Las Vegas Market doles out annual Housewares Design Awards
The Las Vegas Market recognized and celebrated the winners of the 12th annual Housewares Design Awards, for the first time hosting a two-hour awards gala in connection with its Winter 2017, which runs through Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.
From 60 finalists, 12 were named “Best in Category” winners and three were awarded “Best of the Best” distinctions — with Gold going to Electrolux for the Masterpiece Food Processor, Silver to iRobot for the Roomba 960, and Bronze to Oxo for the Good Grips Hand-Held Spiralizer. Additionally, the inaugural “Design Influencer of the Year” award was presented to Mo Mullen, director of business development for West Elm LOCAL.
“Las Vegas Market salutes these dynamic producers for their contributions to the vitality and evolution of the housewares category,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “We continue to see steady increases in gourmet housewares exhibitors and retailer attendance, and hosting the Housewares Design Awards supports and extends growth in this important industry segment. Las Vegas Market identified the gourmet category as one of its strategic building blocks and launched the gourmet housewares presentation on C11 in Summer 2015. Since that time, the floor has rapidly expanded, with expected sold-out status to by the end of 2017.”
The 12 Best in Category winners included Alessi; Casabella Holdings LLC; EpiladyUSA, Inc.; Frieling USA; iRobot; Jura Inc.; Electrolux; Nambé; Oxo; Swizz Style; Trudeau Corporation and Wüsthof.
Five product finalists in each of 12 core awards categories were selected from more than 250 entries by an independent panel of design and merchandising experts. Award criteria were: appropriate aesthetics; innovative materials and technology; user benefits (i.e., performance, comfort, ease of use, safety); and marketability. Products judged had to have been made available to consumers for the first time between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016.
Details of the 2017 Housewares Design Awards winners and finalists are:
Cookware & Bakeware: Best in Category winner, Trudeau Corporation, Round Cake Pan; finalists All-Clad, d3 ARMOR Oval Fish Pan; Emile Henry, Fish Steamer; NewMetro Design LLC, AUS-ION 10; and Sitram, Sitra Pro 8Liter Pressure Cooker.
Countertop Cooking & Beverage Appliances: Best in Category winner, Jura Inc., Jura Z6; finalists Bodum, Bistro Double Wall Water Kettle; Chantal Corp., Mia Electric Kettle; Spectrum Brands, George Foreman 3-in-1 Grill & Broil; and Zojirushi America Corporation, Micom Water Boiler & Warmer.
Countertop Food Prep Appliances: Best in Category and Best of the Best Gold winner, Electrolux, Masterpiece Food Processor; finalists Bianco Asia Limited, Vase Nutrition Blender; Braun, MultiQuick 7 Hand Blender; KitchenIQ, Compact Plastic Kitchen Scale; and Sensio Inc., Crux 7-Speed Blender.
Countertop Kitchenware: Best in Category winner, Nambé, Forte Salt & Pepper Shakers; finalists Bradshaw International, T-fal Ingenio Lever-lock Container; Built NY, 10-Piece Gourmet Bento; Dexas International Ltd., Micromitt; and Peugeot, Zanzibar Pepper Mill.
Cutlery & Cutting Tools: Best in Category winner, Wusthof, Classic 7-inch Ultimate Everyday Knife; finalists Cangshan Cutlery Company, H1 Series; Cangshan Cutlery Company, S1 Series; Kyocera International Inc., Premier Elite Cutlery; and Wusthof, Classic Ikon 7-inch Hollow Edge Nakiri.
Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances: Best in Category and Best of the Best Silver winner, iRobot, Roomba 960; finalists Douglas Quikut, ReadiVac 12vZoom Handheld Vacuum; Electrolux, UltraFlex; intelliclean Solutions LLC, Quantum Vacuum; and iRobot, Braava jet Mopping Robot.
Gadgets & Kitchen Tools: Best in Category and Best of the Best Bronze winner, Oxo, Good Grips Hand-Held Spiralizer; finalists Chef’n, Cob Corn Stripper; DKB Household USA, Zyliss Multi-Prep Mandoline; Microplane, 3-in-1 Ginger Tool; and RSVP International, Flat Sauce Whisk.
Home & Outdoor Décor: Best in Category winner, Alessi, Ora in/Ora out clock; finalists Big Trike Inc., the NightBULB; Fermob USA, Balad Lamp; Spicher and Company, Vintage Vinyl; and WellnessMats, Studio Collection.
Home Environment Appliances: Best in Category winner, Swizz Style, Stadler Form Eva Ultrasonic Humidifier; finalists Blueair Inc., Classic 405 Wi-Fi Air Purifier; Objecto, W4 Hybrid Humidifier; Winix America Inc., HR1000 5-Stage Wi-Fi Enabled Air Purifier; and Winix America Inc., NK105 Tower Air Purifier.
Home Organization, Laundry Care & Non-Electric Cleaning: Best in Category winner, Casabella Holdings LLC, Spin ‘n Dry Mop; finalists Full Circle Home, Wipe Out Pivoting Squeegee; Gladiator® GarageWorks, GearTrack Essentials Deluxe Pack; Madesmart, Hanging Door Caddy System; and Sharadha Terry Products Limited, Micro Cotton Expresense Towels.
Personal, Health & Garment Care: Best in Category winner, EpiladyUSA, Inc., Drop Wet/Dry Rechargeable Epilator; finalists Crane USA, 2-in-1 Warm Mist Humidifier and Steam Inhaler; Jascor Housewares Inc., Messy Mutts Elevated Double Feeder; Lifespan Brands, Detecto iConnect 8 in 1 Bluetooth Connected Body Fat Scale; and Reliable Corporation, Vivio Garment Steamer.
Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware: Best in Category winner, Frieling, French Press; finalists Alessi, Collo-alto; bambu, Reclaimed Cedar Wood Serving Collection; Oxo, Good Grips Pour-Over Coffee Maker; and Peugeot, Whisky Tasting Set.
Many of the finalists are exhibiting at Winter 2017 Las Vegas Market, including: Alessi, All-Clad, AUS-ION 10, bambu, Bodum, Built NY, Fermob USA, Frieling, Jura Inc., Kyocera International Inc., Madesmart, Microplane, NewMetro Design LLC, Peugeot, RSVP International, Spicher and Company, WellnessMats, Wusthof and Zojirushi America Corporation. A special display spotlighting all 2017 finalists and award-winning products is featured on Floor C11 during the Winter 2017 Market.
The 2017 Housewares Design Awards are presented by HomeWorld Business, hosted by Las Vegas Market and sponsored by Whitford Corporation. The Housewares Design Awards were founded in 2003 by HomeWorld Business to honor supplier efforts within the industry to create new ways to improve everyday living, and recognize excellence in 12 core housewares categories. Las Vegas Market hosted the awards for the first time as an extension of its overall growth strategy for gift-oriented housewares, tabletop and specialty food.
Las Vegas Market has experienced steady increases in gourmet housewares exhibitors and retailer attendance, and hosting the Housewares Design Awards supports and extends growth in this important industry segment. Las Vegas Market identified the gourmet category as one of its strategic building blocks and launched the gourmet housewares presentation on C11 in Summer 2015. Since that time, the floor has rapidly expanded to its current 60% occupancy, with expected sold-out status to be achieved by the end of 2017. Beyond the concentration of nearly 300 gourmet lines on C11, the Las Vegas Market now boasts 400-plus gourmet-related resources across its 40 showroom floors and in The Pavilions, which showcase gift and home temporary exhibitors.
Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 3,900-plus gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.