Once again, September brings the International Casual Furniture Market to the Windy City and those of us in the outdoor furniture industry together for another market.
A newly renovated Merchandise Mart, begun last year, jolted long-timers out of the same-old routine and offered some interesting adaptations of this venerable old space to twenty-first century use. I particularly liked those areas where people could congregate with their laptops to continue working while not at a traditional desk.
The halls were bustling and busy, with late afternoon cocktail parties and many opportunities for socializing and mingling between exhibitors and . . . → Read More: Outdoor Furniture Comes to Chicago
Kids are people, too. Often, we forget about the little people that live in our homes, expecting them to use everything that is designed for grownups. While we don’t often hear kids complaining about this, it doesn’t mean that we may not be causing grievous injury to their sense of belonging. And, while we may help children adapt to full-scale furniture by using all sorts of props (my family used the New York phone book as a booster seat), there are times when adults would prefer to have their children nearby but not with them. Entertaining outside is . . . → Read More: Children’s Outdoor Furniture
Not content with limiting themselves to designing couture and ready-to-wear clothing, fashion designers are adding outdoor furniture to their ever-growing list of accomplishments. The outdoor lifestyle has grown into more than a trend and has become a facet of our homes that we are neither willing to forego nor leave behind should our place of residence change. In a word, outdoor living is fashion and that makes it attractive to famous designers and the large companies with which they are aligned.
Missoni, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton are a few of the major fashion brands that have . . . → Read More: Fashion Design Goes Outside
Time spent relaxing outside should evoke thoughts of laziness and, having spent those lazy hours doing little more than nothing, one should experience a feeling of happiness. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that the name Pigro Felice was chosen as the name for a line of pool furniture. In Italian, pigro felice means lazy and happy.
Trendy, stylish and innovative describe the Pigro Felice line of inflatable, modular outdoor furniture which does double duty as both patio furniture and pool (as in, in-the-pool) furniture. Used separately, the furniture pieces are lounging furniture such as . . . → Read More: Inflatable Outdoor Furniture from Pigro Felice
What, exactly is a chat group? How is it different from a seating group? The term “seating group” and “dining group” have historically been used to distinguish between two types of outdoor furniture arrangements each of which serve different functions: conversational seating and dining. So, where does the chat group fit in?
A chat group would certainly be included in the broader term seating group, but focuses a little more on the type of furniture contained within the group. A chat group differs from the seating group as having four or more chairs placed . . . → Read More: The Chat Group