Nicole Crews -- Casual Living, December 21, 2012
Many of the 2013 outdoor collections debuting at the fall shows are setting new style standards with runway-ready looks gleaned from fall and spring fashions. From nautical stripes to menswear-inspired to '80s retro all the way to animal and floral prints and poppy solids - in Chicago and High Point, casual has it covered.
The Parkview Graffiti chair helped Chicago keep its street cred at the Casual Market. It riffs on the bold, graphic urban chic look of the '80s, but updates it with clean, white framing. New York graffiti artist George "Sen One" Morillo paints the pillows individually in the artist's signature style, drawn from his childhood and experiences in art, music and dance in 1980.
The portable "pocketbook" grill pops in bright orange and breaks down easily for grilling on the go. The stand collapses into a valise-sized square that fits right under the arm.
The Heritage Collection debuting in red with a zebra print cushion was a runaway runway head turner at the Casual Market in Chicago. "Man was it a hit! It absolutely brought people into our booth and we have already written orders, many with new dealers," said Gene Crouch, general manager, Meadowcraft.
The Terrace chair's exaggerated hounds-tooth cushioning warms up to fall menswear styling. The deep seating keeps it casual in a bright colorway.
Cricket jumps on the white on- white trend and cut-out angles au courant in the world of fashion
Atlanta-based eco-chic Skate Park bean bags are up-cycled from furniture manufacturers' waste in Georgia and on-trend with dark denim from North Carolina and brass zippers, also southwardly sourced.
Cheetah ruled the jungle of the 8th floor at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago with outdoor pillowing rivaling ready to wear.
The Somerset chair takes a cue from menswear stripes in a handsome wheat and dove colorway.
The little black dress comes to life with pops of pink and gray in sectional form.