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Sunbrella’s Caravan Collection Captures the Beauty of Morocco

Frinier_PhotoGlen Raven recently introduced its Caravan collection of Sunbrella® fabrics, representing the company’s latest collaboration with renowned designer Richard Frinier (pictured, upper left). The fabrics are easy to incorporate into living spaces with modern, transitional, and traditional styles, as well as into residential or hospitality environments.

The Caravan collection is currently available through interior- and exterior-furnishings manufacturers. It includes two new base-cloth constructions (Sahara and Desert) and five decorative and coordinating patterns (Casbah, Bazaar, Berber, Medina, and Nomadic), each presented in authentic color palettes to create distinctive living spaces. Patio & Hearth Products Report recently sat down with Frinier to learn more about the inspiration behind these lovely fabrics.

How did your travels to Morocco lead to your development of the Caravan collection?
Frinier: My first trip to Morocco was in June 1967. I traveled alone, on a motorcycle, from London that summer, and I spent two very amazing weeks in what was, for me, my most exotic and memorable cultural experience and adventure. Tangiers, Casablanca, Fez, Meknès, and Marrakech each had unique architecture and character. The edge of the Sahara and the deserted coastline were scenes from another era.

Caravan from the Richard Frinier collection for Sunbrella®.

Caravan from the Richard Frinier collection for Sunbrella®.

When I ran low on gas, I pulled off the road into a small village. It seemed that all activities stopped, and I was surrounded by curious villagers as if I had just arrived from the future. When I unscrewed my gas cap and gestured that I wanted to buy some gas, a can appeared. They waved and cheered as I revved the engine and rode on my way.

What makes Moroccan designs different from those of other countries, in terms of their outdoor-living applications?
Frinier: In Marrakech, I stayed at the Grand Hotel, across from the Grand Plaza, in the heart of the city. The rooms had no air conditioning; rather, the walls of each room stopped short of the ceiling, where fans circulated the air. Even in June, few went outside, as the daytime temperatures are above 100 degrees. Fabric awnings and umbrellas on rooftop terraces and the water fountains in the courtyards cool many residences in the city, but it is at night that life in the city comes alive.

What makes the Caravan collection unique?
Frinier: The Caravan collection takes its name from the camel trains that were still crossing the Sahara during my first journey to Morocco. These exotic trade routes and the nomadic life of the Bedouin tribes led to my inspiration to create this collection. My focus, in this collection, was to reinterpret the handloomed textiles woven over the past century by the Beni Ourain tribes of nomadic sheep herders.

Wool from their sheep is left natural. Wool from the black and brown sheep creates a contrast to the predominantly unbleached white fiber. These nomadic tribes (who live on the eastern slopes of the Atlas mountains) weave textiles that are almost primitive in pattern, in contrast to the bold geometrics and bright colors typically woven in Fez.

More samples of Caravan from the Richard Frinier collection for Sunbrella®.

More samples of Caravan from the Richard Frinier collection for Sunbrella®.

What makes the Caravan collection suitable for outdoor home and hospitality use?
Frinier: I believe the textural constructions, ethnic patterns, and tonal colorways are unique and add timeless and authentic styling—for both residential and hospitality environments. The fabrics have a vintage appeal, gently irregular and perfectly imperfect by design. The crafting of the original, handmade Beni Ourain tribal rugs has been passed along for generations; the rugs were popularized by Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, 1887–1965) during the Midcentury Modern architectural movement.

Architects and designers are on the lookout for a touch of the exotic. Accent pillows, ottomans, and upholstery provide the perfect effect to incorporate personality into interior and exterior design environments.

Why was Glen Raven/Sunbrella the appropriate textile manufacturer for your collaboration on Moroccan-inspired designs?
Frinier: I have been working with Glen Raven’s Sunbrella brand for nearly three decades, and there is no finer weaver of performance fabric than Glen Raven. Aside from the authentic design motifs, textures, and colorways we were able to achieve, the durability, fade resistance, and cleanability of Sunbrella textiles is second to none. The company is simply the best at what it does.

How can these fabrics can be used in outdoor settings?
Frinier: In addition to being used for upholstery, pillows, and poufs, fabrics in the Caravan collection can enhance the outdoor room with drapery, curtains, awnings, and umbrella textiles. Patterns from this collection can be sewn into tablecloths and slipcovers. Sunbrella fabrics are perfect for indoor applications, too, as they make everyday-living items much easier to keep clean.

What plans are there for your Moroccan designs?
Frinier: The Caravan collection is currently being presented to Sunbrella’s customers. Depending on the success of the collection, more colors and additional patterns will follow. As for my interest in Moroccan crafts, I have designed collections for Dedon inspired by my adventures in Morocco, including its now classic Daydream daybed and its Marrakesh collection; both continue to be available to the trade.

In the future, there will always be a place to show my affection and inspiration, reminding me of my travels in Morocco. Being there is such a sensate experience that it really never leaves—so I can say that from time to time, the essence of my travel experiences in Morocco will appear in certain design details, when the spirit moves me or the design calls for such a unique and romantic character.

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Twin Eagles Unveils Innovative Grill at HPBExpo

Attendees at the recent HPBExpo got a look at a new Twin Eagles grill, which includes many groundbreaking product features. “This unique grill will not replace our current premium grill offering, but it represents a step above what is currently in our line,” says Brian Eskew, head of marketing for Twin Eagles.

HPBExpo attendees who examined the new grill were overwhelmingly positive about the soon-to-be-named grill. “We heard a lot of ‘wows’ and ‘I love it’ in addition to ‘We didn’t think there was much else you could do in a high-end category that makes sense, but you did,’” said Eskew.

Twin Eagles blog photoIn addition to a redesigned front hood and handle, the new grill offers control illumination that features a continuous gradient illumination of the control panel for nighttime grilling, and a separate system that illuminates the control knobs and control knob temperature settings. “The illumination looks beautiful and is extremely functional, because you can see the entire control panel and the control knob settings very clearly,” explains Eskew.

Another innovative feature is a zone and overall temperature reading that allows users to determine the intensity of the heat at each burner, as well as the average grill surface temperature. Each burner zone is equipped with a thermocouple and each control knob has an LED indicator light above the knob.

When the burner is ignited, the LED is blue. When the burner reaches 140 degrees, the LED changes to yellow, then orange, and then red as the temperature increases. There are three color intensities that correspond with the temperature. Each of the nine color intensities indicates an approximate 50 to 70 degree increase in temperature. The same system is used in a flush, integrated bar of LEDs on the face of the control panel to indicate the average grill surface temperature.

“We want consumers to understand the intensity of heat at each burner and across the entire cooking surface,” says Eskew. “This innovation eliminates the need for an analog temperature gauge that really only tells you how hot the air is under the lid when it is closed.”

An integrated smoke removal system is also incorporated into the unit, which uses two integrated fans to pull smoke to the back of the grill surface and then releases it through two adjustable vents on the left and right sides of the grill. “This means there’s no more watery eyes or clothing that smells like what you prepared for dinner,” says Eskew.

The new grill also includes an integrated rotisserie motor with two spit rod positions and an infrared rotisserie burner behind glass.  This new feature eliminates the exposed rotisserie motor and incorporates it into the unit with a direct metal chain drive, offering a more convenient and attractive design.  “We have also incorporated storage for the spit rod into the drip tray handle, and the rear infrared rotisserie burner is behind glass to protect it from debris and wind interference,” says Eskew.  

According to Eskew, no other grill on the market has this unit’s level of control illumination, temperature sensing, or smoke removal. He stresses that the combination of these features deliver intuitive benefits and impeccable style. “We have a great team of engineers, and this new product is a testament to their talent and the Twin Eagles spirit of innovation.”

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New Offering from Twin-Star Home Furnishings Combines an Infrared Quartz Heater with Digital Stereo

DELRAY BEACH, FL – Twin-Star Home Furnishings is combining a POWERHEAT® infrared quartz electric heater that can provide supplemental heat for up to 1,000 square feet and Bell’O Digital® sound system with Bluetooth capability to create a space saving home solution.

Solo is 8.25 inches deep by 15.75 inches wide by 40.95 inches tall. The POWERHEAT® infrared heater provides
quiet operation and delivers moist, healthy heat to retain the room’s natural humidity. Solo has a realistic flame effect, which can be used year round with or without heat for four seasons of enjoyment.

HeaterIt comes fully assembled out of the box, just simply plug it into any standard 120V outlet and power it on to enjoy the warmth and ambiance of Solo. Solo is equipped with Safer Plug™ technology, which is a safety feature within Solo’s plug that has a built-in thermostat that continuously monitors the plug’s temperature and will automatically turn off if it detects an unsafe rise in temperature.

In addition to adding ambiance and heat to the room, Solo also offers crystal clear, high quality audio with Bell’O Digital sound. The six-speaker sound system has 4 mid-range speakers, two tweeters and two powered subwoofers with adjustable bass and treble. The compact design fills even the largest rooms with stunning audio – and because Solo is Bluetooth-enabled, you can stream music from your library or popular music services like Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora wirelessly from your phone, tablet or music player.

Solo is also capable of bringing music to life with the 3.5 mm stereo input for wired audio playback. The Solo multi-function remote control manages the heat, flame effect and music from across the room.

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Five Outdoor Kitchens That Will Have You Wishing It Was Summer

by Chris Mordi

Even though we’re still in the long grip of winter, we can dream about warm breezes blowing, something cooking on the grill and the smell of it riding on those breezes. Summer. It’ll get here someday. In the meantime, here are some inspiring outdoor kitchens that will have you looking forward to those warm days of cookouts and gathered friends.
Kalamazoo_Photo_2This Bethesda, Maryland, outdoor kitchen (left) is located out in the elements, but features several creature comforts. A ceiling fan built into the pergola keeps the air moving on hot Mid-Atlantic days. A retractable shade between the pergola boards keeps the sun at bay. When the nights grow chilly, a heater above the K750HB Hybrid Fire Grill rains down warmth while overhead lighting keeps the kitchen properly illuminated.
Kalamazoo_Photo_1Sitting atop a hill and overlooking an apple orchard in Connecticut this is more like an indoor kitchen that came outside. Outdoor kitchens aren’t always about cooking. They’re also gathering and party places. This kitchen features a large flat-screen TV on the wall and a speaker system mounted into the ceiling – perfect for watching football games or red-carpet events. The Artisan Fire Pizza Oven in the corner and the dual-headed beer tapper make the ultimate party food and drink easily available.
Kalamazoo_Photo_3_CoralGablesMany homeowners want indoor conveniences in their outdoor kitchens. This space in Coral Gables, Florida, features an outdoor-rated dishwasher, two sets of refrigerated drawers and a pot-filler faucet over the two cooktops to the left of the grill. By bringing amenities normally found in indoor kitchens into the outdoors, storage, prep, cooking, serving and cleanup are made easier and more convenient, giving homeowners more time to spend with their guests.

Eades home, Chicago Illinois, for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet.This Midwestern outdoor kitchen is all about cooking and the space needed to do it. A massive limestone countertop makes it easy and efficient by giving the cook enough room to stack plates for guests as well as platters for putting food on the grill and taking it off. A storage cabinet to the left of the grill gives the cook easy access to tools, charcoal and linens.

Hawaii 8 - 2013- Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet KitchenA cheeseburger in paradise? Hanalei on the Hawaiian island of Kauai is the location of this outdoor kitchen. The scenery that surrounds an outdoor kitchen can be every bit as important as its design and layout. Each of the outdoor kitchens in this post is made more beautiful and livable by its thoughtful incorporation into the landscape. Who doesn’t like a cheeseburger or a pizza with a view of the Pacific Ocean, a beautiful woods, lawn or a relaxing pool?