In 1977, David Sutherland entered the world of luxury furnishings with a showroom in Houston, Texas. Over the course of the next few years, he recognized that outdoor areas were often left unaddressed by interior designers and architects. For all practical purposes, they seemed to be a “throw away” area. Sutherland believed that outdoor spaces should be seen as continuations of the interiors, a concept that demanded not only a fresh perspective in outdoor design, but also a revolutionary approach to outdoor furniture.
To realize his vision, Sutherland turned to John Hutton, the design genius behind Randolph & Hein and Donghia Furniture. “John and I wanted a decidedly indoor solution for the outdoors,” notes Sutherland. “We both contemplated the outdoors as an extension of the indoors, so from there, John created collections that would help architects and designers expand their creative visions and incorporate these groupings in their own designs.”
In 1991, over a couple of martinis, Sutherland and Hutton came up with a concept and embarked on a mission that would transform the outdoor furniture industry. Their original teak outdoor furniture collections were the first of their kind, introducing a level of luxury and comfort never before seen outdoors. Subsequent collections have been created through collaborations with internationally known designers including Philippe Starck, Terry Hunziker, Vincent Van Duysen and Bonetti Kozerski.
Sutherland Furniture Today
Through partnerships with leading designers and the use of only the highest-quality materials, Sutherland Furniture® has become a leader in luxury outdoor furniture, recognized worldwide for its elegant proportions, unparalleled comfort and impeccable craftsmanship.
Sutherland furniture is developed to uniquely withstand outdoor and maritime conditions. Over the past 20 years, Sutherland designs have grown to include materials such as aluminum, marine grade 316 stainless steel, marble and glass fiber-reinforced concrete. Masterful joinery techniques work in conjunction with all of these materials to create truly heirloom-quality outdoor furniture.
Sutherland offers more than 375 pieces in 37 collections, with new designs introduced annually. Each collection reflects the remarkable design and performance characteristics Sutherland is known for, and can be completely customized. The pieces are meticulously honest and profoundly elegant, making them uniquely suited to stand alone or fit effortlessly into any design aesthetic.
Sutherland’s select manufacturing partners only produce furniture from sustainable sources. The company’s own highly-experienced and talented craftspeople develop upholstery, custom pieces and finishes, including 20 standard powder coat colors, for their discerning clientele.