Every March, Chicago's McCormack Place (the largest convention center in the nation), hosts the monster of all tradeshows: The International Home and Housewares Show. Here, vendors display their newest kitchen gadgets, appliances, tabletop, and lifestyle gear to buyers and editors from all over the world.
Strolling the aisles of this show is no easy feat as there is some serious ground to cover in a limited amount of time. Thankfully there was plenty to see: impressive products that we loved for their smart and sleek design, or just because they put a smile on our face. Here are a few of our favorites we came across:
These simple water bottles from Retap (pictured, above) are everything you could want in an on-the-go bottle: they're glass, simply designed, leakproof, dishwasher safe, and surprisingly lightweight.
For all you bakers out there, these adorable baking tools from Architec's TSP (Totally Sweet Products) Line could not be more appropriately named.
These amazing fire extinguishers from Prestige Identity are not just for show. They are fully functioning household necessities that come with a 10-year warranty, and yes, you can actually play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe with the version on the left (the red balls are magnetic).
Spoil your pup with homemade bone-shaped treats with the latest counter-top gadget from Holstein. This adorable set, which you can get your paws on later this fall, comes with its own carrying case, as well as a treat jar to store your freshly made goodies.
These sophisticated ceramic cookers from first-time exhibitor JIA Inc. can seamlessly flow from oven or stovetop to tabletop. Unlike your regular bamboo steamer, this one actually has a terracotta base, which can absorb excess moisture while steaming.
Revol has added another design to its popular line of porcelain "crinkled" cups which already includes patterns of international flags, stripes, and colorful solids. These whimsical characters would make perfect gifts for anyone who rocks a slight resemblance.
Last but not least, we can't wait for Smeg's covetable small appliances—soon be available in these charming pastel hues—to hit the market (and our kitchen countertops).