The Importance of Outdoor Living – Casual Market, 2018 Chicago, IL.

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Outdoor furniture has come a long way since I was a young lad in Australia.  I remember when my backside would sink into the striped sling seat of the folding chair and the steel frame would get too hot to pick up because of the brutal Aussie sun.  I still had a wonderful time playing cricket with family, but lounging wasn’t really a comfortable option. I would sometimes eat standing up!

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(above) new slat chairs from the market  (left) Aussie lawn chair that I grew up with 

The times have changed and so do our habits. With the amount of time we spend looking at devices, we deviate from the importance of nature and the environment that effects our well-being.  We miss the connection that the outdoor provides to our sense of smell, sight, sound, and touch.

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As a principle designer, I encourage my clients to include an outdoor living plan with your interior finish schedule.  With the new trends in outdoor products, the living room can now extend to the outside without the concerns of maintenance, durability, and style.

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SUNBRELLA’S outdoor fabric collection –  Casual Market 2018, Chicago, IL.

I had the fortune to attend the Casual Market 2018 at the Merchandise Market in Chicago to do a trend report for Michigan’s News 9&10 segment “The Four”.   I was truly impressed by the quality of materials and fabrics that have become fashionable for outdoor living furniture.  Materials like soft marine rope, high density plastic resin, powder coated aluminum frames, recycled plastic fibers, high pressure laminate, braided resin, and galvanized steel, acrylic and polyester fabrics,  have changed the way we dine and lounge outside.  Manufactures have identified that the performance of outdoor products must be at a high quality, durable, low maintenance, and visually appealing.

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Our living rooms have extended outdoors due to the range of furniture that are available.  As part of the design process during renovating or building a new construction, it is important to include the design of the outdoor living environment into your interior design plans as well.  The finish and material selections for the outdoor living space will influence the interior because the outdoor seating has now become a permanent fixture to the floor plan. There is now a wide range of fabric and finish selections to choose from to coincide with the interior design.

(left) POLYWOOD (right) CANE-LINE

I have selected four furniture manufactures from the Casual Market that had exceptional styles, color and material ranges, and collaborative pieces that would blend with the current interior trends from the High Point and Las Vegas Furniture Markets.


A family operated manufacture in Syracuse, Indiana. Their products are trust worthy, durable, and reliable that can withstand all four seasons.  Their lumber is made from HDPR (high density plastic resin) which appears as natural timber.  UV inhibitors and stabilizers protect their lumber from harmful environmental degradation and, along with light stable pigments, run continuously throughout the material.  Polywood has an outstanding selection of the traditional Adirondack chairs, rocking chairs, swings, deep seating, and contemporary sectionals.  Polywood can be used for residential and commercial outdoors.



I was mesmerized by the European styles in the products from Cavanni Design.  Outstanding use of materials and fabrics that can also be used for indoors. Italian designed but manufactured in Ecuador, the beautifully created seating is remarkably comfortable and gorgeous to look at.  Cavanni Design brings a new level of style to outdoor living.



Cane-Line, a company from Denmark, manufacture products that are a lifestyle statement.  They accomplish this through the modern style, quality and–most importantly–comfort of their outdoor (and indoor) furniture. A product line called Moments is setting new standards for multi flexible design with its Scandinavian and elegant, transparent and minimalist design. It is produced with Cane-line Soft Rope and SoftTouch QuickDry cushions.  Cane-line takes the worry out of outdoor furniture with a maintenance-free approach, using quick dry foam for upholstered pieces, all-weather Cane-line fiber wicker, and a coated polyester sling material in their chairs, dining sets, footstools, and more.   The selection of colors is inspired through nature and the environment we live in.



I had always thought that there was a lack of elegant lighting to add to an outdoor vignette.  It became obvious that Les Jardins has improved this category and the direction for functional and multi purposeful outdoor solar powered light fixtures. Designed in France and assembled in Spain/Indonesia, their light box is removable and is designed to fit all canopies in their product line.  Great range of designs and colors make Les Jardins solar powered light fixtures a head of the rest!


Honorable Mentions


You can’t get better hammocks than La Siesta hammocks. Attention to detail is noticeable and their selections of colors and patterns are very good.  Headquartered in Germany, I recommend a La Siesta hammock under your tree.



I am proud to say that this North Carolina fabric manufacture is the trendsetter in outdoor fabrics.  Gone are the days where you only had a few solid colors and stripes to choose from.  It is apparent that Sunbrella’s creative team impacts the trends of most outdoor furniture manufactures.

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The selections of outdoor rugs have improved and Rizzy Home has a variety of unique patterns and colors that will complement the new furniture trends from the Casual Market.  Custom sizes are available.

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If you have questions regarding outdoor product and material trends, please contact Angelo at .



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