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Is the
Inside
Thanks to innovation in
technology, materials,
and creative thinking, the
outdoor living space has
become the new living
room-a resort-inspired
place to gather, lounge,
and dine
Twenty years ago, Richard Frinier conceived of
two all-weather furniture collections for Century
Furniture, helping to usher the then interiors-only
brand into the world of outdoor living. Pulling from
travel-minded inspirations, the pieces conjured a
resort-at-home feeling-engineered for full-time
outdoor use but designed in a way that would
satisfy Century's interiors-focused following. They
hit the mark so precisely that a plush lounge chair
with architectural detailing was rejected from an
outdoor furnishings design competition one year
because it was thought to have mistakenly been
entered into the wrong category.
Designer Richard Frinier notes there
is no longer a threshold dividing
style for interior and exterior spaces.
Shown here is a line he designed for
Brown Jordan.
(Image: Richard Frinier for Brown Jordan)
" Two decades later, there is no threshold dividing
interior and exterior rooms and spaces, " says
Frinier, co-founder, creative principal, and managing
partner of Richard Frinier Design Studio. Somewhat
of an outdoor furnishings whisperer, Frinier has
designed numerous pioneering collections for
Century as well as other major outdoor players
like Brown Jordan, Dedon, Pavilion, and Sunbrella.
" The outdoor room has become the new living
room of the home. Throughout the country, new
homes are designed, built, and remodeled around
the outdoor space to include weather-resistant and
performance-upholstered furnishings, kitchens,
tables, fire and water features, floor lamps,
umbrellas and pavilion shade structures, and even
durable art and outdoor televisions, " he explains.
" This is no longer a trend, but rather a lifestyle
choice and an opportunity for designers to offer
their clients the total resort-at-home or live-workplay
environment completely reimagined with
furnishings that will accessorize the largest outdoor
room or rooftop. "
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