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2011 International Home and Housewares Show features bright colors and practical solutions

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Earlier this month, nearly 2,000 exhibitors converged on Chicago’s McCormick Place for the 2011 International Home & Housewares Show, the world’s biggest showcase of new home products.

Featuring everything from cutting-edge coffeemakers to revolutionary wine racks, the show features traditional products reconsidered to groundbreaking products aimed at fixing solutions for problems you never knew existed. (For instance, Aladdin’s collapsible salad bowls.)

While IHHS featured plenty of products that bordered on novelty, there were plenty of practical items on display:

Crane Cool Mist Drop Humidifier – In the past, dehumidifiers were bulky, unattractive and best left out of sight where they’d growl and hiss. Crane’s model comes in a sleek, teardrop-shaped design available in several color options. And as an added bonus — it’s quiet.

Reduce Vision Stainless Steel Water Filtration Pitcher by Base Brands – Finally, a stylish alternative for the eco-friendly set. Base Brands’ pitcher follows water bottles in trending away from plastics, which have limited recyclability and can produce harmful toxins under certain conditions.

DeLonghi kMix Collection Coffeemaker — DeLonghi is among a throng of appliance makers rolling out bold colors to brighten up the kitchen. The kMix Collection features a drip coffeemaker, an espresso maker, a kettle and a toaster, each of which is constructed with heavy die cast aluminum.