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Housewares Show Ends Today

Housewares ShowFrom top: TTU’s new Epicurious bakeware; Jay’s farm-to-table assortment; Arc’s Tiki collection
CHICAGO-The International Home + Housewares Show closes today.

Seen at the show:

Among Meyer Corp.’s numerous introductions was an emphasis on roasters, “a year-round item,” said Jeffrey Kruskall, vice president, business development. “They’re not just for Thanksgiving.” Circulon added three roasters, including one with the handles designed above the roaster, rather than out, for easier handling. Farberware and Silverstone also added roasters to their lines.

Jay Companies showcased its Vintage bakeware collection, its Bistro collection of ramekins in three shapes and five colors, and an expansion of its farm-to-table-inspired table accessories. The tabletop company is seeing strength in stylish pantryware and dimensional, eye-catching items like its ceramic cow butter dish and its ceramic berry basket, said Melissa Schwartz Hinton, vice president of sales. Monogrammed programs remain strong, as is novelty giftware, she added … Glassware company Arc International set up a tiki bar display outside its booth here to play up its new Tiki collection of figural and decorated glassware, a design theme it thinks is going to be trending up.

Alessi expanded its Marcel Wanders assortment with laser-etched wood serving pieces and glass storage jars with metal lids (the playful cookie jar has a bell attached to the underside of the lid) … Libbey introduced the Chemistry Bar, designed for the “mad mixologist” who wants to experiment with personalized cocktails at home. The collection includes beakers, flasks, graduated cylinders and test tubes, all fully functional for mixing drinks and entertaining at home.

Bodum’s Copper Connoisseur collection includes a French press coffeemaker, a teapot, a storage jar, a nonelectric milk frother, a creamer set, a tea glass and a coffee glass … Jura’s Capresso brand debuted the H2O Steel Plus Kettle, an electric kettle with settings for different teas … Groupe SEB’s Rowenta brand is offering the Intense Pure Air air purifier, which clears formaldehyde from a home’s atmosphere … The Syphon coffee brewer from KitchenAid is designed with a tube that syphons boiling water from below to the coffee grounds in the top container, then moves the brewed coffee to the bottom container … Select Brands highlighted its Marvel licensed line, with waffle irons that can prepare waffles in the shapes of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk, and a Spiderman candy cane maker.

Le Creuset brought back black and white into its line to create a classic, “dressed for dinner” look. In addition, it showed products in several lifestyle stories, such as wine and cheese and ice cream and dessert ... TTU’s Epicurious licensed line, introduced last year, added new collections at the show, including dinnerware and bakeware made of a reformulated porcelain, as well as other bakeware and cast iron cookware. In TTU’s Denmark line, a new forged nonstick aluminum cookware line was added, and which has a steam release system built into the lids.