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New looks for Chicago Show

When the housewares industry meets in Chicago next March, exhibitors and attendees will find not just a new name – The Inspired Home Show – but new displays and new locations for many Show destinations. Formerly known as the International Home + Housewares Show, The Inspired Home Show, IHA’s Global Home + Housewares Market, will be held March 14-17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Several displays that have been in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Centre will move to new areas in the Grand Concourse and the North Building.

These include the displays for the IHA Global Innovations Awards (gia) for Retail Excellence, which moves to the Grand Concourse Bridge. The national winners – including UK gia winner Jarrold – will be featured on banners hanging across the bridge and in individual displays that will be prominent throughout the walkway. The displays will also designate the Global Honorees when they are announced at the gia gala dinner on March 14.

Above: Jarrold, Norwich – the UK gia winner 2019-2020 - will be featured in the gia display on the Grand Concourse Bridge.
Above: Jarrold, Norwich – the UK gia winner 2019-2020 – will be featured in the gia display on the Grand Concourse Bridge.

The popular and insightful Pantone ColorWatch exhibit will be located on Level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse, allowing attendees to view the display on their way to the exhibit halls. ColorWatch will feature vignettes in eight palettes representing the strongest home furnishing trends for 2021.

PrintThe IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for Product Design display moves to the Grand Concourse Lobby in the North Building near the Discover Design Gallery. The display will feature the five finalists in each of the 14 categories judged. New this year, Sustainability has been added to the categories.

The IHA Student Design Competition display also moves to the Grand Concourse Lobby. The competition will become part of the gia programme in 2020. The winning students also be recognised at the gia dinner along with the product, retail and exhibition booth honorees.

Meanwhile, the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Centre Lobby will remain home to the IHA Smart Home Pavilion. This will be joined by the Inventors Corner Pavilion and Inventors Revue, formerly located in the Clean + Contain Expo in the North Building.

The Smart Home Pavilion will include more than 30 exhibitors of smart and connected products, the b8ta “Retail-as-a-Service” concept display, the Smart Talks stage and a new Smart Retail Experience exhibit providing a live, interactive display showing retailers what the store of the future could look like.

The Inventors Corner will feature 60 exhibitors showcasing new housewares innovations and just-ready-for-market introductions. Adjacent to the Inventors Corner, the Inventors Revue will provide informative sessions addressing product development and marketing topics, as well as expert review panels for inventor product feedback. Both areas are high-trafficked destinations by Show attendees.

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Another new destination in the Hall of Global Innovation will be Social Central, offering Show attendees and exhibitors opportunities to meet with social media consultants on influencer and digital marketing. Embello, an agency representing home and lifestyle influencers, will be available for one-on-one discussions about how companies can make the most of influencer marketing, and epower at home, IHA’s social media vendor, will provide free consultations to help improve a brand’s presence online.

Show w IHA* The Inspired Home Show 2020 will feature more than 2,200 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time. More than 52,000 total attendees, including buyers from 130 countries, are expected. Additional information on Show events, exhibitors and attendee registration are available at

* For more information on the displays as well as quick information on the Show expos, educational sessions and events, see the Show’s INFORMED. magazine, available online as a flipbook at:


Top: The trend-focused Pantone ColorWatch exhibit will be located on the Grand Concourse for 2020.

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