In a 2012 interview with Walter Isaacson for Smithsonian Magazine, Steve Jobs credited his passion for clean design and simplicity to his childhood home, a suburban tract home built by Joseph Eichler in the 1950s.
During this time, an unprecedented boom of creativity in architecture and design stimulated interest in streamlined forms and geometric shapes. We still know their names: Eames, Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, Gehry and Lloyd Wright. And we still extol their brilliance.
These designers understood the need to bridge the modern industrial world and nature. When you think of Falling Water or the Farnsworth House, the setting is tantamount to the interior design. That’s why the midcentury aesthetic looks so good outdoors.
Take our Anders Collection. This is an iconic midcentury design, the sort of lines and aesthetic usually found only indoors. But its simple elegance becomes striking in an outdoor setting, as well. Its timeless style is characterized by the triple-canted frame, graduated slat back, channel back cushions and tapered legs.
Influenced by Danish Modern, designers in the ’50s and ’60s widely used teak as a raw material. Its warm color, durability and natural pedigree suited the movement’s organic consciousness. Our Peyton Collection draws upon these characteristics with a relaxed yet sophisticated form that looks good in almost any setting.
Like Mr. McGuire in The Graduate, midcentury designers also embraced man-made materials such as plastics for their durability and maintenance-free appeal. We top off our resin wicker Tribeca Collection with button-tufted cushions for an undeniably retro-cool look.
Lastly, midcentury designs brought color to life, especially when combined with black or white. Our Riviera Collection gets its visual lightness from the white upholstery and aluminum frame and its tremendous vibrancy from vividly colored outdoor pillows.
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