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Housewares Design Awards Open For Entries

Entries are open for the 2018 Housewares Design Awards, presented by HOMEWORLD BUSINESS®, sister publication of GOURMET INSIDER®.

The 13th Housewares Design Awards ceremony is set for Tuesday, January 30, 2018, during the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market at the World Market Center Las Vegas.

The 2018 Housewares Design Awards will recognize excellence in 12 core housewares categories. This year’s competition introduces a special new Smart Home Award honoring smart home innovation. The 2018 ceremony also will present the second annual Design Influencer Of The Year Award to an exceptional individual or organization.

Since its inaugural ceremony in 2004, the Housewares Design Awards program has recognized 762 product finalists and bestowed “Best in Category” distinctions on 154 products.

“Many of the industry’s most successful and influential products have been honored with Housewares Design Awards, and we are proud to continue to provide a high-profile platform for recognizing the next generation of highly stylish and exceptionally practical housewares design innovations,” said Peter Giannetti, editor-in-chief of HomeWorld Business, which created the Housewares Design Awards in 2003.

“The addition of the Smart Home Award demonstrates how this important design competition reflects the dynamic progress of leading-edge housewares development,” Giannetti added.

“Best in Category” winners of the 2018 Housewares Design Awards will be announced and finalists will be recognized at the awards ceremony in Las Vegas on January 30, 2018. Each entry receives a free ticket to the awards ceremony.

Las Vegas Market is hosting the Housewares Design Awards ceremony for the second time while providing independent judging, operational and promotional support for the Housewares Design Awards competition.

“The awards are a perfect complement to Las Vegas Market’s growing gourmet product resources and our design-driven gift, home décor and furniture offerings,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of gift leasing and chief marketing officer, International Market Centers. “We’ve partnered with HomeWorld Business to add some exciting new elements to the 2018 event.”

A special display spotlighting the 2018 finalists and award-winning products will be featured during the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, January 28 to February 1.

Products available to consumers from October 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017, are eligible for the 2018 Housewares Design Awards.

The 12 competition categories are:

Cookware & Bakeware
Countertop Cooking & Beverage Appliances
Countertop Food Prep Appliances
Countertop Kitchenware
Cutlery & Cutting Tools
Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances
Gadgets & Kitchen Tools
Home Environment Appliances
Home Organization, Laundry Care & Non-Electric Cleaning
Home & Outdoor Décor
Personal, Health & Garment Care
Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware
Gold, Silver and Bronze “Best of the Best” award winners will be selected from among the 12 category winners.

Entries in the 12 Housewares Design Awards categories are also eligible for the first annual Smart Home Award, a new award honoring smart home innovation.

HomeWorld and Las Vegas Market jointly will select the recipient of the second annual Designer Influencer Of The Year Award, and that honoree will be invited to speak at the awards ceremony. Mo Mullen of West Elm Local accepted the first Design Influencer Of The Year award during the 2017 Housewares Design Awards ceremony this past January.

A independent panel of judges consisting of approximately 12 designers, educators, retailers and consumer editors will meet in Las Vegas in November 2017 to test, review and rate the products entered for the 2018 awards. Judging criteria are: appropriate aesthetics; innovative materials and technology; user benefits (i.e., performance, comfort, ease of use, safety); and marketability.

Online entry applications for the 2018 Housewares Design Awards and details on product eligibility, judging criteria and the awards ceremony are available at

Companies may enter as many finished products in as many of the competition’s 12 awards categories as they choose. The entry fee is $175 per submission. An additional $50 fee is required to enter a product into the Smart Home Award competition. Companies may enter as many products in as many categories as they choose. Smart Home Award entries must also be entered into a Housewares Design Awards category.

The entry submission deadline is October 23, 2017.

The 2018 finalists will be notified after judging in mid-November. The finalists will be announced on the Housewares Design Awards website, in HomeWorld Business and on

The Housewares Design Awards website also showcases an in-depth archive of all winners and finalists (including images and product profiles) since the launch of the competition.

For more information on entries, call (631) 371-4749; or email [email protected]

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