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Thirteen Companies Honored with 3rd Annual IHA Innovation Awards

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

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Thirteen housewares suppliers ranging from name brands to small entrepreneurs were honored as winners of the third annual IHA Innovation Awards today. The winners in each of 13 categories were announced on the first day of the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show, now taking place through Tuesday, March 18 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Winners are:

Bath + Personal Care:  Polder Housewares, Inc., Hot Sleeve

Cleaning: Flood Products, Flood Sax

Cook + Bakeware: Now Designs, Dumpling Cube

Floor + Carpet Care: iRobot, Roomba 880

Home Décor + Gifts: The Sweetheart Gallery, Inc., It’s a Snap Frame

Home Organization + Storage: Prepara, Evak

Household Electrics + Home Environment: Moneual USA, Inc., SW (Smart Wristband) Baby Monitor

Kitchen Electrics: L’Equip, Infrared

Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery: HIC, Harold Import Co., Evo Oil Sprayer

Kitchenware: Staybowlizer, Staybowlizer

Personal Care + Home Healthcare: Objecto / Hatzlachh Supply Inc., H5 Spiral Hybrid Humidifier

Pet Products: Ginsey Home Solutions, Dirty Paws Footbath

Tabletop: GRAYL, The Water Filtration Cup

“Congratulations to these winners, they are excellent representatives of the cutting-edge innovation and creation happening in the housewares industry,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Based on the efforts of these and other design-focused companies in our industry, consumers are able to fill their homes with innovative products that meet their individual needs and varied lifestyles.”

More than 500 products were entered in the IHA Innovation Awards competition. The 65 finalists in all categories are featured in the New Product Showcases in the Buyers Club in each Show building and the 13 category winners are on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center.

The 2014 International Home + Housewares Show features nearly 2,100 exhibitors, including 400 new companies, and 60,000 total attendees from around the globe. To view the list of finalists for the IHA Innovation Awards, please go to http://www.housewares.org/press/releases/show/347.aspx. For more information about exhibitors and the Show, please visit www.housewares.org/housewaresconnect365.

IHA Announces 3rd Annual Innovation Awards Finalists

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The names of the 65 finalists in the second annual IHA Innovations Awards have been released by the International Housewares Association. Winners in each of 13 categories will be announced in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March15 in the Innovation Theater, Room E350, Lakeside Center, followed by a reception at the Innovation Awards display in the Hall of Global Innovation (Lakeside Center Lobby). The 2014 International Home + Housewares Show opens at 10 a.m. on March 15 and runs through 3 p.m. March 18.

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

“We are pleased to honor exhibitors’ cutting-edge innovations. Congratulations to all of the finalists,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO.

The finalists are:

 

Bath & Personal Care

Ginsey Home Solutions: Sharper Image Bluetooth and AM/FM Shower Radio

Polder Housewares, Inc.: Hot Sleeve

Pretika Corporation: OxySonic Eye Spa

Sea Lark Enterprises, Inc.: Soap Life Travel Bag

simplehuman: Mini Sensor Mirror

 

Cleaning

Casabella Holdings LLC: NEON™ Broom/Dustpan

Flood Products: Flood Sax

FreshWave by OMI Industries: Fresh Wave Fresh Pod

Gater Cleaning Products, LLC: Grout Gator

The Fuller Brush Company: Spin Mop Jr.

 

Cook & Bakeware

Cakes Under the Influence: Entertainer Kit 12 Pack

Love Cooking Company: Mrs. Fields Cook Bake

Love Cooking Company: Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Locking Layer Cake Set

Now Designs: Dumpling Cube

Pauli Cookware: 7 Quart Never Burn Stock Pot

 

Floor & Carpet Care

iRobot: Roomba 880

iRobot: Scooba 450

Moneual USA, Inc.: RYDIS H67 Pro

Moneual USA, Inc.: Smart Robot Vacuum System

Neato Robotics: Botvac

 

Home Décor & Gifts

KitchenHappy: WineO

Mark Feldstein & Assoc., Inc.: Outdoor Singing Bird Clock Thermometer

Pic Corporation: Citronella Plus Streamers

TAG – Trade Associates Group, Ltd.: Reindeer Wine Bottle Holder

The Sweetheart Gallery, Inc.: It’s a Snap Frame

 

Home Organization & Storage

Holster Brands: Lil’ Holster

Jokari / U.S., Inc.: Hanger Mate

Prepara: Evak

Relief Pod International: SKITS Genius Case

Upper Desk, Inc.: Portable Cabinet Mount

 

Household Electrics & Home Environment

Heat Storm by EnergyWise: Deluxe Wall Heater

Lasko Products, Inc.: Lasko® Pure Platinum Slim Profile HEPA Filtration Air Purifier with Remote Control

Moneual USA, Inc.: SW (smart wristband) Baby Monitor

Swizz Style, Inc.: Robert

The Living Well Co. / Comfort Furnace: Wash It Detergent-Less Laundry Solution

 

Kitchen Electrics

Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.: 4 Quart Collapsible Ice Cream Maker

Jura Capresso, Inc.: Capresso Iced Tea Maker

KitchenAid: KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer

L’Equip: Infrared

The Produce Wizard: The Produce Wizard

 

Kitchen Hand Tools & Cutlery

HIC, Harold Import Co.: Evo Oil Sprayer

Linden Sweden, Inc.: twixit! Seal & Pour Bag Clip

Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc.: KitchenIQ Ginger Tool

Starfrit: Avocado Shark

Zevro: Portion Pour

 

Kitchenware

Guac-Lock, LLC: Guac-Lock

Molecule R: Aroma R-EVOLUTION

National Presto Industries Inc.: Presto MyJo Single Serve Coffee Maker

Staybowlizer: Staybowlizer

Zoku, LLC: Zoku® Fish Pops

 

Personal & Home Healthcare

Brownmed: Intellinetix Vibrating Gloves

Nature Bright Company: Sun Frame

Objecto / Hatzlachh Supply Inc.: H5 Spiral Hybrid Humidifier

Rowenta, Groupe SEB USA: Rowenta Inspiration Pro Hair Dryer

VexPro: AirPhysics Free Standing Professional Hair Dryer

 

Pet Products

Epilady USA: Flea Zapper

Ginsey Home Solutions: Dirty Paws Footbath

Neater Pet Brands: Polar Bowl for Pets

Robely: Double Laser Cut Feeder-Haden

WorldWise, Inc.: Petlinks Cheese Chaser

 

Tabletop

Ad N Art: Stack N Go Vino

GRAYL: The Water Filtration Cup

LDDN Impex: Hot/Cold Tray with gel pack

Peugeot: Dahlia Duck Decanter

True Fabrications: FREEZE Cooling Wine Glass

 

The judging panel for the third annual IHA Innovation Awards included housewares merchants from retailers such as Ace Hardware, Lowes, JC Penney, The Container Store, Shopko, Cook’s Warehouse, Kitchen Window, Brooks Stevens and Cook’s World.  Other judges included consumer editors and many distinguished industry designers.

The International Home + Housewares Show will feature nearly 2,100 exhibitors from 125 countries and 60,000 total attendees. For more information or to register for a badge, please visit www.housewares.org.

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IHA Innovation Awards: Sensor Mirror Illuminates and Interacts

Friday, December 20th, 2013

by Vicki Matranga
Design Programs + Services

The 2014 International Home + Housewares Show will feature the winners of the 3rd annual IHA Innovation Awards. From thousands of new products on view at the Show, 13 products are named the Best in their categories. Products selected as winners can be entered by large companies or startups. The innovation and design is what matters!

We tracked down some of the 2013 Best in Category winners to learn how the award affected their products’ launch.  Exhibitors reported that relationships with major retailers and valuable media coverage developed within the first months after the Show.

BT1080 sensor mirrorMirror Responds to Users

With more than two years in research and development, simplehuman’s sensor mirror was a major undertaking for the company known for its sensitivity to user needs. Named the Best in the Bath + Personal Care category, the sensor mirror truly senses the user: the LED light ring automatically glows when the user approaches and turns off when the user leaves.  The mirror illuminates the face with its bright and clear 600 lux tru-lux system that simulates natural sunlight, assuring that a woman will know that her makeup is color-correct. The sensor mirror’s unique micro-reflectors disperse light evenly to prevent hot spots. Unlike traditional blubs or fluorescent lights, the long-lasting LEDs won’t burn out or diminish even after years of use. The distortion-free mirror offers 5x magnification for exceptional detail while allowing for a full facial view. Cordless, for a clutter-free workspace and easy maneuverability, the sensor mirror recharges with the included USB cord and adapter. Its stand and frame adjust for heights and viewing angles.

Experience the sensor mirror here  http://www.simplehuman.com/bathroom

“We are proud of this product and were extremely honored to be recognized as innovators in the industry,” said Mia Fields of simplehuman public relations. “IHA was the first to recognize this product with its Innovation Award. We featured this on our website on our about us industry awards page, http://www.simplehuman.com/about-us.  The sensor mirror is available at major retail stores, such as Brookstone and Bed Bath & Beyond, and was featured in major national publications such as Real Simple, HGTV magazine and House Beautiful.”

New Technologies Enhance User Experience

simplehuman designs everyday tools to help people become efficient at home.  Simple, functional and built to last, their kitchen, bathroom and organization products solve often overlooked problems. The sensor mirror is an example how new technologies can enhance traditional products by inviting user interaction to deliver better performance and convenience.

See more innovative simplehuman products at www.simplehuman.com and visit their Booth S4910 at the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show.

Be Recognized for Your Newest Products

Look for the Innovation Awards guidelines and entry form in the Exhibitor Marketing Kit. http://www.housewares.org/marketing/newproductshowcase/

Winners receive a dramatic award trophy to display in their booths and the right to feature the IHA Innovation Awards logo on their packaging. But the greatest benefit is the attention from media and buyers at the Show. You have to enter to win!

Enter the 3rd Annual IHA Innovation Awards! Deadline – February 7.

IHA Innovation Awards: Browne USA Cuisipro Magnetic Spot Scrubber

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

by Vicki Matranga
Design Programs + Services

The 2014 International Home + Housewares Show will feature the winners of the 3rd annual IHA Innovation Awards. From thousands of new products on view at the Show, 13 products are named the Best in their categories. Products selected as winners can be entered by large companies or startups. The innovation and design is what matters!

We tracked down some of the 2013 Best in Category winners to learn how the award affected their products’ launch.  Exhibitors reported that relationships with major retailers and valuable media coverage developed within the first months after the Show.

Magnetic Glass Vessel Cleaner Attracts Attention

cuisipro magnetic spot scrubberFrom bud vases to baby bottles, consumers encounter a variety of narrow-necked vessels that are nearly impossible to clean with a typical sponge or scrub brush. Recognizing the need for consumers to better clean those hard-to -reach places, Cuisipro® introduced a completely new idea: Magnetic Spot Scrubbers. Named Best in the Cleaning category, the scrubbers are perfect for long, narrow spaces, such as wine decanters, pitchers and vases. The design consists of two pieces: a spot scrubbing knob and a silicone-scrubbing disc. The two pieces are magnetized. To use, simply drop the silicone-scrubbing disc into a dirty vase or other vessel and pour in warm soapy water. Align the magnetic spot scrubber knob on the outside wall of the vessel to the silicone-scrubbing disc until the two pieces lock. Glide the knob over hard-to-reach areas of the vessel and the silicone-scrubbing disc will clean as it moves. When finished, pull the knob away to release the bond with the scrubbing disc. The soft nubs of the silicone scrubber will not scratch glass and, when finished the Magnetic Spot Scrubber easily rinses clean.

 

See it in action to best understand its uniqueness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RtpOxlp3ks

“Winning the Innovation Award definitely attracted media to our booth,” said Elizabeth Burns, Senior Marketing Manager, Browne & Co. “As a result of the attention the Magnetic Spot Scrubber received there, it was featured on NBC’s Today Show shortly after the Show and on WGN radio, in The Houston Chronicle and several other national publications.

“The Cuisipro Magnetic Spot Scrubber became available in stores starting in May 2013,” she continued, “and then appeared in Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and the DIY Network’s I Want That show. It will be featured in an upcoming issue of Real Simple magazine as well.”

What’s New for 2014 Show

“Cuisipro will offer four new colors for the Magnetic Spot Scrubber in March,” Burns explains.  “We will also unveil several new products at the Show:  the Garlic Peel and Press — an innovative mess-free, all-in-one solution for peeling and pressing garlic; Cut Resistant Glove — a flexible, durable and comfortable way to shield fingers from potential harm when using knives, graters and rasps; Patterned Foam Pumps, which are elegant hand soap dispensers; and Easter Themed Cookie Cutters, which expand our popular nested cookie cutter collection.”

cuisipro soap pump

In addition to Cuisipro, Berard, KitchenGrips and Nogent, Browne will introduce the newest member of its brand family: AdHoc. “The product categories designed by AdHoc—spice mills, tea and wine accessories—supplement our current brand offerings and their overall commitment to design, innovation and quality and complement our existing consumer motivation strategy,” stated Peter Braley, COO of Browne & Co. Retail Division.  “AdHoc allows Browne to expand our assortment of well-designed, affordable tools.”

Award-Winning Commitment to Design

“The Cuisipro Magnetic Spot Scrubber is a perfect example of the overall commitment to design and quality in all of our products from the patented SGT technology used in our graters and rasps to the exclusive locking mechanism featured on all of our kitchen tongs,” said Braley. “The Magnetic Spot Scrubber is the embodiment of a growing trend toward innovation in housewares products. Consumers are always looking for well-designed, efficient products that serve a specific, unmet need in their home.”

See more Cuisipro products at www.cuisipro.com  and visit Browne & Co. at Booth S3428 at the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show.

Get Recognized for Your Company’s Ingenuity

Look for the Innovation Awards guidelines and entry form in the Exhibitor Marketing Kit.

http://www.housewares.org/marketing/newproductshowcase/

Winners receive a dramatic award trophy to display in their booths and the right to feature the IHA Innovation Awards logo on their packaging. But the greatest benefit is the attention from media and buyers at the Show. You have to enter to win!

Enter the 3rd Annual IHA Innovation Awards! Deadline – February 7.

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