Tropitone introduces URComfort cushion outdoor seating
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, July 11, 2011
Tropitone Furniture Company, Inc. opened the recent International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) Preview Show, July 12-14, at the Chicago Merchandise Mart by announcing the introduction of Tropitone URComfort, an innovative new line of cushion outdoor seating. The name is derived from Ultimate Reclining Comfort and is pronounced "Your Comfort."
"URComfort cushion seating harmonizes with the movement of your body to find the most comfortable position," said Mark Gorr, vice president of product management and consumer sales, Tropitone. "Whether you are sitting at a table in a dining chair or relaxing in a swivel-action lounger with your feet on an ottoman, URComfort finds the most comfortable position for you. And it stays in that position unless you want to move. Then it moves with you. URComfort is an elegant fusion of design and engineering."
URComfort is being offered in two of Tropitone's most popular frame designs, Montreux and Lakeside. Both were designed by Peter Homestead, vice president of design. "Montreux and Lakeside have been extremely successful for us and their designs can be adapted to a broad range of styles with multiple finish and fabric options. We wanted to match this innovative idea with trusted designs."
The cushion design of URComfort is also new for Tropitone. "URComfort is a very compelling idea. We wanted to make sure the cushion designs were equally as attractive," said Victoria Dawson, manager of fashion design and marketing events who created the designs. "The URComfort designs began with our proprietary RELAXplus cushion construction. The designs for both Montreux and Lakeside URComfort are the most fully finished of any of our designs to date. Additionally, Lakeside can be ordered with optional fabric side panels that take the design one step further."
Design is enhanced by the function and comfort of the URComfort articulated movement system. A patent for the system has been applied for and is pending. "Conventional outdoor recliners are single-pivot-point movement systems that utilize a manual ratchet or some other indexing device to set the angle of the back," said Richard Rivera, vice president of engineering. "The seat stays in one position while the back can be manually adjusted to various fixed angles. While products using this design are functional and comfortable, our engineering objective was to take both to another level."
The URComfort system utilizes multiple pivot points to allow articulated movement of both back and seat. This concept is starting to emerge in such advanced products as the Iacobucci HF VIP aviation seats and the first-class seats of the new Boeing 737. "We have uniquely applied the multi-pivot-point idea to the outdoor environment," said Rivera. "One of our critical engineering design objectives was to make the articulated movement system simple and durable. URComfort can be adapted to any body size and weight with a simple adjustment of a single knob on each side of the seat. The few moving parts are elegantly simple and easy to maintain."
Both Montreux and Lakeside URComfort cushion seating are offered in high-back dining chair, high-back swivel rocker, lounge chair, action lounger, swivel-action lounger, loveseat and sofa. Lakeside also offers optional fabric side panels on all models. Both are offered in all current frame finishes and cushion fabrics.
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