Update: Merchandise Mart expands casual furniture showroom presence
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, December 10, 2007
Due to continuing growth in the casual furnishings industry, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. announced several new, expanded and relocated casual furniture showrooms at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
Four leading manufacturers are expanding their showrooms and moving from the Mart’s 16th and 17th floors to the 15th floor, the Mart’s newest design destination. Two new casual showrooms also will open on the 15th floor.
The introduction of Market Square on the 15th floor allowed MMPI to relocate leading tenants interested in growing their design business. Because of this relocation, MMPI was able to answer some of the expanding needs of the current tenants on the 16th and 17th floors and welcome former temporary exhibitors of the International Casual Furnishings and Accessories Market as permanent resources.
“In the past three years, MMPI has expanded its casual showroom offerings by 35%,” said John H. Brennen III, executive vice president, MMPI. “This expansion honors our agreement with the Summer & Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association to grow the industry and allows our new and current tenants to showcase a larger selection of their product offerings to retailers and the design trade shopping The Merchandise Mart on a daily basis.”
In addition, a dedicated open stairwell between the 15th and 16th floors will be open year-round to create an easy traffic flow for casual buyers and design trade shopping The Mart. The stairwell will be located between ScanCom North America and Lloyd/Flanders on the 16th floor and in front of the new Laneventure showroom on the 15th floor.
Ancient Mosaic Studios (15-116)
Formerly a temporary exhibitor at the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, Ancient Mosaic Studios is opening its first showroom at The Merchandise Mart. The manufacturer brings elegance to any setting with handcrafted Italian marble in a variety of custom-made colors, shapes and sizes. The originator of the all-weather marble mosaic table top, Ancient Mosaics offers a beautiful and durable alternative to traditional glass tops for indoor and outdoor spaces. The Ancient Mosaics showroom will also feature its sister company, Piage & Pieta -- an exquisite line of cast stone urns, pedestals, table bases and outdoor accessory items.
Ebel, Inc. (15-121)
Founded in 1988, Ebel provides the answer to the ultimate combination of comfort, style and quality for year-round outdoor, indoor and contract use. Distributing only the highest quality casual furniture, Ebel’s lines of weather wicker and loom wicker are unparalleled in their craftsmanship.
Jardin de Ville (1553)
Also a former temporary exhibitor at the Casual Market, Jardin de Ville garden furniture will offer a broad range of choice in a variety of styles in its new showroom. Its internationally renowned suppliers manufacture durable products of outstanding quality crafted from the most durable and noble materials. In a showroom setting that is constantly renewed, everything is presented with care and beautifully accessorized.
The addition of Laneventure and its growing lines of furniture for both outdoors and indoors will enhance the product offerings within Market Square. Laneventure features collections by Raymond Waites and Mimi McMakin and Brooke Huttig.
Summer Classics (1556)
A premier manufacturer of fine garden furniture and fireside furnishings, Summer Classics was founded on the principle that truly classic design, no matter how simple or elaborate, can and will be embraced for years. Summer Classics creates timeless furnishings, offering a fresh level of sophistication and quality to outdoor living.
Veneman Collections (15-120)
Veneman is a company of fine furniture designers and craftsmen who passionately seek authentic qualities that enhance the pleasure of contemporary casual living. Veneman offers an array of styles and designs, in both contemporary and traditional presentations suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Gensun Casual Furniture offers a wide range of styles for the patio, deck, porch, pool and any relaxing areas in the residential and commercial markets. Whether it’s casual dining or enjoying the outdoors, Gensun is committed to satisfying all tastes. Gensun uses only the finest material and workmanship in manufacturing its cast aluminum and all-weather wicker furniture.
ScanCom North America (1646)
One of the world’s largest suppliers of outdoor furniture, ScanCom features an excellent range of product lines including garden furniture made from hardwood, teak, painted wood, aluminum, Petan, steel and wrought iron. ScanCom recently introduced a popular new indoor range made of leather, wood, metal and rattan.
BJI Alliance (1791)
BJI is a leader in trend, design, and product innovation for the outdoor furniture industry. BJI Alliance sells a full range of products, including outdoor chairs, tables, sofas, love seats and accessory items in mediums ranging from woven to cast aluminum. BJI delivers on time shipping, competitive costs, world-class customer service and the highest level of quality standards at the design and manufacturing stages to its clients.
Classic Elements (1744)
Classic Elements, the newest member of BJI, Inc., presents an exclusive, eclectic mix of indoor/outdoor furniture and accessories that are distinctive, expressive, superbly designed and crafted. From rich hand-woven products to perma-cast stone bases to unique micro mosaic tops to an array of hand-finished cast furniture, Classic Elements offers unparalleled quality and attention to detail. The aluminum products are produced in the company’s own foundry in North America, which has been operating since 1961.
Hanamint Corporation (17-102)
Founded in 1993, Hanamint Corporation makes it easy to enhance the beauty of the outdoor room with its innovative and classic designs. One of the leading distributors of cast aluminum and cast iron casual furniture and accessories, Hanamint provides high-quality products with outstanding craftsmanship. Choose from patio and bistro sets, sling patio furniture and wicker patio sets.
Meadowcraft, Inc. (1747)
Meadowcraft, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of outdoor wrought iron furniture in the United States. The company offers a variety of wrought iron consumer products, including indoor and outdoor furniture accessories, outdoor cushions and umbrellas. With an especially heavy iron frame and electric powder-coated finish process, Meadowcraft’s furniture products will hold up in most any outdoor patio setting.
Outdoor Lifestyles, LLC (1789)
Outdoor Lifestyle is a manufacturer of upscale, cast aluminum outdoor furniture. Quality, style and comfort are the foundation for every item in this full line of casual furniture. It offers a wide selection of dining, bar and deep seating furniture, as well as matching accessories. Outdoor Lifestyle’s quality furniture is suitable for residential and contract use. Assembled and finished in the United States, every piece is designed for living, made for life.
Pride Family Brands (1754)
With more than 700 dedicated craftspeople, artisans, engineers and designers, Pride Family Brands creates works of art for today’s active lifestyles. Pride’s quality comes from trend-setting designs, enduring materials, state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and responsiveness to the needs of consumers. Pride’s Castelle, Prestige, Expressions and SummerWinds furniture lines are some of the most recognized within the casual furniture industry today.
South Sea Wicker & Rattan Furniture Company (1785)
South Sea Wicker & Rattan Furniture Company has been offering a stylish alternative in casual home furnishings since 1984 with its extensive variety of patio furniture and accessories for both indoor and outdoor use. South Sea Rattan has the perfect style for all tastes, whether for use on a patio, sunroom or in the backyard. Most of its wicker and rattan furniture originates from Southeast Asia and is manufactured by hand.
Three Birds Casual (1783)
One of the fastest growing manufacturers of premium furniture for the outdoor living market, Three Birds Casual is the choice among retailers and designers who desire select quality with exceptional value. Three Birds offers a wide range of chairs, loungers, dining tables, benches and umbrellas for every type of setting. Three Birds focuses on producing high quality teak furniture while choosing partners that reflect high business standards and ethics.
For more information about the casual industry at The Merchandise Mart or the International Casual Furnishings and Accessories Market, visit www.mmart.com/casualmarket.