A water bottle that squeezes lemon? An all-in-one oil and vinegar dispenser? An ultra convenient mushroom slicer? These are just a few of the new and upcoming products we saw last weekend at the 2012 Home + Housewares show in Chicago. Read on for more:Full Circle: A favorite around these parts, I was very excited about their Lemon Water On The Go bottle. How refreshing does that sound? Full Circle also introduced a glass water bottle, a compact, foldable dish rack and a foaming dish brush. (A platform-spring construction base generates foam when you dip or push down on the brush.)
Le Creuset: We already showed you Le Creuset's newest color Marseille Blue, and hinted at another big product launch for them: the Cafe Collection, their first foray into coffee and tea. The collection, available in Cherry, Truffle, and Marseille Blue, centers around a stoneware French press, with accompanying cappuccino and espresso cups, mugs, teaspoons, a sugar and creamer set, and a stoneware coffee canister.
Art+Cook: This relatively new kitchen tools company is the brainchild of Allan Ben, author of the 2004 book Art and Cook: Love Food, Live Design, Dream Art. These are kitchen tools for the design-inclined. A clean aesthetic, sleek packaging, and innovative tools (like the dual salt and pepper grinder) had me sufficiently intrigued. I'm anxious to review these tools to see if the quality matches up to the presentation.
Chef'n: A few years ago we reviewed Chef'n's Citrus Juicer, and while we were generally positive, our one con was the size: it was too small to juice larger citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits. Well, Chef'n has finally addressed that problem with the launch of their new Orange Juicer. Hurray! I was also excited about their new silicone pinch-squeeze bowls and the mushroom slicer. (I'm sorry, slicester.) Interested in knowing more about Chef'n? We toured their design studio here.
Prepara: You may be most familiar with Prepara's Herb Saver and their Tabletop Oil Mister, but they've been hard at work this past year developing a whole new line of products for the home chef, including the Topper Chopper (a kid's dream - put anything in and it chops it into sprinkles!), basting bottle and bowl sets, and a dish drying mat.
More Home + Housewares 2012 Posts
• KitchenAid Debuts Newest Colors: Crystal Blue and Frosted Pearl
• Huge Cookware News: Dansk Kobenstyle Is Coming Back Into Production!
• Staub's Newest Color: Saffron
• Kitchen Trends 2012: Juicy Neon Colors
• Le Creuset's Newest Color: Marseille Blue
(Images: Cambria Bold)