ICFA honors individuals, companies at 2017 Casual Market Chicago

SunnylandSunnyland Furniture, Dallas, earned the Apollo Award in the single-store category, while Outside in Style
CHICAGO — The International Casual Furnishings Assn. honored top retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives and designers last month at its gala awards celebration during Casual Market Chicago.

The industry gathered at the Chicago Field Museum on Sept. 15 to recognize excellence in manufacturing, retailing and product designs, as well as to pay tribute to the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.

Apollo Awards

The Apollo Awards recognize retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings. Finalists must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service. Winners in two categories, single store and multi-store, were selected from a group of 10 finalists through an online ballot.

Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas, was the single-store category winner.

Finalists in the single store category included Kolo Collection, Atlanta; Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Rustic by Design Fireplace & Patio, Morgantown, W. Va.; Villa Terrazza Patio & Home, Sonoma, Calif.; and Village Green Home and Garden, Rockford, Ill.

Outside in Style, with two stores in Austin and one in San Antonio, was the multi-store category winner.

Finalists in the multi-store category were ABSCO Fireplace & Patio, Birmingham, Ala.; Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Elegant Outdoor Living, Bonita Springs, Naples and Fort Myers, Fla.; Pacific Patio, Santa Monica, Calif.; and Today’s Patio, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Design Excellence Awards

AustinThree stores in Austin and San Antonio, won in the multi-store category.
The Design Excellence competition recognizes products in 10 categories for their overall design, as well as their marketability, innovation, color, construction and imaginative use of materials. Eligible designs must have been introduced in the marketplace within the previous year and must be offered by companies exhibiting at Casual Market Chicago.

Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. co-sponsors the awards.

The 2017 category winners included:

• Chaise Lounge: Lane Venture Winterthur Estate Daybed, by John Black for Winterthur

• Complementary Casual Products: Gloster Furniture Bar Cart by Henrik Pedersen

• Dining Bar Chair: Telescope Casual Furniture Jetset MGP Aluminum Dining Chair by William Vanderminden

• Dining Bar Table: Barlow Tyrie Aura Narrow Dining Table by Mark Tyrie

• Fabric: Glen Raven Sunbrella Midori Indigo by the Sunbrella Design Team

• Heating/Fire Pit: Ebel Lucca Fire Table by Kai Ebel

• Lounge Seating with Cushion: Jensen Leisure Furniture Cordial Lounge Chair by Alan Morley

• Lounge Seating without Cushion: Gloster Furniture William Lounge Chair by Henrik Pedersen

• Rugs and Flooring: Jaipur Living Waveny Flume Birch/Phantom by the Jaipur Living Design Team

• Shade: Tuuci Ocean Master Max with Integrated Lighting System by Dougan Clarke

Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show and Lilly awards

Tuuci’sTuuci’s Ocean Master Max with Integrated Lighting System earned the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show award and the Lilly Award in the Outdoor Accents category.
The Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show award, selected from among the 10 Design Excellence winners, went to Tuuci’s Ocean Master Max with Integrated Lighting System, which also received the Lilly Award in the Outdoor Accents category.

Jensen Leisure’s Cordial Lounge Chair received the Lilly award in the Outdoor Furniture category.

Lifetime Achievement

The Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the casual furniture industry and to their individual communities. The 2017 honorees were Petey Fleischut, founder of Casual Marketplace in Hockessin, Del., and Oliver Ma, founder of Treasure Garden, Baldwin Park, Calif.

In 1995, when a historic mill property became available in her hometown of Hockessin, Fleischut opened Casual Marketplace, transforming the mill into a three-floor showroom with two outdoor pavilions featuring more than 1,800 pieces of casual furniture, hearth products, giftware and holiday décor.

Fleischut has served on the Casual Furniture Retailers board and has been active in industry leadership. She is completing a three-year term on the ICFA board of directors.

Ma entered the shade products business in 1975. In 1984, he built a small factory in Baldwin Park and launched the Treasure Garden brand. In 2000, Ma built a vertically integrated factory in Ningbo, China.

The company expanded into the European, Australian and New Zealand markets and built another factory in 2008. Additional product categories now include pop-up tents, pavilions, retractable awnings and accessories.

Treasure Garden has received eight straight Manufacturer Leadership awards in the shade category from the ICFA membership.

Manufacturer Leadership

JensenJensen Leisure’s Cordial Lounge Chair received the Lilly award in the Outdoor Furniture category.
Ten leading manufacturers were honored for overall leadership reflecting the design and quality of their products, along with their merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations.

Winners, selected by ICFA members through online voting, were: Brown Jordan, Castelle, Gensun, Gloster Furniture, Jensen Leisure Furniture, Lloyd Flanders, OW Lee, Telescope Casual Furniture, Treasure Garden and Tropitone Furniture.

For the sixth year in a row, OW Lee was named Manufacturer of the Year. Like the Manufacturer Leadership winners, the Manufacturer of the Year is selected for the design and quality of their products, as well as outstanding merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations.

Sales Representative of the Year

This award, selected by ICFA members through online voting, recognizes an outstanding sales representative within the casual furnishing industry. Candidates were selected based on leadership, professionalism, exceptional service, communication skills, knowledge and product training expertise.

The 2017 winner, selected from five finalists and determined through online voting, was Scott Ellis, an independent sales rep with Brown Jordan, Tropitone and American Leather. Ellis began his career in the outdoor industry in 1990 when he joined his father-in-law, Bill Berman, a former Brown Jordan rep in the New England territory.

“The best and most rewarding part of my job is working and partnering with retailers to help them grow,” said Ellis.

Finalists for the award included Dave Digirolamo, Dublin, Calif.; Andy Hamilton, Dallas; Vern Lachowitzer, Longwood, Fla.; and Charlie Smith, La Quinta, Calif.

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