WBEZ | International Home and Housewares Show http://www.wbez.org/tags/international-home-and-housewares-show Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en International Home + Housewares Show 2013 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/international-home-housewares-show-2013-105930 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8532776287/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/housewarestumbler.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Aladdin &quot;newstalgic&quot; insulated Mason tumbler at International Home + Housewares Show 2013 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>&quot;Newstalgic&quot; and &quot;Hillbilly country&quot; were among the hot trends at the 2013 <u><a href="http://www.housewares.org/show/">International Home + Housewares Show</a></u>, which wrapped Tuesday in Chicago. With billions of dollars at stake, over 2,100 exhibitors from 34 countries took over McCormick Place for four days to showcase their products to 20,000 buyers from over 100 countries &mdash; which they all hope we&#39;ll buy for our homes soon.</p><p>Aladdin&#39;s newstalgic insulated Mason tumbler was the most coveted swag this year. BPA-free in vintage blue with a steel lid and extra-wide smoothie straw, it&#39;s a modern reinvention of the DIY glass jar tumbler projects as seen on <u><a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/106522915/large-bluegreen-mason-jar-tumbler-wstraw?">Etsy</a></u> and <u><a href="http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=mason+jar+tumbler+straw">Pinterest</a></u>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8532762485/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/housewarestempura.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Carbonated tempura batter shrimp with mango coconut yogurt foam on lentil sprouts at iSi booth, International Home + Housewares Show 2013 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>DIY soda makers were among the hottest gadgets, with SodaStream as the leading brand.&nbsp;They debuted a new designer model, <u><a href="http://sodastreamsource.com/">SOURCE, by Yves Béhar</a></u>. SodaStream recently announced a new nearly <u><a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/news/20369">$4,000 Samsung collaboration refrigerator</a></u>, with soda water dispenser. The <em>New Yorker</em> featured an article recently, &quot;<u><a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/02/should-coke-and-pepsi-be-worried-about-sodastream.html">Should Coke and Pepsi be Worried About SodaStream?</a></u>&quot; Answer: Yes.</p><p>I&#39;ll have a product review on soda makers soon.</p><p>Full disclosure: I was the guest chef again at <u><a href="http://www.isinorthamerica.com/">the iSi booth</a></u>, makers of the classic, iconic soda siphons as well as cream whippers, seen at Starbucks and beyond. El Bulli chef/owner Ferran Adrià used iSi whippers to make his infamous foams, the world&#39;s first taste of modernist cuisine. Chef David Chang, owner of the Momofuku empire predicts the whippers will become best known for batters over the next 10 years. One of the tastings I made was carbonated tempura batter shrimp, served with mango coconut yogurt foam, on lentil sprouts.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8533859016/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/housewareshillbilly.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Hillbilly country trend at Libbey glass booth, International Home Housewares Show 2013 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Next door at the Libbey glass booth, they also featured hillybilly country pieces in heavy glass jars plus moonshine jugs.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8532798513/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/housewaresoxo.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="OXO nesting colander and bowl with lid at International Home Housewares Show 2013 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu0" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">At the OXO booth, which always stands at the gateway to the Dine + Design Expo, they chose their new colander and bowl with lid to place front and center, among dozens of new products.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8532757665/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/housewarespiebird.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Le Creuset new 2013 color, Le Soleil, pie bird at International Home + Housewares Show 2013 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Le Creuset&#39;s new color, sunny yellow Le Soleil, included an adorable pie bird in the classic shape of a little singing bird, originally designed to vent steam from pies.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8532750853/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/housewaresteakettle.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Better Housewares collapsible silicone and stainless steel tea kettle at International Home Housewares Show 2013 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Among the many odd-to-me products was the collapsible silicone and stainless steel tea kettle by Better Housewares, but there must be a demand because there&#39;s also a similar product on the market, the <u><a href="http://cuissential.com/products/slickboil/">SlickBoil by Cuissential</a></u>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">While I hardly had a chance to leave my booth this year, <em>Top Chef Masters</em> winner Chris Cosentino stopped by for a visit. Chef/owner of Incanto in San Francisco, he&#39;s also the brand ambassador for Shun Cutlery. Best known for gutsy dishes as seen on his <u><a href="http://www.offalgood.com/">site Offal Good</a></u>, Cosentino joined the many celebrity chefs at the show, including Guy Fieri and Paula Deen, and real chefs Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izard. With so much at stake, for a working chef a hot product could indeed be awfully good.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Find me on Twitter at @louisachu.</em></u></a></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8532787245/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/housewarescosentino.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chef Chris Cosentino and Louisa Chu at iSi booth, International Home + Housewares Show 2013 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa )" /></a></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/international-home-housewares-show-2013-105930 Tangerine Tango: A color for these times? http://www.wbez.org/story/tangerine-tango-color-these-times-97105 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-08/tangerine-tango swatch.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Say you went out on the street and asked people what color they'd choose to describe our economy. Gray, maybe? Beige?</p><p>You probably wouldn't get a ton of people saying "tangerine tango." But people of 2012, slogging your way through an uneven economy, that's exactly the shade of reddish-orange that the Pantone Color Institute says is the Color of the Year.</p><p>Leatrice Eiseman, the brains (and eyes) behind the Pantone Color of the Year, says she wants to tap into our collective Zeitgeist. But if the Zeitgeist is grouchy or dejected or feeling cash-strapped, she wants to pick a color that can cheer us up.</p><p>"We do a lot of research on what we feel is going to be the color that will best symbolize what people need at the moment," Eiseman said. "Not necessarily the mood of the moment, but how they can enhance their mood."</p><p>Eiseman will be a big draw at this year's International Home and Housewares Show, starting Saturday at McCormick Place in Chicago. It's expected to draw 60,000 people. Eiseman will be presenting her color palette for 2013 on Monday in what organizers are billing as one of the highlights of the show.</p><p>I tried to get Eiseman to tip her hand a bit and let us know what shades to expect next year in everything from curtains to toasters to lipstick, but she stayed mum.</p><p>Maybe you're not familiar with the concept of a "color of the year." But everyone from product designers to fashion mavens pays close attention to the shade chosen each year by Pantone, which in 1963 created a system for matching color that's helped to standardize and categorize different shades.</p><p>To figure out which color will most resonate each year, Eiseman says she pays attention to everything from movies (especially animation for kids) to what's going on in the fashion world to upcoming art exhibits. The current craze for orange was something that she started to spot years ago on travels in Asia, where she says she was taken with the saffron-colored robes of Buddhist monks, and in Latin America, where the color is used a lot.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-08/2011-12-22-TangerineTango.gif" title="" height="471" width="565"></p><p>"It's the brightness level of the oranges that's been so fascinating to me, in addition to the way the orange is combined," Eiseman said. "One of the most fascinating is to use the oranges, which are very hot colors, along with colors like turquoises and royal blues, which are completely opposite on the color wheel and yet make for some very startling and innovative color combinations."</p><p>How do you become an international color expert? Eiseman gives a lot of credit to her mom, who gave Eiseman free rein over the colors in her room at the tender age of eight. Every two years, Eiseman would redo her walls and her furniture. At age 12, she got on a "Chinese kick" and painted her room black, white and red, which she says turned out to be her favorite. Her mom was the inspiration for all this chromatic creativity.</p><p>"My mother was a demon with the paintbrush," Eiseman said. "Rather than spring cleaning, she'd freshen up the house with a new can of paint. Even our old upright piano got a new coat of paint every spring. My friends loved to come over because they never knew what kind of bizarre things were going to go on at my house."</p></p> Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/tangerine-tango-color-these-times-97105