Friday, September 24, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
The Sol Maya woven pattern is highly weather resistant and is currently available in six different colors: ivory, wash, honey (pictured), java, graphite, and onyx. Sol Maya’s cushions are made of quick-drying foam and are Hand-crafted.
Sokul’s entire collection is 100% recyclable and so is its production and packaging. Even Sokul’s website is powered off of energy produced from windmills. What an extraordinary effort they make to be environmentally and socially responsible and aware. We are proud of the “green” efforts being made in the casual furniture industry and proud to feature so many of these companies on our blog.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
This rug, named Florin Blue, combines the best of modern and vintage Italy in its design and can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
With geometrical brown and cream mid-century squares, this Lloyd Brown rug would be a nice addition to an office or dining room. Or, it can be used outdoors to make a patio feel homier in a contemporary way.
We’re looking forward to Casual Market, beginning Tuesday, September 21! Are you? Keep up with our “Sneak Peek” series for some more great previews.
~ ECPR team
Situated on a solid High Pressure Laminate surface and supported by aluminum legs, the Balmoral is sturdy in design. The interchangeable back and arm cushions have removable covers for easy maintenance and are covered in Sunbrella fabric that can be customized with an array of color choices. We like the sleek, modern look of Balmoral and the fact that it is suited to be used indoors as well as in any outdoor landscape or climate. Harbour Outdoor also makes the choice to use only recycled materials, even materials that will not emit toxic or biologically harmful substances when broken down or burned. We think Harbour Outdoors as a company and design leader would be a great feature in any trade or consumer magazine, and we look forward to more great furniture from them in the future!
For those attending Casual Market, Harbour Outdoor will be at booth 8-8038. And, visit Harbour Outdoor’s Facebook page to connect with them and find out more information.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
The Savannah collection is reminiscent of the Deep South. It is characterized by the woven patterns of decorative wicker combined with sturdy aluminum framing for light, yet comforting furniture…yielding functional use with easy comfort. And, given our own seat in the South, we like that the furniture is made using materials from the region like southern cypress wood for the occasional and dining tables. We definitely think designers and homeowners will be attracted to this collection for its quaint charm.
Stemming from South Carolina’s cultured heritage, the Low Country collection reminds us that fundamental craftsmanship is still beautiful. What an addition these pieces would be to any porch, deck or backyard! The seats and backs of the seating pieces are crafted with hand-woven vinyl wicker similar to woven grass baskets that were popular years ago and still can be found for sale along Charleston’s streets and alleys.
The Great Lakes collection is a line of simple, classic, placid furniture that reminds us of the isolated nature surrounding the five Great Lakes. Even the color palette for the line reflects the blues, greens and woodsy hues that people associate with a calm lakeshore.
Last, but not least, is the Carmel collection. The pieces in this collection take us out west to the California coast. Full of artistic flair and whimsical character, the Carmel furniture is built on open weaves and flared legs, which is why we think it would look great in a sunroom or porch area, or even in a well-planned exterior space by the sea.
Stop by Lloyd / Flanders showroom, booth 1650, at Casual market to see these amazing collections and find out more about Lloyd / Flanders. Editors seeking regional design trends and themes for outdoor space articles, these lines might be of good interest to you.
~ Sarah Kate
Highwood is a manufacturing leader in synthetic wood structures and furniture, which can be more beneficial for homeowners due to its long-lasting attributes. Synthetic wood is less likely to loose its color and more resistant to water and stains all while being extremely easy to maintain. We think it’s fantastic that Highwood has taken its knowledge of synthetic wood and applied it to a classic style chair like the Adirondack. The Adirondack Collection features pieces handcrafted here in the United States available in a natural toffee color or crisp white finish. The product as a whole is fully recyclable and weather resistant. And, we like that all the items in the collection – the adult chair, ottoman, table and the child chair – completely fold for convenient storage when not in use.
For those attending Casual Market, Highwood’s booth is surely one to visit. And, feel free to leave any comments now or post-Casual Market regarding the Adirondack Collection.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
One of Pride Family Brands’ new collections is the Veranda Collection with its old world detailing and deep cushion seating. Decorative arches with rivets support the baluster-style arm and legs of each seating piece. Given our research and the many articles on outdoor rooms we have written, our team expects the deep seating pieces like the ones in the Veranda Collection are going to be popular among attendees at this year’s Casual Market. As more and more people are embracing the backyard as an additional room of the house, outdoor furniture is reflecting extra comfort and durability for everyday use and special occasions entertaining guests. The trend of staying in homes longer and working to redecorate or enhance existing décors is paramount to this kind of livable setting, and to the growing success of the Casual Market for 2011.
Another trend we’ve been noticing is the increase in details and carvings for table pieces. Small intricacies like these encourage more elegance in casual furniture. As an evolving trend, elegance and detailing are being showcased unlike in the past few years. Pride Family Brands will be introducing its Pedestal Table and Romanesque Tabletop at Casual Market. The Pedestal Table base features urn-like, scrolled feet and has been finished by a hand-applied antiquing process for an old world look and feel. The Romanesque Tabletop is a stunning carved design available in multiple sizes including Pride Family’s extension-sized table. With a deep, hand-tooled motif, we love this tabletop’s balance of flourish and linear elements.
Editors and producers, keep these pieces and us in mind for features on which you are working about how to add touches of elegance with durability for outdoor rooms. Stay tuned to our blog until the market’s opening day for more Casual Market “Sneak Peeks,” and look for our updates and byline articles about new products and exciting trends post-market.
The Veronne Collection features Ebel’s first swivel recliner as well as a variety of dining and modular pieces that can be used to create the ideal seating arrangement. We are working on an outdoor room design article for Dallas Homes, and you can imagine this type of lifestyle setting would be a good example for consumer readers.
The Porte Collection is available in both Walnut and Black weave colors and is comprised of seating pieces that are almost all stackable, making the collection as much resourceful as it is enjoyable and beautiful.
The Messina Collection is one of the two new aluminum categorized sets from Ebel. With a sleek, woven aluminum detail in the backrest, Messina pieces translate Ebel’s signature look into a new medium. This example of woven aluminum will set trends in 2011, and we hope to feature it in one of our Good Housekeeping magazine photo-sharing online content posts.
Finally, the Salerno Collection is the other introductory collection into the aluminum category. With an aim to address the trend of livable elegance in outdoor spaces, Ebel created pieces in this collection with details like a twisted-metal base and hand-applied Antique Copper finish.
We are swooning over the simple, elegance that radiates from each of these four new collections and are looking forward to seeing them at Casual Market. Ebel Inc.’s booth number is 15-121 for those attending Casual Market. But, what we like most about Ebel is the eco-friendly responsibility the company maintains for each collection. All Ebel’s aluminum and wicker is 100% recyclable, and the teak that is used comes from sustainable plantations. Beyond the materials used to create the furniture, Ebel conducts environmental practices in other ways, like its partnership with Trees for the Future and its move in 2009 to print all marketing materials in a factory certified method by the Forest Stewardship Council.
~ Sarah Kate
This Alaska Living Set encompasses the latest trends in outdoor furniture as well as the design characteristics of comfort and durability. The Alaska set features details like the oversized arm rests on all the pieces, the use of high quality, long-lasting synthetic material, and the stylish choice of twisted-cord detailing. We love how appropriate this Alaska set and other Bohdeline pieces are for hotel or building’s with casual lobby settings as well as for backyard homes. The company offers a rare combination of elegance and durability in this outdoor furniture line.
~ ECPR team
The table sits at coffee-table height with a propane tank concealed in the base. We like that the Oriflamme Fire Table is completely customizable. Choices include burner designs, granite or Tuscan stone finishes, round- or square-shaped tabletops, and over 24 types of colored, artistic fire glass.
We were pleasantly surprised to find the Oriflamme Fire Table not only lightweight and portable but also easy to assemble (no tools required). If you’re looking for more about this amazing product, click the following link for a video of the Oriflamme in action, including a look at the different burner designs that can be inserted into the glass: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qJQ5Kqqv_4&feature=player_embedded.
Designing Fire’s Oriflamme Fire Table definitely provides ambiance and warmth with unique style unmatched in today’s gas fire table market. – For our editor contacts looking for fire pits to address any last minute October or November editorial features, email or call us, or you may post comments here.
~ Sarah Kate
We are particularly fond of the Regent Dining Collection, Terra Furniture’s newest dining set that can transition from outdoor to indoor. The dining chair pictured is made of tubular and cast aluminum, and is available in 20 different finishes. For those of you who are hoteliers, restaurateurs, spa owners, and designers working in commercial spaces, Terra Furniture offers a creative choice for the back of the chair. It can be customized to include a company logo or initials, another reason to love the Regent Dining Collection!
Just looking at the Anastasia Outdoor Deep Seating Collection and we’re convinced the club chair, loveseat and ottoman will be favorites for any homeowner looking to create a relaxing setting on a verandah, patio, or in most any outdoor room. Terra Furniture covers each comfortable piece’s cushions in durable, all-weather Sunbrella fabrics, leaving the choice of 200 possible fabrics to the customer. Our take on the best part about this collection: the pieces can be left outdoors year round, without worry of fading.
If you are attending Casual Market, stop by Terra Furniture’s booth, 8-2050. And, for more information, visit www.terrafurniture.com.
~ Sarah Kate
Friday, September 10, 2010
One of the most versatile elements of NorthCape’s Berkshire Collection is the choice to accessorize the pieces with sunny shades of fabric and bold patterns or neutral-toned fabrics and earthy trimmings. After conducting much casual furniture trend research last year on the part of our team, the Berkshire Collection options act as an indicator the trend of bold-to-traditional colors and styles is still present.
The collection is defined by its thick, hand-woven
weave in a rich cappuccino color. The rustic feel of the weave combined with the rich brown hue really allows Berkshire pieces to be beautiful and functional. Matched with other pieces from the collection or mixed with other coordinating accessories, NorthCape’s Berkshire Collection can yield a timeless look for any backyard, patio, porch or terrace.
The Cabo Collection exudes a more luxurious resort feeling as a collection but at an affordable price. This modular collection’s pieces are crafted with a lightweight aluminum frame and covered with a Jacobean flat weave. The fabric for the cushions is completely durable due to its UV-protected PE woven resin, and NorthCape has a fabric library of over 150 textures and colors to use for the cushions.
If you’ll be attending Casual Market, stop by booths 16-112 and 16-130 for NorthCape International’s selection of furniture, lamps, rugs and accessories.
~ ECPR team
We gathered some feedback about this from Clint Blevins, president of California Outdoor Concepts. He shared with us that when he and his team started the company almost 10 years ago, they felt they were providing a product that gave additional heat for backyard activities. But, they know today the fire pit is really a gathering place; a place to share conversations and maintain relationships. The modern and sophisticated appearance of their fire pits is a tell-tale sign they know all about creating warm atmospheres for homeowners and business owners in need of fire elements. We, here at ECPR, want to share two particular fire pits from California Outdoor Concepts - the Monterey and the Del Rio – that really captured our attention.
The Monterey is a multifunctional fire pit table reminiscent of California style and feel. With dark mahogany footing and basket weave base, the Monterey combines aesthetic beauty with practical needs of an outdoor table. An individual could easily rest his/her feet up on the top for extra warmth and comfort or set a plate and glass on the edge for a fireside dinner with guests.
The Del Rio from the La Costa series is fashioned from its Spanish name meaning “to or from the river”. A coffee table in shape in size, this fire pit is made of sleek, modern details, like the granite top sourced from actual mountains. Media members, if you have editorial needs for what’s hot in outdoor fire pits for your fall and winter issues / editions, please comment here, or you are welcome to email or tweet us.
TUUCI’s newest introduction is its Ocean Master MAX Cantilever Classic Parasol from the Ocean Master MAX Cantilever Collection, designed and inspired from marine elements. The automatic telescope mast supports the shade parasol that provides 200 square feet of uninterrupted shade and ambiance. TUUCI blends style and function together with the MAX Cantilever Classic as it combines beautiful aesthetics with solid engineering features, like the tandem-retrieving crank system, for the ultimate shade experience. We really admire the product because it is a timeless piece that eludes sophistication and contemporary comfort. We believe the nautical look and easy to operate features makes it an ideal shade choice.
TUUCI is a leader in shade products furnishing cafés, hotels and resorts while also focusing on environmental sustainability. See more of TUUCI’s products at booth 8-7038 at Casual Market or visit www.tuuci.com for more information.
The look of the Marseille Collection is clean and linear with subtle details that enhance its sophistication, according to Eric Graham, the senior director for Century Leisure. And, the collection includes dining and lounge chairs, bar stools, loveseats, chaises and tables all in hand-wrought steel with a pewter finish. Each of the seating pieces features Century’s distinct bull nose cushion details, and, the tables are topped with brushed White Carrara marble.
We hope everyone is enjoying these amazing “Sneak Peeks” before Casual Market begins just around the corner. Designers, retailers, manufacturers, and media members, keep reading our blog for more product spotlights and new trends in casual and outdoor living! There are many more Sneak Peeks to follow soon.
~ Sarah Kate
Besides the beautifully detailed finish of the chair, we love the spacious, deep seating of this club chair. Extra thick, large cushions covered in high-quality Sunbrella fabric offer extra comfort in a clean, chic way. Its modern day durability makes it family and children friendly; it’s overall sense of style makes it worthy to be included in our “Sneak Peeks”. – Editors, this chair would enlighten your readers on some of the most incredible form-and-function outdoor seating for 2011.
Friday, September 3, 2010
This revolutionary lighting product combines the latest in LED technology with the concept of colored lighting “painting” a room for different atmospheres. Whether it’s a warm yellow for a lazy Sunday spent reading or a vibrant purple to enhance the entertainment feel of a dinner party, individuals can save up to three favorite settings for easy use in the future. There is also a dimmable white light and an automatic color-changing setting as additional features. We can easily see LivingColors becoming popular with home owners, business owners and especially designers in the hospitality business. And the easiness of use with LivingColors plugging into any outlet and being controlled by a touch-sensitive remote control is yet another standout reason why we had to include this product in our “Sneak Peek” series.
If you’ll be at Casual Market, stop by Philips Consumer Luminaires’ booth 8-3009 to see LivingColors. Or, for now, find more information about LivingColors at: http://www.lighting.philips.com/microsite/living_colors/
And, stay tuned to our blog for our upcoming “Sneak Peek” posts!
~ Sarah Kate
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Our ECPR team is working closely with MMPI, the show’s well-equipped production company, to cover select products and innovative trends, as introduced or launched by some of the showroom owners and exhibitors who will participate. We will be writing pre-show “Sneak Peeks” and publishing them on our blog for attendees and members of the media. Many of our media contacts have requested this resource, as is our norm, so we are looking forward to reporting helpful information about our clients and many others in the industry. We hope everyone enjoys the posts!
Keep checking our blog for an ongoing series of product “Sneak Peeks” and for information released from MMPI about the market event leading up to September 21. Also, follow us on Twitter during the market, as we’ll be tweeting about products and trends from the Casual Market. Here are our social media channels:
· Blog: http://www.eberlycollardpr.blogspot.com/
· Facebook Fanpage: http://tinyurl.com/ECPR-Facebook
· Twitter: http://twitter.com/eberlycollardpr
· Flickr photo pages: http://tinyurl.com/ECPR-Flickr
So, think of our social media channels as a means to learn about 2010’s advanced and new products for the home and outdoor furniture and accessories industries. Members of the media whom may not yet have tapped into this resource, contact us if you would like to receive special articles, product profiles, photos, etc. directly.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Chicago!
~ ECPR team
Made from worm castings, Pure Castings is essentially the first step to healthy topsoil. Pure Castings is a developed blend of minerals, nutrients and living microscopic organisms. The castings are a result of a scientifically-developed diet of components known to promote naturally healthy soils and plants. For landscapers and consumers, the fact that the castings are odorless makes them pleasant to use in residential and commercial settings. For retailers, the castings provide a totally organic alternative to entice today's green-savvy customers. The end result is fertilized topsoil that boosts healthy plant growth for any lawn or garden.
Similar to Pure Castings in its derived formula, Eco Boost is a liquid soil amendment that seeps further than the soil and into a plant’s roots. This highly concentrated product includes 13 varieties of Endo/Ecto Mycorrhizae- a complex and diverse blend of living beneficial microbes comprised of more than 40 varieties, totaling 13.89 million plus CFUs per fluid ounce. Also, notably, this includes several different types of Archaea. It also includes liquid humates, proteins, amino acids and even, yucca and North American sea kelp. In action, these powerful ingredients increase a plant’s health and therefore its ability to resist drought, disease and pests.
Clearly, these products are deserving of “Best-of Products” status. - Media members, let us know your questions, comments and needs for source insights, photos or articles.
~ Sarah Kate
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Pictured below is a fall container from Clesen. Perfect for decorating homes, businesses, hotels, etc., Clesen’s fall selections include magnolia, oak leaves, artichoke, sorghum, yarrow, and more, all embodying fall’s classic color scheme and earthy vibe.
For those garden centers and landscapers planning ahead for winter, Clesen also has beautiful products that work in extreme weather conditions. Branches, evergreens, wreaths, garlands, and the newest introduction, snow berries make for wonderful wintry wall or door hangings, containers or beds. The snow berries are all-natural, white berries and made from a plant similar to sugarcane, yet they are tolerant of cold temperatures and wet weather. Handmade and hand dipped into red, gold or silver paints and finished with a shimmer, the berries are one of Clesen’s items that will spruce up any outdoor arrangement for those colder days that are around the corner.
For more information about Clesen Wholesale and pictures of products, and for retailers wanting to make orders, visit: http://www.clesen.com.
~ Don and Jeff