Show Review Chicago
and innovation return to Chicago!
Without an in-person event since March 2019, the pressure was on for The Inspired Home Show to deliver its usual great mix of inspiration and innovation. Sarah Selzer reports... The Inspired Home Show in Chicago has been waiting three years to welcome back international and home-grown brands and buyers to a show that prides itself on being packed full of trends. From the New Exhibitor Preview and Trending Today events which take place on the Saturday morning before the show starts – this
TI’s Paul Yeomans (center) with the team from LAV 66 TABLEWARE INTERNATIONAL
year saw 90 new exhibitors from across the globe, with Health @ Home the trend theme – to the keynote address on future colour and designs trends by Lee Eismann, executive director of the Pantone Institute. There is the Inventors Revue which gives start-ups and entrepreneurs a chance to shine, the Cooking Theatre welcoming names including the legendary Martha Stewart and the Innovation Theatre featuring seminars on all aspects of retail. Then there are the Global Innovation Awards – for Excellence in Retailing, Product Design and Student Design as well as three halls of exhibitors including ‘show within a show’ areas like Dine & Décor and Discover Design. There is plenty to see and listen to! The show ran for a day less this year, finishing on the Monday, but still managed to include a whole host of networking opportunities as the show drew to a close each day. Next year’s The Inspired Home Show runs from March 4-7 at McCormick Place, Chicago. Check out https://www.theinspiredhomeshow. com/ for details on exhibitors, GIA 2021-2022 winners, keynote addresses, Innovation Theater and more.
Here’s a small selection of tabletop brands on show Lynn & Liana is a familyrun business in Canada combining Canadian maple or acacia with the plantbased UVPoxy resin made with recycled bioproducts. The result is stunning!
Lynn & Liana
US brand Oggi has long been known for its barware and used the event to showcase new items like its Groove double-walled insulated cocktail shaker as well as stand-out ranges like the Modernist collection pictured. Nuts Innovation from Switzerland had innovative bags and wraps (including vegan) and some really different products like these cork-bottomed bread bags.
Verve Culture featured a great eclectic collection of products from artisans in countries including Mexico and Thailand. The company is run by Verve co-founder Jules Vertrees, who with her mother Jacquie Lewis and Sarah Laping Garland.