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Design Defined Honoree


Twenty-One Companies Awarded for Products Ranging from Cleaning Products to Clothing Care to Home Organization

Great Neck, NY – April 3, 2009 – The International Housewares Association announced the honorees of its fifth annual Designed Defined product design recognition at the 2009 International Home + Housewares Show held at Chicago’s McCormick Place March 22-24. Twenty-nine innovative products for cleaning and organizing the home were named as 2009 Design Defined Honorees.

The products were selected by Design Finders, teams of young designers, experienced practitioners and educators from the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Product Development Program. They scoured hundreds of exhibitors in the Clean + Contain Expo in the North Building searching for products that exemplified a commitment to design while achieving a solution to common household cleaning, storage and home décor issues.

“The purpose of the Design Defined program is to bring attention to those companies that have placed a premium on quality design,” said Phil Brandl, president of IHA, which owns and operates the Show. “We are pleased to announce the results of this much-anticipated program.”

"This year's Design Defined Honorees showed the continued commitment of the housewares industry to integrate design and innovation into their new product launches,” said Steven Melamed, IDSA, president of Tres Design Group and a professor in the UIC industrial design department. “It was also significantly demonstrated that many companies are now actively moving towards the manufacture of more sustainable products.

Design Finders evaluated products according to five standard design criteria:

  • Innovation: How is the design new and unique?
  • Aesthetics: How does the appearance enhance the product?
  • User: How does the design solution benefit the user?
  • Environment: How is the product ecologically responsible?
  • Impact: How did or might the product impact the market and the company’s business?

Companies receive a Design Defined logo to use in their packaging and promotion for the life of the selected product in the marketplace.

Recognized as a Design Defined Product, Caddy Concepts Half Moon Portable Hamper met 2 crucial elements needed for the award. The Caddy Concepts Portable Laundry Hamper is a laundry hamper, laundry bag and laundry cart all in one. This three in one combination consolidates the process of gathering and transporting laundry to the laundry room or laundromat. In addition, it’s pop-up handle and large wheels make transporting heavy loads of laundry simple and easy. These 2 elements define innovation and were what led Caddy Concepts to receiving the Design Defined Award.

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