Behind the Design

Behind the Design: The Saybrook Outdoor Furniture Collection

Outdoor furniture season is in full swing, which is why we recently visited Ted, a Pottery Barn furniture designer, to find out more about one of our favorite outdoor furniture collections — The Saybrook Collection.

Ted told us, “The inspiration for this collection originally came from an antique wicker chair from a Belgian antiques dealer seen in Paris.  It was from the Belgian colonial period.  Distinctive features of this collection are the scoop shaped arm, the squared off (but still soft) shoulders of the backrest, and the egg-shaped woven feet. We also captured the weathered gray look of the aged wicker.”


The furniture style was also inspired in part by the classic porch furniture from the American South, which was  influenced by this Belgian colonial period.


Another reason we love the Saybrook Collection? Two words: maintenance-free. That’s right. Since the Saybrook Collection is crafted from a durable synthetic woven material and rust-proof aluminum frame, you don’t have to occupy precious summer hours with tedious furniture upkeep. So, while the Saybrook Collection replicates the look and feel of wicker, it’simpervious to sun, rain, heat and cold.

Do you own any pieces from the Saybrook Collection?

I love the Saybrook sectional set, but the Max Capacity is only 200 lbs per piece. This seems very low, so I am concerned that the set may not be very sturdy – any comments on that?

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