11 February 2011

Award-winning bath and body products

Six companies were presented with Best New Product Awards at this month's Ex•Tracts show in New York. Tatine received “Best of Show” honors for its Foundry collection of scented candles. Ex•Tracts is one of 10 divisions of the New York International Gift Fair held twice a year at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The winter 2011 winners and finalists, selected from nearly 100 entries, are:

Tatine (Chicago) for Foundry, a collection of candles in five unique fragrances with packaging reminiscent of vintage-modern found objects from a motorcycle foundry. The handmade soy and bee wax blends in recycled glass and paper create an allure of industrial tones mixed with the romance of candle light.

Illume's ginger and sea salt lotion candle
Winner: ILLUME (Minneapolis) for Ginger & Sea Salt Lotion Candle. A luxurious blend of shea butter, olive oil and soy, the lighted candle provides ambiance and creates a rich lotion as it melts.
Finalist: Caswell-Massey (Edison, N.J.) for ONYX Natural Bath Soap
Finalist: FarmHouse Fresh, Inc. (Frisco, Texas) for Hello! Yellow body cream

Winner: Ecoya (Botany Bay, Australia) for Body Nourisher Vanilla Bean, a luxe, rich, hypo-allergenic body moisturizer, free from parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, silicone and artificial colors.
Finalist: Baudelaire (Swanzey, N.H.) for Baudelaire Sponge Boxes
Finalist: UNII Cosmetics (Arcadia, Calif.) for UNII Cosmetics Coal palette

Royal Apothic
Winner: Royal Apothic (Los Angeles) for its Society of Scents, a collection of eight distinctive fragrances inspired by the social clubs of England’s Victorian Age.
Finalist: Sonoma Lavender (Santa Rosa, Calif.) for Ocean Air Sachet-By-The-Yard

Jao Ltd.

Finalist: Jao Ltd. (Hatfield, Pa.) for OUTSCENT perfume with insect repellant

Lotus Love Beauty
Winner: Lotus Love Beauty (San Diego) for Soy Wax Travel Tin Candle, all natural, hand-blended and hand-poured soy wax candles featuring a hand-braided wick and packaged in a recyclable tin.
Finalist: Ton Savon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) for Pure Provence Moroccan Organic Soap
Finalist: Bare Kiss Skincare (Santa Fe, N.M.) for Deep Sea Soap

Xela Aroma
Winner: Simpatico-Home (St. Louis) Hobnail Glass Candle, noted for the textured glass that creates its unique knobbed design, the candles are available in a rich variety of jewel tones and include a wax seal from an antique letterpress machine.
Finalist: Xela Aroma (Dallas) for Celebrate LOVE Candles
Finalist: AQUIESSE (Simi Valley, Calif.) for Trump Collection

Award judges were: Mary Bemis, Organic Spa; Leah Genuario, Beauty Store Business; Patricia Norins, Gift Shop; and Meredith Schwartz, Gifts & Decorative Accessories.

10 February 2011

Eco-friendly kitchen gadget promotes water savings

The Dish Squeegee from the AM Conservation Group is said to make doing the dishes simple, fast and eco-friendly (because it eliminates pre-rinsing dishes prior to loading them into a dish washer.
Use the squeegee to push leftovers into a garbage pail or disposal (or better yet, compost nonmeat waste). The three-side shape of the product makes it usable for all sizes of pots, pans, dishes, cups and jars. The 100% silicone scraper won't scratch dishes.
See the company's other eco-friendly products, including the refrigerator-freezer thermometer, in the Clean and Contain section of the International Home and Housewares show, March 6 to 8 in Chicago.

09 February 2011

Award-winning textile products

Five companies were presented with Home Textiles Market Week Best New Product Awards, with Viceroy Collections receiving the “Best of Market” award for Kajaal Home Couture. The winners and finalists exhibited in the "At Home featuring Home Textiles" section of the New York International Gift Fair, which concluded last week.

The winter 2011 winners and finalists, selected from more than 100 products, are:

Kajaal Home Couture
Viceroy Collections (New York) for Kajaal Home Couture, a collection of 100 percent cashmere blankets and pillows of the highest quality, manufactured in Italy.

Kimberly House's Owl Wrap baby blanket
Winner: Kimberly House Ltd. (Brewster, NY) for Owl Wrap, a cotton blanket featuring a whimsical hand-appliquéd owl, perfect for wrapping baby.
Finalist: Pine Cone Hill (Pittsfield, MA) for Honfluer Linen.
Finalist: DwellStudio (New York, NY) for Ikat Dot bedding.

Altinbasak Tekstil Deluxe towel and bathrobe
Winner: Altinbasak Tekstil (Denizli, Turkey) for its DeLuxe Towels & Bathrobes, inspired by historical patterns and featuring a sheared loop to create a dramatic design.
Finalist: Peacock Alley Inc. (Dallas, TX) for its Montauk towel.
Finalist: SFERRA (Edison, NJ) for its Bellow towels.

Winner: Allem Studio (Marietta, GA) for its Aqua Fish placemat, a playful, 100 percent cotton canvas placemat featuring a traditional Polish peasant motif in a contemporary and coastal way.
Finalist: Blissliving Home (Rockville, MD) for its Victoria half apron.
Finalist: Scents and Feel (Miami, FL) for its Fouta jacquard weave guest towel.

Happy Blanket

Winner: Happy Blanket LLC (Fairfield, CT) for its Sky Blue cashmere blanket, a digitally printed 100 percent cashmere blanket offering both luxury and comfort.
Finalist: Better Living (New York, NY) for its African Butterfly decorative pillow.
Finalist: Alicia Adams Alpaca (Stanfordville, NY) for its Pacatote alpaca tote.

Winners and finalists are selected by a panel: of trade and consumer editors based upon innovation in design, creative use of materials/construction and new fiber, material or technology. Judges were: Wanda Jankowski, editor-in-chief, LDB; David Gill, senior editor, HFN; Jenny Heinzen York, editor-in-chief, Home Accents Today; Melody Udell, associate editor, Home Fashion & Hospitality; Julia Noran, managing partner, Editor at Large; Eugenia Santiesteban, senior style editor, Veranda; and Laura van Zeyl, publisher, Home Fashion Forecast.

08 February 2011

Accent on Design winners from NY gift show

The New York International Gift Fair presented awards for design creativity and innovation to six exhibitors in the Accent on Design section. The gift show concluded last week.

Excellence in Product Design
Stelton (New York). Pure Black Pure White knives forged from a single piece of stainless steel and coated in black matte titanium, and held on a single, white magnetic strip. A reinterpretation of the classic form, the judges liked its sleek, minimalistic high design.

Black + Blum Hot Pot BBQ
Excellence in Product Design
Black + Blum (London). Hot Pot BBQ, a humorous take on the everyday barbecue grill. Made from stainless steel with a heat-insulating ceramic coating, the Hot Pot BBQ serves as a terracotta pot for growing herbs while concealing an actual grill underneath.

Brendan Ravenhill's Bare Light
Excellence in Product Design
American Design Club (Los Angeles). Brendan Ravenhill’s Bare Light utilizes the natural electrical insulating properties of glass to create a light socket allowing the electrical components to be seen, yet safely protected. Judges appreciated the reinvention of the iconic object with its surprising use of materials.

Excellence in Product Design 
Hongjie Yang Design (Chengdu, China). Veer, a soap dispenser that fuses function and style. Inspired by the shape of bamboo, the ultra modernistic form in stainless steel is a sleek alternative to the mundane.

K Studio soft goods
Best Collection
K Studio (Grand Rapids, Mich.). Pillows, pouches and wall décor, which are charming, artistic interpretations with a nod towards eco-friendly design. The hand-stitched collection uses hemp, organic cotton and flax – a warm contrast to the strong, industrial designs found in Accent on Design.

Overall Excellence
Creative Danes representing Menu (Copenhagen, Denmark). For innovation in outdoor, dining and living products, presentation and technology. Menu’s Scandinavian design originals boast clean lines with unexpected functionality to surprise and delight the user. Creative Danes’ use of QR codes allows the user – via free iPhone and Android apps – to immediately access product information and video on YouTube.

Judging criteria included innovation, function, originality and design. The Accent on Design selection committee for winter 2011 includes: Miguel Calvo of Design & Research, Ilene Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions, Kathy Thornton-Bias of The Museum of Modern Art, Wilma Wabnitz of Wabnitz Editions; and Noel Wiggins of Areaware.

07 February 2011

Best in Show winners from the Chicago gift market

Exhibitors and showrooms were honored with Best Display Awards at the Chicago Market, which ran Jan. 20 to 26 at the Merchandise Mart. Winners were selected by an internal panel committee and were judged on innovation, design and creativity. The winners are:


Beckman's Handcrafted Show winners:

  • 79 West Designs, www.79westdesigns.com. 79 West Design's line of "handmade essentials" includes holiday stockings, bottle cozies, seasonal home decor, and knit dog sweaters.
  • Blue Barnhouse, www.bluebarnhouse.org. Blue Barnhouse offers handmade books, letterpress stationery, and publishing services.

Home winner

  • Eastern Accents, www.easternaccents.com. Eastern Accents is a Chicago-based designer and wholesaler of luxury bedding and decorative home accessories.

Gourmet winner

  • The French Farm, www.thefrenchfarm.com. The French Farm has searched the European continent to bring consumers the finest in wholesale imported gourmet foods.

Gift & Accessories winners

  • Pose-ez, pose-ez.com. POSE-EZ flexible figures. Bend, flex, and pose these characters into any position you want! Their patent-pending design is totally unique.
  • Aesthetic Movement, www.aestheticmovement.com. Aesthetic Movement provides award-winning design services with sales and marketing expertise.

What a Girl Wants winner

  • Little Gorilla Designs, www.littlegorilladesign.com. Little Gorilla Designs carries a variety of personalized items for young ones. All items are hand-painted and personalized. Great gift items for any occasion, birthdays, baby gifts, holidays and more.


  • K&K, www.kkgifts.com, showroom 13-207. K&K features top sellers in gifts, collectibles, home and garden decor.
  • Designs Combined, Inc., www.shopdci.com, showroom 13-213. Designs Combined, Inc. is a wholesaler specializing in country gifts, floral and home decor.
  • Patti White & Co, Inc., www.pattiwhiteco.com, showroom 1485. Patti White & Co, Inc. has been a leader in the Midwest wholesale gift industry since 1991. Patti White & Co, Inc. offers a diverse variety of product lines including: bath and body products, paper goods, home accessories, toys, apparel, books and trend items.
  • White Ginger, www.whitegingerchicago.com, showroom 130416a. White Ginger is a multi-manufacturer’s rep group whose primary goal is to make lifestyle wholesale buying as exciting and as effortless as possible. Their objective is to partner with the finest luxury, eco-friendly, and specialty gift lines in the industry.
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