24 February 2012

Award-winning products from textiles show

Press release

Five companies participating in the winter 2012 Home Textiles Market Week® in New York were presented with “Best New Product Awards” today, with Qi receiving the “Best of Market” award for its Plaited Cable Blanket. All of the winners and finalists are exhibitors in At Home featuring Home Textiles, which runs through Thursday, February 2, at the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®).
In addition to the overall “Best of Market” distinction, Home Textiles Market Week Best New Product Awards are presented semi-annually in four categories: Bed, Bath, Dining and Home Accessories. A panel of editors select winners and finalists based on innovation in design, creative use of materials/construction and new fiber, material or technology.
The winter 2012 winners and finalists, selected from more than 100 products, are:
(New York, NY) for its Plaited Cable Blanket, a 100% cashmere blanket knitted with mouline and solid threads to create visual and tactile textures.

Winner: sefte
(San Francisco, CA) for its Seda Throw, a luxuriously soft throw of 20% silk and 80% baby alpaca, loom-woven in Peru.
Finalist: Aalamwaar Textiles Inc. (Tarpon Springs, FL) for The Linen Collection.
Finalist: CGG Home Fashions® (Yonkers, NY) for its Allegro bedding collection.

Winner: Pluto On the Moon (Ninove, Belgium) for its Kaneka blue robe, a lightweight robe of blended wool and nylon in blue and gray, and red and beige palettes that match easily with other lounge and sleepwear.
Finalist: Turkish-T (Nashville, TN) for its Beach Candy Basic hand loomed towels.
Finalist: Teresa Alecrim (Portugal) for its Granite Monogram Hand Towel.

Winner: SFERRA (Edison, NJ) for Spectrum, its collection of European-woven linen cocktail napkins, dinner napkins and placemats in six colors that complement the 101 colors available in Festival, the company’s top selling table linen program.
Finalist: Fino Lino (Ocean, NJ) for its Linen Mist Napkin.
Finalist: COCOCOZY (Beverly Hills, CA) for its linen tabletop placemat runner and napkin set.

Winner: Woven Workz (Framingham, MA) for Charlotte, a decorative throw uniquely constructed with playful ruffles on one side and a sweater knit on the reverse, available in six natural colors.
Finalist: Qi (New York, NY) for its Curly Fur Throw.
Finalist: Libeco Home (New York, NY) for its Santa Cruz Blanket.

“The judges identified stand-out products from 100 high-quality submissions,” said Danielle Giacoponello, At Home featuring Home Textiles sales manager. “The winners and finalists exceeded in terms of design and innovation.” 

The Home Textiles Market Week Best New Product judges were: David Gill, Senior Editor, HFN; Shanna Casey, Managing Editor, Home Fashion Forecast; Jennifer Marks, Editor-in-Chief, Home Textiles Today; Susan Tucker, Talcott Publishing Home Fashion; Wanda Jankowski, Editor-in-Chief, LDB Interior Textiles; Brielle Ferreira, Features Editor, Luxe. Interiors + Design; and Victoria Jones, Associate Decoration Editor, Veranda

New York Home Textiles Market Week offers buyers access to nearly 600 better bed, bath, linen and home products vendors at the New York International Gift Fair (located at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 92 and 94), 230 Fifth Avenue, and 7 West 34th Street. Products represented at each of these venues include bed and bath fashions, table linens, kitchen textiles, towels, decorative accessories, area rugs, window treatments and decorative fabrics. 

The summer 2012 Home Textiles Market Week will take place Friday, August 17, through Thursday, August 23, 2012, at four locations throughout New York City. At Home featuring Home Textiles will run August 19-23, 2012, at the Javits Center, as part of the New York International Gift Fair. Additional information is available online at www.nyigf.com.


23 February 2012

LED lighting for porch, patio or indoor use

The indoor and outdoor StairLighting System has a newly designed LED display that illuminates each individual step.The fixture is designed to increase safety, reduce injuries resulting from falls on poorly-lit stairways and help contractors, builders and homeowners  meet the latest codes mandating the illumination of interior and exterior stairways. It is available from I-lighting.

The LED Stair Lights are available for use as either interior or exterior kits.Each kit has everything necessary for installations including light fixtures with unique LED spotlights, patented plug A into B wiring harness and all fastener accessories necessary for complete installations. The Stairlighting Kit can also be purchased to support installations with or without access to the back of stairs or for spiral, carpeted or wooden stair applications.

22 February 2012

A rubber ducky in yellow or black

Kontextür has teamed up with Icelandic designer Atlason to reinvent the classic Rubber Ducky in the signature Kontextür style. Duck Harry is a cheeky, contemporary and lead-free homage to this iconic bath denizen. It was introduced at the New York International Gift Fair this month.

The duck is made from durable silicone, which has a velvety matte finish. Use it as a toothbrush or toothpaste tube holder, a doorstop or a paperweight. Harry can do almost anything...except float. The duck comes in yellow and black.  

About kontextür
Kontextür is a cutting edge New York-based home accessories design company with a current focus on the bath. Entrepreneur Kenneth Schiller is the founder and creative director. The company’s expanding line of products includes avant garde curtain rings, couture shower curtains, as well as a soap dish/brush and toothbrush holders. While abiding by the core principals of quality, innovation and functionality, with an eye towards the curious and whimsical, the company embarks on strategic partnerships with a cadre of like-minded global designers such as Kaniez Abdi, Hlynur Atlason and Josh Owen to develop their fashion forward home decor solutions.

21 February 2012

Stylish kitchen gadgets for chopping, slicing

Zyliss will show a variety of kitchen gadgets at the 2012 International Housewares Show next month. The Fast Cut Herb Tool has five high-grade stainless steel cutting wheels that glide through herbs easily. A 90-degree blade rotation mechanism allows the home chef to select a preferred hold position: comfortably grip the soft touch handle or place the palm of the hand on the ergonomically-designed top.

The Egg Cutter has cutting wires to ensure consistent and even slicing. A food-grade and dishwasher-safe plastic housing makes this sturdy tool ready to use after hand- or dishwashing.

The bulky box grater has been redesigned to fold down into a compact stack to fit inside a drawer. When in use, it locks into a pyramid-like shape featuring three sides, each offering a specific grating utility, from fine to coarse or two-way grating all with acid-etched technology ensuring a premium clean grate from chocolate to citrus to cheese.

20 February 2012

Wall graphics for a trompe l'oeil effect

Blik and Los Angeles-based architect and designer Mina Javid have six new home-inspired wall graphics. Javid's new collection is a continuation of her popular line that launched at Blik in 2009. Javid says the design inspiration for her first line of wall decals came from shadows moving across her studio walls.

"The new graphics are an evolution of that line. I took something that began as a subtle concept and pushed those boundaries to make the graphics more dynamic. I have always been interested in how depth can be explored within the two dimensional world. I worked with translucency and layering to create depth through the overlapping of some of the products."

Shown are the Sophie headboard and the Cafe Light.

19 February 2012

Barbecue sauce, mustard are contest finalists

Press release

The University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development announced that Braswell Food Company is a 2012 Flavor of Georgia Food Contest finalist in two categories. The company's Braswell's Select Smoky Chipotle Mustard was selected in the Jams, Jellies and Sauce Category and the Braswell's Apple Cinnamon BBQ Sauce was chosen in the BBQ and Hot Sauce Category. Braswell's is the only company to have two products selected in this prestigious competition.

The Braswell's Select Smoky Chipotle Mustard is an intense premium mustard that is boldly infused with a perfect blend of chipotle peppers, horseradish and white wine. The product was developed in 2011 and immediately caught the attention of the gourmet food world, winning a prestigious NASFT Fancy Food Show Finalist award for Outstanding Condiment. Professional chefs and amateur flavor enthusiasts use this piquant mustard in everything from chicken salad, deli sandwiches and as an accompaniment to crab cakes, pork tenderloin or roast beef. Braswell's Select Smoky Chipotle Mustard is beautifully packaged in reusable European drink ware that customers can use over and over again. It's delicious, elegant and earth-friendly!

Braswell's Apple Cinnamon BBQ Sauce is a heavenly combination of premium apple cider vinegar, warm cinnamon and just the right touch of smoke flavor. This unique combination of flavors makes this sauce a wonderful complement to chicken, pork and seafood. Many chefs use Braswell's Apple Cinnamon BBQ Sauce as their "secret ingredient" for unbelievable baked beans and it can also be used as a dipping sauce.

"We are flattered to be a finalist in two categories of the 2012 Flavor of Georgia Food Contest. Georgia is known throughout the world for its' amazing culinary traditions and to have our products recognized for excellence by this esteemed panel of food experts is quite an honor," says Braswell Food Company president Andrew Oliver.

The Flavor of Georgia contest casts the spotlight on delicious, original food from right here at home. Categories include barbecue and hot sauces, confections, dairy products, meat products, snack foods, jams, jellies and sauces. Entries are judged based on flavor, best use of Georgian ingredients, Georgia theme, unique or innovative qualities, commercial appeal and originality. Final judging will be held March 12-13, 2012, at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta during the Governor's annual agriculture awareness week.

About Braswell Food Company

In 1946, young Albert Braswell returned from World War II with a GI Bill and no job. Using his mom's recipe, he began canning and selling pear preserves out of the back of his truck. More than 60 years later, Braswell's has grown into one of the country's largest producers of specialty fruit preserves, condiments, salad dressings and salsas. Known for its tremendous selection of flavors and consistent high quality, Braswell's is the trusted producer of products for Paula Deen Enterprises, Jeff Foxworthy Sauces, and is also known for its own brand of unique items like organic and all-natural teas packaged in reusable European glassware. In 2009 Braswell's acquired Native South, a gourmet manufacturer of innovative salsas and sauces that are synonymous with the "new south" style of Southern cuisine.Braswell Food Company has won several prestigious sofi™ Awards for outstanding products, including Outstanding Jam, Jelly Honey or Nut Butter, Outstanding Product Line and Outstanding Condiment.The company has more than 90 full time employees at its 110,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Statesboro, GA.For more information on Braswell's and to purchase products, visit www.Braswells.com.
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