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International Home and Housewares Show 2017 in Chicago

March 21, 2017

Austrian companies Riedel, iSi and BWT among exhibitors

From March 18-21, 2017 the International Home and Housewares Show was held at McCormick Place in Chicago. 2,200 exhibitors from over 45 countries and more than 62,000 visitors from over 125 countries make the show one of the most important housewares exhibitions in the world. With Riedel – The Wine Glass Company , iSi – Culinary and BWT – Best Water Technology , three Austrian companies presented their latest designs and products. 

Riedel is one of the regular exhibitors in Chicago and has been attending the show for years. Among other glasses, the Wine Glass Company presented its Riedel Vinum Zinfandel/Riesling Grand Cru which was just recommended by Sweethome Magazine (part of the New York Times Company) as the best elegant all-purpose wine glass. iSi is also a multi-year exhibitor. However, BWT was a newcomer and its colored water filters and mineralizers were very popular with the attendees. 

Products were put into four categories: “Dine & Decor,” “Discover & Design,” “Clean & Contain,” and “Wired & Well.” More than 900 exhibitors focused on the “Dine & Decor” category, offering products including food preparation, dining and entertaining. Very colorful and break-proof flatware, kitchen utensils made of wood and copper as well as BPA-free bottles were some of the products showcased.

Silver and rosé gold were the dominating colors in the category “Discover & Design.” Again Eva Solo and Alessi presented some of the most eccentric and inspiring designs. Thirteen housewares suppliers ranging from well-established brands to first-time exhibitors were honored as winners of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design on the first day of the show.

Over 300 representatives impressed the show visitors with products from the category “Wired & Well.” As every year, the Kitchen Aid, Nespresso and De'Longhi booths were very popular. The Clean + Contain Expo featured more than 300 exhibitors offering the latest cleaning & organization solutions, closet & clothes care, bath accessories and unique pet-care items.

The next International Home and Housewares Show is scheduled for March 10-13, 2018, again at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center.