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International Housewares Association

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IHA Announces Finalists for Global Innovation Awards (gia) for Product Design


13 Categories, 65 Finalists Named


ROSEMONT, IL (Feb. 27, 2017)—The 65 finalists in the IHA Global Innovations Awards (gia) for product design have been announced by the International Housewares Association. Global Honorees in each of 13 categories will be announced in during the invitation-only gia dinner Saturday, March 18. The finalists and global honorees will be on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center Lobby. The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show opens at 10 a.m. on March 18 and runs through 3 p.m. March 21.

More than 500 entries were received and were judged by a panel of industry experts and news media. The finalists will also be on display in the New Product Showcases located in the Buyers Club in each Show building.

“Congratulations to all of the finalists for an IHA Global Innovation Award for product design,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Our world-renowned gia program is the ultimate awards event in the industry, honoring excellence in both housewares retail and product design.”

The finalists are:

Bath & Personal Care
Cotidea                                                                          Shower Sidekick
Legacy Shave                                                                Legacy Shave Evolution Brush
Luckies of London Ltd.                                                Hang Up
MadeSmart Housewares                                            Hanging Door Caddy System
Polder Products, LLC                                                   2-in-1 Hot Sleeve™

Cleaning
Bosign AB                                                                     Do-Dish™ Caddy
Casabella Holdings LLC                                              Floor Duster + Sweeper
Cedarlane Culinary                                                     StinkBOSS
Ecoegg                                                                           Laundry Egg
Sanimaid ApS                                                               PARIS Toilet Brush & Wall Holder

Cook & Bakeware
Kuhn Rikon Corp.                                                        Duromatic® Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker
Le Creuset Of America Inc.                                        Le Creuset Multi-Function Braiser with Grill Pan Lid
Munus International                                                   Giacomina
Stasher                                                                          the stasher cooker
World Kitchen, LLC                                                      Pyrex® Watercolor Collection™Blue Lagoon

Home Décor & Gifts
Alessi USA, Inc.                                                            Lovely Breeze
Eva Solo A/S                                                                 Bird Nesting Box
Eva Solo A/S                                                                 Self Watering Orchid Pot
Mark Feldstein & Assoc., Inc.                                    No Drip Inverted Umbrella
Qik Inc.                                                                         QIK Frame™

Home Organization & Storage
Biaggi ZipSak                                                                ZipSak Expandable
Creative Outdoor Distributor                                    Revolutionary Rolling Table
Jascor Housewares, Inc.                                              ta da Aluminum Compact Dish Rack with
                                                                                              Silicone DrySmart Mat
MadeSmart Housewares                                            Expandable Bakeware Stand
Progressive International Corp.                                 Prepworks Produce ProKeeper

Household & Home Electrics
Blueair North America                                                 Blue Pure 411
Equator Appliances                                                      Super Combo Washer-Dryer EZ 4400 CV
Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.                                      CHI® Easy Steam
Thermacell Repellents, Inc.                                         Thermacell® HALO™ Mosquito Repeller
World and Main Co., formally HBC                             Motion Sensor Ceramic Heater CZ460
Home & Hardware

Kitchen Electrics
Brewista Inc.                                                                NutraMilk
Chefman                                                                       Perfect Pour Volcano Waffle Maker
Jura Inc.                                                                         Capresso Froth Control
KitchenAid                                                                    KitchenAid® Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment
Vitamix Corporation                                                   Vitamix ASCENT Series A3500 Blender

Kitchen Hand Tools & Cutlery
Bergamaschi & Vimercati Spa                                   Shy
Joseph Joseph Inc.                                                       Helix Citrus Juicer
Progressive International Corp.                                PL8 Standing Splatter Screen
Saf LLC                                                                          WoodNFlex
Tarrerias Bonjean                                                       Furtif Evercut® 5-Piece Knife Set

Kitchenware
Gourmet Kitchen Works LLC                                     GEFU Sprouting Jar Bivita
Impel Studio                                                                 lttl tumbler
iSi North America, Inc.                                                Sodamaker Classic
JIA Inc.                                                                            The Prep, Rolling Mortar
Prepara                                                                          Super Savors

Personal Care Electrics
Contour Products, Inc.                                             Mattress Genie®
KOHLER Co.                                                                Touchless Foaming Soap Dispenser
Polder Products, LLC                                                 Nail Station
TAO Clean                                                                   Hygea PRO — Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer
Zadro Products, Inc.                                                  Z'Fogless™ LED Lighted Bluetooth Enabled Water Mirror

Pet Products
Dexas International, Ltd.                                          MudBuster
Enchanted Home Pet                                                OrthoCool™ Luxury Cushion
Highwave, Inc.                                                            AutoDogMug PURE
O2COOL                                                                      Pet Crate Fan
PoopBags.com LLC                                                   PoopBags Count Down Rolls

Smart Home Products
AeroGrow International, Inc.                                   AeroGarden Bounty Elite Wi-Fi
Anova Culinary LLC                                                   Precision Cooker Nano
Gourmia                                                                      Electric Square Tea Maker GWTC8500
Southwire                                                                    WiOn Indoor Wi-Fi Programmable Outlet
StoreBound                                                                 Sobro Coffee Table

Tabletop
Brilli Baby LLC                                                           Cup Catcher
Brita Products Co.                                                    Brita Stream with Filter-as-you-Pour Technology
Chilewich / Sultan LLC                                             OnEdge
Magisso North America                                           Pino Wine Glass
Sagaform Inc.                                                            Salad Bowl with Removable Wood Trivet


The judging panel for the annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) included housewares merchants from retailers including Ace Hardware, Amazon, The Cook’s Warehouse, Detroit Institute of Art, GC Buying Group, Kitchen Ala Mode, Kitchen Window, Leon & Lulu, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Building Museum, Rolling Pin, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sears, Sign of the Bear, Spoon and Whisk, The Chopping Block, The Container Store, True Value and Zulily. Other judges included consumer editors, bloggers and many distinguished industry designers.

The International Home + Housewares Show will feature more than 2,200 exhibitors and more than 62,000 total attendees. For more information or to register for a badge, please visit www.housewares.org.

 

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The International Housewares Association is the 79-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$346.9 billion at retail worldwide in 2015 ($82.2 billion at retail in the U.S.). The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at www.housewares.org and group buying discounts on business solutions services.