CHICAGO–The International Home + Housewares Show and the International Housewares Association, the global sponsors and organizers of the Global Innovation Award (gia) program, announced the 2013-2014 gia Global Honorees last week, honoring international housewares retailers.
The Global Honorees are TheSuperCool, Australia; K & Ö HOME, Austria; Merci, France; Galleria Fiaba, Italy; Kookwinkel Bianca Bonte, The Netherlands; and Lakeland, United Kingdom.
The global gia jury, consisting of four retail/visual merchandising experts and seven editors and publishers of co-sponsoring housewares trade publications from around the world, selected the gia Global Honorees from the winners previously chosen in their respective countries by the national gia sponsors. In addition, the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising was awarded to Lerche design of Denmark.
Both gia national winners and Global Honorees were recognized and prominently featured at the International Home + Housewares Show, which took place in Chicago earlier this week. A gia awards dinner was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel and there was a special gia display in the Hall of Global Innovation.