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Housewares for the Holidays

Housewares for the Holidays

By Allison Zisko Retailers are hoping that functional housewares products—those that make brewing, baking and bartending easier and more manageable—will be a hit for the holidays this year. Single-serve coffeemakers, waffle makers, stand mixers, cast-iron cookware and wine glasses were among the items The NPD Group predicts will top consumers’ wish lists for their home.More »

hfnew | product roundup – housewares | December 2010

hfnew  |  product roundup - housewares | December 2010

Breville The Juice & Blend produces blended drinks made with 100 percent fresh juice. Its design includes a 3-inch, extra-wide feed chute that processes whole fruits and vegetables without the need to precut them. Its motor (1,200 watts in juicer mode, 750 watts in blender mode) works at five variable speeds, and it comes withMore »

Outdoor Decor

Outdoor Decor

By Andrea Lillo With consumers’ continued love of nature—and fresh air—their attention to the backyards has resulted in a shift in the indoor/outdoor rug category to better designed product. With the category’s more sophisticated styling, manufacturers find that these rugs are going inside the home as well, as they are perfect for kitchens or dens,More »

Shag Revolution

Shag Revolution

By Andrea Lillo The shags of the 1970s have become a distant memory, thankfully, as the category has evolved to offer more sophisticated textures and colors for consumers, at a wide range of price points. And consumers continue to buy them, so manufacturers continue to innovate in the category. Mixing fibers and/or colors, adding beadsMore »

The Luxe Comeback

The Luxe Comeback

By David Gill Is now the time to make a move in lux-ury bedding? Recent market research indicates that upscale consumers, the prime market for luxury products, are putting heavy locks on their wallets and pocketbooks. The most recent Luxury Consumption Index, an indicator provided by luxury market-research firm Unity Marketing, found that consumer confidenceMore »

Pantone Names Honeysuckle as 2011 Color of the Year

Pantone Names Honeysuckle as 2011 Color of the Year

CARLSTADT, N.J.–The vibrant, uplifting color honeysuckle has been named as Pantone’s color of the year for 2011. Numbered as Pantone 18-2120, Honeysuckle is a contrast to 2010’s calming color of the year Turquoise. “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going—perfectMore »

Helen of Troy to Acquire Kaz

Helen of Troy to Acquire Kaz

EL PASO, Texas—Helen of Troy will purchase Kaz in a $260 million transaction that will take the personal-care giant into the health care-products and home-environment markets. The transaction is scheduled to close on Dec. 31, subject to the closing of financing for the acquisition and customary closing conditions such as regulatory approvals, according to aMore »

Ralph Lauren Partners with Visual Comfort for Lighting Line

Ralph Lauren Partners with Visual Comfort for Lighting Line

NEW YORK–Ralph Lauren Home has announced its new licensing agreement with Visual Comfort & Co. to produce lighting lines under both the Ralph Lauren Home and Lauren Home brands. The new collections will be shown at both the Dallas International Lighting Market and Maison et Objet next month. “We are pleased to partner with VisualMore »