It is a homemaker's dream ... without a homemaker in sight. The 21st Hong Kong Houseware Fair opens at Exhibition and Convention Centre in Wan Chai today. But eager wives will not be dragging husbands along on a big shopping spree - the four-day fair is only for major overseas and local trade buyers. Over 2,300 exhibitors from 36 countries, including 1,000 from Hong Kong and 400 from the mainland, will display their products. Although unsure exactly how many buyers would show up, Trade Development Council senior exhibition manager Johnny Wan Siu-man said he was confident of topping last year's attendance figure of 30,000. Jostling for space in the five halls will be stalls showing off everything from bathroom accessories to lights, kitchenware, tableware, a wide range of handicrafts, home decorations, cleaning supplies, artificial flowers and small electrical appliances. More than 60 locally designed products would take up a central display area, under the theme 'Hong Kong - where good ideas turn to reality', according to the council's assistant executive director, Benjamin Chau Kai-leung. 'Most of these products are sold overseas rather than to local markets, and this fair is aimed at encouraging exports,' he said. Local houseware manufacturer Silicone Zone will display silicone bowls, a pancake flipper, dishes and a unique lid called Smartlid. Silicone Zone's CEO Ken Yeung said: 'This lid is made from European standards' food grade silicon. It gives a good seal and can protect food in the container effectively. And it can also stand extremes of temperature from -50 degrees Celsius to 260 degrees. Mr Wan said most of the local houseware production was simple but practically designed. 'The design trend is for items that are natural, environmentally friendly and power frugal,' he said.