March- 2014 Resource Guide
Bright as a summer sky or soothing as aqua waters, blues are comfortable and fresh in any outdoor environment. Whether in nautical stripes poolside, solids on seating, or wovens on dining, blue hues provide a calming escape. Pick a blue or two, you can’t go wrong — even the sky has no limit. Brown Jordan’s Clip Lounge Chair and Ottoman, shown above in Easy Blue is available in a variety of colors. The powder-coated lightweight aluminum frame is also customizable in all Brown Jordan standard and premium finishes.
Color mixes reminiscent of Life Savers® candy were presented in upholstery last year and this year take on an eclectic mix within furniture collections. Cherry, pineapple, lime, lemon and orange hit the sweet spot. Consider mixing and matching dining chairs, modular units and tying it together with a colorful rug or accent pillows. POLYWOOD’s Bayline Collection features a slender contemporary profile crafted of weather-resistant aluminum complemented by a large selection of durable sling fabric options. Four frame color options are available in select textured or satin finishes and the arm details are offered in POLYWOOD’s Plastique™ or SOLID™.
Though gray remains a strong field color, from deep espresso to light caramel, brown is strengthening. Whether in synthetic wicker, wood, aluminum, plastic and so forth, every finish has a chocolaty rendition or two that fits beautifully in outdoor settings. Castelle’s English Garden Collection by Pride Family Brands, features hand-woven aluminum and detailed cast elements, all highlighted with hand-painted finishing. The crescent design is augmented by custom-tailored cushioning with beautiful cast-button tufting.
Contrasting colorways appear to be strengthening as designers look for modern elements that provide more drama. Color contrasts provide an instantaneous focal point in any setting. Where large, nautical stripes provide contrast in traditional exterior environments, contrasting frames with mesh or cushions of a different color are entirely modern. Gloster’s Vista modular collection above features sleek curves and angles inspired by luxury yachts with contrasting base and scatter cushion fabrics sourced from Italy. The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, which is endorsed and sponsored by the ICFA (International Casual Furnishings Association), is dedicated 100 percent to the outdoor furnishings industry and encompasses 350,000 square feet of exhibit space.
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