Mercato Place Continues its Evolution as the Go-To Source for Samples

Mercato Place, the first choice for material samples free to registered users, is making it even easier to discover and source products from curated categories as it celebrates its two-year anniversary.

Environmentally responsible and with quality brands you can trust, Mercato Place has become the go-to source for architects and designers to explore and order material samples from curated categories like textiles, wall coverings, leather and furniture. Created to simplify work for designers and architects, Mercato Place saves time by hosting favorite brands in one place.

Mercato Place continues to expand. In addition to a rich collection of contract interiors companies, popular residential brands such as Room & Board and Arhaus have joined the platform.

Mercato Place has grown as a must-visit platform for architects and designers because it is easy to use and uncluttered. Designers can find what they are looking for on Mercato Place through its curated categories. It is also a great place to find inspiration.

For those browsing or unsure about the direction they would like to take with their next project, Mercato Place offers its exclusive CURATOR feature to registered users. CURATOR and its team of design experts are there as an advisor with project needs that range from digital palettes to samples. CURATOR can aide designers in discovering products or match them with a brand partner for a custom option — like having an experienced design assistant at your side.

Mercato Place is backed by years of 30 years of sample fulfillment experience. The platform was founded by Ray Sayers, president of Thoroughbred Fulfillment, a trusted name in sample fulfillment services globally. Mercato Place’s fulfillment location is at Thoroughbred’s headquarters and 150,000 square-foot warehouse/distribution facility in southwest Michigan, a major hub of the commercial interiors industry.

“Mercato Place has set itself apart from its competition,” said Sayers. “Mercato Place offers the same level of service, along with a fantastic selection of brands at a significantly lower cost than other platforms. Mercato Place is evolving to meet the needs of designers and architects looking for a single, simple source for samples from the top brands in the industry. And we are not finished. Mercato Place has plans to add even more categories and services in the near future.”

The connections between Mercato Place and Thoroughbred Fulfillment are important to the success of the sampling platform. Thoroughbred Fulfillment’s investment in automation and its sampling expertise lead to Mercato Place’s immediate success since designers and brands already viewed Thoroughbred as a trusted partner. Integration between Mercato Place, Thoroughbred and CURATOR is seamless.

Mercato Place was designed for those who manufacture, distribute or specify products within the curated categories: textiles, wall coverings, leather and furniture.  Users of Mercato Place include interior designers, architects, specifiers, procurers, purchasing managers and resource librarians who serve the contract/commercial office, hospitality, healthcare, education, government, sports/entertainment and residential design markets. Learn more and join at


Mercato Place is a free online resource and service for interior designers and architects to explore materials and trends, search easy-to-use resource libraries and order textile samples curated from exclusive textile manufacturers and distributors. Mercato Place is a Thoroughbred Fulfillment company.