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Ninth annual Housewares Design Awards finalists named

Finalists for the ninth annual Housewares Design Awards have been named and will now vie to be recognized as the "Best of the Best" housewares products of the year. Winners will be announced on Jan. 31, 2012, including "Best of the Best" at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels and 12 "Best in Category" winners.

The 60 finalists represent the best of the hundreds of creatively designed products for the home that stand out for their aesthetics and functionality.

Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony and luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis overlooking Times Square. This annual event has become a showcase of the industry's dedication to investing in meaningful product design, where form and function meet to enhance daily life with innovation, ease of use and visual appeal.

The event will also honor the winners of the "Green House" design award winners for eco-friendly products.

2012 Housewares Design Awards finalists:

Cookware & Bakeware

+ Focus Products Group LLC - Chicago Metallic Surprise Pan
+ Gorham - Mario Batali by DANSK Light Cast Iron Cookware
+ Mastrad Inc. - TopChips Kit: Chips Maker + Mandolin Set
+ Welcome Home Brands - Oven-Safe Paper Bakeware
+ Zojirushi America Corp. - Stainless Steel Thermal Vacuum Cooking Pot

Countertop Cooking & Beverage Appliances

+ Calphalon Corp., A Division of Newell Rubbermaid - No Peek Round Waffle Maker
+ Hearthware LLC - Precision Induction Cooktop
+ iSi North America Inc. - Twist 'n Sparkle Beverage Carbonating System Starter Set
+ Jarden Consumer Solutions - Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker
+ Jura Capresso Inc. - Jura IMPRESSA J9 One Touch TFT

Countertop Food Prep Appliances

+ Baby Brezza Enterprises LLC - One Step Baby Food Maker
+ Blendtec, a Div. of K-Tec Inc. - The Twister Jar
+ Cuisinart - Blend and Cook Soupmaker
+ LEIFHEIT International USA Inc. - Soehnle Page Evolution Digital Glass Kitchen Scale
+ OBH Nordica - SharpXtreme Knife Sharpener

Countertop Kitchenware

+ Cuisipro - Snap-Fit Rocket Pop Mold
+ Full Circle - Fresh Air Odor-Free Kitchen Compost Collector
+ Joseph Joseph Inc. - No-Spill Mill Electric Salt and Pepper Mill with Closing Base
+ Roland Products Inc. - Bisbell MagMates Magnetic Knife Storage
+ Spice Ratchet Mills LLC - Blossom Trivet

Cutlery

+ Kai USA - Shun Fuji Chef's 8½-Inch Knife
+ Kuhn Rikon Corp. - Melon Knife Colori
+ Lifetime Brands Inc. - Cuisinart Contour Ceramic 5-Inch Santoku Knife
+ ReadiVac/Douglas Quikut - Sofuto 10-Piece Cutlery Set
+ Robert Welch Co. - Robert Welch Signature 15-Piece Block Set

Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances

+ BISSELL Homecare Inc. - Lift-Off Deep Cleaning System
+ Electrolux Home Care Products Inc. - Nimble
+ Electrolux Home Care Products Inc. - Eureka AirSpeed ABS
+ Euro-Pro Corp. - Shark Pro Steam Pocket Mop
+ Oreck Corp. - Magnesium Vacuum Cleaner

Gadgets & Kitchen Tools

+ Chef'n Corporation - SleekStor Pinch + Pour Beakers
+ DKB Household USA Corp. - Zyliss Smart Guard Gourmet Mandoline
+ Eko Brands LLC - Ekobrew
+ Fusionbrands Inc. - Poachpod Stainless
+ LEIFHEIT International USA Inc. - Garlic King

Home Environment Appliances

+ For Life Products Inc. dba Rejuvenate - Air Innovations Compact Personal Ultrasonic Humidifier
+ Oreck Corp. - DualMax Air Purifier
+ Oreck Corp. - AirInstinct Air Purifier
+ Swizz Style Inc. - Stadler Form Anton Ultrasonic Humidifier
+ Swizz Style Inc. - Stadler Form Anna Fan Heater

Home Organization, Laundry Care & Non-Electric Cleaning

+ BlueAvocado - (re)zip Reusable Storage Bags
+ Cool Gear International Inc. - Go Gear Travel Tubes
+ KMN Home - DrawerDecor Customizable Drawer Organizer
+ Organizables/Peaceful Playgrounds Inc. - Children's Clothes Organizers
+ Unger Industrial LLC - Microfiber "Feather" Duster

Home & Outdoor Décor

+ Energizer Household Lighting - Edge Collection Accent Light
+ Lava Lite LLC - 20-Oz. Color Phasing Vortex Glitter Lava Lamp
+ Nambe - Elbow Frame 5x7
+ P3 International Corp. - Sol-Mate Flip n' Charge Candle
+ UM! Brands USA - Note UM! Peel and Stick Dry Eraser Board

Personal, Health & Garment Care

+ Conair Corp. - Even Cut
+ Conair Corp. - John Frieda Full Volume Hair Dryer
+ Gleener - The Ultimate Fuzz Remover
+ Pic Corporation - Bugables Mosquito Repellent Stickers
+ Spectrum Brands Inc. - Remington Pro Power Series Haircut & Beard
+ Trimmer

Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware

+ Black + Blum - Lunch Pot
+ Blomus - SKS USA Corp - Delta Decanting Carafe
+ Cosmoda Corp. - Koko SoftSpout Water Bottle
+ U.S. Acrylic LLC - Clarus 6-Liter Beverage Dispenser with Refillable Ice Core
+ Vinturi Inc. - Travel Red Wine Aerator

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