Innovations in the Home and Housewares Industry
On March 7th and 8th, I Imagine Studio attended the 2011 International Home and Housewares Show at McCormick Place. The show gave us an inside look at some of the up-and-coming products and innovations in the home goods, interior design and architecture, and technology industries.
One of our favorite products was Soda Stream, an innovative creation that allows consumers to make soda from the comfort of their homes. With over 100 flavors, consumers can make any kind of cola, fruit or energy drink they desire. The bottles are reusable, which eliminates the need for wasteful aluminum cans.
Another interesting product that that was very popular at the show was the reusable coffee container- for both hot and cold drinks. COPCO holds the majority of this market share, producing reusable cups that look like single-use containers in a variety fun colors.
Another product we noticed many companies showcasing was a new and improved form of juicer, which can be used for multiple fruits to produce a variety of homemade juices and smoothies. Amco, a division of Focus Products, LLC, showcased their Jupiter Commercial Juice Press, available in black or white.
We also noticed a variety of innovative bakeware tools, such as silicone cupcake molds and egg cookers, with special uses and bright colors to completely customize the consumer’s kitchen experience.
A major overall trend was the condensing of kitchenware. Many companies are coming out with multi-purpose cooking and baking devices. Our favorite was the Kaio, “the kitchen all in one,” that cooks, weighs, sautés, blends, chops, steams, and much more. The machine has over 20 functions, all in one compact unit.
Another notable trend was the focus on social responsibility. Many companies are extending or changing their lines in order to go green. We were extremely pleased to see the increased focus on sustainability and accountability. At I Imagine, we are always looking to partner with clients who truly value social responsibility. As the home and housewares industry continues to grow, we hope to see a continued focus on going green.