Twelve housewares suppliers have been named winners in the IHA (International Housewares Association) 2016 Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design.
The winners were announced at a gia dinner on the first evening of the four-day International Home + Housewares Show, which is taking place at McCormick Place in Chicago and ends tomorrow (Tuesday, March 8).
The triumphant dozen are:
Bath + Personal Care: simplehuman, spin cabinet
Cleaning: Kuhn Rikon, Stay Clean Scrubber
Cook + Bakeware: Alessi USA, Inc., Pulcina design Michele De Lucchi
Home Décor + Gifts: Eva Solo A/S, Window Birdfeeder
Home Organization + Storage: Stasher, Stasher
Household Electrics + Home Environment: Bruno SmartCan, Bruno SmartCan
Kitchen Electrics: Aquarius Brands, AquaBoy® Pro II
Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery: Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc., Compact Digital Scale- Plastic
Kitchenware: Prepara, Adjustable Oil Pourer
Personal Care: Jobar International Inc., Color Changing Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Pet Products: Enchanted Home Pet, TheraCool – Pet Mat
Tabletop: Eva Solo A/S, My Flavor Carafe
IHA president & ceo Phil Brandl said: “Congratulations to these winners. They are excellent representatives of the cutting-edge innovation and creativity that is driving the housewares industry today.
“Our world-renowned gia program is the ultimate awards event in the industry, honoring excellence in both housewares retail and product design.”
More than 500 products were entered in the competition. The 60 finalists in all categories are featured in the New Product Showcases in the Buyers Club in each show building and the 12 category winners are on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center.
The 2016 International Home + Housewares Show features more than 2,200 exhibitors including 453 new companies and 62,000 total attendees from around the globe.
Cleaning category winner: Kuhn Rikon’s Stay Clean Scrubber