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ROSEMONT, IL (January 9, 2020) – Excellence in housewares retailing is an important focus at The Inspired Home Show 2020 in Chicago as the world’s most innovative and creative home and housewares retailers are honored at the 20th annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program.

The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA gia program, today announced the national gia winners for 2019-2020: 32 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 31 countries around the globe.

The gia program was created by the IHA and The Inspired Home Show (formerly the International Home + Housewares Show) to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been more than 460 gia retail award winners, from 48 countries on six continents.


The 2019-2020 national gia winners are:


            Country                     Store Name                                  Store website


Argentina                     Reina Batata Bazar Boutique 

Australia                       Few and Far                          

Austria                         ORANGEandGREEN             

Brazil                           Westwing                              

Canada                        HOME on water st.                

China                           KEYE CASA                          

Colombia                     Miscelandia                           

Denmark                      Sinnerup                               

France                         La Maison Pernoise               

Germany                      Claudia Scheck                     

India                            Praxis Home Retail Limited    

Ireland                          Stock Design

Italy                             Negozio Mori                         

Japan                          ISETAN SHINJUKU               

Middle East –

United Arab Emirates   Tavola                                   

Netherlands                  Woerdman Kookkado            

Norway                        Hansen & Co.                        

Poland                         Miloo Home                           

Portugal                       In&Out Cooking                     

Russia                         Di Murano                             

Saudia Arabia               Aura Living                            

South Africa                 Carrol Boyes                         

Southeast Asia –

Thailand                      Central Department Store      

Spain                           La Oca                                  

Sweden                        Artilleriet – The Kitchen           

Switzerland                   Sibler AG                              

Turkey                          EnPlus                                  

Ukraine                        PROMENU by MIRS Corporation

United Kingdom           Jarrold                                  

Uruguay                       Ehause Kitchen & Cooking     

USA – Gift Retailers      The Paddington Family of Stores


Housewares Retailers  The Butler’s Pantry                



The gia competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, to honor independent and multiple location home and housewares retailers for excellence in several business categories:


  • Overall mission statement, vision and strategy
  • Store design and layout
  • Visual merchandising, displays and window displays
  • Marketing, advertising and promotions
  • Customer service and staff training
  • Innovation


Each national gia winner is invited to The Inspired Home Show in Chicago, where the global gia jury, consisting of four experts representing Asia, Europe and the Americas, plus a rotating group of co-sponsoring trade publication editors from around the world, will select up to five gia Global Honorees and the winners of the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing.

On Saturday, March 14, the national winners will be honored at a festive awards dinner where the gia Global Honorees and winners of the Martin M. Pegler and gia Digital Commerce Award will be announced. In addition, the national winners are featured at the Show, with banners and a special display in the Grand Concourse Walkway at McCormick Place.

gia is more than an awards program. Representing retailing excellence around the world, it is part of a larger education initiative that includes seminars by retail experts, columns in international housewares publications and educational sessions at events in sponsors’ home countries. As part of gia’s educational offering, on Monday, March 16, the four gia Expert Jurors, Wolfgang Gruschwitz, Scott Kohno, Henrik Peter Reisby Nielsen and Anne Kong will present a special session in the Innovation Theater, “Retail & Consumer Trends with a 2020 Vision.

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