NEW YORK, NY, August 15, 2014… Five companies were named Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards winners today, with Twig New York - Hankook Chinaware New York Inc. receiving the “Best of Market” award for its Cutlery Series. This product, and four other individual category winners are eligible for NY NOW’s “Best of HOME” Award, which will be determined by online balloting – at www.facebook.com/nynowmarket – during the Summer 2014 edition of NY NOW®, the Market for Home + Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF®), which runs through Wednesday, August 20, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.In addition to the “Best of Market” distinction, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares Best New Product Awards also were presented in four product-specific categories, including cooking (cookware, bakeware and small electrics); dining (tabletop, serve ware, bar/wine accessories, picnic/barbecue accessories, cutlery); gourmet accessories (specialty foods, kitchen and dining textiles, cookbooks, storage/containers) and kitchen preparation (kitchen gadgets, chillers, infusers, knives and cutting tools). Winners and finalists in each category were selected by a panel of editors based on innovative design; creative use of materials/construction; and use of new materials/ technology.The summer 2014 winners and finalists are:BEST OF MARKET: Twig New York - Hankook Chinaware New York Inc. (New York, NY) for its Cutlery Series, a collaboration of Twig New York and ceramist Hayoon Kim, which began from old cutlery found in a small flea market in London. This collection is made with Fine Bone China with 50% of bone ash and hand painted 24K gold.COOKWARE CATEGORY: Winner: VIETRI (Hillsborough, NC) for its Buon Gusto Medium Yellow Casserole baking dishes which go effortlessly from oven to table. Dishes are made in Tuscany of earthenware, and are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. Finalist: Creo (New York, NY) for its Creo Smartglass. Finalist: Rosanna™ (Seattle, WA) for its Savour.DINING CATEGORY:Winner: Coltellerie Berti for MATCH (Jersey City, NJ) for its Compendio Steak Knife, a set of six steak knives handmade by artisans in Italy.Finalist: Lorena Gaxiola (San Diego, CA) for its Soft Rocks Glasses.Finalist: Red Pomegranate Gilded Tableware (Moss Beach, CA) for its Rabat covered dish.GOURMET ACCESSORIES CATEGORY: Winner: Rosanna™ (Seattle, WA) for its Stockholm Collection of canisters, bowls and mugs which was inspired by the bold graphics of 1960s Scandinavia, with strong geometrics and contrasts. Finalist: Birdkage (Brooklyn, NY) for its Peyton Mini Bib Apron in Olive. Finalist: The Spice Lab (Pompano Beach, FL) for its Spice Lab Tea Collections.KITCHEN PREPARATION CATEGORY: Winner: Define | Bottle (Virginia Beach, VA) for its Define Bottle, an eco-friendly water bottle that allows users to take nutrient-rich, fruit infused water to go. Finalist: Zoku®, LLC (Hoboken, NJ) for its Zoku Fish Pops. Finalist: Corkcicle® (Orlando, FL) for its Whiskey Wedge.“We made two key changes to these awards this summer,” said Marc Delman, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares national sales manager. “First, we broadened the overall award to encompass Tabletop as well as Gourmet Housewares, which is more reflective of the offerings at NY NOW. We also added broadened the categories under the Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares umbrella to include Gourmet Accessories as a new, fourth category. The summer 2014 winners and finalist exemplify high standards in product design and performance, and offering form as well as function for home cooking and entertaining.”All five winning products automatically qualify in the NY NOW “Best of HOME” Award, which will be determined through online voting at www.facebook.com/nynowmarket. “Peoples’ Choice” balloting runs August 16-19, and the winner will be announced on August 20, at the conclusion of the summer 2014 edition of NY NOW.The Best New Product Award judges were: Lorrie Baumann of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review; Kate Birch of Tableware International; Diane Falvey of HomeWorld Business/Gourmet Insider; Sharon Franke of Good Housekeeping; Jennifer White Karp of Home & Textiles Today; Laurie O'Halloran of Home Style; Sara Peterson of HGTV Magazine; Duke Ratliff of HFN; Amy Stavis of Tableware Today; Barbara Thau of Gourmet Business; and Anna Wolfe of The Gourmet Retailer.Presented as part of NY NOW’s HOME Collection, Tabletop + Gourmet Housewares features 350 exhibitors offering high-end resources in cookware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets, kitchen textiles, bar and wine accessories, small electrics, specialty food, cookbooks, storage/containers, and picnic/barbecue accessories. NY NOW’s four comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE, HANDMADE and NEW! – encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Some 33,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide are expected. Information and registration is available online at www.nynow.com.
###NOTE: Individual product photographs and group shot of award winners are available upon request. Contact SandyLee@CathySteelAssociates.com to request images.