Housewares and cookbooks feature heavily in a poll of’s best-selling products of the past two decades, commissioned by the online retailer to mark its 20th anniversary. In 2001, the best-selling book

was ‘Happy Days with the Naked Chef’ by Jamie Oliver. In 2003, the best-selling home product was the George Foreman Family Grill. In 2004, the nation’s read ‘You

Are What You Eat: The Plan that Will Change Your Life’ by Gillian McKeith and ordered the Panasonic Breadmaker.

In 2005, the Jamie Oliver Flavour Shaker topped the home products list, followed in 2007 by the One Touch Automatic Can Opener.

2010 best sellers included

‘Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals’ by Jamie Oliver and Brita Maxtra water filter cartridges. Other highlights include

‘Deliciously Ella’ by Ella Woodward and spiralizers in 2015, ‘Lean in 15’ by Joe Wicks in 2016 and ‘5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food’ by Jamie Oliver in 2017. country manager Doug Gurr said: “Since


Amazon looks back at the nation’s most loved products

we opened our virtual doors for the first time as an online bookseller in 1998, has expanded year on year and now offers customers access to more than 250 million products. “Looking back at our bestsellers

provides a nostalgic year-by-year snapshot of what grabbed the nation’s attention. As we move forward, we’ll continue to innovate for our customers so they can quickly and seamlessly discover and enjoy anything they might want to buy online.”

Ambiente names Partner Country presentation designer

The Republic of India is the Partner Country of German trade show Ambiente for 2019 - and designer Ayush Kasliwal has been chosen to create the annual Partner Country presentation. The creative director

Four new directors join IHA board

Four new directors have been elected to the board of directors of the International Housewares Association (IHA). They are Scott Henrikson,

president of Dexas International; Darrin Johnston, managing director of Meyer Corporation; Lisa W. Knierim, president & ceo-

Americas of Villeroy & Boch; and Ingerid Mohn, president of Sagaform. Their three-year terms started on October 1 and run until September 30 2021. Also elected were three new

board officers: chairman John (JC) Collins, who is president & chief marketing officer of Neatfreak Group; vice chairman/chairman elect Howard Steidle Jr., who holds the role of ceo of John Ritzenthaler Co.; and treasurer William Endres, who is president

of Select Brands. These officers are serving one-year terms from October 1 to September 30 2019. Retiring from the board are:

Hildy Abrams, ceo of Gourmet Settings Inc.; Gregory Cairo, president and general manager of Groupe SEB USA; Alejandro Peña, managing director, North America of Keter North America; and Philippe Trudeau. Re- appointed for a second three-year term were: Fred Dohn, ceo of Arc and Howard Steidle Jr.

and co-founder of Jaipur-based AKFD & Anan Taya will curate and design the presentation, which will demonstrate ‘the importance of traditional craftsmanship for India today’. It will be in Indian colours, and the products will be illuminated in the style of a design gallery. Ayush said: “Many of India’s craft ecosystems still exist and have not been completely overwhelmed by industrial mass production. India makes a huge variety of handmade goods and this opens up enormous opportunities for the country. The future, especially for India, lies in craftsmanship - and Ambiente is a fantastic place to present handmade products.” Organised by Messe Frankfurt, Ambiente will be held in Frankfurt from February 8 to February 12.

Brands support James Martin’s tour

Home show set to launch in London

A brand new trade show called the Pure Living Lifestyle & Home Fair is coming to London in March. Organised by Elite London

Events, the exhibition will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington on March 4 and March 5 and will host 250 designers and brands from across a broad product spectrum including Home Living; Fashion & Accessories; Beauty & Wellbeing; Gifts & Greetings and Kids Living. Elite London Events said: ‘With

exhibitors from across Europe, Scandinavia and the Eastern Mediterranean, buyers can expect to discover new design talent and products from

countries including the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. ‘The sheer diversity of

products will mean the Pure Living Lifestyle & Home Fair is the perfect place for buyers, from retail giants to boutique outlets and online retailers, to create new relationships with like-minded, design-driven creatives. ‘The event also offers buyers a unique opportunity to gain knowledge of - and exposure to - new trends, products and resources, while also experiencing new ideas and creative ways to support their business.’

Suna Solak, director of the Pure Living Lifestyle & Home Fair, commented: “We’re excited about the sheer variety of new design talent that the inaugural Pure Living Fair is set to bring to London.” The trade-only event is free to

attend; registration opens on December 1 at

Celebrity chef and TV presenter James Martin is starring in a series of live shows around the country throughout October.

On the 22-date

‘James Martin – On the Road … Again’ tour, the cook will share his experiences of his travels for his recent hit TV series ‘James Martin’s French Adventure’ and ‘James Martin’s American Adventure’. Although food will be at the heart of the show, James will also be joined by special guests and promises ‘some surprises and twists’. Horwood is supporting the tour with its Stellar James Martin Collection. James will be using most of the knives, cutlery, cookware and bakeware in the range during his performances. He is also putting his popular license porcelain

with Denby through its paces, using his new Denby Gastro Dessert sets and Everyday tableware, along with Denby’s Heritage Bowls, to present his dishes.

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