25 September 2009

Blue and white outdoor chair

Gloster Furniture's Halifax deep seating armchair is featured on the Gift & Home Today blog, giftandhometoday.blogspot.com
Gloster Furniture's
Halifax deep seating armchair is made of solid mahogany. It has a white painted finish and a cushion.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this item for you.

24 September 2009

Award winners from Casual Furniture market

from a press release


Prestigious Awards Honor Outstanding Designs in 11 Product Categories During the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market

CHICAGO (September 22, 2009) – The casual furnishings industry’s top manufacturers were honored with the distinguished Design Excellence Award during the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™, held at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, September 21-24, 2009.

The Design Excellence Awards – considered the highest recognition for new product design in the casual furnishings industry – honor manufacturers whose merchandise demonstrate innovation, fine craftsmanship and great engineering in 11 product categories, including two new important industry categories, Fabric and Outdoor Rugs, Carpeting and Flooring.

Each of the 11 category winners will be judged again to determine the recipient of the Lillian B. Winchester Best Of Show Award, which will be announced at the Apollo Awards Banquet on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. The Best Of Show winner will receive $1,000 to donate to their design school of choice.

A renowned panel of industry experts judged the entries and the International Casual Furnishings Association presented the awards as follows:

Cast Metal Furniture

Pride Family Brands, Sophia Formal Cushion Dining Chair

Complementary Casual Products

Gloster, Axis Coffee Table


Veneman Collections, Woodgrain Hill – Green

Outdoor Lighting Products

Woodard (by Joe Ruggiero), Belgravia Table Lamp

Outdoor Rugs, Carpeting and Flooring – NEW CATEGORY!

Veneman Collections, Terene Outdoor Rug

Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials Furniture

Laneventure, Solona Round Dining Table

Shade Products

TUUCI, Ocean Master MAX Crescent Parasol

Tubular Materials Furniture

Barlow Tyrie, Quattro Sun Lounge

Wood Casual Furniture

ScanCom North America, Bogor Recycled Teak Rectangle Table

Wrought Iron/Wrought Aluminum Furniture

Kettler, Sereno Barrel Back Chair

The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market is exclusively endorsed by the International Casual Furnishings Association (formerly known as the Summer & Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association, SCFMA) and the Casual Furniture Retailers Association (CFR) and managed by MMPI.


International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, September 21-24, 2010, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

Outdoor daybed, bar stool

Koverton daybed and bar stoolAt the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market this month, Koverton introduced the Parkview daybed, made of cast aluminum and wicker decorative panels.

The Parkview bar stool is available in multiple finishes and all-weather wicker/aluminum combinations.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.
Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer or interior designer to order this item for you.

23 September 2009

Retailing's next test is Halloween

The following is an excerpt from “Retailing’s Next Test: Halloween,” by Paula Rosenblum, Managing Partner of RSR, Retail Systems Research. Read the entire article here.

Halloween is holiday that for most people has little to no familial or religious associations to it. No gift giving required and no “important” rituals. The primary traditions are decorations, costumes and trick or treating. I always observed that you could have a really great time for under $100.
It doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, rainy or dry….kids wear costumes to go trick or treating for Halloween. And because the run-up takes a while, people also buy decorations. But the big money or the extra sales comes from Halloween parties for grown-ups. It doesn’t get any better than having Halloween itself fall on Saturday.
The bottom line is – this is the month to watch for indicators of how the “big” holiday season is going to go. We believe there’s a certain amount of “frugality fatigue” setting in – and while consumers will still be price conscious, people want to have some fun. It has been a nasty year. The stars are aligned. Halloween should be a barn-burner. If it’s not, we’ll know we’re not nearly out of the woods yet. If it is, things are looking up.

Outdoor furniture for children

 Eagle One's line of Kids Outdoor Furniture is Constructed of Greenwood Recycled Plastic. See it at the 2009 Casual Furniture Market in Chicago

Eagle One's line of Kids Outdoor Furniture is constructed of Greenwood recycled plastic. This sturdy and virtually maintenance-free material is said to hold up well to the demanding needs of children at play.
The company exhibited at the 2009 International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market at Chicago's Merchandise Mart.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this item for you.

22 September 2009

Outdoor rugs for the porch and patio

Couristan Urbane collection of outdoor rugs
Couristan introduces The Urbane collection of outdoor/indoor area rugs. Made with UV-stabilized 100% Courtron polypropylene, these mold and mildew-resistant rugs have a diagonal flatweave with intricate cut-pile accents that form various casual-chic patterns.
See the company at the 2009 International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market.

Retailers: Contact the manufacturer for prices and minimums.

Shoppers: Ask your favorite independent retailer to order this item for you.

21 September 2009

Casual furniture market starts today

from a press release
CHICAGO (September 15, 2009) – The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™ returns to The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Monday, September 21 through Thursday, September 24. The Casual Market showcases the finest in indoor and outdoor casual furniture. During the Market, exhibitors from around the world will showcase cutting-edge products, setting the precedent for the casual furnishings industry. Designer products in 15 categories that will premiere at Market include:
Wrought Iron / Aluminum
Homecrest outdoor living at the casual furniture market, chicagoHomecrest Outdoor Living introduces The Wescott Collection (pictured), a classic frame design and uniquely flared sling feature our patent pending Butterfly Basket® providing the maximum in comfort, style and value.
Mallin Casual Furniture introduces Coronado Sling Dining, made of all-aluminum and also available in padded sling. The contemporary armless design is more compact to accommodate smaller outdoor spaces.
O.W. Lee Co., Inc.’s intricate scrolls and hand forged bends have been a hallmark of OW Lee’s wrought iron collections. Now, with the introduction of their newest collection, Ashbury, that same classic look is presented in light weight, easy care Aluminum.
Beka Casting introduces the Empire Dining Chair (pictured), a cast aluminum dining chair designed with beauty and comfort in mind; with soft painterly lines that are pleasing to the eye and contours that are pleasing to body.
Beka Casting outdoor furniture Beka also introduces the Empire Grand Oval Dining Table, a solid cast aluminum, uniquely shaped 99”x69” table designed to seat 10-12 with comfort. The legs and attachments are made of solid aluminum giving it stability, and the top is designed with multiple silhouettes blended together to unite into one beautiful motif.
Foremost Groups, Inc. introduces the Lane® Seabury Collection, a low maintenance rust-free cast and extruded combination aluminum construction with durable powder coated finish. Foremost also introduces the Eleganza Outdoor Collection, cast aluminum details cast from molds made of detailed wood carvings in the Ancient art of sand castings. This collection’s tough, powder coated hand finishes are UVresistant. Extra-thick Sunbrella ® fabric cushions are included and remain colorfast and easy to clean even after seasons in the sun.
Gensun Casual Living introduces the Bel Air Collection, a very sophisticated and timeless design with gentle curves and fine detailing for striking beauty.
Rattan / Wicker / Woven Materials
Domus Ventures America introduces the Corentin chair, a sculpted design, it is truly art in motion. The sensuous curves and deep seating comfort blend perfectly to project a contemporary yet very fluid look and feel. Corentin is available as deep seating, dining, canopied lounge and other occasional pieces.
Palm Springs Rattan presents the Boca Bay Indoor Glider an instant best-selling addition to an already successful collection! Boca Bay swivel glider has the comfort and style to compliment any décor and is constructed with a rattan frame, leather-bound joints, twisted banana leaf accents, and your choice of over 100 fabrics at no extra charge.
Royal Teak Collection’s Helena Tables, available in two different sizes, have a 48” or 60” diameter. The Table top has inlayed tempered glass and sits on an “hourglass” shaped base, giving it a stunning, contemporary look.
Tubular Materials
JANUS et Cie
introduces the Azimuth Cross Lounge Chair, a modern lounge element which offers visual sophistication in both interior and exterior spaces. The versatile frame can be accented with a cushion constructed from a selection of more than 185 textiles available from the JANUS Textiles collection for a custom look in any design environment.
Wood Casual Furniture
New River Casual Furniture’s
new Charleston Swivel Rocker is both casual and traditional, with oversized proportions for stability and comfort with cut-to-shape, rounded armrests and vertical slat backs for aesthetic appeal, as well as a patented, state-of-the-art Leggett & Platt outdoor swivel mechanism. This new rocker is available in oiled, ClearCare, as well as REVE Cinammon, REVE Mocha, REVE White and REVE Black finishes.
Outdoor Lighting
Shady Lady Lighting’s
Phatty Conversation table light revolves around a new extra fat 8mm extrusion from Viro. This piece is both stylish and functional as it can provide lighting for your outdoor oasis and act as a conversation table; stands 17” tall with 23” diameter.
Outdoor Accessories / Statues / Fountains
introduces ARTEFX Outdoor Canvas Art, all-weather canvas art and wall décor. Features stunning photographs printed on canvas.
Saffire Grill Co.
is proud to present the most innovative grill in its class, the Saffire Grill and Smoker (pictured). Its unique features provide unparalleled cooking performance and optional maple carts, featuring granite tops, add stunning visual appeal.Saffire grill and smoker, as seen at the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, Chicago September 21 to 24, 2009
Alternative Tabletops
Grandway introduces the Wind Tamer Weighted Tablecloth, a vinyl tablecloth with hidden weighted edges around the perimeter of the tablecloth to withstand even the strongest winds. No longer are clamps or weights needed to keep your tablecloth in place. The Wind Tamer Weighted Tablecloth is great for backyard dining, outdoor entertaining, picnics, dry seating at concerts or at the park.
Other / Misc.
California Outdoor Products
introduces the Capri, a tabletop firepit and LaPaz, a waterfall firepit. Colonial Mills, Inc. introduces The Renaissance™ Collection, the only 100% Sunbrella® rugs on the market, the collection features indoor & outdoor braided-texture area rugs and accessories. The hallmarks of the Sunbrella® brand - enduring color, luxurious feel, and worry free use - position this new collection as a premium offering among indoor and outdoor decorating products.
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