Housewares Design Awards Open For Entries

Entries are open for the 2019 Housewares Design Awards, presented by HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® in partnership with the Las Vegas Market.

The 14th Housewares Design Awards ceremony is set for Tuesday, January 29, 2019, during the Winter 2019 Las Vegas Market at the World Market Center Las Vegas.

The 2019 Housewares Design Awards will recognize excellence in 11 core housewares categories, an expanded Smart Home category and a new Gourmet Specialty Foods category.

The 2019 ceremony also will feature the third annual Design Influencer Of The Year Award.

“HomeWorld Business created the Housewares Design Awards in 2003 to recognize and celebrate the central role design innovation plays in the creation of value-added differentiation as a catalyst for growth in the housewares industry,” HomeWorld Business Editor-in-Chief Peter Giannetti said. “The awards honor many of the industry’s most successful and influential products, pioneering developments that have generated new ways to improve everyday living.”

“Best in Category” winners of the 2019 Housewares Design Awards will be announced and all finalists will be recognized at the January 29 awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Market is partnering with HomeWorld Business on the Housewares Design Awards for the third year as the award ceremony host while providing independent judging, operational and promotional support for the design competition.

Non-stick coatings leader Whitford Corporation continues its longstanding sponsorship of the Housewares Design Awards.

“Las Vegas Market’s growth in gift-oriented housewares, boutique tabletop and specialty food has been explosive, and our summer 2018 market will showcase a record-breaking 750+ gourmet resources in permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of gift leasing and chief marketing officer of Las Vegas Market operator International Market Centers. “A key component in our growth in this category has been our support of the Housewares Design Awards, and we are excited to partner with HomeWorld Businessagain this year to refine and expand the competition for the industry.”

A special display spotlighting the 2019 finalists and award-winning products will be featured adjacent to the C11 gourmet housewares showrooms during the Winter 2019 Las Vegas Market, January 28 to February 1.

“We are extremely enthusiastic about our ongoing partnership with Las Vegas Market, which has heightened the profile and prestige of the Housewares Design Awards and helped to recognize the next generation of housewares design innovations,” HomeWorld’s Giannetti said.

Eligible products for the 2019 Housewares Design Awards must be made available to consumers for the first time from October 1, 2017, through September 30, 2018.

Entries will be accepted in 11 core housewares categories:

  • Beverage Appliances
  • Cooking & Food Prep Appliances
  • Cookware & Bakeware
  • Cutlery & Cutting Tools
  • Dining & Entertaining (including tabletop, wine and bar accessories)
  • Gadgets, Kitchen Tools & Countertop Accessories
  • Home Décor & Outdoor Accessories
  • Home Environment & Cleaning Appliances
  • On-The-Go Beverageware (including hydration and thermal beverageware)
  • Storage, Non-Electric Cleaning & Laundry Care
  • Personal Care, Wellness & Garment Care Appliances

The second annual Smart Home Award will recognize network-connected products for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as cooking, wellness, home environment, cleaning, temperature, lighting, security, safety and entertainment.

Entries may be submitted in the stand-alone Smart Home category, or they may be submitted for consideration as an add-on design differentiator for entries in any of the competition’s 11 core housewares categories.

The new Gourmet Specialty Foods category is introduced for packaged and/or perishable shelf-stable foods and giftable specialty foods. Criteria for this award, sponsored by HomeWorld Business sister publication Gourmet Insider, include taste and presentation and/or packaging.

Lists of eligible products for the competition’s 11 core housewares categories and the gourmet specialty foods category are available at

HomeWorld Business and Las Vegas Market jointly will select the recipient of the third annual Design Influencer Of The Year Award, recognizing an individual or organization for exceptional design or design influence. The honoree will be invited to speak at the Awards celebration. Previous recipients include The Grommet and West Elm Local.

An independent panel of designers, educators, retailers and consumer editors will meet in Las Vegas in November 2018 to test and judge the products entered for the 2019 awards. Judging criteria are appropriate aesthetics; innovative materials and technology; user benefits (i.e., performance, comfort, ease of use, safety); and marketability.

Online entry applications for the 2019 Housewares Design Awards and details on product eligibility, judging criteria and the awards ceremony are available at

Companies may enter as many finished products in as many of the competition’s 11 awards categories, the Smart Home Award and the Gourmet Specialty Foods Award.

The entry fee is $175 for each product entered in the 11 core housewares awards categories, as well as the Smart Home and Gourmet Specialty Foods categories. Products entered in the 11 core housewares categories also may be entered in the Smart Home category for an additional $50 fee.

Each entry receives one free ticket to the Housewares Design Awards Celebration, Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at the Las Vegas Market. Additional tickets are available for $25 each.

The entry submission deadline is October 26, 2018.

The 2019 finalists will be notified after judging in mid-November. The finalists also will be announced on the Housewares Design Awards website, in HomeWorld Business and on

The Housewares Design Awards website showcases an in-depth archive of all winners and finalists (including images and product profiles) since the launch of the competition.

For more information on entries, call (631) 371-4749; or email [email protected]