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2014 Housewares Design Awards Winners Announced

A portable water filter, a multi-purpose bag clip and gourmet bread knife took “Best of the Best” honors at yesterday's 2014 Housewares Design Awards gala and ceremony.

The “Best of the Best” honorees were among the 12 “Best in Category” award winners presented during the awards ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis overlooking Times Square. The ceremony also honored the 2014 Green House Award winner for eco-responsible housewares design.

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Award-Winning History

The Housewares Design Awards— the premier awards program focused on housewares design innovation— was founded in 2003 by HomeWorld Business to honor the unyielding effort within the industry to create new ways to improve everyday living.

As the Housewares Design Awards celebrates 11 years of inspiring design, much has changed in the industry since the first awards ceremony in January 2004 at New York's Gotham Hall. One constant, however, is the central role design innovation plays in the creation of value-added differentiation as a catalyst for growth in housewares.

The annual Housewares Design Awards ceremony moved in 2005 to the Marriott Marquis overlooking New York City's Times Square, which has provided a bustling backdrop every year since to the crowing of the industry's most exciting designs. The 2014 Housewares Design Awards gala is set for February 4.

Since its inception, the Housewares Design Awards has generated more than 3,000 entries, nominated 650 finalists and crowned 130 winners. That the industry has entered thousands of entries (with no letup in leaner economic years) is a testament to its inventive spirit.

The independent judging panel for the 2014 Housewares Design Awards will select five finalists and Best in Category winners in 12 core categories encompassing the full scope of the housewares industry.

From the Best in Category winners, the judges will select Best of the Best Gold, Silver and Bronze winners representing the pinnacle of design innovation.

This year also marks the fifth annual Green House Award, a division of the Housewares Design Awards focused on eco-responsible innovation. All Housewares Design Awards entrants may opt into the Green House Award competition for a chance to be among the finalists vying for the top honor.

Mark of Excellence

Housewares Design Award winners get much more than a trophy. They earn a prestigious honor that proclaims to retailers and consumers alike that a product is independently recognized for exceptional performance, utility and style.

The Housewares Design Award logo is a mark of excellence featured prominently on the packaging of products at leading retailers across the country.

Retailers need new products to drive growth. Housewares Design Awards winners and finalists appeal to retailers while generating high-profile consumer media exposure that propels sales.

The Housewares Design Awards program inspires a culture of innovation that spreads from manufacturers to retailers to consumers.

Increased Media Coverage

The Housewares Design Awards program was launched 11 years ago to give the industry a high-profile outlet for showcasing its design innovation to a consumer audience hungry for new solutions for everyday living.

The Housewares Design Awards media relations team goes to work for each finalist and winner, sending more than 400 press releases annually to consumer and trade media outlets.

More than 2,000 editorial placements with a combined 387 million circulation have been generated since the Housewares Design Awards media campaign initiated. The 2013 Housewares Design Awards campaign alone produced more than 1,050 consumer editorial placements with a combined 140 million circulation.

Increased media coverage is being driven through online wire services with keywords and hyperlinks; and the launch of a Wikipedia page with a 3.5 million circulation.

An expanded social media campaign will take the buzz surrounding the Housewares Design Awards and its finalists and winners to even higher levels in 2014.

The official Housewares Design Awards website (housewaresdesignawards.com) is a central outlet for news and information on the competition and its winners. The website highlights exclusive multi-media coverage of the Housewares Design Awards, including video interviews with winning companies and photo galleries of winning designs.

Our All-Stars section spotlights all companies that have won Housewares Design Awards, including links to winners' websites.

Value-Added Networking

The annual Housewares Design Awards gala is a perfect chance to network with industry peers and media representatives who share a passion for innovative new products.

Finalists for the 2014 Housewares Design Awards will be showcased in a special product exhibit held in connection with the annual awards gala, set for February 4, 2014 at New York's City's Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

The annual luncheon attracts national and regional media representatives, including print, broadcast and online outlets. Leading housewares industry executives and prominent housewares designers also will be on hand to help celebrate the best housewares designs of the year.

Don't miss this chance to be among the housewares design stars in Times Square on February 4.

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