Across the World Market Center, companies brought new looks and cutting-edge innovation to the casual category for Summer Las Vegas Market. Here, Waynette Goodson, editor in chief of Casual Living, and Jennifer Bringle, features editor at Casual Living, share a few top finds.
Ebel Inc., C1389
This traditional woven manufacturer is going more contemporary with its new Capri and Tavera collections. But the piece that's up for a Design Excellence Award is the Lucca chaise longue, with a wood-grain aluminum back and side table. Technically three pieces, the chairs are great for contract and can be arranged side by side, as in chair, table, chair, table, etc. Or they can be placed tête-à-tête.
This traditional cast aluminum company has heard the call for contemporary and introduced a Carlisle deep-seating collection. “It’s more in line with true midcentury,” says Russell Sorenson, president, Hanamint. “The back of the chair is very clean, and it’s just very simple.” A coordinating casual height dining table is between a coffee table and a standard dining height. “With the trend toward midcentury, for cast aluminum, it’s been more of a challenge,” Sorenson says. “That’s been the advantage of cast, having intricate designs and patterns that tubular couldn’t do. We still have to be true to who we are, and adapt to the trends.”
Lexington/Tommy Bahama, B500
The Tommy Bahama portion of the Lexington showroom was awash with the new Cypress Point Ocean Terrace collection. “One of the most powerful aspects of the Tommy Bahama brand lies in our ability to take highly successful indoor collections and extend the design aesthetic to the outdoor living space,” says Phil Haney, president and CEO, Lexington Home Brands. The company introduced the Cypress Point indoor line in 2016, and the Ocean Terrace collection translates that look outdoors. Designs feature all-weather woven wicker, aluminum frames in a custom aged iron finish and contemporary Weather-stone tops. Buyers can expect a full offering of dining, deep seating and occasional pieces to suit both small and large venues.
Three new collections punctuated the Ratana showroom: Cape Town, Copacabana and Seville. The first is a high-back mixed-media style with extruded aluminum arms and legs. Lawrence Wong, national sales manager, Ratana, notes that high seat backs are becoming more popular, particularly among Baby Boomers. He calls the Copacabana line a “fun, fresh collection,” with its low back, clean lines and brown rope woven throughout. Finally, Seville displays a more midcentury modern design with an ash gray finish and European, lower height seating.
Oriental Weavers, C395
Accessories buyers had plenty to love in the Oriental Weavers showroom, as the rug maker rolled out an extensive assortment of indoor/outdoor rugs. The Marina offers sophisticated patterns—including chic geometrics and an eye-catching Buffalo check—in black, tan, ivory, navy and gray. On the opposite end, Barbados brought fun pops of pink, blue and green with plush cut and loop construction. Both collections are made of durable 100% polypropylene.
Customatic, C1428, C1432
Recognizing the potential in the outdoor category, adjustable bed manufacturer Customatic held a soft launch for its motion chaise lounge. The seat features a recline mechanism powered by a patent-pending waterproof rechargeable battery pack. Customatic Vice President and Chief Engineer Robert Eskridge says the fully charged battery will power the chair for three to four weeks.
Plank & Hide, C1395
Plank & Hide provides a solution to the age-old problem of cushion storage with its new Judd chair. The seat and back cushions can be stored within compartments underneath and inside the back of the woven chair. Each compartment is lined with a waterproof Sunbrella Rain bag that zips to keep the cushions completely dry. The chair was among several new introductions this market. According to Plank & Hide President Erik Mueller, the company tailors its offerings to each show. “We try to keep things fresh at every market—we don’t see the same people at every show,” Mueller says.