Hot products at the Winter Gift Markets
Courtney Paschal -- Casual Living, January 1, 2008
Following a brief respite from trade shows over the holidays, manufacturers and designers return to Atlanta, Dallas, New York and cities in between to bring new outdoor products to market. From casual furniture to outdoor accessories and garden decor, a variety of introductions will be found to enhance outdoor living spaces.
Capel Rugs' new Pinstripe design, part of the indoor/outdoor Anywhere line, brings forth tailored appeal with a topstitched inner border in contrasting colors.
The Bulb planter from Piage-Pieta Art Stone is hand-cast in stone with scallop detail in a Spanish stone finish, lending an antique look to the piece.
Byer of Maine introduces the Pangean Collection of folding furniture crafted of eucalyptus wood. The line includes a glider, table, stool and lounge chair.
Alfresco Home's new Vento Versa multi-function holder is crafted of all-weather wicker and can be used as a side table, beverage cooler, planter, stool, serving cart or accessory holder.
Buyers can hop into spring with ARTEflorum's straw bunnies in green and chocolate, offered in two poses and perfect to welcome warmer weather in stores.
The Rock Hound from Z Garden Party sports a rock hand-gathered from the Merced River below Yosemite. Crafted of steel, the piece is designed by artist Susan Regert.
Infinity Instruments' Aztec in/outdoor wall clock features a multicolored sun stone pattern also with a hydrometer and thermometer.
Crisp and clean, the Yacht Club chair from Designer Wicker and Rattan is crafted of aluminum with hand-woven properties to achieve an almost nautical design.
A life-sized sea turtle can come to life in the back yard with this realistic rendering from Regal Art & Gift.
Glimmer Glass gazing balls by Bird Brain are hand-blown using recycled glass, each adorned by hand with individual pieces of mirrored glass.
Earthy, natural tones highlight bamboo chimes by Carson Home Accents featuring soothing sounds that resonate peace and tranquility.
Natural Capiz shells are the primary design element of Woodstock Chimes' Spring Mist chime, highlighted by pearl oysters harvested by Filipino crafters, soaked, softened, molded and painted to create a unique finished piece.
Tervis Tumbler is not only known for keeping beverages cold, but warm as well. Coffee and tea stay hotter longer in crystal clear, stylish drinkware in a variety of designs.
Handcrafted from sage colored steel, a hose pot by Good Directions is a stylish way to conceal unattractive hoses with a sturdy raised interior to assist in coiling up to 150 feet of hose and multiple drainage holes to eliminate excess water. The pots can double as a planter or drink bucket as well.
Home Comfort adds new styles to its Jellybean accent rug line, including Ladybug on Flower created by artist Robin Roderick, an indoor/outdoor rug crafted of a polypropylene and acrylic blend.
Jewels of Java expands the Taft Collection and now includes a lounge chair and ottoman, loveseat, coffee table and end table, all highlighted by sculpted and turned legs and slightly reclined back for comfort.
Big, bold and geometric, the Williamsburg Chippendale Fretwork cast stone urn from Campania International boasts a classic profile, lightly ornamented with rococo fretwork made famous by the 18th century English cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale.
The Tranquil Path Collection from Midwest features terra cotta and stone architectural designs for the patio and garden, including statuary and sculptures, containers and engraved stones, all with a mossy finish.
The Earthtone Collection of 100% jute braided-texture rugs from Colonial Mills have a natural gold hue to coordinate with any decor, indoors or out.
Rome's shabby chic rain gauge is made from cast iron with a distressed white painted finish and glass tube in both centimeters and inches.
The Williamsburg Rooster weathervane by SPI-Home was inspired by a similar one in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museum and gives a nod to Early American design.
The Sutton Collection from Oxford Garden, made from shorea wood, sits low to the ground while creating a perfect chat grouping with the option to relax with or without cushions.
Ceramic indoor/outdoor urns by Statements are finished in a classic honey crackle finish, achieving an earthy style.
Part of Droll Yankees' new Nurturing Generations line, nest boxes feature protective roof overhangs and side doors, in addition to decorative nature images painted on with outdoor ink by Hallmark artist Marjolein Bastin.
Zak Designs' Pazio, a line of European-inspired dinnerware, has colors that pop and bring an element of fun to outdoor dining.
From Marta Mikey, Emu and Kiwi garden pieces are charming additions to the yard, crafted of metal with a rust finish designed to weather over time.
Curved lines and a contemporary design highlight the Thayer Hopkins sofa from Design Discoveries International.
Fanistro by Oasis Outdoor Furnishings features a 36-inch diameter handcrafted granite mosaic bistro table wrapped around an all-weather ceiling fan on a pole, available in various heights and complemented by two rocker/swivel chairs.
Giftcraft's new 2008 Garden Collection includes a line of antique green patio furniture crafted of metal but achieving an elegant, lacy design that can blend with other outdoor pieces.
From the Highland Home Collection by New Creative, a hanging dish bird feeder features an elegant embossed leaf pattern.
With a hint of eccentricity, The Rug Market's Stripe rug is crafted of PP acrylic hook and features a neutral color combination of brown, tan, beige and black.
Three Birds Casual's Ciera Collection combines teak with woven all-weather wicker, creating a handsome design to suit a variety of tastes.
Stone Forest hand carves traditional Japanese lanterns, like the Antique Yukimi Lantern here, featured beige granite construction.
Suitable for indoors or out, the Sunsational privacy screen features UV-, mildew- and fade-resistant fabric, plus a custom shelf and planter rings for more functionality.