Designer Richard Frinier Awarded for His Caravan Collection of Sunbrella® Fabrics

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    January 22, 2017

Designer Richard Frinier Awarded for His Caravan Collection of Sunbrella® Fabrics

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As a visionary in the world of furniture design, Richard Frinier continues to amaze and inspire with his CARAVAN collection for Sunbrella® fabrics. Heavily influenced by his worldwide travels, the collection earned three distinctive awards in 2016.

CARAVAN received the GOOD DESIGN™ Award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in conjunction with the European Centre for Art, Design and Urban Studies. The program, founded in 1950 by celebrated design icons and luminaries Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., former MoMA curator, Charles and Ray Eames, Russel Wright, George Nelson, and Eero Saarinen, honors both products and industry leaders that have chartered new directions and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace.

The Journal of Design Architects presented Frinier and Sunbrella with an ADEX Gold Design Excellence Award, one of the largest and most prestigious awards program for product and project design in the A&D industry.

CARAVAN was also named one of Architectural Record magazine’s Products of the Year for its vintage Moroccan inspired patterns woven with Sunbrella acrylic fiber that is fade proof, easy care and bleach cleanable.

In addition to these notable and significant awards, Frinier and Sunbrella were named Best of Year Honorees by Interior Design magazine. Over Frinier’s career, he has earned more than 90 design and career awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association, and he was also recently inducted into the American Home Furnishings Home of Fame – Class of 2016.

“We’re proud to be partnered with Richard Frinier and to celebrate our collaborative, award-winning CARAVAN collection,” said Greg Rosendale, residential market manager for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the manufacturers of Sunbrella fabric. “Richard’s unique and authentic collections continue to illustrate his ability to translate worldwide culture into design.”

In CARAVAN, Frinier pairs neutral shades of sand, camel and carbon with authentic interpretations of vintage Beni Ourain rug patterns with accent colors of henna and indigo to reflect the region and culture of Morocco. The neutral hues allow the fabric to easily mix and match to complement and enhance modern or traditionally-styled residential and hospitality spaces. The collection portrays a level of subtle eclectic elegance with two base cloth constructions and five decorative and coordinating patterns. 

The CARAVAN collection by Richard Frinier for Sunbrella is available exclusively through Pindler. High-resolution images are available in the Sunbrella Press Room.



About Richard Frinier

Richard Frinier is a prolific and internationally acclaimed designer focused on product design, creative visualization and direction. Over 35 years of experience in strategic collaborations spanning product design, brand architecture and evolution, and marketing has led to the creation of thousands of individual designs across hundreds of collections.

As the principal designer and managing partner of the Richard Frinier Design Studio based in the Los Angeles region, he is best known for his award winning furniture, textile, lighting and accessory designs that bring the quality of indoor living outside and the casual spirit of the outdoors inside. For over three decades, he has successfully created authentic, relevant and memorable designs widely respected by the trade and specified by architects, interior designers and consumers for interior and exterior spaces across residential, contract, hospitality, resort and spa environments.

Today, his designs are sold in over 80 countries with many designs celebrating 10, 20 and 30 years of continuous production. He has received over 90 design excellence and career achievement awards, including his induction into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Class of 2016, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association, and a Stars of Design Award from the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in art and trade exhibitions, film and television productions, and has been editorialized internationally in design books, trade, design and lifestyle print, and throughout the blogosphere, capturing the prolific and luxurious nature of his creative contributions throughout the design and home furnishings industries. For more information:


About Sunbrella Fabrics

Sunbrella has revolutionized the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. With an inspired palette of colors, styles and textures, premium Sunbrella fabric gives consumers, designers and architects the material they need to create the extraordinary in marine, shade, residential/upholstery, commercial and contract applications.

Versatile in style and function, Sunbrella fabrics create welcoming spaces indoors and out, offering durability, fade resistance and ease of cleaning. They also offer peace of mind; Sunbrella fabrics have achieved GREENGUARD GOLD certification as contributing to healthy indoor air quality.

Introduced in 1961, Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured and marketed by Glen Raven, Inc., a 135-year-old family-owned company based in North Carolina with operations worldwide. For more information on Sunbrella, including inspiration, fabric collections and where to buy, visit

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