RH Brings Sophisticated Relaxation To Their Outdoor 2016 CollectionAuthor:Caitlin Donovan
Restoration Hardware’s Outdoor 2016 collection embraces all things sleek and sophisticated with an emphasis on relaxation. The latest and greatest from the home furnishings powerhouse tips their cap to outdoor destinations with pieces built to stand the test of time, not to mention withstand all weather elements along the way. Along with refined silhouettes, low, linear profiles and new materials, colors, textures and patterns, this compilation combines the warmth and comfort RH is known for with collaborations with some of the most well respected and highly regarded designers from around the world.
Sydney-born brothers, Nicholas and Harrison Condos, who run their own handmade-furniture brand, Harbour Outdoor, emphasize masterful construction and midcentury modernism with their AEGEAN and MUSTIQUE collections.
“Our aim is to celebrate outdoor living through creative design forms,” explain the brothers. “The metal elements allow for clean design that withstands the elements, but our innate love of nature has inspired us to create using teak. A beautiful relationship lies between our products and the landscape it inhabits; with a nod to our heritage, the Aegean collection and its modern silhouette are inspired by the low lying coastal surrounds of our Australia beaches. Meanwhile, Mustique redefines classic form with a modern twist. Its lineal contemporary shape is contrasted beautifully with tapered legs and a traditional cross back feature; elegant details for transitional design.”
Nicholas and Harrison also offer a contemporary reimagining of the Hollywood Director’s chair, also available in both hand-crafted teak and aluminum. “Inspired by Hollywood directors exposed to the glamour of cinema, the real day to day of their job requires mobility,” says the Condos brothers. “With this in mind, we created a hardwearing powder coated frame made from marine grade stainless steel. Beautifully designed with teak arm accents, this chair can be conveniently folded for storage and mobility, perfectly tying together elegant form with function.”
San Francisco interior designer, Jonathan Browning, brings his brass magic back to RH with MORENCY and CALAIS lanterns. The metal magician has an affinity for this particular alloy for a reason. “Brass is an ideal material for both indoor and outdoor lighting for several reasons,” explains Browning. “First, brass is a dream material to work with. When machining it, whether drilling and tapping or turning on a lathe, brass has a consistency like butter. The knives and drills move smoothly through the metal with little friction or torque. The result is both precise and clean.”
Browning also focused quite a bit on geometry when designing his latest lanterns. “The geometry of the outdoor collections I did for RH are rooted in an aesthetic language of minimalism and logic,” says Browning. “You have to design within a construct, and mine is one of honest simplicity, but which avoids the obvious and the boring. It is a tightrope walk for sure, but very satisfying when it succeeds.”
Persian-born, London-raised designer Ben Soleimani’s passion for rugs stems from the fact that they represent the epitome of human and handmade. Soleimani is a sponge for inspiration everywhere he goes, be it nature, a building facade or the pattern on a woman’s dress, which he mentally catalogs and then expertly ties into his hand-knotted, all weather rugs for RH.
“When I make outdoor rugs, they are usually simpler in design to let the nature be the design, and they also must be practical for outdoors,” says Soleimani. “The rug provides texture and interest, it invites the furniture versus usually being on a stone pad. It grounds the furniture setting and creates an area.”
Textiles receive an impeccable design touch thanks to Los Angeles-based designer, Kerry Joyce. Classic neutrals and bold brights are elevated thanks in large part to rich textures, primative geometrics and sophisticated patterns. Joyce beutifully demonstrates all of these elements with his DAYO and ENDRA collections.
“My new pillow collection for RH was inspired by the bold geometrics of African Kuba Cloth,” says Joyce. “The designs are primitive yet modern, striking a timeless vibe. My pillows were designed to add the final touch and focal point to an outdoor furniture arrangement. Whether used singularly or in groups, I consider them little pieces of art.”
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