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Special events announced for Merchandise Mart's Spring Fling

CHICAGO - Chicago's trade professionals including designers, landscape architects/designers and hospitality specifiers are invited to attend Spring Fling, a day-long event on Thursday, March 14 at the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart.

Twenty-five outdoor furnishings showrooms will be hosting open houses and special events throughout the day, in addition to a feature presentation by industry expert Amy Elbert, senior architecture editor for Traditional Home magazine. Attendees will be among the first to see the newly dedicated outdoor/casual industry within the Design Center located on the 15th and 16th floors.

With outdoor decorating season quickly approaching, get a jump start on outdoor design projects by experiencing the latest products and trends in outdoor furnishings and accessories from the Design Center's outdoor/casual showrooms.


10-11 a.m.

Amy Elbert, senior architecture editor of Traditional Home magazine, will present "Pushing the Boundaries: Trends in Outdoor Living from Basic to Luxe."

Lounge 1447, 14th Floor


Floor 14

Century Furniture | Suite 1464

Please stop by and visit our new showroom on the 14th floor. We have a new space and a new look. Stop by for refreshments and a quick tour of our leisure products. We have 13 distinct collections of outdoor furniture designed by Richard Frinier, Oscar de la Renta and Pride Sasser.

JANUS et Cie | Suite 1420

Join JANUS et Cie for an open house to celebrate the launch of our 2013 accessories, textiles and furnishings collections. Inspired by natural forms, our collections, including the distinguished Fibonacci Collection, feature lounge and dining elements designed to inspire any interior or exterior space. Light refreshments will be served.

Floor 15

Brown Jordan | Suite 1510

Please join us for lunch as we unveil the new award winning 2013 collections including designs from Michael Berman and Richard Frinier.

CabanaCoast by Actiwin | Suite 1585

CabanaCoast by Actiwin would like to invite you to visit our open house during the Spring Fling. Please stop by to see our newly designed showroom, beautiful furniture and take advantage of our open house special pricing.

Ebel Inc. | Suite 15-121

Come see the new, fully upholstered 100% outdoor Carlisle Collection, featuring Sunbrella Rain fabric and powder coated aluminum construction, truly brings your indoors out.

Gloster Furniture | Suite 1572

Fun and funky, Gloster's new concept in outdoor lounge furniture is the ultimate in contemporary cool. Nomadic by name and by nature, the generously sized yet surprisingly light seating blocks are easily moved and re-configured to create almost any arrangement - ideal for today's trend of laid-back living and informal socializing. Created by award-winning London designer Mark Gabbertas, Nomad's bold, curvaceous shape features easy-to-fit fabric slip covers over a simple yet supremely comfortable aluminum and sling base.

Homecrest Outdoor Living | Suite 1518

Stop in to see the newest products including the swivel Rocking Balcony Stools, Eames Inspired Deep Seating and Dining Collection and the Custom Aluminum Slat Series featuring Spring Chairs. Homecrest offers more than 20 styles in 14 frame finishes and hundreds of fabrics to choose from. All made in the USA with delivery in one month or less.

Lane Venture | Suite 1548

Style - Comfort - Quality. Distinctive designs, expertly crafted. Please visit for a light snack and a chance to win a Punch Pillow package. Add color to your outdoor setting with our newest stylized pillows.

Mallin Casual Furniture | Suite 1525

Enjoy relaxing with friends and family in your Westfield Spring Chairs around your Mallin Match Lit Fire Pit. A 15-year quality warranty on all aluminum frames and powder coated finish and fully welded construction gives peace of mind when looking for quality casual furnishings. There are a variety of all-weather finishes and fabrics to choose from for cushions that provide premium comfort and support. Visit the showroom for a complimentary gift.

Mamagreen | Suite 1519A

Mamagreen proudly welcomes our new Stripe collection-the hit of September's Casual Market. Available in green and red colorways, this fresh and exciting style covers the full lounge and dining range with distinctive class and, as always, a strong nod the sustainable luxury. See this in person at our brand new showroom.

Outdoor Lifestyle | Suite 1599

Outdoor Lifestyle is proudly assembled in America using A356 Aluminum. We are accredited by A2LA to verify the conformity to the stringent safety, durability and structural standards mandated by BIFMA. We offer an impressive range of traditional and modern design in fully welded aluminum collections suitable for contract or residential applications.

OW Lee | Suite 1598

Visit our spacious new showroom to view our four new collections - Palisades, Gios, Marquette and Laredo, and our Casual Fireside pieces. OW Lee, an Ontario, Calif.-based company founded in 1947, is one of the most trusted and sought after wrought iron and wrought aluminum, made in the USA manufacturers today. All styles are handcrafted, using the finest materials for heirloom quality.

Poly-Wood | Suite 15-105

Poly-Wood's exclusive recycled HDPE casual furniture is hand-crafted in the USA combining the latest manufacturing techniques with skilled craftsmanship that ship in as little as three days. A domestic source known throughout the industry offering a wide range of virtually indestructible casual furniture for contract and residential needs. Stop in for your complementary catalog.

Pride Family Brands | Suite 1576

The latest in award winning, luxury outdoor décor is on display at our newly relocated showroom. Custom, state-of-the-art engineered fire pits are trending this season as featured with the new French Quarter design of cast and extruded aluminum providing warmth and style when paired with the collection's plush outdoor, durable chat seating. Dress one-of-a-kind outdoor spaces with Pride's custom furnishings, umbrellas and decorative pillow collection. Join us for the latest trends in luxury outdoor furnishings, assorted wines and our Coco Isle chocolate fountain.

Skyline Design | Suite 15-110

Skyline Design is pleased to introduce a new collection of luxury outdoor furnishings in its very own showroom for 2013. A licensing agreement with celebrity designer Dann Foley will bring you new and exciting pieces for seating, dining and occasional items. A taste of "Old Hollywood" style with a 21st century perspective.

Summer Classics | Suite 1556

Please join Summer Classics for a Beach Party from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy summer salads, tropical drinks, and delicious light bites while viewing our five amazing new collections.

Three Birds Casual | Suite 15-100

The Casual Riviera sling collection is expanding with six new bright and exciting color slings. Riviera combines a solid teak frame, stainless steel and aluminum hardware with the highest quality textilene sling. More color choices that will give your clients more options to express themselves in their outdoor living settings. Our Midwest warehouse provides quick delivery with favorable freight costs.

Tropitone Furniture| Suite 1523

Come see the Ravello Crescent Seating and Ottoman Benches introduce fun new curved combinations into the design mix that utilize Tropitone's exclusive RELAXplus cushion system that has established the performance standard for the industry. These modular pieces were specifically designed for flexible arrangements around fire pits and tables. The multi-layer construction is designed specifically for the outdoors and provides the highest level of comfort, style and durability.

TUUCI | Suite 1507

At 1 p.m., stop by the TUUCI showroom to hear an engaging presentation-Shade Products As Creative Design Elements: Form Finally Meets Function. Gina Bazer, style editor at Chicago Magazine and editor of Chicago Home + Garden, will lead the presentation. Bazer has been writing about design, entertaining, food and culture for more than a decade.

Woodard | Suite 1534

Woodard Furniture has added fire pits to the line. Now you can extend your summer and create that cozy ambiance in your outdoor living space. Available in iron or aluminum and with a variety of tops; stop in today to see what's new.

Floor 16

Anacara Company | Suite 16-130

The Anacara Company showroom represents 11 outdoor manufacturers. Stop by and see introductions from our newest lines Kannoa, Padma's Plantation and Nardi. We are also showing contemporary seating and dining from Mountain House as well as several new contract dining options from Anacara Co. Please visit all of the showrooms on the 16th floor for an afternoon of sweet treats and cocktails. Anacara Co. will be serving white wine and specialty mini cupcakes.

Barlow Tyrie | Suite 1659

Stop by Barlow Tyrie 1659 to see the newest introductions for the 2013 season, including the Laura Kirar designed, hand woven, all-weather daybed.

Lloyd Flanders | Suite 1650

Stop by space 1650 to view our new line for spring 2013. From traditional to contemporary, Lloyd/Flanders is a beautiful addition to any environment, commercial or residential. Wine, cheese and chocolate will be served, come and enjoy.

Treasure Garden | Suite 1655

We offer more than 25,000 choices of umbrellas and accessories. From our revolutionary Easy Track series to our state of the art Cantilevers and Collar Tilt Collections, we have the perfect shade solution for your outdoor environment. Sourcing shade for a commercial project? Our Shademaker line has the shade you seek. Stop by our showroom to see our amazing umbrellas in person. Visit all of the showrooms on the 16th floor for an afternoon of sweet treats and cocktails. We will be serving coffee with Baileys and biscotti.

Winston Furniture | Suite 16-100

Join us for Winston Furniture's "Taste of Spring" event, offering 10% off new orders on the entire line. Meet Showroom Manager, Greg Landis, enjoy refreshments and see what the excitement is all about- three stunning new collections (28 collections altogether) and the largest selection of fabrics Winston has ever offered.

The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart is home to more than 45 outdoor/casual showrooms that specialize in high-end, outdoor furnishings.

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