Gifts Today magazine

Chicago opens tomorrow!

Delivering 400 new exhibitors, retail-specific seminars, and a new Smart Home pavilion, the sold-out IH+HS Chicago Show opens its doors tomorrow and will run through March 22

With 400 new exhibitors and trend talks in dining on the agenda, the International Home + Housewares Show, taking place March 18-22, is the place to be.

Newbies include Koopman International, which will bring its already-established European design spirit to the US, as well as LAV-branded glassware from Turkey and Liddy Design from Australia with its fresh take on food prep and dining.

A comprehensive list of new and returning exhibitors is regularly updated at Housewares Connect 365.

Among the 2,200 exhibitors expected, buyers will find nearly 400 exhibitors new to the Show at the must-visit New Exhibitor Preview.

“Those buyers wishing to get a head start on what’s new should mark their calendars for 8am on Saturday morning before the Show’s opening and visit the newly expanded New Exhibitor Preview,” suggests Perry, “where 90 brand-new-to-the-Show exhibitors will be offering a preview of their new kitchen solutions.”

Last year’s must-visit new destination, Discover Design, is in high demand among suppliers for 2017 and will again feature many creative new companies and returning design leaders including Alessi, Stelton, KELA, Blomus, Chilewich, Orrefors Kosta Boda, Sagaform, Barbuzzo, Corkcicle, Eva Solo, Joseph Joseph, Magisso, Nambe, Stackers and S’well Bottle.

The Show’s most exciting addition in 2017 will be the addition of the IHA Smart Home Pavilion, a display that “will illuminate the progress our industry has made in supporting the smart home revolution,” says Perry, adding “experts in the smart home/connected products arena will be on hand to answer questions at the pavilion.”

From homewares to retail merchandising, international lifestyle trends will be the focus of several presentations in the Innovation Theatre, with more than 20 sessions delivered by experts from global trend agencies including Euromonitor, GfK Retail and GTrend Bible over the four days.

The Intenational Home + Housewares Show takes place at Chicago’s McCormick Place complex, from March 18-22, 2017.

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