 100 exhibitors from around the world. Companies driven by innovation and inspired by design present distinctive products and collections in Tabletop, Gift, Textiles and Home Décor categories. Exhibitors are selected to participate by a panel of industry experts comprised of retailers, design journalists and peers.  Some exhibitors appeared here last year, many are new to our Show. The Discover Design Gallery, accessible to buyers and media, features select products that are entries in the Global Innovation Award (gia) for Design. Learn more about Discover Design exhibitors and their products by checking Housewares Connect 365 at

Hyatt Regency Chicago: A Downtown Hotel for 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Make your last minute hotel accommodations for the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show at Hyatt Regency Chicago!  Located in the heart of downtown, just steps from the Magnificent Mile, the hotel is the perfect place to stay while in town for the Show.

Hyatt Regency Chicago offers 2,019 newly renovated guest rooms starting at $160 a night as well as knowledgeable staff and quick service. Enjoy dinner and cocktails at the newly opened Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi, serving flexible portions of thoughtfully sourced natural beef, sustainable seafood and organic produce or grab a coffee or snack at Market Chicago, a 24 hour grab-n-go spot.  While the property will still be undergoing minimal renovations during the Show, the hotel is excited to present their newly renovated guest rooms, front desk, gift shop and food outlets.

Stay social with Hyatt Regency Chicago on Facebook at and Twitter @hyattchicago.

If you would like to experience Hyatt Regency Chicago during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show, you can book your hotel reservations now!

Hyatt Regency Chicago Room

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Have Dinner On Us! Book Your Discounted Hotel Rooms Now!

Monday, February 4th, 2013

By: Sharon Janota, Manager, Trade Show Operations

Simply book your discounted hotel rooms for the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show before February 11, 2013 and be entered for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card to Berghoff Restaurant & Catering Group.

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Berghoff is an iconic, 114-year old institution in Chicago with four generations of family ownership. Experience quality, tradition and excellence while savoring their award-winning German-American cuisine.

Book your discounted hotel rooms now for a chance to win!

Click here for IHA’s promotional terms. No purchase necessary. To participate without booking early-bird hotel rooms, please email

Winners will be notified by February 15, 2013.

FREE Specialty Retailer Consulting Sessions at the 2013 Show, Sign up Now!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Saturday March 2 at 12:00 pm through Tuesday March 5 to 2:00 pm

South Building Exhibit Floor Booth #S5235

Sponsored by the International Housewares Association these sessions, normally costing thousands of dollars, are free to you as a Show attendee. There is no-charge for these 45-minute sessions that feature experts in many business areas.

Sign-up by selecting a session from the list below:

Session Topic: Consultant:
Video vloging- Leveraging Video to Attract Shoppers:
Learn presenting techniques and cost effective ways of using video to tell your story. Vince uses the resources, expertise and contacts to make innovative videos.
Vince Chavez, President,
Elkhorn Productions

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Branding Your Social Media Campaign:
Optimize your social media strategy for your fans and followers. Tim leads the field as a continual student and practitioner of new media and will help you determine if your social media presence is as effective as it could be.
Tim McDonald, President
Social Media Club of Chicago

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It’s A Mobile World:
Andrew is a Mobile Maven and creator of mobile app solutions, like Cachetown which promotes highlytargeted solutions that drives local consumer traffic to specific locations. Cachetown is being introduced this month.
Andrew Couch
Candy Lab

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Integrating Promotionsand Incentives in Your Marketing Plan:
Create the right creative customer experience online and off line while impacting your bottom line. New technology and new buying habits still equal traditional sales. There is always More in Store.
JoAnne Stone-Geier, Principle
More in Store

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Planning for Profits:
Review all aspects of your business from inventory to cash flow. Cathy is a versatile professional with expertise in strategic planning, corporate financial, management, governance and project management.
Saturday – Tuesday
Cathy Yen,
Financial and Management Consultant to
Small Businesses

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Remodeling or Building:
Learn what is the most effective way to keep up with trends and designs, while still using efficient resources for keeping green and saving green. Joel, who is creative, collaborative and client focused as an “Aural” architect, can guide you.
Saturday Afternoon only
Joel Berman, Lead Architect
Architecture & Design

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Visual Merchandising-The Story That Creates Sales:
Galey has set the style and mood of retail. Starting with her career at John Wannamaker’s as Visual Director to Carson Pirie Scott’s Corporate Visual Director.
Sunday only
Galey Hardiman, President
555 International

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How do you find the right products to start a green category or create a store? What is the definition of a true green and sustainable product line? Learn the answers for this niche market from Green Expert Maria Onesto Moran.
Maria Onesto Moran, Owner,
Green Experts Store

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Building and Living a Sustainable Life:
Learn what is involved in a sustainable lifestyle and how you present it to your customer in an engaging and appealing manner. Aline will educate and guide you in this direction.
Aline Anderson, Owner
Milkweed Mercantile

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ACME Hotel Company Chicago: If you appreciate an eye for design and dig a high-tech vibe, you’ll feel right at home

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

By: Erin Magee, Meeting Coordinator/Trade Show Operations

Newly opened in May 2012, The ACME Hotel Company Chicago offers its guests affordable room and suite accommodations in the heart of Chicago’s popular River North neighborhood.  Formerly the Comfort Inn & Suites, the completely renovated property boasts modern design and technology focused rooms to keep with the hip and stylish neighborhood.

While this hotel charges less, it offers LOTS of extras – which make it a rare find. All guest rooms have specially branded snacks and beverages which offer a unique and upscale twist on the typical mini-bar; guests are also able to enjoy the comforts of home with microwaves and refrigerators in double occupancy rooms and suites.  Complete with new hardwood floors, “knock and drop” coffee service and funky artwork make the ACME Hotel Company truly one-of-a-kind.

International Home + Housewares attendees can appreciate the convenience and value adds of complimentary high-speed internet and self-service business center, while amenities such as the Wilkens Zeppelin audio players (Suites Only) and 46” LED TVs complete with Apple and HDMI cable connections contribute to the technological focus and modernity of the hotel.

Whether guests choose to venture out to any of the numerous Chicago hotspots located within blocks of the hotel, or stay in and experience all the hotel has to offer, the ACME Hotel Company Chicago offers its guests a chic and modern home-away-from-home without breaking the bank.

Explore the new ACME Hotel Company Chicago through the snap shots below:

Standard Guest Room Suite Living Room Bathroom

Standard Bedroom complete w/ King at the ACME Hotel Company

Standard Bedroom complete w/ King at the ACME Hotel Company

If you would like to experience the ACME during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show, you can book your hotel reservations now!

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