Bloggers honor best products at New York Gift Show

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Eight bloggers from notable trend-watching and interior design sites judged thousands of products from over 200 exhibitors at the New York International Gift Fair before choosing to honor eight products that they believe are 'the next big thing.'  

The eight bloggers chose products from the Accent on Design section of the summer edition of the New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF), which showcases the latest in household furnishings, gifts and accessories from companies around the world. The Accent on Design section exhibits design-driven consumer products across all divisions of the show.  

The companies and products chosen by the eight bloggers to be the 'next big thing' were as follows;

Eleven Design Studio - Twoolies  - selected by Heather Clawson from the blog Habitually Chic, Twoolies are soft animals made from 100 percent wool by artisans in South Mexico. The products use materials from the region in which they are made and each piece is unique.

Pablo - The Clamp Lamp by Dana Canaan - selected by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan from Apartment, the LED Clamp Lamp simply clips on to the edge of most surfaces.

Mira Design Corp/ D-Torso - The D-Torso Gigantic Cardboard Giraffe - selected by Hollister Horvey from, the D-Torso Gigantic Cardboard Giraffe is a cardboard puzzle kit in the shape of a giraffe.

Caleb Siemon - Growlight designed by Carmen Salazar - selected by Gelan Jackson from Core77, the Growlight combines light and greenery as it features a plant in an unconventional lamp shade. The glass can be removed, the plant re-potted and the light bulb changed.

Serene House - Donut - selected by blogger Marisa Marcantonio of, the Donut is designed to be placed indoors where it releases a fragrant water vapor removing odors from the room. The device also has LED lights that frequently change color and is capable of playing music from an iPod.  

Native Union - Play - selected by Danielle McWilliams of, Play is a video memo pad designed as a more interactive and personal method of leaving a message to friends and family than Post-it notes.

Brinca Dada - Brinca Dada Blocks - selected by Stephanie Murg of UnBeige, the Dada Blocks from doll maker Brinca Dada are curved and asymmetric, encouraging children to take an innovative approach to building doll houses.

Lo-Res Labs - Paper Punk - chosen by bloggers Kate Reynolds McLeod of the Daily Grommet, the Paper Punk toys allow children to transform 2D shapes into 3D objects with bold modern shapes and colors.

The latest innovations in interior design and household accessories will also be on display at Tendence in Germany August 26-30 and Maison & Objet in Paris from September 9-13.  

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