Designer Richard Frinier Honored in ADEX Competition

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Caravan Collection of Sunbrella® Fabrics Wins Gold Award

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I am honored to receive this recognition from the A&D community, especially for a collection so near and dear to my heart.

Renowned designer Richard Frinier was honored with a Gold award in this year’s ADEX awards competition, an industry recognition of design and product innovation, for his Caravan Collection of Sunbrella® fabrics.

“We’re proud to be partnered with Richard Frinier and congratulate him on this new accolade of his continued design leadership,” said Greg Rosendale, residential market manager for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, the maker of Sunbrella fabrics. “The Caravan Collection of Sunbrella fabrics represents an ideal fusion of design and performance, attributes in which we take pride.”

Frinier, who has spent more than 30 years in design of high-end furniture and fabrics, drew inspiration for this collection from an extended stay in Morocco. The Caravan Collection is comprised of an assortment of rich, textural constructions and authentically styled and colored patterns reminiscent of vintage Moroccan rugs.

“Morocco represents one of my most memorable adventures in design inspiration, and that translated beautifully to my Caravan Collection of Sunbrella fabrics,” said Frinier. “I am honored to receive this recognition from the A&D community, especially for a collection so near and dear to my heart.”

Caravan includes two base cloth constructions (Sahara, Desert) and five decorative and coordinating patterns (Casbah, Bazaar, Berber, Medina, Nomadic), each presented in authentic color palettes to create distinctive living spaces. Frinier took special care to incorporate the shades of sand, camel, brown, black, indigo and henna that reflect the region and its culture.

The Caravan Collection by Richard Frinier for Sunbrella is available through Pindler. High resolution images are available in the Sunbrella Press Room.

About Richard Frinier
For over 30 years, Richard Frinier has been an award-winning furniture and textile designer with an emphasis on resort-at-home and ultraluxe resort environments. Originally a sculptor and lighting designer, he holds a Master of Arts degree and has traveled to more than 40 countries across five continents serving as inspiration for his authentic and memorable designs.

Today, Richard Frinier licenses his exclusive and co-branded designs to lifestyle and legacy brands and manufacturers, including Glen Raven/Sunbrella, Brown Jordan, Century Furniture and Dedon. His body of work at large encompasses hundreds of collections and thousands of individual product designs ranging from soft modern and contemporary to transitional and traditional.

Due to his extraordinary passion for and dedication to his work, he has garnered over 90 design and career excellence awards, including honors from ASID, IDSA, IIDA, ICFA, ADEX, ASFD, reddot museum, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design's Good Design Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association, a division of the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

Designs by Richard Frinier have been specified for the Vatican, royal palaces, resorts, spas and private residences around the world and they have been exhibited and published extensively and internationally. He is committed to supporting students of design by sponsoring various trade scholarship programs. Learn more at

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 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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