The owner of the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show has just revealed the news that the exhibition sold out in late December, more than 11 weeks before opening day.
The event, which runs from Saturday, March 18 to Tuesday, March 21 in Chicago, is owned and operated by the International Housewares Association (IHA).
IHA president & chief executive officer Phil Brandl said: “We have exceeded last year’s exhibit space square footage; a continued sign of how important this world class marketplace is to IHA member suppliers. We look forward to bringing the industry together at the premier housewares trade event.”
The show will host more than 2,200 exhibitors across four Expos, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time.
Among first-time companies and well-known suppliers returning after an absence are:
Dine + Décor Expo: C & F Enterprises Inc., Craft A Brew LLC, Housekeeper Crockery, iSi North America, Koopman, Loftin Oysters, LotusGrill GmbH, Maxili Les Artistes, Nest Homeware, Sitram, Unitam – Ameditam
Discover Design Expo: 3Sprout, Barbuzzo, Bredemeijer, Comfort Research, Hasegawa, Luckies of London, Monkey Business, Nashi Home, Orrefors Kosta Boda, Palm Products, S’ip by S’well, Sophistiplate, Stackers, Stasher and Stelton
Wired + Well Expo: ACIGI Relaxation, Friedrich Air Conditioning, Jinsung Hitech Co. and Unilution
Clean + Contain Expo: Balthazar & Brisco, Curver / Keter North America, Hang A Bunch, LLC, Molly’s Suds, LLC, Rust-Oleum Corporation and Xangar
This year the exhibition will feature a special emphasis on the smart home and connected products, with a new IHA Smart Home Pavilion, several educational seminars and exhibitor Smart Home signage.
The IHA Smart Home Pavilion (located in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center) will display brands and products from new and experienced housewares companies.
Two tech experts – Mike Wolf, curator of the Smart Kitchen Summit and Carley Knobloch, digital lifestyle expert – will be at the Pavilion to answer questions and discuss emerging technology and trends.
On Sunday, March 19, Mike will moderate a panel of tech experts and suppliers during the keynote session, ‘How the Smart Home is Disrupting Housewares (And What to Do About It)’ in Room S100, Level 1, South Building.
Several sessions in the Innovation Theater (E350 in the Hall of Global Innovation) will explore the growing importance of smart and connected products in the home.
Also new this year is the Excellence in Booth Design Award, honouring exhibitors for their booth presentation. Based on creativity in design, merchandising and messaging, one overall winner and two winners from each Expo will be awarded.
Meanwhile, the Discover Design Expo returns to its new location in the North Building and will feature nearly 200 companies and brands from all show categories, along with Design Debut, which allows 11 new-to-the-show exhibitors to experience the show without having to create an entire display.
A Toast to the Trends reception on Sunday from 5:30 – 6.30pm will give buyers and an opportunity to mingle with Discover Design exhibitors in the Discover Design Gallery.
Other show highlights include an expanded New Exhibitor Preview opening at 8am on the Saturday morning before the show opens; a ‘Power Hour’ from 5.30-6.30pm from Saturday to Monday offering exhibitors and buyers an opportunity to extend their meetings for an additional hour after the 5.30pm show close; the Hall of Global Innovation featuring the show’s special exhibits, including Pantone ColorWatch; the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia); and the IHA Student Design Competition.
Finally, the Innovation Theater will run 21 presentations exploring issues including the Internet of Things, global lifestyle trends, and age and gender marketing; along with educational seminars led by IHA’s colour expert Leatrice Eiseman and lifestyle guru Tom Mirabile.
To register for a no-charge show badge, visit www.housewares.org.