Friday, September 18, 2009

Chicago Market and Design / Product Trends Panel

If you are part of the casual furniture and accessory industry, and you want to learn about the latest trends in products and design, we highly recommend attending the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market next week in Chicago. The market show runs from September 21 to 24 at The Chicago Merchandise Mart, where 350 manufacturers from around the world will fill more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space. Between the exhibits and permanent show rooms, opportunities for buying and trend-following will abound at this year’s market.

According to the Casual Market Web site, the show will attract “leading manufacturers of wrought iron / aluminum, cast metal / cast combination, rattan / wicker / woven, tubular, resin / fiberglass and wood furnishings as well as umbrellas, hammocks, outdoor lighting, outdoor accessories / statues / fountains, outdoor hearth and heating products, alternative tabletops, barbecues, pool and spa accessories, and much more.”

The show has been a trade favorite for 30 years, and continues to lead the industry as a destination show for the latest trends in casual and outdoor furnishings / accessories.

In fact, our very own Don Eberly, president and CEO of Eberly & Collard Public Relations, will be sitting on the “Trends in Design – Beyond 2009” discussion panel Thursday, September 24. Don will be discussing some of our firm’s focus group findings and study data pertaining to product and design trends.

Moderated by Sarah Kinbar, editor-in-chief of Garden Design magazine, top experts in the industry will speak on the latest in furniture designs and styles, fabric trends, popular paint colors and finishes, plant and floral pairings, decorative containers, interior / exterior design trends, and other subject-matter. The panel will also touch on how the green movement is affecting homeowners’ and designer's choices.

Let us know if you will be attending the market. We would love to see you there. If media members would like to schedule interviews with Don regarding the trend insights in mention, we can gladly assist with that as well.

~ Leslie

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