Sunbrella® Fabrics Featured During LongHouse Reserve Public Events

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    June 16, 2014

Sunbrella® Fabrics Featured During LongHouse Reserve Public Events

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Sunbrella® fabrics are being featured in applications both practical and artistic during this year’s public events at the LongHouse Reserve, a 16-acre estate in East Hampton, N.Y., where visitors from May through October can tour landscaped gardens accented by works of art and the latest in outdoor furnishings from around the world.  

“The LongHouse Reserve is the ideal opportunity for people to experience Sunbrella fabrics not only as the outdoor performance offering they trust, but also as a design leader,” said Sherri Donghia, who is serving as co-curator of this year’s public events at LongHouse. “People who visit the Reserve will come away with a better appreciation not only for the easy-care performance of Sunbrella, but will also see how Sunbrella can enhance outdoor lifestyles in both expected and unexpected ways.”

LongHouse Reserve is the estate of Jack Lenor Larsen, an internationally recognized textiles designer, author and collector. During his long career, Larsen attracted a global following for his signature fabrics, which have won numerous awards and are included in museum exhibitions around the world.  Each year he opens the Reserve to the public so that visitors can experience art in living spaces.

Larsen selected Donghia as co-curator for this year’s events, challenging her to assemble leading outdoor furniture, fabrics and accessories to be integrated with artwork throughout the grounds, including a giant chessboard by Yoko Ono, glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly and a giant “fly eye dome” by Buckminster Fuller.  The theme for this year’s public events is “the explosion of outdoor furnishings to create our new lifestyle.”  

“I reached out to the international design community to bring cutting edge product designs to the Reserve that are artisanal in nature,” said Donghia, formerly creative director for Donghia and currently a design consultant for Sunbrella. “As the leader in the performance fabrics category, Sunbrella was the natural choice for the Reserve’s focus this year on inspired outdoor living.”

Visitors to the Reserve will discover Sunbrella fabrics in numerous applications, including flags, cushions and pillows throughout landscape gardens, fabric covers for a TUUCI parasol and for a retractable awning installed on Larsen’s home. The most memorable application for Sunbrella fabrics is likely to be a 32-foot fabric sculpture.

Mariyo Yagi, an internationally recognized social and environmental artist, designed the massive fabric sculpture as the NAWA (National Association of Women Artists) Axis for Peace project. More than 50 individuals gathered at LongHouse Reserve on a recent Saturday to serve as artists in assembling the sculpture made of Sunbrella fabrics.

“This year’s Reserve will surely inspire visitors to more creative outdoor living spaces,” said Greg Voorhis, Sunbrella design manager. “Beautifully landscaped gardens, iconic sculptures and the latest in outdoor fabrics, furniture and accessories from international designers will allow visitors to envision a whole new world of outdoor living.”

About Sunbrella Fabrics
Introduced in 1961, Sunbrella revolutionized the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. The Sunbrella brand is the leading premium fabric choice for awning, marine and furniture manufacturers, offering legendary durability, fade resistance and ease of cleaning.

Upholstery fabrics from Sunbrella are continually advancing in design sophistication and comfort, resulting in applications both outside and inside the home for coordinated décor. Sunbrella fabrics have been certified by GreenGuard, an international standard, for contributing to indoor air quality.

Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured and marketed by Glen Raven, a 134-year-old family-owned company based in North Carolina with operations worldwide. For more information on the Sunbrella brand, including fabric resources, visit