All five senses were engaged at last month’s International Home + Housewares Show, as celebrity chefs cooked delicious foods, companies threw events—including the International Housewares Association’s charity gala—and thousands of product introductions were seen.
Hotel Hessischer Hof in Frankfurt, Germany, is where the tabletop crowd headed Feb. 13 after a full day at Ambiente, and they were warmly greeted by host Laurie Burns of Forty One Madison and executives from Emerald Expositions. The housewares industry, meanwhile, gathered the previous night at The Metropol restaurant on the grounds of Messe Frankfurt to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres and the company of friends at a party hosted by the International Housewares Association. Messe Frankfurt wrapped things up on Feb. 15 with its partner country send off, which included a cultural event offered by Italy, the year’s host country.
Last month’s Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market was packed with product introductions, new showrooms, cooking demonstrations and the annual Icon Honors Awards, which recognized excellence in the gift and home industry.