Chicago show special: UK suppliers triumph in design awards

British suppliers have scooped half the gongs in the inaugural Global Design Awards at the Home + Housewares Show, now running in Chicago, and on which is running a series of special reports.

Chicago show special: UK suppliers triumph in design awards

Six global award winners were named, three of them from the UK: Black + Blum, Joseph Joseph and Robert Welch.

Black + Blum’s global win was for the Lunch Pot two-piece lunchbox, named as one of three Global Honorees in the product design category. The other global awards in this category went to Blomus-SKS for the Callista lemon squeezer and Storebound LLC for the Laundry Pod, a hand-operated washing machine.

Finalists in this category were a glass water bottle by Bottles Up, Royal VKB’s Citrange, and Slice Inc for its safety box cutter.

Joseph Joseph was the sole Global Honoree in the Best Collection Design category, with its Elevate collection of tools and gadgets. Finalists were AdHoc Entwicklung und Vertrieb for the Taste the World gravity mills, and Stelton for the Pure Black range, with honourable mentions going to KOR Water for its Black collection and to Vipp’s kitchen tools range.

Third British winner was Robert Welch, named as the sole Global Honoree in the Best Booth Design category.

The winners were chosen by a panel of retailers and design editors, who judged them on “inspired design quality, brand positioning, outstanding craftsmanship, exclusive market focus and design-focused sustainability,” according to IHA president Phil Brandl.

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