Landscape people don't generally frequent shows like the New York International Gift Fair ... but I thought I would give it a look. On my first trip to the NYIGF, I was pleased to find that in stepping outside my box, I learned about some great products that I may never have seen at the garden and landscape trade shows that I normally frequent. These are my favorites ...Good outdoor fabrics can be a trick to get right. The ubiquitous Sunbrella brand is a good one but sometimes I find I want something different and off the beaten path -- perhaps more imaginative. I found that with not one but two lines of fabrics that have been made into interesting cushions and outdoor textile accessories.
Edie Inc.'s Luxe line was exciting with great details. There were leafy pillows, strappy woven pieces, embroidered details and generally all sorts of design thought that is generally not given to outdoor products.
Magnolia Casual had a great line of fashion forward fabrics that are printed on Sundure fabric. My favorites were the houndstooth that was actually a woven textural fabric with some real softness (rather than printed) and the Ikat.
Allsop, makers of a variety of solar powered lanterns had a new and exciting line of garden lights. They are made of Tyvek so they are very lightweight and durable, but they resemble pretty punched tin lanterns.
Not new to me, but still worth mentioning, is the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Their commitment not only to heirloom seeds but also to art and creating beautiful products is noteworthy. If I owned a garden shop I would carry this line just for the beauty of the display featuring a mosaic of artist designed packs.
And finally, I am contemplating these Balinese capiz chimes for my soon to be pergola. I do love the look of chandelier-like lighting for the outdoors (perhaps also for under a tree?). Zen Zen makes them and all you have to do is insert either an indoor or outdoor approved light depending on where you want to hang them.
(Images: Rochelle Greayer)