George Smith steps beyond the boundaries

Design knows no boundaries, as George Smith extends the living space with its trademark craftmanship making many of its iconic indoor furniture designs suitable for the great outdoors…

upholstered George Smith chairs in the garden with tea tray

The Outdoor Collection from George Smith redefines outdoor furniture, with luxury, high-performance, weather-grade design that is built to last. From super yachts to roof-tops, pool-sides to patios, the collection offers personalised, hand-made upholstered furniture that is as comfortable and beautifully finished, as the brands iconic indoor collection.

wood and white outdoor chaise against brick wall with ivy

Image credit: George Smith / Oli Douglas

When the design for Soho House New York was underway, it was important to extend the comfort of the indoor George Smith furniture to the outdoor terrace, without compromising quality, comfort, or aesthetic. With this in mind, the project development department worked on several prototypes of different weather resistant materials. The material formula used today is based on the results from that original weather test, and George smith is proud to see the original outdoor furniture from Soho House New York is still in use a decade later.

For many years, the company has made outdoor furniture for some of the world’s most prestigious projects. The skilled in-house design team has used this experience to develop innovative ways of making outdoor furniture that is built to last. 128 of the iconic catalogue designs can be made outdoor with eight different wood finishes to choose from.

The Outdoor Collection is built with five key principles in mind, to avoid water damage and keep the furniture looking crisp and stylish for years to come. These include ensuring the use of high-performing fabrics, particularly solution-dyed acrylic textiles, which means water beads on the surface and runs off. Additionally, certain designs are avoided if they have areas that could attract moisture, so that water can evaporate efficiently off the surface of the piece.

chair and footstool under a tree in the garden

Image credit: George Smith / Oli Douglas

Non-mould-forming cushions that don’t retain water are incorporated in the design to keep the interiors fresh and ensure water does not linger in the furniture, and weatherproof hardware is used on all outdoor pieces of furniture to avoid rusting.

The frames are coated in a protective finish and made from Iroko Wood, which is robust and resilient, offering strength and stability. Galvanised springs are used to prevent rusting, and propylene webbing, which is water and UV-resistant, helps water escape, and finally, protective covers are also available, to keep the furniture looking crisp and stylish for years to come.

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