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Hearth & Home December 2015

2015 December News

Items of interest to members of the hearth, barbecue, and patio industries.

Palm Beach by Richard Frinier for Century

Inspired by the feted and coastal lifestyle of one of America’s most legendary resort destinations, the Palm Beach Collection represents the finest in casual furnishings for both interiors and exteriors. A striking herringbone and unique triaxial-patterned weave graces each of the collection’s regal lounge and dining pieces, while the iconic and romantic Royal Swivel Lounge Chair spins a new tale of classic and timeless styling to create the ultimate resort-at-home or ultra-luxe resort experience.

Designed by internationally acclaimed and California-based furniture and textile designer Richard Frinier, Palm Beach offers sweeping silhouettes and a distinct connection to place for which his designs for Century Outdoor have been known.

Each of the eight seating designs, which include deep seating, dining and an adjustable chaise, offers gracious proportions in unique woven patterns that make these pieces both elegant and compelling.

“Palm Beach is a legendary destination that speaks to the resort-at-home experience I am so inspired to create in my designs for Century. There has always been a timeless allure to this storied locale drawing the attention of luminaries and celebrities from around the world seeking its exclusive haven and coastal lifestyle for decades,” says Richard Frinier. “Our new Palm Beach Collection with its iconic Royal Swivel Lounge Chair immediately sweeps you away to this place with its inviting style and distinctive yet romantic appeal.”

Haynes King, Director of Century Outdoor, adds, “Today, it is easy to be overwhelmed with choices for the home, where in the sea of choices everything begins to look the same. We feel that by making outdoor furnishings that elicit a powerful emotional response and deep connection to a sense of place, making them memorable and distinct, we will differentiate our brand and set the bar high for what luxury indoor/outdoor furniture should be for the interior design community and consumer alike.” Call (800) 852-5552 or visit

Woodbridge Fireplace’s New DV1400 Direct-Vent Fireplace

Woodbridge Fireplace, an Ontario fireplace manufacturer of gas fireplaces for home and outdoor use, is pleased to announce it has just released a new direct-vent fireplace model. The DV1400 Direct-Vent Fireplace is the Canadian fireplace manufacturer’s latest addition to its extensive line of traditional and contemporary gas fireplaces. 

The DV1400 direct-vent fireplace is a traditional gas fireplace with a contemporary look and amazing shallow depth of only 10 in. Ideal for condos and smaller rooms, and allowing for a large variety of venting options, this attractive new fireplace model features a sleek satin black face and a black enameled reflective panel with the option of a realistic hand-detailed log set and glowing embers, or various colors of glass burner media. It has a clean and minimalist look that would make a striking statement in any room. 

The DV1400 measures 35 in. wide by 30.75 in. high and offers 464 sq. in. of viewing area with 14,000 Btu tempered glass or 18,000 Btu ceramic glass models available. It comes with a protective safety screen, stainless-steel flex connector, and 3/8-in. N.P.T. gas shut-off valve. 

Available accessories include an on/off remote control with timer function, and a 130 cfm variable speed, thermostatic circulating fan. This direct-vent fireplace is available in both natural gas and propane models, with standing pilot or electronic ignition. Like all Woodbridge Fireplace products, the DV1400 is built with the highest quality materials, components and workmanship and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Call (905) 799-5953 or visit

Tropitone Introduces a Modern Chaise for the Commercial Market

Tropitone Furniture Company announces the addition of Curve, a collection of outdoor pool furniture with a modern twist. Created using the Rotoform process, Curve is an environmentally-friendly, durable, and easy-to-clean polymer product. Its bright finish options create a playful environment.

The Curve collection consists of a molded chaise lounge, to be used on its own or with a riser. Mimicking the contour of the human body, the Curve chaise lounge features an arched back, low seat, and a bend for legs to suit one’s natural form. Curve chaise lounges are made using the Rotoform process and feature a draining hole, allowing the chaise lounge to be placed in or out of water. The chaise lounge can be placed in a water depth up to 14 in. The chaise lounge with riser can be placed in a water depth up to 18 in.

Additional modern outdoor furniture pieces will join the Curve collection soon. The Curve collection will be available in a spectrum of finishes, from neutral stone to bright colors that make a bold statement. The bright rainbow-spectrum of finishes is perfect for today’s trendy resorts and contemporary luxury hotels. Contact your local sales representative or visit

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