Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: EcoSmart Fire

EcoSmart Fire works with a number of designers to create and produce environmentally friendly fireplaces for indoor spaces as well as outdoor living areas. This year the company will be showcasing the Stix fireplace designed by Hiroshi Tsunoda at Casual Market. Now based in Barcelona, Hiroshi Tsunoda graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, one of the top design schools in the United States. His recent works have been displayed at the Salone Satellite in Milan and at the design festival, Designersblock in London. As head of Hiroshi Tsunoda Design Studio, he aims to bring practical and functional designs to everyday consumers.

The Stix fireplace provides a contemporary twist on traditional campfires. The outdoor fireplace consists of varying-sized tubular stainless-steel “sticks” that are secured around an efficient three liter burner. Stix is powered by clean-burning, environmentally friendly bioethanol. Bioethanol or simply ethanol, is a renewable energy source produced by fermenting the sugar and starch components of plant by-products. Thus, the Stix outdoor fireplace does not produce smoke, soot or ash. This stylish, elegant fireplace creates the perfect ambiance for a cool summer evening on the beach or backyard patio. The dancing flames have the ability to captivate users for up to eight hours.

The award-winning and innovative Stix outdoor fireplace is a must see at Casual Market this year. For more information about EcoSmart Fire’s bioethanol fireplaces, visit www.ecosmartfire.com.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Homecrest Outdoor Living

Indoor furniture collections made for the outdoors. The new Bungalow Collection by Homecrest Outdoor Living puts a luxurious twist on outdoor living spaces. The collection features a slipcover that is applied over a custom designed and engineered aluminum frame. The seat is fitted with a foam core for durability, and then wrapped with a polyester fiber. A water-resistant ticking protects the core material.

The line includes a sofa, loveseat, chat chair, swivel rocker chat chair, and a dining Parson’s chair. The complete collection offers homeowners a stylish, sophisticated outdoor furniture seating area for everyday use or guest entertainment. Bungalow’s slipcover is offered in a large selection of washable, UV protected fabrics for carefree maintenance. Season trends and colors will come and go; with Homecrest Outdoor Living’s Bungalow Collection, homeowners simply have to change the slipcover to stay abreast of color trends!

Retailers, industry trends show dealers and customers are looking for products made in the United States. Homecrest Outdoor Living’s products are made on American soil, offering product customization, quick shipping and safety assurance. Visit the company’s booth at Casual Market to learn more about the Bungalow Collection. To view Homecrest Outdoor Living’s large selection of outdoor furniture visit www.homecrest.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek:” Pride Family Brands

Flecks of light dotting the dark sky. Friends gathered in a circle to share highlights of their day. Nearly everyone is aware of the unique ambiance provided by a dancing flame. Not to mention, fire pits have become one of today's hottest trends in backyard recreation. 

The use of outdoor fire pits has evolved as homeowners search for new ways to enhance their yards and patios. Consumers who want to maximize their time outdoors will naturally look for a way to bring warmth to their outdoor spaces. Some of today's fire pits have also come a long way from the humble, traditional wood-burning models. Designer versions, such as Pride Family Brands' Castelle fire pits, offer modern, creative and elegant options. 

Casual Market-goers can learn more about Castelle fire pits by visiting Booth 1747 next month. The fire pits come in two sizes, 48-inch round and a 32-inch by 48-inch rectangular model, and are designed for weather resistance and ease of use. Both sizes include a signature hand-woven aluminum base in combination with six of Pride Family Brand's most popular cast top designs.

The bases feature a door for easy access to the propane storage area. For convenient igniting and extinguishing, the control valve is located on the outside of the base. High quality burners, rated to produce 60,000 BTUs, provide a welcome amount of warmth and ambiance. To learn more about the benefits and features of Castelle fire pits, visit www.pridefamilybrands.com. There, you can also find the latest tips and trends in the world of outdoor living from Pride Family Brand's own Resident Lifestyle Expert, Jamie Sorcher.

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Poly-Wood Inc.

The new Euro Bistro Table from Poly-Wood, Inc. will be making an appearance at this year’s Casual Market show. Since 1990, Poly-Wood co-founders and owners Doug Rassi and Mark Phillabaum have been developing outdoor casual furniture made from plastic lumber. Poly-Wood's plastic lumber is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), UV-inhibited pigment systems, foaming compounds, and selected process additives. The HDPE primary raw material is derived from bottle waste, such as milk and detergent bottles or other HDPE post industrial material. Since HHPE products are made a with a single, purified polymer they have exceptional resistance to corrosion, oils and fuels as well as insects, fungi, salt spray, and much more. Thus, Poly-Wood Inc.’s outdoor furniture collections are durable, long-lasting and ideal for all-weather environments.

The Euro Bistro Table is beautifully designed and aesthetically pleasing. The table’s aluminum frame is complemented with Poly-Wood slats for a contemporary, eco-friendly design. The frame is available in three different colors while the slats are available in 13 colors. Additionally, the Euro Bistro Table comes in three heights, dining, counter or bar height. The possibilities are endless with this customizable dining set. Retailers, stop by Poly-Wood Inc.’s booth at Casual Market to learn more about the company’s eco-friendly outdoor furniture collections. Also, visit the company’s website at www.polywoodinc.com for more information.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Designing Fire, Inc.

Fire tables are going to be a hot new trend at this year’s Casual Market. The Oriflamme Fire Table from Designing Fire, Inc. will be one of the show’s highlights. Portable and easy to assemble, this self-contained natural gas fire table sits at coffee table height to maximize heat and seating comfort. Easily a conversation piece, the Oriflamme Fire Table is a focal point for any backyard, patio or resort setting.
Made in the U.S., the fire table provides up to 60,000 BTU’s of heat with a burn time of 10-12 hours. The flames and heat are easy to adjust and control, perfect for a cool spring evening or a cold winter night. Most notably, Designing Fire’s environmentally friendly fire table does not leave behind soot, ashes or ember. The Oriflamme Fire Table can be customized to suit buyer preferences. Available in square or round tops in granite or Tuscan, buyers have a choice of seven different burner designs and 24 colors of artistic glass for a more personal flare.

Retailers, the Oriflamme Fire Table is ideal for customers looking to add a bit of warmth and ambiance to outdoor spaces. Stop by Designing Fire’s booth at Casual Market to learn more about the company’s natural gas fire table. For additional information, visit the company’s website at www.designingfire.com.

Casual Market “Sneak Peek:” Caravita USA, Inc.

With user-friendly, sophisticated technology and high-grade materials, Caravita USA, Inc. exudes shade innovation. International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market attendees can have a look at seven of the company's collections, as they exhibit for the first time this year. 

Among the collection is Caravita's most innovative cantilever umbrella, Belvedere. Structural and sleek, the umbrella features a distinctive folding mechanism. Closed, it stands upright and saves space with a middle mast shape. With the smooth opening lever, the shade can be opened and closed with a single arm movement. Additionally, Belvedere can be customized with more than 200 powder finishes and hundreds of solution-dyed acrylic awning fabrics to select from.

This unique umbrella can also shift from modern to classic with a few simple design details. From a traditional design of flowing or attached valances, to venting details like wind roofs and hoods the Belvedere can be designed to fit any outdoor living space. Base and in-ground applications make umbrellas versatile by being portable or permanent.

Caravita's shades are built to last and distributed through a network of specialty retailers worldwide. Retailers, media members and outdoor space designers and can view all 7 collections of umbrellas and pavilions at this year's show. Principal Michael Caravita said he’s looking forward to meeting with existing and new retailers at Casual Market and getting a pulse on the marketplace. It will also be an opportunity to uncover new trends. One prominent trend today relates to accessories, he explained, such as heating and lighting options being incorporated into shade products.

This fall, Caravita’s 2012 catalog will be released with more images, specification details and luxury accessories. The company’s website is another excellent resource, which allows users to compare shades, view design details, find upcoming events, and more. See for yourself, at www.michaelcaravita.com.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Patio Renaissance

The California-based Patio Renaissance is a casual furniture manufacturer to watch. Since 2006, the company has created unique resin wicker furnishings that bring style, comfort and life together in functional and elegant products. Last September, the company opened a permanent showroom at the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market and has already expanded its presence there in time for next month's market. 

Currently, the three best-selling Patio Renaissance collections are their latest: Catalina, Monterey and Naples, which launched last year. Catalina and Monterey are deep-seating, all-weather wicker collections, while Naples features tubular aluminum frames finished to look like wood. The Catalina line includes a sectional, club chair, swivel rocker, sofa, love seat, round ottoman, and more. It also features a natural look with fibers that are textured in both shape and color.

Patio Renaissance is a relatively young company but it's already making a big impact. Gradually, the company has expanded its reach across the country and has grown from offering six furniture groups to about 20. The parent company, Sunlord Leisure Products, has been producing custom furniture out of its vast manufacturing facility in China since 1992. To learn more about Patio Renaissance products as well as the company itself, visit http://www.patiorenaissance.com/.

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Groovystuff

Groovystuff, a wholesale manufacturer and supplier of traditional, rustic home furnishings, will be exhibiting at Casual Market in the fall. A Dallas-based company, Groovystuff is committed to sustainable manufacturing and environmental accountability. Founded in 1998 by Chris Bruning and Jeff Singleton, the company designs, produces and distributes unique reclaimed teakwood home furnishings for indoor and outdoor spaces.
This year, Groovystuff will be showcasing a new product collection from Appalachian State University student Michelle Walbert, in collaboration with Chris Bruning. The Deschutes bench, made from reclaimed teak from Thailand, was specially designed for Casual Market. Featuring large, sturdy I-beams and sustainable outdoor teak flooring, the Deschutes bench has all the appeal for a rural, country setting. The sustainable harvested teak flooring makes up the Deschutes frame and horizontal flats, while the dramatic I-beams run the length of the bench. A flat, lacquer finish softens the two-tone teak bench for an elegant, eco-friendly indoor / outdoor piece.

Targeting Generations X and Y, the Deschutes bench is one of Groovystuff’s new products for retailers. The collection aims to bridge the design trend gap between emerging young adults and established consumers. Show goers won’t want to miss out seeing this company’s booth (8-4046) at Casual Market. Visit Groovystuff’s website at www.groovystuff.com to view additional outdoor and indoor pieces.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Combos Made Easy

For several years, the German flower breeder-producer, Dümmen, has taken the guesswork out of combination plantings with its RED FOX Confetti Garden. Released in 2007, and introduced to growers for the 2008 spring season, Confetti Garden products contain two or three skillfully selected varieties of up to three genera. The norm is verbena, petunia and calibrachoa. Each combination is coordinated for color, timing and growth to ensure growers can offer plants that bloom beautifully and consistently. An ongoing brand standard, Confetti Garden takes the guesswork out of creating combinations.

Beautiful and easy to grow, Purple Cleopatra blooms from May until frost.
New variety introductions and genera have helped Confetti Garden capture the interest of growers and retailers year after year. The company offers 29 different mixes in the North American market. The largest sellers are two of the original mixes, Purple Cleopatra and Hot Pink Jazz, both featuring Dummen-bred Aloha calibrachoa, Empress verbena and Sweetunia or Potunia petunias. Some of the new mixes for the 2012 growing season include Water Wonders and Elegance.

How are the mixes available to growers, you ask? RED FOX Confetti Garden products are offered in rooted or un-rooted cuttings. Rooted cuttings are prepped by Dümmen rooting station partners regionally, and then shipped to growers as Confetti Garden liners in trays. Un-rooted cuttings are shipped directly to growers who prefer rooting their own cuttings; these arrive in a “Confetti in a Box” package, with all un-rooted cuttings and tags ready for sticking.

Most of the cuttings are produced in Dümmen's owned and operated "Las Mercedes" farm in El Salvador. Dümmen USA also offers growers a True Grower Guarantee to offer more confidence in planning their seasons, something of importance in today’s economy where there is no room for error. The guarantee is notable in that it promises Confetti Garden's rooted cuttings with all three genera rooted in the delivered liner.

Water Wonders includes an elegant trio of blue, white and
pink flowers and is a new mix for the 2012 growing season.
Dümmen has built an international reputation during its 40-year history as a grower and producer of quality young plants. At the core of consumer accessibility, Confetti Garden mixes aren’t difficult to find. They can be found at many independent garden centers, general merchandisers or grocery stores that sell plants as well as mass merchant retailers. To learn more about Confetti Garden products, visit the company’s website at www.dummenusa.com.

Friday, August 12, 2011

On the Look-out for Trends, Products and News

More than 1,000 vendors and the who’s who of the garden world! Where, you ask? It’s the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago, Aug. 17-19. The 5th annual trade show for independent garden center owners and their employees draws thousands under one roof for tours, seminars, a trade show, and serious networking.

This year, attendees can look forward to the newly extended trade show hours as well as the debut of the IGC University Educational Conference— a garden center seminar program, featuring 40-plus actionable ideas for profit in seven focused tracks. Apple iPhone users will also be able to download an IGC App, which includes buying resources, a real-time floor plan and personalized conference agenda.

 Growers, retailers and media members headed to the show, there’s a good chance you’ll see ECPR's own Jeff Collard. He’ll be visiting with exhibitors and industry leaders to survey the latest trends and must-have products for the 2011 gardening season. As our vice-president and co-owner, he will also be reporting his findings on new products and industry trends to our media contacts who may not be in attendance via our social media channels. So be sure to check back for updates and coverage of IGC 2011. And, if you are an exhibitor and have a new product release you’d like Jeff to consider for possible inclusion to one of our articles or social media channels, you can reach him at jcollard@eberlycollardpr.com.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Hearthland Products, LLC

Casual Market show goers, in the market for outdoor grills this year? Stop by Hearthland Products’ booth (8-3018) to see the company’s new line of Memphis Grills. Hearthland Products’ core company values include product innovation, high-quality craftsmanship and customer service satisfaction. The company’s environmentally friendly products such as the stainless-steel Memphis 3-in-1 Outdoor Cooking Centers are sure to make a positive impact at this year’s show.
Memphis 3-in-1 Outdoor Cooking Centers have a one-touch digital Intelligent Temperature Control (ITC) which automatically sets and maintains precise temperatures from 180 to 650 degrees. This grill is perfect for year-round grilling; smoking up to 48 hours unattended; and cooking flavorful, juicy meats. Additionally, a meat probe was added this year to further enhance grilling convenience. The probe can simply be inserted into meat, and set to the desired internal temperature. Thus, the grill will automatically reduce to a warm holding temperature when the meat has reached the intended temperature. 

Hearthland Products’ award-winning Memphis 3-in-1 Outdoor Cooking Centers are designed to recreate a natural wood-fired flavor. The ITC automatically controls the fuel of 100% natural wood pellets to produce savory BBQ flavors. Uniquely, the grill is ideal for searing, baking, roasting and smoking.

The dual-walled, sealed cooking chamber and convection cooking system is a must see. To learn more about Memphis 3-in-1 Outdoor Cooking Centers, visit Hearthland Products’ website at www.memphisgrills.com.

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: la-Fête, The Scene Outdoors

California manufacturing company, la-Fête, The Scene Outdoors, specializes in modern outdoor furniture. Most known for its strikingly unique structural designs and lightweight, weatherproof materials, la-Fête, The Scene Outdoors designs and creates ultra sleek outdoor furniture for lounges, resorts, decks, roof gardens, spas, clubs, and pool-sides. The distinctive, ergonomic designs feature recyclable materials to support the sustainability movement.

la-Fête, The Scene Outdoors’ newest product, the POD, will be showcased at Casual Market. The POD’s modern, circular shape is definitely an impressive piece. Its dramatic shape offers a cocoon-like setting, ideal for solitary confinement or a cozy, romantic place for two. The POD can be used in tandem with additional designs in the modular collection or as a bold statement piece. Made from strong structural foam combined with comfortable cushioning foam encased with a waterproof membrane, the POD comes with a protective, all-weather cover.

Retailers and designers looking for contemporary outdoor styling for hospitality or residential customers, stop by la-Fête, The Scene Outdoors’ booth at Casual Market this fall. Visit the company’s website at www.lafetedesigns.com to learn more about the POD and additional products in the modular collection.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Flexible Storage Group

The Flexible Storage Group will be introducing the company’s revolutionary Duck Covers at Casual Market this fall. The innovative line of outdoor and patio furniture covers prevents pools of water and debris from forming on the surfaces. The hidden secret, the Duck Dome. The patented Duck Dome is an integrated air bag which aids in reducing the contact between the cover and furniture. Essentially, the dome enables air to circulate freely around the furniture by elevating the cover, preventing mold and mildew from forming.
Instead of using the traditional polyester fabric to create the covers, Flexible Storage Group’s Duck Covers are made from an inventive multi-layered, non-woven fabric. Moreover, the Duck Covers are waterproof, lightweight, breathable, eco-friendly, and fade resistant. Additionally, to ensure furniture is well protected, the Duck Dome airbag is held in place with four nylon tie-down ropes to secure the dome before the cover is placed on top.
Duck Domes come standard with all Duck Covers. The domes inflate in 90 seconds or less with the company’s handheld, rechargeable inflator. Flexible Storage Group’s Duck Covers are designed to cover a variety of outdoor furniture pieces. From tables and chairs to grills and lounge chairs, no piece will be subjected to outdoor weathering!

Retailers, this product is a homeowner’s dream. Be sure to visit Flexible Storage Group’s booth (8-1073) at Casual Market. To learn more about the Duck Covers and Duck Domes, visit the company’s website at www.flexiblesg.com.

Casual Market “Sneak Peek:” Seasonal Living

Part of Seasonal Living’s ethos is “never follow the crowd.” The Austin-based boutique pushes itself to design and source collections that push prevailing definitions of design and mass-market product offerings. As a result, they’ve been able to develop fresh and cutting-edge indoor/outdoor furniture and decorative accessories that consumers crave.

Next month, the company will unveil the Halo collection, designed by Louis A. Lara, at Chicago's Casual Market. This is the first collaboration between the award-winning Seasonal Living and the renowned designer. The outcome is bold works of utilitarian art. According to Gary Pettitt, owner and director of design for Seasonal Living, the innovative Halo collection is unlike anything already in the marketplace and is at home in both residential and commercial environments, both indoors and outdoors.

The Halo collection is comprised of a floating woven backrest that appears to hover like a halo around a simple upholstered seat. All are supported by stainless steel legs complemented by a loose pillow for lumbar support that can be in the same or a different color than the seat. Halo is available in a wide variety of unique synthetic woven fabrics and colors. The collection includes a lounge chair, loveseat, sofa, and various ottomans. The ottomans feature a unique flip-top design that allows them to be easily converted into low tables. Visit www.seasonalliving.com to learn more about the Halo collection and to see it in-person, stop by booth #8-4030 at Casual Market.

Casual Market “Sneak Peak:” Oxford Garden

Traditional style meets unique modern flair in the new Torbay outdoor collection from Oxford Garden. The family-operated company, known for its clean, timeless outdoor furniture designs, will feature Torbay as well as several additional new products at Casual Market Sept. 12-15. Torbay is a sturdy, all-weather resin wicker collection, designed to fit all Oxford Garden tables. Available in an antique finish, the collection also features a powder-coated frame and a sculpted back for extra comfort.

With the introduction of a new 6-foot bench, Oxford Garden is also adding to its Classic collection, which includes furnishings designed with straight lines for a traditional feel. Built to last, the bench is handcrafted from shorea, a tropical hard wood that is comparable to teak, that resists rot and bug infestation. The deep seat and ergonomically curved seat enhances comfort. Retailers and media members, to see more photos of Oxford Garden's new products for 2012, visit the company’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/oxfordgarden?sk=wall/.You can also find additional information on the website at http://www.oxfordgarden.com/.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Protégé Casual

Protégé Casual will be exhibiting at Casual Market this year. The company’s collection of outdoor casual furniture embodies cutting-edge, fashion-forward designs with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship. In addition, Protégé Casual’s wide variety of outdoor furniture lines focuses on comfort and ergonomics. With over 1 million square feet of manufacturing space, Protégé Casual designs and creates outdoor furniture using new age equipment as well as applying century-old hand techniques. The company’s outdoor collections offer retail partners high-quality products at a great value.
The new Tuscan Collection from Protégé Casual incorporates attributes from upcoming industry trends. The simplistic design and comfort focus of this beautiful cast aluminum Mediterranean style collection would make a wonderful addition to any residential or commercial outdoor space. While both dining and deep-seating are available with Tuscan, the breadth of tables and variety of full cast aluminum fire-pits puts this collection on the top of the list. Additionally, Protégé Casual also offers a selection of stylish cushions to complete the look.

Retailers and media members, stop by Protégé Casual’s booth (7-8120) at the show to catch a glimpse of the company’s new Tuscan Collection. For more information about Protégé Casual, visit www.protegecasual.com.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek:” Dimension One Spas

Play. Heal. Relax. That's the simple philosophy behind Dimension One Spas, a world-renowned manufacturer of hot tubs and swim spas. The company announced it will feature its new line of home spas at Casual Market next month, which are inspired by the four elements of fire, water, air, and earth. Editors of spa, pool and outdoor space magazines, this Sneak Peek is sure to catch your attention, and rightfully so. 

A portable and completely customizable line of spas, Elemental is a fantastic amalgamation of design and functionality. Constructed from water-based, eco-friendly materials, the spas are available in a plethora of colors including Snow, Moss and Canyon, as well as a "design-your-own" white Canvas model. The two-seat tubs were created with materials and textures to fit virtually any outdoor space. With a width of 32 inches and a dry weight of only 350 pounds, Elemental fits through a standard doorway, plugs into a 120 V outlet, and is as much at home on apartment patios and balconies as it is in expansive outdoor rooms.

Each spa also comes with an easy-to-use matching cover, aluminum bases and accent pieces and is equipped with high-efficiency LED exterior lights. To learn more about Elemental, as well as the company's other innovative product lines, visit www.d1spas.com.

Casual Market “Sneak Peek:” Kingsley-Bate

Bringing out the wicker is a basic rite of summer, and next month, Casual Market-goers can see the latest armchair introduction from Kingsley-Bate's Westport collection. Accented by solid teak rails, the Westport dining armchair is hand-woven and composed of all-weather wicker around a powder-coated aluminum frame, ensuring it can hold up to the elements. 

The design allows the chair to complement any of Kingsley-Bate's teak dining tables. It also coordinates beautifully with several other pieces offered in the Westport line, including a sectional sofa, chaise, coffee table, and a deep seating lounge chair with an ottoman. A required cushion (not shown) is sold separately and made with durable Sunbrella® or Outdura® fabric.

The Westport dining chair is stocked in sea salt wicker, but available by special order in natural brown, textured charcoal and black. To learn more about Kingsley-Bate, one of America's leading manufacturers of outdoor teak furniture and accessories, be sure to visit www.kingsleybate.com.

Casual Market “Sneak Peek:” Padma’s Plantation

Padma's Plantation, founded in 1997, is known for its use of natural materials such as rattan, wicker, seagrass, and rattan peel. Headquartered in a 42,000 square foot warehouse in Batavia, Ill., the firm consistently offers cutting-edge designs that call to mind a relaxed island vacation, the sophisticated yet earthy décor of a plantation in British Colonial West Indies, and the casual ambience of Latin America.

This September, the company will introduce a new outdoor line at Casual Market that follows a growing trend of durable, stone-like materials used in outdoor furniture. The Outdoor Concave Collection is crafted of sturdy glass-fiber reinforced concrete that will outlast traditional cast concrete at nearly half the weight. The collection pairs an old world feel with simple, architecturally-inspired shapes.

Family owned and operated, Padma's Plantation focuses on quality and affordability. The company’s designs can be found in giftware, home décor, furniture and garden stores, and major retailers such as R.C. Wiley, Robb & Stucky and Jordan's. For more information about the company and the new Outdoor Concave Collection, be sure to visit www.padmasplantation.com. And, for designers and retailers headed to Casual Market, be sure to see Padma’s Plantation in showroom 15-117 and ask the staff there more about their lines.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Ratana Home and Floral

Ratana Home and Floral is bringing a new flare to this year’s Casual Market, the Casablanca Collection. The company, founded in 1980, offers customers an impressive array of unique and timeless outdoor furniture designs. Ratana Home and Floral’s casual furniture collections range from traditional, transitional and contemporary designs to match individual homeowners’ outdoor design styles. In addition, Ratana Home and Floral strives to design and create environmentally friendly products in order to conserve the global ecosystem. All resins and aluminum frames are 100% recyclable and non-toxic chemicals are used during the powder-coating process.

The Casablanca Collection is a design of simplicity and clarity. Crafted from all-weather graphite with black color “Sunloom” resin and hand woven over an aluminum frame, this outdoor furniture set is a must see at this year’s Casual Market. To learn more about the Ratana Home and Floral’s sustainability efforts or the Casablanca Collection, visit the company’s website at www.ratana.com.

Casual Market “Sneak Peek”: Gensun Casual Living

In 2010, Gensun Casual Living, a family owned company, earned the Manufacturer Leadership Award for cast aluminum products. The company produces high-quality, highly-detailed affordable outdoor furniture for residential and commercial outdoor spaces. Most of the collections from Gensun Casual Living are crafted from cast aluminum or cast and extruded aluminum available in cushion, sling or outdoor wicker. Each product comes with a 15-year residential and 5-year commercial warranty.

This year, Gensun Casual Living will be exhibiting at Casual Market. The company will debut a new and exciting product, the Lotus Café Chair. The design features a contemporary rendition of traditional floral detailed furnishings. The stackable Lotus Café chair was designed to reflect modern style floral patterns and jewelry designs.

Designers and retailers, if you’re attending Casual Market stop by Gensun Casual Living’s showroom (16 – 116) to view the company’s new Lotus Café Chair as well as other outdoor furniture designs. For additional information about Gensun Casual Living, visit www.gensuncasual.com.