Housewares for the Holidays

A Simplehuman trash bin lifts the lid when someone says “open lid”
November 13, 2017Andrea Lillo


Kuhn Rikon Christopher KimballChristopher Kimball debuts his line with Kuhn Rikon.
NEW YORK—All five senses will be engaged with the newest housewares products for the fourth quarter, which were highlighted at a press event here last week.

Simplehuman partnered with several fragrance brands to offer gift packages, which pair its soap dispenser sensor pump with foaming soap from Nest Fragrances, EO and Antica Farmacista, as well as its own soap. The gift packages include two starter foam cartridges and the sensor pump. Prices vary; the Nest gift set, for example, will retail for $100.

Simplehuman also released a trash bin that opens to voice commands, after months of voice recognition development. The 58L rectangular sensor can lifts the lid when someone says “open can”—helpful when the user has her hands full. Voice activation is also available in the dual recycling bin version, and both cans also retain their motion sensor feature. In addition, the company showed an adjustable light tabletop mirror that has a hidden touchpad in the back to easily regulate the light output.

Kuhn Rikon debuted its first license in its 90-year history with Christopher Kimball, the television personality and chef. Kimball approached Kuhn Rikon with the idea, a spokesperson said, and listed the cooking challenges he wanted to overcome with the collection, such as offering a traverse whisk that works sideways for a creamier and smoother mixture. Other products include a double-walled pot that comes with a trivet and keeps food hot up to two hours.

French small appliances company La Grange is entering the U.S. market. La Grange offers several styles of its well-known waffle makers, as well as interchangeable plates for making mini donuts, croquet monsieur and more. The line also includes a circular raclette, a stone grill and a yogurt maker.

Simplehuman gift setsSimplehuman offers gift packages for the holiday season.
Casabella recently launched a subscription service that allows users to refill their Casabella products automatically. Currently 13 products on the website offer two- and three-month refills of mops, scrubbers and dusters, such as the Classic Bee Mop and the Everywhere Duster. It also showed its sponges made out of copper for non-scratch, antibacterial performance.

Silpat expanded its line with 8- and 9-inch round pans, as well as a new pizza pan that has an aerated mat for a crusty finish and easy clean.

Dreamfarm is rounding out its line with bath products and other collections. New items include the Spindry toilet brush, which has a squeezable handle that spins the bristles so that the excess water is removed. For the kitchen, the new Levoop adjustable coffee leveler can also work with other foods, such as baby food or protein powder. Sage Tonic is a holistic program for wellness, targeting six commonly desired conditions—energy, focus, happiness, relax, clear head and sleep— in a color-coded system. Each group includes teas and essential oils, and an online component will offer additional content such as yoga poses.

Dopper water bottle displayDopper’s cardboard display holds 15 water bottles.
Netherlands-based Dopper showcased its water bottle line, which includes a cardboard display with 15 bottles, as well as a special edition Bridge Bottle Dopper, which has a Brooklyn Bridge design created by a Brooklyn artist. Coaction PR and Gear Communications organized the event.

Andrea LilloAndrea Lillo | Fashion Editor

Andrea Lillo has written about a variety of topics, from beer gardens in Queens to kitchen design trends to residential caves. Having joined Home Furnishings News in 2006, she serves as Fashion Editor.


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