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IHA Announces Finalists for Global Innovation Awards (gia) for Product Design
13 Categories, 65 Finalists Named

ROSEMONT, IL (Feb. 27, 2017)—The 65 finalists in the IHA Global Innovations Awards (gia) for product design have been announced by the International Housewares Association. Winners in each of 13 categories will be announced in during the invitation-only gia dinner Saturday, March 18. The finalists and winners will be on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center Lobby. The 2017 International Home + Housewares Show opens at 10 a.m. on March 18 and runs through 3 p.m. March 21.

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

“Congratulations to all of the finalists for an IHA Global Innovation Award for product design,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Our world-renowned gia program is the ultimate awards event in the industry, honoring excellence in both housewares retail and product design.”

The finalists are:

Bath & Personal Care
Legacy Shave
Luckies of London Ltd.
MadeSmart Housewares
Polder Products, LLC

Shower Sidekick
Legacy Shave Evolution Brush
Hang Up
Hanging Door Caddy System
2-in-1 Hot Sleeve™

Bosign AB
Casabella Holdings LLC
Cedarlane Culinary
Sanimaid ApS

Do-Dish™ Caddy
Floor Duster + Sweeper
Laundry Egg
PARIS Toilet Brush & Wall Holder

Cook & Bakeware
Kuhn Rikon Corp.
Le Creuset Of America Inc.
Munus International
World Kitchen, LLC

Duromatic® Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker
Le Creuset Multi-Function Braiser with Grill Pan Lid
the stasher cooker
Pyrex® Watercolor Collection™Blue Lagoon

Home Décor & Gifts
Alessi USA, Inc.
Eva Solo A/S
Eva Solo A/S
Mark Feldstein & Assoc., Inc.
Qik Inc.

Lovely Breeze
Bird Nesting Box
Self Watering Orchid Pot
No Drip Inverted Umbrella
QIK Frame™

Home Organization & Storage
Biaggi ZipSak
Creative Outdoor Distributor
Jascor Housewares, Inc.

MadeSmart Housewares
Progressive International Corp.

ZipSak Expandable
Revolutionary Rolling Table
ta da Aluminum Compact Dish Rack with
   Silicone DrySmart Mat
Expandable Bakeware Stand
Prepworks Produce ProKeeper

Household & Home Electrics
Blueair North America
Equator Appliances
Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
Thermacell Repellents, Inc.
World and Main Co., formally HBC
Home & Hardware

Blue Pure 411
Super Combo Washer-Dryer EZ 4400 CV
HI® Easy Steam
Thermacell® HALO™ Mosquito Repeller
Motion Sensor Ceramic Heater CZ460

Kitchen Electrics
Brewista Inc.
Jura Inc.
Vitamix Corporation

Perfect Pour Volcano Waffle Maker
Capresso Froth Control
KitchenAid® Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment
Vitamix ASCENT Series A3500 Blender

Kitchen Hand Tools & Cutlery
Bergamaschi & Vimercati Spa
Joseph Joseph Inc.
Progressive International Corp.
Tarrerias Bonjean

Helix Citrus Juicer
PL8 Standing Splatter Screen
Furtif Evercut® 5-Piece Knife Set

Gourmet Kitchen Works LLC
Impel Studio
iSi North America, Inc.
JIA Inc.

GEFU Sprouting Jar Bivita
lttl tumbler
Sodamaker Classic
The Prep, Rolling Mortar
Super Savors

Personal Care Electrics
Contour Products, Inc.
Polder Products, LLC
TAO Clean
Zadro Products, Inc.
Mattress Genie®
Touchless Foaming Soap Dispenser
Nail Station
Hygea PRO — Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer
Z'Fogless™ LED Lighted Bluetooth Enabled Water Mirror

Pet Products
Dexas International, Ltd.
Enchanted Home Pet
Highwave, Inc.

OrthoCool™ Luxury Cushion
AutoDogMug PURE
Pet Crate Fan
PoopBags Count Down Rolls

Smart Home Products
AeroGrow International, Inc.
Anova Culinary LLC

AeroGarden Bounty Elite Wi-Fi
Precision Cooker Nano
Electric Square Tea Maker GWTC8500
WiOn Indoor Wi-Fi Programmable Outlet
Sobro Coffee Table

Brilli Baby LLC
Brita Products Co.
Chilewich / Sultan LLC
Magisso North America
Sagaform Inc.

Cup Catcher
Brita Stream with Filter-as-you-Pour Technology
Pino Wine Glass
Salad Bowl with Removable Wood Trivet


The judging panel for the annual IHA Innovation Awards included housewares merchants from retailers including Ace Hardware, Amazon, The Cook’s Warehouse, Detroit Institute of Art, GC Buying Group, Kitchen Ala Mode, Kitchen Window, Leon & Lulu, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Building Museum, Rolling Pin, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sears, Sign of the Bear, Spoon and Whisk, The Chopping Block, The Container Store, True Value and Zulily. Other judges included consumer editors, bloggers and many distinguished industry designers.

The International Home + Housewares Show will feature more than 2,200 exhibitors and more than 62,000 total attendees. For more information or to register for a badge, please visit


The International Housewares Association is the 79-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$346.9 billion at retail worldwide in 2015 ($82.2 billion at retail in the U.S.). The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at and group buying discounts on business solutions services.  

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