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Richard Frinier Creations Win GOOD DESIGN® Awards

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Designer, Richard Frinier.

Renowned for identifying and awarding the best-of-the-best in contemporary and modern design innovation each year, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies recently recognized designer Richard Frinier and his partners with three GOOD DESIGN® awards for his textile collections for Sunbrella® and furniture design for Brown Jordan respectively. Founded in Chicago in 1950, GOOD DESIGN® is touted as one of world’s oldest and most recognized design award programs for global design excellence and winning submissions become a part of the Museum’s permanent design archive.

“I am honored to share these awards with Sunbrella and Brown Jordan. These designations are incredibly meaningful to me given the history and legacy of the underlying design program originally founded in Chicago by the former MoMA curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., together with such legendary pioneers in modern design as Charles and Ray Eames, Russel Wright, George Nelson, and Eero Saarinen,” says Frinier.

The winning designs include: the Network Collection of Sunbrella textiles conceptualized to reference the designer’s interpretation of the world-changing phenomenon that is the shared digital content of social media. And, the Architexture Collection exploring architecture’s influence on society at large and the growing global design trend surrounding the surfacing and resurfacing of buildings with new, recycled and repurposed materials. http://www.sunbrella.com/frinier

Frinier’s STILL Mobile Console Table + Serving Cart is the most recent addition to the more expansive and award-winning STILL Collection from Brown Jordan. The versatile multi-purpose occasional table and serving cart is designed to be used with or without wheels resulting in a transformational go-to design and easy addition for living and dining rooms, kitchens and wine bar areas, libraries, home offices and poolside. https://www.brownjordan.com/collections-bj/still


About Richard Frinier: Richard Frinier is an internationally-acclaimed and recognized furniture and textile designer widely respected by the trade and press for his vast body of work and range of designs sold in over 80 countries with many designs in continuous production for over 10, 20 and 30 years. Renown for bringing the quality of living indoors outside and the relaxed spirit of the outdoors inside, his vision and extreme dedication spanning over 40 years have made an indelible impact and lasting impression across the home furnishings industry and also with followers for his authentic, relevant and memorable designs – “inside or outside – you decide.” A master of proportion and reductive detailing, his acute ability to see what is missing and what can be inspires him to constantly explore new materials and construction methods, while using existing materials in interesting, efficient and compelling ways. Richard Frinier has received over 90 international design excellence and career achievement awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association, induction into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame, a Stars of Design award from the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, and he has been listed among the Top 40 Most Influential Individuals in the Home Furnishings Industry Over the Past 40 Years by trade journal, FurnitureToday. The Richard Frinier Design Studio proudly supports design students through various design trade scholarship programs, Direct Relief, the National Search Dog Foundation, and the City of Hope through ICFA Cares.

About Good Design® Award: For seventy years, the Chicago Athenaeum has presented the GOOD DESIGN® Awards Program in search of the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic designs created and produced around the world. The original GOOD DESIGN exhibition program began as a partnership between the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and is continued today by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. Today, it is regarded as an international symbol of commitment to innovation and superior design embodiment. Winning submissions become a part of the Museum’s permanent design archive.

GOOD DESIGN is listed as the oldest and most prestigious awards program organized worldwide. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by the former MoMA curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., together with such pioneers in modern design as Charles and Ray Eames, Russel Wright, George Nelson, and Eero Saarinen, GOOD DESIGN honors the yearly achievements of the best industrial, product and graphic designers and global manufacturers for their pursuit of extraordinary design excellence. During the seven-decade history of the program everything and anything designed within and for the environment from a paperclip to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and NASA Space Ship have been honored across 30 design categories.

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