Designers of Outdoor Furnishings Line Selects Vycom’s Designboard for Spring 2017 Outdoor Collection for Commercial Property Owners

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Metaphor, LLC, selected Vycom's Designboard for its line of Spring 2017 furnishings to attract commercial property owners who require durable beauty with low maintenance. The designers say Designboard offers rich designer shades and metallic textures as well as superior scratch resistance and stiffness.

Metaphor, LLC, chose Vycom's Designboard for its metallic looks with the low maintenance and durability of an HDPE material.

Our Designboard pieces look very much like metal but have all the advantages of HDPE, including the ability to withstand winter and still look fresh come spring. -George Gehringer, creative director, Metaphor, LLC

Designers and industry consultants George Gehringer and Karen Pearlstein of Metaphor, LLC, Exton, PA, selected Vycom's Designboard for their Spring 2017 collection of outdoor furnishings, targeting commercial property owners looking to refresh the look of their outdoor spaces. The pair says businesses need to attract customers eager for all things fresh and new at winter’s end, replacing worn out furnishings and fixtures, freshening paint and adding vibrant plantings. Many restaurants take the experience outdoors with al fresco seating and dining. Because of the demands of their high-profile and busy spaces, however, commercial property owners need to choose furnishings that will withstand the elements without excessive maintenance. Metaphor, LLC, developed a line of furnishings to meet this market need. To help them differentiate their product lines, they chose VYCOM’s Designboard™ HDPE for the beauty of its hammered and brushed metallic-look finishes, which are resistant to scratches and graffiti, with low-maintenance and durability.

“Commercial property owners want to have a clean, fresh and decorated look for their spaces, but replacing furnishings or spending a lot to maintain them cuts into their bottom line,” explains Gehringer, creative director of Metaphor, LLC, in Exton, Pennsylvania. “Our pieces look very much like metal but have all the advantages of HDPE, including the ability to withstand winter and still look fresh come spring.”

Metaphor’s Outer Limits collection features modular, all-season containers, tables and benches in three, contemporary hammered textures and colors, as well as an engraved line with a more traditional look. The products are manufactured with no visible fasteners – a process it took Metaphor five years to perfect. Additionally, the pieces can be custom-sized to fit a commercial property’s scale. For example, their standard-sized planters sit outside Griffin Apartments on the high-profile corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, while a cocktail table measuring 47"Lx47"Wx16"H is used inside Redskin Stadium’s Fantasy Football Lounge in downtown Washington, D.C. Metaphor has even custom designed a fountain and a fire pit.

The Designboard is supplied by Vycom Plastics and the products are all manufactured in Pennsylvania. Metaphor also works with two national distributor based in Pennsylvania, which makes them what Gehringer calls “a truly domestic, Pennsylvania business.”

VYCOM'S Designboard offers the rich designer shades and textures of metals with the durability and weather resistance of solid HDPE. Available with UV resistance, Designboard has superior scratch resistance and stiffness and will not rust, corrode, rot, delaminate, or splinter.

About Vycom:
Vycom, a division of CPG International, is dedicated to maintaining an environment where quality meets performance. Vycom offers the largest range of products, capabilities and inventory for all your Olefin and PVC needs. For more information, visit

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