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Recognizing style & innovation in 11 categories

design excellence awards

Despite ongoing economic challenges, casual furnishings manufacturers showed confidence by investing in product development that resulted in about 100 entries in this year’s Design Excellence Awards competition.

For the first time, fabric designs are included in the now 11 categories. Outdoor rugs, carpeting and flooring will be judged in a separate category from in the Complementary Casual niche.

Tubular aluminum designs drew the largest number of entries for a second consecutive year. Running a close second was the number of entries in the rattan/wicker/woven category, which dominated the contest two years ago.

Design Excellence Award winners will be honored on Monday, Sept. 21 at a 6 p.m. presentation in the Merchandise Mart’s 7th floor Market Suites. Immediately following the presentation, complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served on the Mart’s 8th floor at a Market Welcome Party, hosted by Casual Living magazine and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.

The winner of the Design Excellence Best of Show Award will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 23, during the 50th annual Apollo Awards at Union Station Great Hall. Winners of Apollo Awards for retail excellence also will be named and 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award winners Richard Frinier and Art Thompson will be honored during the gala dinner. In addition, the latest outdoor fabric trends will hit the runway with an Al Fresco Fashion Show. Tickets are required for entrance to the event, hosted by MMPI and the International Casual Furnishings Association.

Wrought Iron

Alekto Barrel Back Chair Kettler Alekto Barrel Back Chair
O.W. Lee AshburyDining Armchair Ashbury Dining Armchair
Cirque Bistro Chair O.W. Lee Cirque Bistro Chair
Woodard Amelie Dining Armchair Amelie Dining Armchair
Cromwell Sling Dining Armchair Woodard Cromwell Sling Dining Armchair



Tub

ular Aluminum

Agio Disn

ey Yacht Club Lounge Chair


Majorca Sling Dining Chair Agio Majorca Sling Dining Chair
Quattro Sun Lounge
Cast Classics Metro Club Chair  
Cast Classics X Armchair X Armchair




Emu Vera Small Sofa
Vera Small Sofa
Fusion Sling Stacking Chair with Arms

Gloster Fusion Sling Stacking Chair with Arms
Kore Small Extending Glass Top Table Gloster Kore Small Extending Glass Top Table


Wescott Dining Chair
Homecrest Wescott Dining Chair


JANUS et Cie Azimuth Cross Lounge Chair Azimuth Cross Lounge Chair




JANUS et Cie Mistral Armchair
Mistral Armchair
BG1 Lounge Jardin de Ville BG1 Lounge
Loft Bistro Table



Kettler Loft Bistro Table


Koverton Modone Accent Table


Koverton Parkview Daybed



Emory Spring Club Chair
Mallin Emory Spring Club Chair



Vienna Sling Dining Chair Pride Family Brands Vienna Sling Dining Chair
Hydra Chair Suncoast Hydra Chair
Suncoast Madrid dining table Madrid dining table
Telescope Avant Dining Chair Telescope Avant Dining Chair
Savona Elite Supreme Sling Armchair



Telescope Savona Elite Supreme Sling Armchair
Reflection Sling High Back Dining Chair

Tropitone Reflection Sling High Back Dining Chair



Andover Dining Armchair Sterling Dining Armchair
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Woodard Andover Dining Armchair Woodard Sterling Dining Armchair Rock Wood Casual Seaside Stacking Chair



Rattan/Wicker/Woven

Avignon Woven Lounge Chair Marco Isle Woven Pedestal Base Dining Table with Glass
Agio Avignon Woven Lounge Chair
Agio Marco Isle Woven Pedestal Base Dining Table with Glass

South Beach lounge Chair Century Furniture South Beach lounge Chair




Ebel Inc Cannes Adjustable Chaise Lounge
Ebel Inc Cannes Adjustable Chaise Lounge
Gloster Havana Deep Seating Armchair Havana Deep Seating Armchair
orizon Club Sectional Seating Gloster Horizon Club Sectional Seating
Summer Cloud JANUS et Cie Summer Cloud


Vitali Chaise Lounge Luxe Daybed
JANUS et Cie Vitali Chaise Lounge
Koverton Luxe Daybed


Koverton Parkview Swivel Barstool Koverton Parkview Swivel Barstool




Laneventure Cameroon Cuddle Chair
Cameroon Cuddle Chair
Solona Round Dining Table

Laneventure Solona Round Dining Table


Lloyd/Flanders Chesapeake Swivel Glider
Chesapeake Swivel Glider
Vienna Formal Cushion Dining Chair

Pride Family Brands Vienna Formal Cushion Dining Chair
ScanCom Chicago Dining Chair ScanCom Chicago Dining Chair



Key Biscayne Armchair with Hidden Ottoman Breath Club Chair

Telescope Key Biscayne Armchair with Hidden Ottoman
Terra Furniture Breath Club Chair
Milano Lounge Chair Terra Furniture Milano Lounge Chair
Lumiere Lounge Chair Veneman Collections Lumiere Lounge Chair
Woodard Belmar Stationary Lounge Chair Belmar Stationary Lounge Chair




Woodard Serengeti Dining Armchair
Serengeti Dining Armchair


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Brown Jordan Product name forthcoming

Suncoast Monoco Wicker Leisure Chair


Resin

Windward Deep Seat Cushion Armchair

Telescope Windward Deep Seat Cushion Armchair

Cast Metal

Casting Empire Dining Table
Beka Casting Empire Dining Table


Plantation Armchair Cast Classics Plantation Armchair
Mallin Fontaine Cast Dining Chair Fontaine Cast Dining Chair
Sophia Formal Cushion Dining Chair Pride Family Brands Sophia Formal Cushion Dining Chair



Oval Tuscan Dining Table
Turnstyle Cast Armchair
Pride Family Brands Oval Tuscan Dining Table Telescope Turnstyle Cast Armchair


St. Germain Dining Chair Veneman Collections St. Germain Dining Chair




Woodard Harwick Dining Side Chair
Harwick Dining Side Chair
Vienna Dining Armchair

Woodard Vienna Dining Armchair



Complimentary Casual


Raffles Dancing Fire Gas Light Chat Table Studios Faux Sienna
Agio Raffles Dancing Fire Gas Light Chat Table Ancient Mosaic Studios Faux Sienna


Serena Swing Cast Classics Serena Swing
Gloster Axis Coffee Table Gloster Axis Coffee Table




Gloster Halifax Round Lamp Table
Gloster Halifax Round Lamp Table
The HammockSource/Hatteras Hammocks Deluxe Cushioned Swing Deluxe Cushioned Swing
Rest Lounger Scancom Beach Rest Lounger
Rodeo Cast Table Top Woodard Rodeo Cast Table Top


Fabric


Weatherskin Balinesia - Rice
JANUS et Cie Weatherskin Richard Frinier for Sunbrella Balinesia - Rice


Bora Bora



Richard Frinier for Sunbrella Bora Bora
Sunbrella Leigh - Lemon Leigh - Lemon
Malay - Surfside Sunbrella Malay - Surfside




Veneman Collections Small World Fun - Green
Small World Fun - Green
Woodgrain Hill - Green Veneman Collections Woodgrain Hill - Green


Outdoor Lighting


Phatty Side Table Lamp Bali Table Lamp
Shady Lady Lighting Phatty Side Table Lamp Woodard Bali Table Lamp


Yin Yang Small Ground Lamp Shady Lady Lighting Yin Yang Small Ground Lamp
Woodard Belgravia Table Lamp Belgravia Table Lamp
Wave Outdoor Light Veneman Collections Wave Outdoor Light



Shade


Umbrella Palm Umbrella antilever Umbrella
FiberBuilt Umbrella Palm Umbrella JANUS et Cie Cantilever Umbrella


Commercial Umbrella Telescope Commercial Umbrella
TUUCI M1-Stingray Shade Sculpture Stingray Shade Sculpture
Ocean Master Max Crescent Parasol TUUCI Ocean Master Max Crescent Parasol




Wanda Technology Milano Pro Solar
Milano Pro Solar
Primo Sola Wanda Technology Primo Solar



Wood

Axis Dining Chair with Arms
Gloster Axis Dining Chair with Arms


Monte Carlo Conversion Table New River Casual Furniture Monte Carlo Conversion Table
Williamsburg Chair ScanCom Williamsburg Chair
Gloster Estate Halifax Deep Seating Armchair Estate Halifax Deep Seating Armchair
Scancom Bogor Recycled Tweak Rectangle Table Tweak Rectangle Table


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Rock Wood Casual Oasis Leather Dining Chair

Outdoor Rugs / flooring

Fruit Cocktail Outdoor Rug in Brown
The HammockSource/Sawgrass Fruit Cocktail Outdoor Rug in Brown


Alli Outdoor Rug in Black Terenne Outdoor Rug
The HammockSource/Sawgrass Alli Outdoor Rug in Black Veneman Collections Terenne Outdoor Rug



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