Editors select best new products at 2012 IHMRS and BDNY

Ten exhibitors received Editors’ Choice Awards during the opening ceremonies of the 97th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) and 3rd annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) on Sunday at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

The awards recognize best new products within the categories of design, equipment & supplies, guest amenities, tabletop, and technology, as well as an eco-friendly equivalent to each of these categories. From the 10 winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award also was selected.

The 2012 Editors’ Choice Award winners are:

Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show”: MTI Baths, Sugar Hill, Georgia, for the Teak Shower Seat, an ADA-compliant, wall-mounted seat designed for safety, comfort and aesthetic appeal

Design: MTI Baths, Sugar Hill, Georgia, for the Teak Shower Seat, an ADA-compliant, wall-mounted seat designed for safety, comfort and aesthetic appeal

Equipment & Supplies: BKI, a Standex Company, Dallas, Texas, for CombiKing, a combination oven offering the flexibility of moist heat, dry heat or any combination of, for optimal cooking of all foods

Guest Amenities: JS Fiber Co. Inc., Statesville, North Carolina, for Fossfill 2, featuring Ultra Fresh to inhibit the growth of bacteria and other organisms, keeping pillows fresh and clean

Tabletop: Ready Check Glo, Lynbrook, New York, for the World’s 1st Illuminating Guest Check Presenter & Cocktail Menu, an innovation that improves guest service and staff efficiency by alerting staff when a check is ready for payment

Technology: B4Checkin, Halifax, Nova Scotia, for B4Checkin Online Checkin, an innovative Cloud-based, guest-facing system that allows for online check-in before arriving

Green Design: Apaiser Bathware, Richmond, Australia, for Apaiser Stone Composite Baths, a bathware range that harnesses the organic nature of stone and combines it with contemporary luxury.

Green Equipment & Supplies: T&S Brass & Bronze Works Inc., Travelers Rest, South Carolina, for Low-Flow Spray Valve, providing water and energy savings without compromising intense power rising

Green Guest Amenities: LATHER Hotel, located in Pasadena, California, for the Bamboo Lemongrass Collection, a timeless collection of gentle yet effective skin and hair care products

Green Tabletop: Your Green 2 Go, Spring, Texas, for Your Green 2 Go, 100 percent natural plant fiber Grab n’ Go containers made from corn

Green Technology: VTech Telecommunications, located in Beaverton, Oregon, for the Cordless Phone with Battery Backup, enabling hotels to offer an “all-cordless” room configuration with the added security of phone service during a power outage.

Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed nearly 150 submissions of the latest products for the industry, and selected winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology.