Libby Langdon & NorthCape
Expand Vision for Modern Outdoor Living
Friday, September 1, 2017
NorthCape and Libby Langdon are heading to the Chicago Casual Market with four new outdoor collections that expand the designer’s vision of modern outdoor living. The new designs will be displayed in a comprehensive presentation inside NorthCape’s Merchandise Mart showroom (Space 16-112) featuring rugs, lighting and accessories from the designer’s growing constellation of brand partners.
“Retailers are coming to Market looking for something fresh and new to excite shoppers,” Langdon says, “and our goal at NorthCape this Market is to present them with fashion-forward, high-quality furniture for the outdoors in an inspirational environment packed with great ideas that they can take back to their stores. Along with the new furniture collections, buyers and designers will find outdoor lighting from Crystorama and outdoor rugs from KAS rugs. It’s going to be Libby Langdon floor to ceiling in the Windy City and I can’t wait!”
“The new collections for NorthCape by Libby Langdon incorporate all the design elements you would expect to see in your living room, but instead are available to furnish your outdoor space,” noted retailer Alisa Jamieson, sales and customer service manager at Chicago-based LuxeDecor during the ICFA Preview Show this summer. “The innovative and uniquely designed collections feature a relaxed yet tailored look that is visually pleasing and comfortable.”
Lighting up the NorthCape space will be the new licensed outdoor lighting collection, Libby Langdon for Crystorama. According to Langdon, “finding chic, transitional lighting that’s not too traditional or fussy, and not too modern and cold has long been a challenge.” No more. “I’ve been looking for an outdoor lighting line that is fresh and exciting, that balances elegance and sophistication with affordability,” says retailer Norman Wollach at Jackson’s Home & Garden in Dallas. “Libby hit the mark.”
Also on view is an assortment of outdoor rugs in multiple patterns and colorways from Langdon’s latest licensing partnership with KAS Rugs. As Tammy Wheatley, buyer for Statuary World Patio & Fireside in Oklahoma City, reports, “It’s going to be great to offer outdoor rug options that have been custom-designed by Libby to coordinate with our current outdoor fabrics!”
At the center of it all is, of course, Libby’s NorthCape furniture designs. Here’s a detailed look at the collections set to be unveiled in Chicago:
The Taylor Collection
Further blurring the lines between elegant interior and exterior design, the clean-lined Taylor Collection by Libby Langdon for NorthCape combines upholstered Textiline all-weather material, luxe cushioning and an aluminum dark wood-look frame for the perfect balance of comfort and durability. A dynamic mix of textures and materials add dimension and versatility, from the nutmeg-colored, slubby-weave material on the outside of the upholstered chairs, sofa and loveseat, to the table tops with travertine stone-look ceramic tile with a creamy marbling detail. The transitional dining table features a dark wood-look aluminum frame and an angular base frame design with clear glass that shows off the sleek lines and shapely details of the base.
Sleekly styled with angular, architecturally influenced lines, the versatile Weston Collection by Libby Langdon for NorthCape is designed to work in a variety of settings from outdoor coastal to contemporary, depending on the cushion and colorways that dress it. With a narrow, stainless-steel silver frame wrapped in natural-look jute twine that fits in all size spaces, Weston pops against dark wood decks, is ideal for modern, light-tile patios, and is simply stunning against gray, salt-washed settings. The geometric woven resin lower shelf is highlighted with the glass-tops on the side and cocktail tables, and echoed on the fire table where a stainless steel band wrap emphasizes the mixed material theme, and generous inner-seating width and depth make for great comfort.
The Mooring by Libby Langdon for NorthCape is a sophisticated combination of textures and materials creating an elegant look that is tailored and transitional with exceptional durability. Mixing dual, side-by-side, dark walnut willow-weave panels with an oil-rubbed bronze aluminum frame finish feels rich and luxurious, while the high legs on the sofa, loveseat and lounge chair keep the look light and airy. Finished in the oil-rubbed bronze aluminum, the dining table’s beautifully-styled, classically-inspired trestle is set off by a Dura-Wood smoke gray wood textured top for just the right amount of contrast. Dining chairs in both stationary and swivel options feature sleek arms for a slim profile, while comfortable and generous inner-seat cushions provide width and depth.
The Live Edge Table Collection
Inspired by the interior trend toward natural wood slab tabletops, the Live Edge Table Collection by Libby Langdon for NorthCape is designed to work beautifully with numerous NorthCape and Libby Langdon Collections. Offered in dining, end, and cocktail tables, the natural wood-look slab tabletop features a stylish, yet simple oil-rubbed base that makes the live-edge top-star of the show. Like all Libby Langdon designs for NorthCape, the emphasis is on creating an eclectic mix with unique pieces that work seamlessly with many different dining chair and lounge seating styles.