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IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

IHA 2013 Expo Shows Off Newest Product Trends

The International Homes + Housewares Expo (IHA 2013) is one of our favorite shows to cover. The show allows industry professionals to showcase the latest consumer lifestyle and product trends for all areas of the home inside and out (http://www.housewares.org). This is an exclusive show solely open to individuals in the industry and press. IHA 2013 is 4 shows in one displaying housewares in four main categories: Clean, Contain, & Sustain (bath, cleaning, organizational, seasonal, & more); Dine & Design (cookware, tabletop, gourmet food, home decor, & more); Discover Design (tableware, flatware, cutlery kitchen & home collections from suppliers who make design a priority); Wired & Well (energy conservation, appliances, healthcare products, & more); and Global (international pavilion).

I hit up the show on the first day eager to see as much as I could. I got an early start arriving before the doors officially opened to pick up my badge and hit the expo floors at 10AM on the dot. Knowing it was going to be a long and exhausting day I dressed comfy. I truly appreciated the media room located in the north hall. The space was so well-organized with press kits easily available and boxes (with handles) to pack all media materials plus refreshments to stay fueled throughout the day.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

IHA Bloggers Lunch

At noon I participated in a Blogger’s lunch with fellow bloggers, of course, and some vendor reps, too. We got the inside scoop on all the major highlights of the show which helped me map out a plan of attack. I enjoyed a delicious meal filled with all my favorite foods – an extravagant salad bar, fresh fruit, lentils, and a delicious salmon dish. I also met some great folks that I am hoping to stay in touch with and possibly event collaborate on projects in the future.

From lunch, I hit the IHA 2013 expo floors running… looking for unique, innovative products that really intrigued me and making sure to hit certain booths, especially the Inventor’s Corner. And there were a few chefs I had to visit. I was lucky to score a few great cookbooks from the Cake Boss Buddy Valaspro & Ming Tsai (Simply Ming). Now onto products I think are worth checking out.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Deglon Meeting Knife Set

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Deglon Meeting Knife Set

Deglon Meeting Knife Set

The Deglon Meeting Knife Set caught my eye from a distance first for it’s sleek, artistic appearance. The knives all fit together, one inside the other like a puzzle and lay flat. As I viewed the set closer I was further impressed by the high-quality stainless steel used for the blades. The set includes 4 knives – a pairing knife, a kitchen knife, a chef knife, and a carving knife. I would love to replace my current knife set with these gorgeously sculpted Deglon knives if not for the hefty price tag. One of these sets will set you back more than $700. Perhaps if I ever get married I will add them to my registry.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Brinee with lever down & liquid visible

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Brinee with lever up & liquid invisible

Brinee

Brinee is the answer to serving and storing all fluid-immersed foods like olives, pickles, canned fruit, etc. No more puddles to clean-up in the refrigerator or spills to wipe from the counter and no more wasting food. Simply serve and store food the brinee way – place food into the bowl and pull lever up to serve dish liquid-free. Then leave the leftovers in the bowl, push the lever down (liquid reappears), cover & seal with lid, and store in the fridge without worrying about any spillage. So simpe yet so genius. This was a favorite of mine in the Inventors Corner. I love the idea and functionality of this product. I wasn’t thrilled about the overlook of it, though. In my opinion it’s just not that aesthetically pleasing. I’d like to see more designs and colors offered which I am sure over time will definitely be an option.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Easy Egg Yolk Separator

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Easy Egg Yolk Separator

Easy Egg Yolk Separator

Confession: I don’t actually know the name of this product or even the brand. I was too excited to try it out that I missed the important information so major fail on my part. Nevertheless I was intrigued by this particular product because it let’s you easily separate your egg yolks from your egg whites without losing any egg or worrying about getting any egg shell in your dish. I tried googling this gadget and found other very similar ones including the Quirky Pluck (Sunnyside Out), the Yolkr, and the Peter Petrie Egg Separator which is quite funny.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Urbio Indoor Wall Garden

Urbio

Urbio is a vertical space saver with an element of design that can turn any space into an “organized” work of art. There are 4 key elements that make Urbio stand-out: It’s vertical, it’s modular, it’s magnetic, and it’s versatile. You can arrange as many or as little wall plates in any design you like on your wall. Then you take the vessels (containers) which come in different shapes and sizes and stick them to the plates where you’d like. The vessels adhere to the plates via a strong metal. Fill the vessels with whatever you desire. Enjoy an indoor wall garden by placing plants and/or flowers in the vessels. Or arrange your desk supplies avoiding unnecessary clutter. Or be creative and use as you please. Currently the Urbio wall-mounting system only comes in one color – white, but rumor has it more colors will be offered soon. I want multiple sets in my home so I can have the wall garden and quality organizational space.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Kishu Charcoal


Kishu Charcoal (Natural Bamboo Water Filter)

I’ve been drinking filtered water via my Brita pitcher for years trying to regularly replace the filter in a timely manner. But whether new or old, there always seems to be some black debris floating in my water which I really hate and word on the street is I’m not the only one. So imagine my intrigue when I saw the Kishu natural bamboo charcoal water filter. I liked the simple concept of just taking one piece of charcoal and dropping it in my pitcher. Kishu Charcoal was created in 2011 as an alternative to the wasteful Brita as the company was determined to find a plastic-free way to filter tap water without debris. Kishu is ready to use immediately out of the package though it should be boiled for 5 minutes once a month to maximize its longevity. If boiled once a month it should last up to 4 months or 60 gallons. And it gets even better. The creators wanted to make the product as green as possible. Everything about the Kishu Charcoal is made to be environementally friendly including its production (sustainably harvested oak branches), its packaging (small and compostable), its label (paper and compostable), its many secondary uses (absorbing odors in the refrigerator, garbage pail or even your shoes), and eventually its compostable. I’ll be heading over to WholeFoods to pick some Kishu Charcoal Filters up. The prices varies depending on size and package. They come in 3 sizes – water bottle, regular pitcher, & 3-5 gallon pitcher & prices start out at $9 but remember they last 4 months. You can also order online here.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

MultiFlask

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Pure Glass Bottle

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Juice in the Box

MultiFlask

This will be the next water bottle I purchase and hopefully the last. I was immediately drawn to the idea of using the same bottle to enjoy water, coffee, brewed tea, fruit-infused water, and protein shakes… that’s why it’s called the MutliFlask. It does just as much as you do. You can use it as a simple water bottle that you take on the go or to the gym. If you’d like a hot beverage slide in the glass center insert to insulate and pour your coffee or put the tea strainer in and make fresh brewed tea. They are also coming out with a fruit infuser to enjoy flavor enhanced water and an insert to make protein shakes so you avoid any clumps. Also check out http://pureglassbottle.com/ for the glass water bottle that won’t break.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

DrainWig

Drainwig

Stop worrying about clogs and save money with Drainwig. It’s the answer to clogged drains making it super easy to clean hair out. No more liquid drain-o and no more calls to the plumber. The simple design makes using it a breeze and its made to universally fit all drains. Plus it’s green, hygienic, low maintenance, and easy to use. Replace it every 1-3 months depending on how much hair collects. Just slide the chain down your drain and let the pretty flower motif rest on top. After a couple months simply pull out, dispose, and replace with a new one. These will retail for around $5 at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Garlic Twist 3G

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Garlic Twist 3G

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Garlic Twist 3G

Garlic Twist 3G

The  Garlic Twist (3G 0r 3rd Generation) is a simple contraption that makes life in the kitchen so much easier. Oh, and it probably doesn’t hurt to mention that it is a 6-time industry award winner! Chop, Dice, and Slice garlic, ginger, jalapeno peppers, and leafy herbs with ease. Place the item in the plastic vessel, put the top on and just twist and turn. The more you twist the finer your food is diced. It’s so simple and it’s so easy to clean (even dishwasher safe). Crushes, peels, and minces. Retail value is $17.95 which seems a bit hefty for a piece of plastic but I promise you it will make your life easier. Well, at least your life in the kitchen.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Lechuza Self-Watering Planters

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Lechuza Self-Watering Planters

Lechuza Self-Watering Planters

Lechuza oddly means owl in Spanish but more importantly the company designs planters with their very own built-in sub-irrigation system making it easier to take care of houseplants and keep them alive longer. Watering my plants on a regular basis is definitely where I fall short but I absolutely love the way plants brighten up my home so this to me was a gold mine. Check out more about Lechuza online. Click here for their FAQ page.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Rice Cube

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Rice Cube

Rice Cube

I’m not sure I personally would ever use the Rice Cube at home but I thought it was a clever contraption and definitely great for anyone in the catering business or folks who regularly entertain at home. So, what is the Rice Cube? The Rice Cube allows you to make chef quality entrees, platters, main meals, & desserts with ease and ensures consistency. What initially drew me to the display was square sushi I spied as I was passing by the booth. Sushi is tough to roll and never looks quite as nice when made at home as it does in restaurants, but the Rice Cube can change that. And the possibilities are endless. You can also do little biscuits, brownies, falafel, etc and include your own add-ons. Not sure where you can buy them in the US or how much they retail for but like Rice Cube on Facebook and I’m sure they will keep you posted.

IHA 2013 Expo at McCormick Place

Krazy Kover Kolder

Krazy Kover Kolder

Okay, so what I initially liked about the Krazy Kover Kolder is that it’s a one-size-fits-all! It looks like a little sweater that you can put over a wine bottle, water bottle, beer can, etc to keep it insulated. They come in a lot of “krazy” fun colors and designs. There is also a whole line of sports team Krazy Kovers. Confession – I initially saw a Georgia Bulldog one and that’s what made me approach the booth. And while visiting the display a lady checking it out as well decided to put a couple on her wrist and they looked great. I could see all the college kids wearing them at the football games supporting their team… and keeping their beer cold, of course! And yea, I will be sporting my GA kovers, too! No information on when and where you can purchase them yet.

And here are a few other worthy and notable mentions:

Jolly Time Good Cook Popcorn Baller – Make quick & easy popcorn balls. Perfect for the whole family and 3 shapes to choose from: Sphere, Cube, or Football. Read more…

Sidekick - Turn the party out with clever barware including shot glasses and tumblers. There’s a compartment at the bottom that allows you to infuse your beverages with different flavors – think fruit, candy, etc – or safely enjoy your beverage with the cool effect of dry ice. Read more….

Squeezee - Squeezee is a soap filled scrubber saving you time and money. This product serves a 2-in-1 function making life more convenient. It’s a sponge with dish liquid inside so simply wet and squeeze…. and clean! Retains its shape and effectiveness overtime and has a similar shelf-life to regular sponges. Email here with questions.

P.S. Check back with Now You Know Events for more coverage of the show. Today, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 is the last day. I miss it already. Til’ next year.

Katie Cahmann