Richard Frinier Honored for His Architexture Collection of Sunbrella Fabrics
Monday, December 10, 2018
A well-known visionary in the furniture design industry, Richard Frinier received the Industrial Designers Society of America 2018 IDEA for his Architexture Collection for Sunbrella fabrics. IDSA recently announced the 145 winners of the IDEA, one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competitions.
The Architexture Collection of Sunbrella performance textiles created in collaboration with Frinier, a celebrated designer and longstanding IDSA member, received an award in the Furniture & Lighting category.
“The Architexture Collection was based on my appreciation of the importance architecture plays in the modern landscape,” Frinier said. “Its uniquely developed constructions, patterns, and colorways echo architectural design elements found in building surfaces and façade designs around the world.”
Further inspired by the growing global architectural design trend around the surfacing and resurfacing of buildings, the collection reflects various forms and layers of materials used to create these remarkable architectural façades. These design elements were translated into a collection of nine patterns and 11 colorways that reflect elements of this significant movement.
“We’re proud to be a continual partner of Richard Frinier and to celebrate this award-winning collection,” said Greg Voorhis, executive Design director at Sunbrella. “Richard proves time and time again his unique ability to translate global trends and inspiration into design.”
The jury for this year’s IDEA competition boasted nearly three dozen experts from some of the world’s largest brands such as Google, Microsoft, Nike, Dolby Laboratories, Delta Faucet, REI, Targus, Stryker, and Cartoon Network; major design studios including Whipsaw, fuseproject, Ammunition, HS Design, and Metaphase; and leading universities. Bringing a global perspective to the competition as respected leaders in their fields, the panel was composed of jurors from Canada, China, Germany, Guatemala, New Zealand, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States.
As an IDEA winner, the collection is featured in IDSA’s INNOVATION magazine’s Yearbook of Design Excellence and the 2018 IDEA digital gallery.
The Architexture Collection is available exclusively to the trade through Pindler.