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It used to be that rental furniture was about as exciting as the Oscars — without the red-carpet coverage. And when it came to aesthetics, rental options ranked right up there with your Uncle Marty's Barcalounger. Over the past several years, however, rental furniture has undergone an evolution of sorts. Gone are the itchy fabrics in tired colors and the straight-laced forms that offered about as much cushion and comfort as a concrete curb. Today's rental furniture is not only functional and affordable, but also vibrant, eye-catching, and on trend. To prove that point, here are six lounges made entirely of rental furniture that offer everything from dazzling forms to imaginative materials. By Linda Armstrong
  

PHOTO: Line 8 Photography

Nice and Neutral
Exhibitor: Intel Corp.
Show: International Consumer Electronics Show
Furniture: The Taylor Group, Brampton, ON, Canada, 905-451-5800, www.taylorinc.com


A blend of sleek lines and funky forms, this contemporary ensemble offers seating for up to 11 people. Meanwhile, the furniture's smooth surface contrasts with a raised, textured wall to provide added visual interest. Decorative elements and subtle grey carpet complete the scene.

PHOTO: Photoprop

Looped In
Exhibitor: Eduard Kronenberg GmbH
Show: Glastec
Furniture: Kopfstand Mobiliar Ausstattungsservice für Messen GmbH, Kirchheim-Heimstetten, Germany, 49-89-9038027, www.kopfstandmobiliar.de


Inside a 43-by-26-foot exhibit designed by Bachmann.Kern & Partner, three lounge areas offer a study in color and form. Red inlaid carpeting defines each space, and three oval light fixtures in matching red hover above.

PHOTO: Padgett and Co. Inc.

Gamers Oasis
Exhibitor: Take Two Interactive Software Inc. (2K Games)
Show: Electronic Entertainment Expo
Furniture: FormDecor Inc., La Mirada, CA, 310-558-2582, www.formdecor.com


Just as video games transport players from reality to fantasy, so, too, must the exhibit lounges for Take Two Interactive Software Inc. and its 2K Games label. While scenes from "Special Ops: The Line" play on the front-and-center screen, gamers can relax in this Middle Eastern oasis.

 

Complementary, My Dear
Exhibitor: Cort Trade Show & Event Furnishings
Show: EXHIBITOR Show
Furniture: Cort Trade Show & Event Furnishings, Las Vegas, 888-267-8937, www.cortevents.com


Enlisting a complementary color palette, designers crafted a unified look by combining five different furniture pieces. Orange and purple ottomans are paired with a Bahia sofa and chair; and a funky Grey Python Crescent Cocktail Table adds irresistible appeal.

 

Turf Tastic
Exhibitor: AFR Furniture Rental & Event Furnishings
Show: BizBash Florida Expo & Awards
Furniture: AFR Furniture Rental & Event Furnishings, Pennsauken, NJ, 856-406-1200, www.rentfurniture.com


Nothing screams "Look at me!" like furniture covered in faux turf. This whimsical arrangement by and for AFR Furniture Rental & Event Furnishings features the company's Grass Loveseat and Grass Bench offerings. Accented with real flowers, the fanciful furniture no doubt turns heads.

PHOTO: Padgett and Co. inc.

Glow Biz
Exhibitor: FormDecor Inc.
Show: EXHIBITOR Show
Furniture: FormDecor Inc., La Mirada, CA, 310-558-2582, www.formdecor.com


If you want to add a touch drama to your furniture, nothing beats a bit of internal illumination. These six Poof Chairs from FormDecor Inc. have flair to spare. While they might look like dented ping-pong balls, the 34-inch-diameter cuties actually comprise durable polyethylene.
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