Record number vie for Design Excellence honors
Courtney Paschal -- Casual Living, August 1, 2007
A record number of entries are recorded in this year's Design Excellence competition — 142. New designs find a main focus in the woven category, with more than 30 entries. Taking a look at the products, you'll notice key trends emerging in the casual industry, from updated resin looks to ornately detailed pieces hinting at feminine style within the wrought iron/wrought aluminum category. Transitional and contemporary pieces mesh across products entered in the cast metal category, while manufacturers play around with design concepts in the tubular materials category. A category to watch this year is the shade category, as contemporary umbrellas, bungalows and even outdoor draperies are introduced.
Winners will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the second floor conference center of the Merchandise Mart, Chicago. All market attendees are invited to attend the announcement at an industry breakfast, set for 7:30-9 a.m.
The Winner of the Design Excellence Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show Award will be named Thursday, Sept. 20, during the 48th Annual Apollo Awards dinner at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. Tickets are required for entrance to the event, hosted by the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.
To view images of the nominees in the various categories, click on the links below:
Cast Metal Furniture
Grosfillex - Sumatra 4-Position Folding Armchair
Kettler, Inc. - Rimini H/B Chair
Kettler Int'l - Landhaus Club Chair
Laneventure Furniture - The Terrace Collection 60" Round Dining Table
Laneventure /Keith Crowe and Bob White - At Home in Tuscany Crescent Sofa
Lloyd/Flanders /Dale Campbell - Princeton Bar Stool
Meadowcraft - Athens Deep Seating Sofa
Meadowcraft - Charleston Rocker
O.W. Lee /Brian Lee - Montrachet Dining Arm Chair
O.W. Lee /Paul Rogers - San Cristobal Dining Arm Chair
Woodard /Shaun Sweeney - Reston Dining Arm Chair
Woodard /Shaun Sweeney - Torino Dining Arm Chair
Tiny Girl, Big Dream