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Design Center at Merchandise Mart to present Spring Fling

24 outdoor showrooms to host March 14 event
Chicago's Design Professionals are invited to attend Spring Fling, a day-long event on Wednesday, March 14, featuring presentations by industry experts, John Gidding of HGTV and Gina Wicker of Sunbrella, who will offer expert tips on outdoor design. Plus, 24 outdoor/casual showrooms at the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart will be hosting Open Houses and special events throughout the day.
With the 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 a.m.
"The Role of Outdoor Furniture & Accessories and Curb Appeal"
John Gidding
Designer and TV Host

HGTV's Designed to Sell and Curb Appeal: The Block
John Gidding, HGTV Host and acclaimed Designer, will present, "The Role of Outdoor Furnishings & Accessories and Curb Appeal". This presentation will feature expert tips on how to add curb appeal to the front of the home, while creating an outdoor oasis in the backyard. Learn more about how to use outdoor accessories to enhance outdoor spaces.


2 p.m.
"Designing for Life(style)"
Gina Wicker
Design and Creative Director of Sunbrella for Glen Raven

Gina Wicker, Design and Creative Director of Sunbrella by Glen Raven will present, "Designing for Life(style)". Gina will discuss the best performance fabrics for outdoor and indoor use, as well as make recommendations on what types of products work best for your lifestyle.






Anacara Company | Suite 16-130
Please join the Anacara Co. during Spring Fling for an "Afternoon with Anacara." View our new introductions for spring 2012 and enjoy a refreshing glass of Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries.

Ancient Mosaics Studio | Suite 15-116
Stop in to see the new Castellano Collections. Corsaro, Kingston and Bungalow are our new outdoor cast metal seating, dining and table base collections. Come in to receive our new catalog and learn about all of the many design options.

Barlow Tyrie | Suite 1659
Please stop by our open house to view the new Linear Deep Seating range in teakwood.

Brown Jordan | Suite 17-100
Please join us as we host an Open House to celebrate the introduction of our latest collections for outdoors and in. Discover our to-the-trade only products and be among the first to preview the 2012 Richard Frinier Collection for

Brown Jordan, which debuts two new designs: Elements and Swim.

Century Leisure | Suite 1700
Century is featuring a new French collection - Maison Jardin - from Richard Frinier. Please stop by and see all of Century's outdoor collections and enjoy wine and cheese from 12-5.

Ebel Inc. | Suite 15-121
Ebel welcomes the Caravita Line of sun shades and pavilions to its showroom. Stop by to enjoy refreshments and see full demonstrations of the product line throughout the day. We are also offering an additional 10% off of new products purchased during the Spring Fling.

Gloster | Suite 1768
Stop by the Gloster showroom and take a "Champagne Tour" while discovering our newly launched "To the Trade" collections of outdoor furniture and fabrics. Pamela Clark, Director of Trade, Showroom, and International Sales, will educate you on our new groups while you enjoy a glass of champagne and small bites.
JANUS et Cie | Suite 1876
Join JANUS et Cie during Spring Fling to see fresh looks in furniture, accessories and textiles, with a spotlight on our JANUSfiberTM collection, handwoven in our "Generation-Next" weather resistant fiber. Al fresco furniture has never been so functional-or so chic!

Jardin de Ville | Suite 1553
Jardin de Ville welcomes eco-friendly MAMAGREEN to our showroom. Certified reclaimed teak is exquisitely paired with recyclable stainless steel to produce a high end, bohemian-chic contemporary style you will love.

Lane Venture | Suite 1544
Please visit the new Lane Venture design staff at the Henredon Interior Design showroom, Suite 1865 while the Lane Venture showroom, Suite 1544, is under major construction. Henredon will host with light refreshments and have the WeatherMaster product line and brochure available upon request. Look for the all new Lane Venture showroom opening in April 2012!

Lloyd/Flanders | Suite 1650
Stop by the showroom for a "Light Lunch at Lloyd." Enjoy mini sandwiches and salads while browsing the new lines for 2012.

Mallin | Suite 1766
Discover Calabria, blending artistry and comfort with furniture knowledge. This collection has a full range of pieces including a unique sofa ottoman and cuddle chair. The frame is powder coated and then hand painted for a one of a kind look and finished with Sunbrella fabrics.

Outdoor Lifestyle | Suite 1789
Outdoor Lifestyle's Ballantyne Collection makes the great outdoors feel even more relaxing. This stylish family of cast-aluminum furnishings offers choices in dining tables, coffee tables, arm chairs, rockers and plush lounges. If you are looking to turn a natural setting into a place everyone will enjoy, then check out the Ballantyne Collection.

O.W. Lee | Suite 1786
The new Corsica Chat Height Fire Pit is designed for those looking for a smaller and more affordable outdoor fire pit without sacrificing the quality and reliability for which O.W. Lee is known. With a 30"x50" rectangle hearth the Corsica fits nicely around deep seating pieces or in areas where space is limited. In addition, O.W. Lee will introduce the Vista Collection, which includes stationary and swivel dining, club chairs, ottoman, chaise lounge and two-seat and three-seat sofas. This collection will be featured in the O.W. Lee showroom during Spring Fling, among many other award-winning collections.

Pride Family Brands | Suite 1747
Stop by to view the Casabella collection. With a larger profile woven aluminum detail in the chair backs and an open arm design, the Casabella creates outdoor elegance affordably. And, create a warm and conversational focal point for any outdoor room with a luxury Castelle Firepit.

Skyline Design | Suite 15-110
The Topaz living collection offers a fun and contemporary open weave design, perfect for making your client's outdoor space comfortable and stylish. In stock and ready to ship, we offer custom cushions and matching dining and occasional pieces.

Summer Classics | Suite 1556
Summer Classics will showcase four new collections including the Marina, Dolphin, Oxford and Kipling groups. We will also be serving High Tea from 11am-2pm. Stop by to enjoy traditional and updated tea sandwiches, along with hot and iced tea and Champagne Punch.
Veneman Collections | Suite 15-120
Come see the Papillion Dining Table and Chairs in the Veneman Showroom. Brought back by popular demand, this collection was first produced for Neiman Marcus Cafes in 1955.

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 Springtime refreshments and browse nine stunning new collections and an array of new fabrics for 2012. Stop by to see what the excitement is all about.

ZUO Modern Contemporary | Suite 1762
ZUO Modern has added more than 50 new items to its extensive outdoor line. One featured set is Copacabana. It is totally modular and can be arranged in many ways. Plus, its cushions also float in the pool. From bars to lounge beds, make your outdoor space a ZUO space.

The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart is home to more than 45 Outdoor/Casual Showrooms that specialize in high-end outdoor furnishings.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 14
10 a.m. - Feature Presentation by John Gidding, HGTV Host
11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Showroom Open Houses
2 p.m. - Feature Presentation by Gina Wicker, Sunbrella

WHERE: The Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Feature Presentations: 15th Floor Nancy DeBiasi Library
Showroom Open Houses: Participating showrooms on floors 15-17

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