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An innovative box grater, a vacuum cleaner that turns on a dime and new airtight storage containers took top honors at the sixth annual Housewares Design Awards, held yesterday at the Marriott Marquis in New York, during which the best-designed housewares products of the year were recognized.
The Box Grater from Microplane won the coveted "Best of the Best - Gold" award, while the Dyson DC24 from Dyson, Inc. took silver, and the OXO Good Grips POP Container from Helen of Troy, L.P. won bronze.
Thirteen "Best in Category" Awards were also presented:
Cook and Bakeware: CorningWare SimplyLite Glass Bakeware from World Kitchen, LLC
Cooking Electrics: ENA 5 Automatic Coffee Center from Jura-Capresso, Inc.
Cutlery: Classic 8-Inch Panini Knife from Wusthof-Trident of America, Inc.
Floor Care Electrics: Dyson DC24 from Dyson, Inc.
Food Preparation Electrics: Dual-Sensing Probe Thermometer/Timer from Component Design Northwest, Inc.
Furniture: Nichola Collection - Folding Table and Chairs from Meco Corp.
Home Environment Electrics: Humidiheat from Envion, LLC
Home Organization, Laundry & Non-Electric Cleaning: OXO Good Grips MagTacks from Helen of Troy, L.P.
Kitchen Hand Tools: Box Grater from Microplane
Kitchenware and Barware: OXO Good Grips POP Container from Helen of Troy, L.P.
Lighting, Home Decor and Outdoor Living: Outdoor Grip Lawn Rake from Casabella Holdings, LLC
Personal Care/Health and Garment Care: ZAPI UV Toothbrush Sanitizer from VIOlight Inc.
Tabletop: BIASCA Ice Tea Jug from Bodum USA, Inc.
The eco-friendly winners of the first-ever "Green House" Design Award -- Cuisinart's CleanWater Countertop Filtration System, NatureMill's NatureMillPro and Preserve's Preserve Kitchen -- were also recognized at the event.
The Housewares Design Awards are presented by HomeWorld Business, with educational support from the International Housewares Association and sponsorship by DuPont Teflon. Products judged were introduced to the U.S. market between Oct. 1, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2008.