Home agenda: International Home & Housewares show

The floor at the International Home and Housewares Show 2011

Two fairs in the US display products for the home, one in Chicago focusing on decor and homeware, the other in Florida highlighting efficient home systems.

International Home & Housewares show 
March 10-13 
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL, USA

This showcase of household and home products is organized by the International Housewares Association. The event is divided into four categories: Clean, Contain and Sustain; Dine and Design; Wired and Well; and Global Crossroads -- for international exhibitors. The show attracts around 60,000 professional attendees, making it smaller than Tendence (August), for example.  

Electronic House Expo
March 15-17
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL, USA

EHX (Electronic House Expo) caters for those interested in home health tech, smart energy, electronic security, digital media and custom electronics. It features booths from over 200 exhibitors and offers hands-on sessions for those wanting to learn more about the electronics industry. Though the event is not used as a product launchpad in the same way the CES is, for example, it nonetheless serves as an insight into the future of home tech. 

61st Hannover Messe: Smart Efficiency
April 23-27 
Hanover fairground
Hannover, Germany

Hannover Messe is the world's biggest industrial fair and is home to the latest industrial technology innovations in the fields of energy, mobility and green tech; this year's show is partnered with China under the title Green Intelligence. In terms of visitor numbers, exhibitors and importance as an industrial tech fair Hannover Messe does not really have an equal; to illustrate this, CeBIT, now the world's largest high-tech fair, was once just a display category within Hannover Messe.

49th Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)
April 24-26 
McCormick Palace 
Chicago, IL, USA

KBIS is a purely kitchen and bathroom product-related trade show geared towards designers, architects, wholesalers and other industry professionals. The show hosts the Best of KBIS Awards and features several keynote speeches from members of the kitchen and bathroom industry. KBIS is highly focused and specialized giving it more in common Spoga Gafa garden show (September) for example than with interior design events such as Ambiente (February).