Home: The Future Of Homemaking

Thousands of products ranging from the practical (bread knife) to the silly (shower squeegee) to the absurdly expensive (a $4,200 espresso machine) are featured this week at the 2005 International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago. Some highlights:

AUDIOSLAVE

Furniture has become part of a home entertainment system before, but not with such style. The LumiSource Boom Chair has built-in speakers and connects directly to your sound source. "Vibration mode" lets you feel the music. $240; due this spring.

THIS ISN'T A CHEW TOY

Nellie's Dryerballs separate clothes as they tumble, so they dry faster and with fewer wrinkles. $20 for a set of two,...

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