Michael S. Smith for Brown Jordan
Friday, April 22, 2016
In a phenomenal collaboration between two of the design world’s most respected tastemakers, Brown Jordan, the leading manufacturer of top quality outdoor furnishings, will debut two extraordinary collections created by acclaimed Los Angeles-based designer Michael S. Smith. The inaugural lines – Arbre and Deia – represent two distinct points of view on gracious outdoor living, both filtered through the lens of Smith’s signature blend of classic European elan and tailored American modernism. The collections were launched at the High Point market in April, followed by events on the East and West coasts in June.
|Michael S. Smith|
“My work has always been about marrying high style with a kind of effortless ease and comfort attuned to the rhythms of contemporary life. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to bring that sensibility to the arena of outdoor furniture,” Smith says.
The Arbre collection revives the venerable faux bois style of garden furnishings mastered by French artisans in the 19th and early-20th centuries. Smith has reinterpreted the traditional plasterwork technique in a wide-ranging line of metal furniture and accessories that evoke graceful vines and gnarled tree branches.
Arbre includes a lounge chair, ottoman, bench, loveseat, sofa, étagère, planter, console, and a range of coffee and end tables. The seating pieces are available exclusively with Sunbrella cushions, and the tables feature Lily faux stone tops, exclusive to the Arbre line.
The Deia collection presents a vision of la dolce vita inspired by an enchanting Spanish village Smith discovered while traveling in Mallorca. Discreetly elegant, the line is characterized by signature hand-forged finials and chic modern lines with a hint of understated glamour, ideal for sophisticated alfresco leisure.
Deia includes a lounge chair, sofa and daybed – available exclusively with Sunbrella cushions – along with an étagère, planter, console, and end tables offered with glass or aluminum tops.
“Michael brings to the table an unparalleled design sensibility coupled with a deep understanding of Brown Jordan’s tradition of premier design, craftsmanship and quality. With an amazing attention to detail, he distilled the essence of every form, every finish, every proportion, and every material,” said Steve Elton, chief Brand curator for Brown Jordan. “Together, we've created a collection that feels both timeless and of the moment. We could not be more excited about this partnership.”
About Michael S. Smith
One of the most celebrated designers of his time, Michael S. Smith has forged an international reputation on the strength of diverse projects for many of the world’s most elite clients. Lauded by the press, he has been named five times to Architectural Digest’s coveted AD100 list in addition to receiving Designer of the Year and A-List honors from Elle Décor. He is the author of five books: “Elements of Style,” “Houses,” “Kitchens and Baths,” “Building Beauty,” and “The Curated House: Creating Style, Beauty, and Balance.”In 2010, Smith was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House.