Sunbrella® Fabrics and Garden Design Magazine Partner For Panel Discussion

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Event To Take Place As Part Of Market Week at New York D&D Building

Sunbrella® fabrics and Garden Design magazine will team up for a panel discussion on October 13 during Market Week at the D&D Building in New York. The event, located in the Robert Allen-Beacon Hill Showroom in Suite 301, will focus on the exploration of transitional design and will be led by Norman Vanamee, editor-in-chief of Garden Design and Gina Wicker, design and creative director for Sunbrella fabrics.

“We design Sunbrella fabrics that are suitable for any room in the house, knowing that fabric beauty and performance are as important for indoor decorating as they are for outdoor decorating,” Wicker said. “We look forward to discussing our design philosophy with Garden Design and event attendees.”

Vanamee and Wicker will explore the future of the home in which nature is an integral part of sophisticated design, discussing the techniques, trends, and design queues that shape the role of the transitional design – erasing the boundaries between indoors and out. Sunbrella fabrics will be shown and a Q&A session and refreshments will follow the panel discussion.

“This is such an exciting time in the worlds of interior and exterior design,” Vanamee said. “There’s a sense of unity and wholeness made possible by transitional furniture and fabrics.”

The newest collection of Sunbrella fabrics for Robert Allen also will be on display in the showroom, serving as an example of fabrics that bridge the gap between indoors and outdoors. The collection, Al Fresco Oceana, boasts a soft color palette and a sophisticated vacation feel inspired by the Polynesian islands and the naturals trend. The fabrics, the majority exclusive to Robert Allen, include linen looks, matelasses, wovens, traditional floral motifs, multi-colored stripes and transitional geometric patterns.

The DDB is located in Manhattan, the east side on Third Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets. Interested attendees should respond via email with “Fall Market” as the subject line to GardenDesignEvents(at)bonniercorp(dot)com.

Celebrating 50 years of innovation in 2011, the Sunbrella brand revolutionized the way the world thinks of beautiful performance fabrics with its entrance to the marketplace in 1961. Today, durable, easy-care Sunbrella fabrics are available in thousands of sophisticated styles, patterns and colors for wherever people live, work and play. On the Web at Follow Sunbrella on Facebook at or on Twitter at

Garden Design is the future of the home: a new era in which the boundary between indoors and outdoors is erased, and nature is an integral part of sophisticated design. Every issue is a meeting place for a new generation of professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world who have an intimate connection to the natural environment and a distinctive sense of style. Garden Design looks at the home not as a mere showcase for material things, but as an ever-changing expression of the people who live in it.

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