Merritt receives positive response at winter markets

Three new tabletop intros found success

MerrittFloral Sketchbook
SUN VALLEY, Calif. – During the recent home and gift markets in Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and New York, Merritt’s new and original art designs made of high-end melamine, coupled with growing interest in original casual table top, registered positive marks with show buyers nationwide. Durable melamine in coastal, colorful, wood-like and painterly designs scored big as the category of elegant outdoor entertaining continues to grow.

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"The response from buyers at each of the markets was very positive to our products and their indoor/outdoor applications as well as to our original art designs,” said Kimberly Plummer, sales and marketing manager, Merritt. "Attitudes were upbeat with buyers also being attracted to the variety of motifs our designers have tapped into.”

Merritt’s 2017 tabletop introductions include original works of art created by designers including Erica Friedman Studio, Lisa Thomas and Tre Sorelle Home Design. The Merritt team worked months in advance with the designers to bring the unique collections to market.

The Watercolor Blues collection was designed by Erica Friedman. Shades of royal, navy and pastel blue are portrayed in firework-like bursts, stripes and miniature repeating elements.

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In the Floral Sketchbook with the use of translucent color and Bamboo with its bold tropical elements, the work of Lisa Thomas is on display and already being recognized nationally.

From Tre Sorelle Home Design, watercolor-like painted designs of coastal and sea life elements are incorporated into a variety of dining and serving pieces coupled with a rope-like raised edging in the Coral Shell design.

“Retailers are realizing the possibilities in creating an elegant table top while offering durability perfect for the outdoors,” said Plummer. “This has resulted in greater interest in the category and our heightened winter market traffic.” 

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