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Thes IHA Innovation Awards have honored the best in product design at the International Home + Housewares Show for the past four years. The award's name and tagline have now changed to the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia), Honoring Product Design Excellence.


The IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design honor exhibitors’ latest creations and cutting-edge innovations with award recognition.

All products entered into the New Product Showcase will have a chance at winning. Innovative products will be judged by a panel of experts that includes designers, retailers and news media.

Product finalists selected by the judges will be announced prior to the Show and will be featured in each Buyers Club and at the IHA Global Innovation Awards display in the Lakeside Center Lobby.

gia Product Design Display

View finalists and Global Honorees from 13 categories at the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show.

2017 Product Design Finalists

View the finalists of the IHA Global Innovation Awards, honoring product design representing 13 housewares categories.

View 2017 Global Honorees and Finalists

View Finalists Booklet (PDF)


At the invitation-only gia gala on Saturday evening at the Show, IHA announces the Global Honorees for their award-winning products in the following categories:



Products are evaluated on the following criteria:

Innovation
Product presents an original concept, employs new technology or materials or offers unique functionality or benefits compared to existing products.

Appearance
Product appearance differentiates an appealing alternative to existing products in form, color, texture or material.

User Benefits
Product demonstrates enhanced functionality and additional user comfort, safety or convenience over existing products.

Ecological Responsibility
Product is distinguished because of the materials or processes used in production, distribution or packaging, because of its impact on user behavior for conserving natural resources, or because of its contribution to improving social conditions.

Market Impact and Positioning
Product offers unique price/value alternative in its market positioning.