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First Look: Furniture Trends for                                             200 8
In the heat of the summer, the outdoor furniture industry gathers in Chicago to catch a glimpse of what’s to come for the next selling season
at the Summer and Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association’s official Casual PreMarket. Traveling the halls of the Merchandise Mart, it
was difficult not to spot the trends for 2008 ... sinuously curved furniture; warm spicy tones in every showroom, contrasted by cool blues and
greens and the stark opposites of black and white; oversized cuddle chairs and chaises; and a full range of inspiring finds around every corner.

W R I T T EN BY J E N N I F E R A . B E M E N T


1. Comfort built in. Whitecraft’s stylish dining       5. Big, breezy and cool. Reminiscent of a by-           line of cast aluminum accessories with beauti-
chair, part of its group of universal seating, now     gone era, Laneventure’s Natchez natural wicker          fully designed over-scaled planters and decora-
features a padded seat, eliminating the need for       settee and oversized ottoman update the look            tive trash bins.
a seat cushion.                                        with cool tones of mint green.                          11. Space-saving innovation. This teak table
2. Thoughtful design. Cast Classics’ new clover-       6. Pulled together. The Outdoor Couture Col-            from Rock Wood is as modular as it is beautiful:
leaf cast aluminum table gives diners more             lection by Marcia Blake for O.W. Lee showcases          one of the legs slides over to allow the leaf to
space and is available with a removable lazy           outdoor draperies, pillows, table runners and           fold down so that it can be placed against a wall.
susan in the center for serving convenience.           throws for a high-end indoor look outdoors.
                                                                                                               12.,13. Mix and match. Homecrest makes
3. Making an impression. Lloyd/Flanders’               7. Attention-getter. The unusual elliptical             stylish coordination easy with deep seating
Sedona hand-woven vinyl outdoor wicker sec-            shape of Gloster’s Eclipse relaxer (with detach-        cushions and accent pillows that can be covered
tional introduces a curved look for even more          able sail) and footstool make a bold statement.         in different fabrics on the front and back.
creative possibilities in the garden.                  8. Striking. Whitecraft’s Mamba chaise lounge           14. Autumn flair. Again continuing the trend
4. Spicy. Kitty Hawk’s Carlton sofa continues          and side table take a sinuous shape that is both        of warmer, spicier tones, this generously sized
the trend of warm orange and red tones, which          style-forward and ergonomically comfortable.            cast aluminum Monaco group is a focal point
complement the deep-brown outdoor wicker.              9.,10. Coordinated. Cast Classics expands its           for Cast Classics.

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                                    15. So many choices. Homecrest’s new “Color My Sling” program al-
                                    lows any fabric in the company’s line to be used on its sling chairs. The
                                    patent-pending envelope sling can now be created in the same fabrics
                                    as deep seating for more options in the outdoor room.
                                    16. Inviting appeal. With its woodlike hand-painted aluminum frame
                                    and thick deep seating cushions in tones of orange, yellow and brown,
                                    Casual Creations’ Scott Coogan-designed Keys lounge chair and
                                    matching ottoman say “have a seat.”
                                    17. Sleek and stylish. Mallin’s Element dining chair, with its polished
                                    chrome finish and hip salmon, beige and green fabric, says “modern.”
                                    It follows the trend of oversizing and is also offered in a bistro size for
                                    smaller spaces.                                                                         11.
                                    18. Nights around a round table. Laneventure’s Leeds Castle round
                                    teak dining table with curved benches creates a unique place to dine.
                                    19. Warm, cool and curvy. With a granite-edged firepit as the center-
                                    piece, O.W. Lee’s Rustic Garden modular sectional features generous
                                    cushions, covered here in a cool-toned chenillelike fabric from Glen
                                    Raven. The curve of the corner piece adds a sinuous appeal.
                                    20. Stark contrast. O.W. Lee’s Montrachet spring chair is a study in
                                    contrasts, the white cast frame accented with deep seating cushions
                                    in a graphic black and white acrylic fabric. Draperies of the same
                                    fabric, part of the Outdoor Couture Collection by Marcia Blake, hang
                                    in the background.

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                                    21. Fashion-forward. The high-gloss, primary look of Homecrest’s
                                    Real Red frame color, shown here on the Uptown Adirondack swivel tilt
                                    chair with a fun large-check acrylic fabric, says “retro.”
                                    22. Earthy. Gloster’s Casablanca group showcases spicy warm orange
                                    tones in its deep, plush cushions.
                                    23. Classic. Century Leisure’s generously sized Estancia lounge chair
                                    and ottoman, designed by Richard Frinier, are traditionally styled and
                                    well-suited for the formal or structured garden setting.
                                    24. Perfect coupling. Lloyd/Flanders’ Mandalay oversized cuddle
                                    chair and ottoman find the perfect fit in the company’s new shirt-
                                    styled throw pillow, a great add-on to increase sales.
                                    25. Memories. Gloster’s Symphony group coffee and end tables
                                    showcase keepsakes under glass.                                                        22.
                                    26. Bigger is better. The Monaco cuddle chair and ottoman from
                                    Agio feature the traditional wicker look, with its big rolled arms, open
                                    weave accents and curved back. The new twist: it is oversized.
                                    27. Chic and curvy. Barlow Tyrie’s Dune loveseat, with curved lines,
                                    plush accent pillows and deep cushions in exquisite outdoor fabrics,
                                    beckons to be placed in an organic setting.
                                    28. Hot dots. Whitecraft’s Oasis group shows the shape of the season
                                    - the dot - in spa blue, beige and brown.
                                    29. Under cover. Agio’s Key Biscayne sofa pergola features a covered
                                    top for shade and follows the trend of curving shapes with deep
                                    seating cushions.

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