May 20, 2015
National Stationery Show presents Best New Product Awards to eight exhibitors
From nearly 600 eligible products, the Gold Imprint Table Runner/Gift Wrap by Hester & Cook Design Group has received the “Best of Show” distinction in the 2015 National Stationery Show Best New Product Awards Competition. The National Stationery Show runs through Wednesday, May 20, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
“The National Stationery Show is overflowing with new product introductions, showcasing the latest and greatest in greeting cards, social stationery, complementary lifestyle merchandise and products for creative pursuits,” said Patti Stracher, vice president and NSS show director. “The competition spotlights the products that industry experts deem most exceptional for their creativity in materials and design, as well as those with greatest potential consumer appeal.”
A panel of four trade and consumer editors selected winning products in eight categories. Judges for the 19th annual Best New Product Awards were Diane Falvey of Gifts and Decorative Accessories; Nole Garey of Oh So Beautiful Paper; Leigh Jajuga of Museums & More/Party & Paper Retailer; and Sarah Schwartz of Stationery Trends. In making their determinations, judges considered innovative product design or concept, how the product answers an industry need, aesthetic appeal, creative use of materials and innovative packaging.
The winners of the 2015 National Stationery Show Best New Product Awards are:
Best of Show
Hester & Cook Design Group (Nashville, Tennesee) for its Gold Imprint Table Runner/Gift Wrap, printed with soy-based metallic gold ink on FSC-certified paper that is U.S. milled with renewable energy. In collaboration with Chilewich, the paper’s Gold Imprint design looks like a woven texture. 20 inches wide by 50 feet long.
All Things Wedding
Claire Magnolia (Atlanta) for The Vow Book, a customizable 8.5-by-11inch ribbon-bound keepsake book — printed on artisan papers — for vows, orders of service and other wedding mementos. The cover, which comes in 40 colors and five material types (leather, velvet, silk, satin or linen), can be personalized and shipped singly.
Knot & Bow (Brooklyn, New York) for its Multi DIY Confetti Balloons. The box of twelve clear, 11-inch balloons comes packaged with one packet of multicolor confetti, and instructions for filling, inflating and enjoying.
Do It Yourself
Little B (Lodi, New Jersey) for its Little B Paper Flowers Program. The kits include 12 petal strips, each of which makes six paper flowers with adhesive backed die-cut petals, and 12 petal pack kits, each of which makes four flowers ranging from 4 inches to 10 inches. Along with the specialty two-sided paper with adhesives already in place, the kits come with accessories such as paper packs, cutting dies and more.
Hester & Cook Design Group (Nashville, Tennessee) for its Gold Imprint Table Runner/Gift Wrap, printed with soy-based metallic gold ink on FSC-certified paper that is U.S. milled with renewable energy. In collaboration with Chilewich, the paper’s Gold Imprint design looks like a woven texture. 20 inches wide by 50 feet long.
Emily McDowell (Los Angeles) for its Breathe Mug, an 11 ounce ceramic mug with wording “Breathe, or don’t I’m just a mug,” takes a humorous twist on ”inspirational word art“ frequently seen on giftable housewares. The mug, which is dishwasher and microwave safe, is printed and packaged in the USA.
Firecracker Press (St. Louis) for its Moon Card, a five-color letterpress design on Kona paper made from coffee bags and printed from wood cuts. The card is A6 size.
Tiny Forest Gift Company (Tiverton, Rhode Island) for its “Live the Life You Dream About” necklace, carded for Mother’s Day. The necklace and decorative charm are handmade from sterling silver and carded with a message in a gift-box set.
Anna Griffin, Inc. (Atlanta) for its Anna Griffin Imperial Collection Nesting Boxes. The two-box set, which is created from 300 point board and is lined inside and out with paper, has a brass nameplate.
Products new to market since the 2014 National Stationery Show, or after May 21, 2014, were eligible for the competition and exhibitor submissions were limited to one product per category. All entries will be showcased within the National Stationery Show’s Best New Product Display in the Crystal Palace Lobby through Wednesday, May 20, at 1:00pm, when the 2015 annual edition of the tradeshow closes.