Consumer demand for outdoor furnishings skyrocketed over the past year as households throughout the U.S. hunkered down at home. As springtime lured people outside to enjoy fresh air, the desire to relax and entertain family members and friends outside drove shoppers to stores for new furniture and accessories for their outdoor living spaces.
Anticipating consumers’ continued love affair with outdoor living in 2022, entrants in the International Casual Furnishings Association Design Excellence Awards have focused on style, innovative materials and comfort. Across 11 categories, this year’s Design Excellence entries span a full range of options for seating and dining along with shade products, rugs, fire pits, fabrics and complementary accents and furnishings.
ICFA will salute each Design Excellence category winner plus announce the Lilly Awards in Outdoor Furniture and Outdoor Accents along with the Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show Award at the ICFA Awards Gala.
The event takes place at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park on Sept. 22. Presentations include the Apollo Awards, the Manufacturer of the Year, Sales Representative of the Year and Unsung Hero Award. 2020 Lifetime
Achievement Award honoree Gary McCray, former president of Klaussner Outdoor, along with 2021 honoree Bew White, executive chairman of the board of Summer Classics, will be hailed with video tributes.
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