ICFA names award winners
September 23, 2016,
CHICAGO – The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) honored top retailers, manufacturers, representatives and designers this week at a gala awards celebration during the Casual Market Chicago.
All segments of the industry gathered at the Chicago Field Museum Thurs., Sept. 22, to recognize manufacturing and retailing excellence, spotlight top product designs and pay tribute to the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
The Apollo Awards recognize retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings. Finalists must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service. Winners in two categories, singe store and multi-store, were selected from a group of 10 finalists through an online ballot.
Village Green, Rockford, Ill., was the single-store category winner. ABSCO Fireplace and Patio, with stores in Birmingham and Pelham, Ala., was the multi-store category winner.
Finalists in the single store category included Kolo Collection, Atlanta; Outdoor Elegance, LaVerne, Calif.; Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; and Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas. Finalists in the multi-store category were Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Elegant Outdoor Living, Bonita Springs, Naples and Fort Myers, Fla.; Great Gatherings, Annapolis and Gaithersburg, Md., and Gainesville and Fairfax, Va., and Outside in Style, Austin and San Antonio, Texas.
Design Excellence Awards
The Design Excellence competition recognizes products in 11 categories for their overall design, as well as their marketability, innovation, color, construction and
Gloster's Grand Weave
The 2016 category winners included:
• Chaise Lounge: Jensen Leisure Coral Chaise
• Complementary Casual Products: TUUCI Equinox Cabana
• Dining Bar Chair: Lloyd Flanders Wildwood Dining Chair
• Dining Bar Table: Gloster Split Raw Dining Table
• Fabric: Outdura Spumoni Crystal
• Heating/Firepit: O.W. Lee Creighton 42-inch Square Fire Pit
• Lounge Seating with Cushion: Gloster Grand Weave
• Lounge Seating without Cushion: Seaside Casual MAD Fusion Chat Chair
• Rugs and Flooring: Trans-Ocean Ravella Akumal Ocean Rug
• Outdoor Lighting: Gloster Ambient Cocoon
• Shade: TUCCI Ocean Master Max Zero Horizon Cantilever
“Lilly” Awards and Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show”
TUUCI's Equinox Cabana
The Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” award, selected from among the 11 category winners listed above, went to Gloster’s Grand Weave. In addition, Gloster’s Grand Weave was selected for the “Lilly” award in the Outdoor Furniture category. TUUCI’s Equinox Cabana received the “Lilly” for Outdoor Accents.
The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the casual furniture industry and to their individual communities. The 2016 honorees were Joseph W. Watson and the late Merv Conn.
Conn joined Mallin Casual Furniture of Montebello, Calif., in 1963 as the shipping manager and worked his way up to general manager. In
Ten leading manufacturers were honored for overall leadership reflecting the design and quality of their products, along with their merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations. Winners, selected by ICFA members through online voting, were: Brown Jordan, Castelle, Gloster Furniture, Jensen Leisure Furniture, Lloyd Flanders, OW Lee, Patio Renaissance, Telescope Casual Furniture, Treasure Garden and Tropitone Furniture.
Manufacturer of the Year
For the fifth year in a row, OW Lee was named “Manufacturer of the Year.” Like the Manufacturer Leadership winners, the Manufacturer of the Year is selected for the design and quality of their products, as well as outstanding merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations.
Sales Representative of the Year
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