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IHA product design winners announced

Alessi and Eva Solo among twelve companies honoured with IHA Global Innovation Awards for Product Design

Twelve 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 today.

The winners in each of 12 categories were announced during the invitation-only gia dinner on the first evening of the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show, now taking place through Tuesday, March 8 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Winners in the home, gift and kitchen categories include:

Cleaning: Kuhn Rikon, Stay Clean Scrubber
Cook + Bakeware: Alessi USA, Inc., Pulcina design Michele De Lucchi
Home Décor + Gifts: Eva Solo A/S, Window Birdfeeder
Kitchen Electrics: Aquarius Brands, AquaBoy® Pro II
Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery: Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc., Compact Digital Scale- Plastic
Kitchenware: Prepara, Adjustable Oil Pourer
Tabletop: Eva Solo A/S, My Flavor Carafe

“Congratulations to these winners of the IHA Global Innovation Award for product design; they are excellent representatives of the cutting-edge innovation and creativity that is driving the housewares industry today,” 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.”

More than 500 products were entered in the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) competition. The 60 finalists in all categories are featured in the New Product Showcases in the Buyers Club in each Show building and the 12 category winners are on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center.

The 2016 International Home + Housewares Show features more than 2,200 exhibitors including 453 new companies and 62,000 total attendees from around the globe. 

To view the list of finalists for the IHA Global Innovation Awards for product design, go to 

For more information about exhibitors and the Show, please visit

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