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Spotlight: Leisure Design

The Mission woven collection

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

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.


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Spotlight: Alfresco Home


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

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.”


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A Sneak Preview


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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Hearths for Any Room

The Simplifire from Hearth and Home Technologies

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

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.

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Patio Furniture Rx


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


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.

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Sheltering Shade

The PS2000 from Solair

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 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.



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Comfy & Chic


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.

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