Make the interior design sampling process more sustainable and simple, Market place introduced a online library that allows interior professionals to choose the samples corresponding to their specific needs. Mercato provides sample materials from respected brands within the industry and offers tools that facilitate research and sourcing.
After learning about materials through detailed product information provided through the platform, interior professionals can organize their options by project, allowing them to share guidance with colleagues and clients. Materials can be searched according to the following criteria:
- Market segment;
- pattern type;
- Performance brand; and
Platform users click on desired materials and request samples. Unused samples can be returned to Mercato free of charge and the company recommends returning a minimum of 25 to reduce negative effects on the environment. Order history is stored on the platform for easy reference to reorder, track orders and return samples.
Mercato partners include the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Association for Contract Textiles (ACT), Mortarr, OneTreePlanted and the American Society of Interior Designers.
After its launch in January 2022 in the textile space, Mercato has unveiled its first class extension in June. Through a partnership with a manufacturer of solid surface products Duraseinthe platform also provides a comprehensive selection of surface products for a range of interior projects.
“Category expansion has been in our sights from the start and Durasein is an ideal partner to innovate,” said Ray Sayers, President and Founder of Mercato Place in a statement. “We worked hard to expand our list of manufacturers and designers and believe this new category expansion will add value to our community.
While expanding its services, which allow designers to review trends and source free material samples, Mercato Place added eight brands to its group of textile manufacturing partners which now includes:
- Camira fabrics;
- Textile innovations;
- HBF Textiles;
- Kravet contract;
- Luna Textiles;
- luxury surfaces;
- Magitex decor;
- Mayer fabrics;
- Wallcovering Patty Madden;
- Business room and hostel interiors;
- Valley Forge Fabrics;
- Bella Dura
- InsideOut performance fabrics; and