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The Casual Market Announces Design Excellence Award Winners

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The casual furnishings industry’s top manufacturers were honored with the distinguished Design Excellence Award during the International Casual Furniture & Accessories MarketÔ, held at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, September 15-18, 2008. The Design Excellence Awards – considered the highest recognition for new product design in the casual furniture industry – honor manufacturers whose merchandise demonstrate innovation, fine craftsmanship and great engineering in nine product categories. A renowned panel of industry experts judged the entries and the International Casual Furniture Association (formerly known as the Summer & Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association, SCFMA) presented the awards as follows: Cast Metal Furniture JANUS et Cie Forest Arm Chair Showroom #1876 Complementary Casual Products Wanda Technology Seranata Booth #8-3030A Outdoor Lighting Products Dayva International Lagoon Lights Booth #8-4106 Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials Furniture Rock Wood Casual Furniture Cove Day Bed Showroom #1760 Resin/Fiberglass Furniture Telescope Casual Furniture Winward Sling Arm Chair Showroom #1776 Shade Products TUUCI Crescent Shade Lounge Booth #8-7034 Tubular Materials Furniture Neoteric Home The NH-01 Chaise Lounge Booth #8-6094 Wood Casual Furniture Gloster Elan Dining Chair with Arms Showroom #1768 Wrought Iron/Wrought Aluminum Furniture EMU Re-Trouve Armchair Booth #8-4076 The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market is exclusively endorsed by the International Casual Furniture Association (formerly known as the Summer & Casual Furniture Manufacturers Association, SCFMA) and the Casual Furniture Retailers Association (CFR) and managed by Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI). For more information about the Market or the Design Excellence Awards, please call 800.677.6278 (MART) or visit www.casualmarket.com. SAVE THE DATE: International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, September 21-24, 2009. The Merchandise Mart,Chicago, IL Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) is a trade show and property management firm, specializing in managing buildings devoted to wholesale showrooms and commercial office space. MMPI produces more than 300 trade shows, market events and conferences each year. MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center in Chicago; Market Square, the Suites at Market Square, Hamilton Market, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza and the National Furniture Mart in High Point, N.C.; the Architects & Designers Building and 7 W New York in New York; the Boston Design Center in Boston; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; and the Washington Design Center and Federal Center Southwest in Washington D.C. Vornado Realty Trust, owners of MMPI, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

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