The swooning U.S. economy has prompted many casual furniture manufacturers to be aggressive with their product design and development in an attempt to capture consumers’ attention. Their efforts were on display Sept. 15-18 at the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market in Chicago.
There is more to an umbrella than just placing it outside. Today's designs feature patented mechanisms, from tilt-and-lock to ball-and-socket. Some have contemporary style with squared or asymmetrical canopies, while others are more traditional, but offer a variety of outdoor-friendly fabrics. Whatever the innovation, these umbrellas are sure to provide ample shade and style.