The Mission woven collection
Toronto-based Leisure Design has become a big player in the casual furniture industry as consumers continue to seek out stylish designs that will transform their backyards into outdoor sanctuaries. Today’s shoppers are also concerned about durability and prefer products that will hold up for many years. Leisure Design meets these demands by developing furniture from the finest materials. All of its frames are fully welded and are made of heavy-gauge aluminum. A two-step powder coated finishing process provides extra protection. Genuine Sunbrella® cushions and patented all-weather wicker weave are other important features. Leisure Design also utilizes the talents of award-winning furniture designer, Robert Mainville (Long Beach, California) to create eye-catching pieces that focus on comfort. Here are two popular collections that your customers will love.
The Mission woven collection becomes the focal point of any outdoor landscape. These oversized, modular pieces can accommodate large groups with ease. All pieces are sold individually, so customers can mix and match them to meet their space and functional needs.
The Charleston woven collection
The Charleston woven collection conjures up the romance of Southern living and of enjoying a sultry summer day on a porch or patio. Featuring a full selection of dining and deep seating, the collection includes single and double chaises. The Charleston collection creates the perfect ambience for life outdoors.
Gibraltar mosaic table with Bainbridge woven chairs and FornettoTM Wood-Fired Oven and Smoker
Alfresco Home, a suburban Philadelphia-based designer and manufacturer of distinctive casual furniture, has been attracting attention in recent months from both retailers and customers. In addition to opening a new 2,200-square-foot showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, the company has expanded its offerings by adding the FornettoTM Wood-Fired Oven and Smoker to its popular lines of casual furniture. Alfresco Home was awarded the exclusive North American distribution rights to Fornetto by Garth Living of Australia. The Fornetto range of products includes the versatile two-in-one wood-fired pizza oven and smoker.
Alfresco Home’s new showroom (located on the 16th floor of the Merchandise Mart) features the company’s cast and extruded aluminum, Everwoven™ All-Weather Wicker, and wrought iron marble mosaic collections.
Positano sectional from the Everwoven™ All-Weather Wicker Collection
Founder and CEO, Joseph Cilio, says, “We are very pleased to join the extremely talented group of outdoor casual living vendors that are part of this excellent industry. We are most excited to not only provide convenient Chicago access to our current customers, but also to introduce Alfresco Home to many new retailers.” Clio adds, “As we begin our 10th season at Alfresco Home, we feel that taking a showroom on the 16th floor of the Merchandise Mart helps us serve our international dealer base more completely. We are very excited about the future for both Alfresco Home and our customers.”
Outdoor Lifestyle’s Provincial Table with Fiore Chairs
Many movers and shakers from the casual-furniture industry participated in this year’s ICFA Preview Show™, held July 16–18 in Chicago, Illinois. These individuals took time out of their busy summer schedules to display an impressive array of outdoor-living products, giving specialty retailers an opportunity to view new collections prior to the four-day Chicago International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™ (slated for September 17–20, 2013).
These manufacturers recognize the importance of offering retailers variety, innovation, and superior customer service. Given their expanded product lines, they have been particularly responsive to consumer demand for stylish and functional outdoor-living merchandise. Patio & Hearth Products Report salutes these industry mavericks for making the show a success and for continuing to offer some of the best designs and customer service in the marketplace.
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The Simplifire from Hearth & Home Technologies
A fun aspect of many contemporary fireplaces is that they now have the ability to go in nearly any room of the house. Whether a consumer is looking to heat a bathroom or bedroom, many manufacturers now produce wall-mounted fireplaces that are easy to install and use. Wall-mounted fireplaces can be a great addition if a homeowner is looking to create some atmosphere, as well as some warmth.
The new 36- and 58-inch SimpliFire™ wall-mount models by Hearth & Home Technologies provide instant ambience and up to 4,800 Btu of heat. These units do not require any venting, and they can be quickly installed by being hung on the wall and plugged into an electrical outlet. Units feature glass media and standard LED backlighting that can rotate through more than 10 colors. Blue or yellow flames create unique personalization and are easily controlled with slim, standard remotes.
Napoleon’s new electric fireplace
Introducing a new linear electric slimline fireplace series with a clean, crisp contemporary design and all the convenience of simply hanging them, plugging them in, and enjoying them: Napoleon’s new electric fireplaces feature a generous glass front and a contemporary glass ember bed that complements the minimalist design. All units can be recessed into the wall for reduced protrusion into the room. Five widths are available—32, 48, 60, 72, and 100 inches—making them perfect for any room in the house. The fireplaces produce 5,000 Btu and come with a linear glass front; a modern glass ember bed; a sleek, thin design for either wall mounting or recessed installation; an easy-access electronic touchscreen control panel (cool to the touch, even when the heater is on); a convenient remote control; and a wall-mounting bracket—making installation as easy as hanging a picture on the wall.
Hearth & Home Technologies
Consumers are often unsure if it’s worth repairing their old patio furniture. They may like the frames, but the cushions or sling has worn out. For over 20 years, ChairCarePatio and PatioSlingExpress have made it easy for retailers to repair and refurnish patio furniture for their customers. With over 100 fabrics to choose from and easy online ordering (and simple directions for the repairs), retailers can now provide that extra level of service to customers who need it.
With a few simple measurements of the frame, Patio Sling Express can make a custom-made sling for just about any manufacturer’s piece of outdoor furniture. There’s no need for the original part number. Choose from over 100 top quality replacement sling fabrics from Phifer, Twitchell, Sunbrella and Batyline. The company’s replacement slings typically ship in two weeks or less. Private labels can even be added to each sling ordered. Free fabric sample rings are available; easy-to-follow instructions are available at http://www.patioslingexpress.com.
There’s also no need to stock a large inventory of replacement cushions for the season. Quick Ship seat cushions from Patio Sling Express are ready to ship in 3-5 working days. Patio Sling Express’ Quick Ship seat cushions are ready when you need them. The universal size seat cushion measures 20 inches wide by 18 inches deep by 3 inches thick, and fits most patio chairs. Quick Ship seat cushions feature an elegant knife edge design, zippered opening, and generous fabric ties. Choose from 18 beautiful fabrics from Phifer Geobella and Sunbrella. Free fabric sample rings are available.
Patio Sling Express
The PS2000 from Solair
Consumers are always looking for ways to relax in the shade. While some may like using colorful freestanding umbrellas, others may prefer less conspicuous retractable awnings. Many retailers this selling season are seeing an increase in retractable awning sales. Solair is the one of the leading manufacturers of retractable awnings. Solair retractable awnings deliver superior quality, style and flexibility while offering retailers a seamless, no inventory, high-margin opportunity.
The PS2000 comes in 12’, 16’ and 20’ widths, a standard 10’ 2’’ projection, and is available in any pattern of high performance and beautiful Sunbrella® fabric. The PS2000 makes it easy to transform a scorching hot deck or patio into a beautifully shaded outdoor living space.
The PS5000 from Solair
The top of the line Solair PS5000 has three available projections and can be custom built to any width from 10’ to 25’. Available in more than 150 Sunbrella® fabric patterns, Solair retractable awnings offer a seamless, no inventory, high-margin opportunity to provide premier shade solutions for consumers looking to cool down their outdoor spaces.
Cadiz Collection from Mallin Casual
Most customers would say that having a place in their backyards or patios to stretch out while sipping a favorite drink is a must-have. That’s why it’s imperative to stock your stores with the latest chic and comfy chaises. Whether they’re used while reading books or for quick afternoon snoozes, chaise lounges are paramount for outdoor rest and relaxation. These two stylish chaises are guaranteed to become the best seats in your customers’ backyards.
Complete your outdoor decor with Mallin’s oversized chaise from the new Cadiz collection. The unique design of this collection puts you in the designer’s seat: You can mix and match the color of the cushion with the color of the side panels. Make a statement with a pop of color, and bring your outdoor space to life.
Homecrest’s Lana Collection
Homecrest Outdoor Living proudly introduces the Lana Collection for 2014. The meaning behind the name “Lana” is calm as still waters (Hawaiian), and that is precisely how you will feel while relaxing in these comfortable pieces from Homecrest. The versatile Lana Collection features both a spring chair and a spring lounge chair. Both provide sensational comfort and movement. Made of aluminum, this spring base collection is available in both sling and padded sling seating options and is available in all frame finishes. All Homecrest products are made here in the USA.
The Bellagio™ Patio Torch™from Napoleon
Although outdoor patio products come in a dizzying array of styles, one look that has been gaining ground in recent looks has been the contemporary motif. From sleek sling furniture collections to gel-powered fire tables and fire places, today’s modern designs are resonating with consumers of all ages. If your customers are seeking a more hip, contemporary feel in their backyards, try suggesting the products below.
The Bellagio™ Patio Torch™, from Napoleon, comes complete with battery operated push button ignition for ease of lighting, easy access door for tank enclosure, safety tip switch and a protective SAFEGUARD™ screen. The Bellagio Patio Torch is approved for use on wooden decks, stone or brick patios and concrete and ideal for both residential and commercial applications. Also available is an optional commercial side shelf/bar table which creates a perfect space for holding drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Dancook 1800 distributed by Saber Grills
Dancook 1800, distributed by Saber Grills, is a contemporary-looking, kettle-style charcoal barbecue that sits in a stable, fully welded three-legged post frame. The 1800 also features a uniquely shaped, removable liner that increases heat output, reduces briquette use and makes for easy cleanup. The grill appears to be “floating” in a ring of stainless steel. An aluminum side table can be added for prep space.
The Pizza Server from Big Green Egg
Making pizza is no longer just an indoor activity. Grill manufacturers offer a variety of pizza ovens and accessories that customers can use to make the perfect grilled pizza outdoors. Pizza accessories are natural add-ons to grill purchases, and will keep customers returning to your store for new gadgets. From pizza cutters to stones, accessories (such as those featured here) will take the pizza party outside.
With the Big Green Egg’s exciting new line of customized pizza EGGcessories (including stones, cutters, peels, and mats) your customers can easily make their favorite pizza, flatbread, or calzone creations: Everyone chooses his or her own fresh ingredients, and the EGG® makes sure that they all turn out perfectly.
The Perfect Pizza Grilling Stone from The Companion Group
The Perfect Pizza Grilling Stone from The Companion Group is the next stage in evolution for pizza stones; while solid pizza stones sometimes get hot spots and cook your pizza unevenly, the Perfect Pizza Grilling Stone’s heat-diffusion technology guarantees an evenly cooked crust every time. The stone is actually made up of two interlocking cordierite stones with a hollow core in the center. The bottom stone takes the heat from your oven or grill and transfers it to the air within the core, which then heats the top stone evenly with no hot spots. You get crispy, golden-brown crusts with no over or under-cooked areas.
Big Green Egg
The Companion Group