Innovative products show no lack of imagination

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 April, 2012, 12:00am


Exquisitely crafted fine-bone china porcelain, a decadent reversible dog coat with removable faux chinchilla fur collar, and a fat-free potato crisp maker are just a few of the innovative new products to be showcased at this year's fair.

Also, in line with the environmental concerns dominating home ware industry trends, one creative exhibitor is showcasing a green alternative to plastic or melamine - bamboo.

This year's event promises to feature a versatile range of ready-made household textiles products and home furnishing items that are also easy for buyers to find under specialised product zones.

'This is the second time we are exhibiting at the HK Houseware Fair. It helps our brand on an international level, as buyers come from all over the world, and also on a national or regional level,' says Green Living Zone exhibitor Julia Washbourne, of Business Operations Asia. They manufacture and market contemporary and bamboo products ranging from tableware to lifestyle products to floors, decks and even bamboo fabric. It is also responsible for the Fibra collection, which is made up of bamboo waste taken from factories and broken down into powder and then compressed into dining ware pieces.

'These are a perfect green alternative to any plastic or melamine ware, or even ceramic ware, as it is made from the most sustainable plant with natural plant-based colours and which decomposes once it ends up in a landfill,' Washbourne says.

A first-time exhibitor, Japanese firm Talk Hong Kong will be based in the Hall of Elegance, and the team is looking forward to promoting its Objet and Interior items to potential buyers. 'We are looking forward to meeting as many customers as possible from all over the world,' says Talk Hong Kong's Enomoto Mikihiko.

Also featured in the Hall of Elegance is Asianera, a fine-bone china design house and manufacturer located in China. Its design concept is to combine the traditional craft of fine hand-painted porcelain with a contemporary design sensibility.

Buyers with stylish pet lovers in mind will be sure not to miss Taiwanese company Pet Republic's range of products. Sure to stand out is a reversible pull-over dog coat with removable faux chinchilla fur collar, and sewn-on Swarovski crystals.

For the health-conscious dieter, TopChips from exhibitor Mastrad Hong Kong, also based in the Hall of Elegance, converts the masses with its microwave tray making tasty and fat-free crisps.

Sure to be a showstopper at the textiles event is another first-time exhibitor, Wallpaper Mall, which will be in the Hall of Glamour.

'We will present over 40 images of our latest Dulux Wallpaper right at our booth, showing the selection variety and how Dulux Wallpaper can change the room ambience and style easily,' says Wallpaper Mall's Karen Kam.

'We offer over 2,000 matching paint colours that could certainly inspire your ideas of home renewal, to be accomplished in a hassle-free way.

'The textiles and furnishings fair will help introduce and promote our new products to experienced home trade buyers and, most importantly, to generate business.'