The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart‘s Annual Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale Boasts Increased Number of Participating Showrooms in 2018

Chicago (March 27, 2018) — The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, the Midwest’s premiere destination for residential and outdoor home furnishings, is holding its annual Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale from Tuesday, May 1 to Friday, May 4. Designers are invited to an exclusive preview on Tuesday, and the public is welcome Wednesday through Friday to take advantage of deeply discounted collections as outdoor furniture showrooms clear their spaces for 2018 merchandise.

“Just in time for the quickly approaching warmer weather, the Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale is ideal for anyone looking to experience the Design Center’s immaculately curated showrooms that boast the best in outdoor trends,” said Beth Hicks, managing director, marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago. “Closely following the success of our Outdoor Design Conference, we are looking forward to the highly anticipated sample sale, where consumers will have the unique opportunity to shop and take home stunning outdoor pieces from their favorite brands.”

Shoppers can expect to find discounts of up to 75 percent on furnishing and accessories including seating, dining sets, barstools, loungers and coffee tables, as well as lighting and rugs to create the ultimate outdoor living space. A moving company will be on-site to assist with deliveries, if needed.

This year’s sale presents an expanded line of participating leading casual furnishings showrooms. The 27 brands featured in the Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale include:

  • Anacara Company
  • Barlow Tyrie
  • Brown Jordan
  • Castelle
  • Ebel Inc.
  • Elizabeth+Grace
  • Gensun
  • Jensen Leisure Furniture
  • Kettler International
  • Lane Venture
  • Lloyd Flanders
  • Mallin Casual Furniture
  • NorthCape Outdoor
  • O.W. Lee
  • Paragon Casual
  • Plank&Hide
  • Summer Classics
  • Sunset West
  • Three Birds Casual
  • Winston Furniture
  • Woodard
  • Zuo Modern

Shoppers looking for expert guidance can book an appointment with an interior designer through the Designer-on-Call program, which provides access to custom ordering options throughout the Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale.

The sale will kick off with a designer-only preview on Tuesday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and then open to the public Wednesday, May 2 through Friday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Design Center will also host the Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale’s first special evening hours celebration with signature cocktails in participating showrooms on Thursday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. To register, please visit:


The Design Center, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world’s largest and finest design center. As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, the Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, customizable, residential and outdoor home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Encompassing 750,000 square feet, boasting more than 125 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the ultimate resource for designers and design enthusiasts of luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting and much more. For more information, visit

Beth HicksThe Design Center at the Merchandise Mart‘s Annual Outdoor Furniture Sample Sale Boasts Increased Number of Participating Showrooms in 2018