By: Audra Bielskus and Jennifer Bae

Grab Your Oven Mitt – Here are the Hot Trends

Colors were dazzling and products ran the gamut from fun new twists on traditional kitchenware to DIY kits for wine and beer drinkers. The array was beyond big, but here are some of the trends that caught our attention.

Mason jars everywhere! A vintage favorite is fast becoming a trend in beverage ware. On display were tinted versions in plastic and glass. At the Stanley and Aladdin booths were displays including Mason gift packages, lunch and recipe carriers with plastic tops in bright colors.

Speaking of vintage, Pantone 15 – “Marsala” – is the color of the year; we saw this deep, reddish brown color on everything. In fact, Kitchen Aid has already manufactured a mixer in this color and launched it at the show.

Beer and wine-centric products saw a lot of innovation this year, including six- pack growler holders and a two-bottle wine bag. They’re insulating, fun and easy to carry. David Rasmussen Furniture Design offered wooden wine glasses; treated to avoid staining. In fact, the whole drink-ware line-up was stunning. Also in the drink-ware category was a self-cooling ceramic wine glass that, when you soak it in cold water for one minute, stays 40% cooler than the ambient temperature for hours.

Minimal, natural packaging with a pop of color was on full display. We saw simple, handcrafted packaging. Craft papers and handwritten graphics are a visible trend in the housewares category.

Finally transparent products! There were toasters and coffeemakers that allow you to see into the product as it does its thing. Who knows, sleek, transparent kitchenware may be the next trend in refrigerators and dishwashers!


Happy 100 Years, Pyrex

And of course, a trip to the Housewares Show wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the World Kitchen booth, which celebrated 100 years of Pyrex. Kaleidoscope is proud to be a partner to World Kitchen, and we are extremely excited to see the anniversary graphics and packaging hit the market.