IAAPA Expo 2017 - Furniture Leisure Goes to the Orange County Convention Center to Support Their Commercial Grade Products
Lights, Crowds, and Bouncy Houses! The Orange County Convention Center was filled with these and much more as the IAAPA Attractions Expo displayed the latest and greatest in the amusement and recreational industries. From carnival games to theme park rides, popcorn stands to picnic tables, IAAPA delivered hundreds of different booths and vendors showing off their exciting state of the art products.
The staff of Furniture Leisure, was on the scene as honorary members to support their attending vendors as they represented their commercial grade products.
Kay Park spared no expense with the outdoor amenities in their booth. Their 3-Row Tip and Roll Bleachers was the product to turn heads with its bright red seats on an aluminum frame. We learned that Kay Park had upgraded the skid on the feet of the Tip-N-Roll bleachers from wood to recycled plastic for better floor protection during relocation. A Blue Expanded Metal Thermoplastic 32 Gallon Trash Receptacle with Black Dome Top was comically taped shut due to patrons often mistaken it as a normal convention trash can and not a display model. Furniture Leisure’s very own smooth Round Fiberglass Picnic Table with Black Powder Coated Frame sat beautifully in Royal Blue. It was exciting to find that other color styles are now available for this already attractive picnic table: Granite-Look and Glitter. The Outdoor Charcoal Park Grill with Flip Grate and 360-degree rotating base remained cool during the convention but proudly held the Kay Park Catalog. Their Two Passenger Paddle Boat took the spotlight with its sparkling new Blue Glittered finish.
Nardi’s North American Distribution SIT, proudly exhibited their brilliant Italian style with a large collection of their plastic resin commercial pool furniture. The Omega and Atlantico Chaise Lounge sat invitingly in the front of the booth with their stunning Mandarino and Blue breathable slings. It was fascinating to note the Omega Chaise Lounge, which was just as strong as it’s Atlantico brother, but didn’t contain any metal hardware! In short, as long as the sling stays above the water, the Omega chaise lounge can be placed in the pool. Their Patio Chairs included the Bora, Bit, Net, Ponza, and Riva. These dining chairs are truly better appreciated in person. From their online pictures, you will notice these plastic resin chairs feature a slender, stackable frame that is made of one solid piece of 100% composite resin. What you can’t do is feel how these seemingly dainty looking legs give no signs of folding under any sort of pressure. They had the strength of metal, but with the comfortably contoured sensation of plastic. You could instantly feel the quality of the material and know why these chairs are the top seller in their class. The Delta and Darsena Folding Chairs gave just as well of a performance with the use of their moveable frames. No Nardi collection is complete without a matching dining table and they made sure to bring the goods in that category as well. They presented the Spritz, Cube, and Clip, which are the best outdoor patio tables made of 100% plastic resin that you can buy. The Rodi cocktail table was also present to complement the chaise lounges.
Telescope Casual was showing off their new and exciting 2018 brand of Marine Grade Polymer products. They introduced their sleek Jetset Café Dining Chairs which featured a smooth, colorful MGP back and seat on a lightweight aluminum frame. What was instantly notice is that these chairs were heavier than your standard café chair. This would make a great outdoor dining chair in high wind areas, where other chairs are more likely to be blown away. Another new addition to their MGP line was the Armless Bazza Bench, which made great seating next to the rectangular patio table. The very popular Gardenella Sling and Reliance Strap Chaise Lounges made their debut presenting both textured and smooth powder coated finishes on their aluminum frames. Between the chaise lounges were Rectangular Chaise Lounge tables, one with an obscure acrylic top and the other embossed. Both had the perfect set of dimensions, long and narrow for arm length access from a standard chaise lounge while still being the ideal height. The frame was made from lightweight aluminum but welded together for the strongest possible performance. Nearby, the Comfortable Aruba Armless Sling Bar Chair next to a Bar Height Table. On the other side of the booth was the alluring Ashbee cushion sectional, complete with ottoman and coffee table.
Leisure Craft was the last vendor we visited, but their booth didn’t disappoint with a display of the best outdoor thermoplastic furniture. Everything you could ever need for Outdoor Restaurant Seating with a metal frame was there for demonstration. Taking up a great portion of space was a blue 6 ft. Y Base ADA Expanded Metal Picnic Table with dual side entrance. To the left was a red customized expanded metal bench that had a black portable frame. Behind the bench was a Trash Receptacle with an arched lid and a sign stating the trash can was on display only. Adjacent were a few heavy-duty bar height tables, barstools, and chairs sporting their polyethylene coating. Leisure Craft also introduced their new stadium bar height drink rails.
All in all the IAAPA Expo was a fantastic experience, filled with fun and information. The vendors and products are better appreciated in person than on screen. Commercial grade is a term often thrown around in the industry, but these products have earned the title. It was rewarding to put the durability of the outdoor furniture to the test and refreshing to sit in the commercial grade pool furniture that will stand stronger and longer than any product sold at your local retail store. New customers, whether it be at a theme park, resort, cruise line, or local park, can rest assured that these products will exceed their expectations for many years to come!