Arbre Collection – Brown Jordan
Michael S. Smith Is Bringing a New Level of Chic to Alfresco Furniture
The interior designer is partnering with Brown Jordan on a new line of outdoor furniture
Michael S. Smith has designed everything from the interiors of the White House to kitchen sinks, but the Los Angeles tastemaker had never tackled outdoor furniture. When he went in search of some for his own use, he remembers thinking, If I want something special, others must, too. Now Smith has teamed with Brown Jordan, the venerable American company that has been cosseting sunbathers for seven decades, to launch not one but three furniture collections that put the emphasis on alfresco pleasure.
“I love the romance of outdoor furniture,” says Smith, who grew up in California, where “Brown Jordan was everywhere. The idea of working with a brand that made something familiar, comfortable, and of amazing quality really appealed to me.”
The first two collections, available now, are called Deia and Arbre. The latter (French for “tree”) offers a sculptural riff on traditional faux bois, with hand-lathed “branches” forming the frames of ten pieces, among them a sofa, lounge chair, bench, and étagère. Fine finishes lend extra personality. A blue-green patina conjures antique garden furniture (“perfect for the Hamptons,” Smith says) while gilding exudes what he calls “a witty surrealist quality.”
The Arbre collection embraces natural textures, earthy colors and organic warmth. Inspired by the Faux Bois technique of relief carvings mastered by the French, Irish, and Swedish artisans since the 17th century, this highly classical technique has been reinterpreted to metal. The styling of Arbre features a cast-aluminum frame handcrafted and finished to mimic the grain and beauty of tree vines and boughs. Its open profile adds to the natural architecture of the design, allowing for a seamless transition from outside to in. Inclided with the collection are Lounge Chairs, Ottomans, Loveseats, Sofas, Benches, Occasional Table, Coffee Table and Planters.
Deia, on the other hand, is based on the peripatetic designer’s excursions to a favorite village in Majorca, Spain. The eight-piece group features clean neoclassical lines with a 1940s Italian vibe. “It’s very California,” he says, “or anywhere with a Mediterranean climate.” The standout item is a sumptuous daybed fitted with cushions that, as with all the seating in the collections, are covered in serenely hued Sunbrella fabrics. It positively beckons a siesta.
“This was about creating instant classics,” explains Smith, who will debut his third Brown Jordan range—a series with Chippendale vibes—this summer. “I wanted everything to have beautiful lines yet be truly comfortable.”
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