The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show

March 2–4, 2025 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

The World’s Leading Home + Housewares Show
March 2—4 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

The Inspired Home Show and the International Housewares Association (IHA), the global sponsors and organizers of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, today announced the 2024 gia Global Honorees for Retail Excellence. The Global Honorees are:

  • Eastern Europe – Potten & Pannen – Stanek, Czech Republic
  • France – Maison Empereur
  • Germany– Kustermann
  • Netherlands – Kookx
  • United Kingdom – Divertimenti


The global gia jury, consisting of four retail/visual merchandising experts and seven editors and publishers of co-sponsoring housewares trade publications from around the world, selected the gia Global Honorees from the winners previously chosen in their respective countries by the national gia sponsors. In addition, the Martin M. Pegler Award for Excellence in Visual Merchandising was awarded to Loeb AG of Switzerland, and the gia Digital Commerce Award for Excellence in Online Retailing was awarded to Divertimenti of the United Kingdom.

In addition to the 2024 Global Honorees, the 2023 gia Top Window award winners were honored at the gia awards dinner that took place at Radisson Blu in Chicago.

The gia program was created by IHA and The Inspired Home Show to foster innovation and excellence in home and housewares retailing throughout the world. Since the launch of gia in 2000, there have been over 550 gia retail award winners, from 55 countries on six continents.

The competition is structured on a two-tier level, national and global, evaluating retailers within the following 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


Co-sponsoring the country-specific gia award programs with IHA are housewares trade publications worldwide, which sponsor national gia programs in their respective countries. This year, 32 national gia winners from 31 countries were selected by the co-sponsoring trade publications with targeted distribution in over 50 countries on five continents. All winners were automatically entered in the global competition for The Inspired Home Show in Chicago.

The gia winners of 2023-2024 are recognized and prominently featured at The Inspired Home Show. A festive gia awards dinner was held at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. To introduce the national gia winners to visitors and exhibitors of The Inspired Home Show, there is a special gia display in the Grand Concourse Lobby. Both gia national winners and Global Honorees are also recognized in a gallery on

For more information about the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) program, the co-sponsors, or participating in 2024-2025, contact Piritta Törrö at [email protected]. Additional information on the gia program is also available online at