Richard Frinier is an internationally renowned and award winning designer with an emphasis on collections for residential, contract, hospitality, resort and spa environments. His creative consultancy is focused on a range of interior and exterior design collaborations, including furniture, textile, lighting, home accent, and accessory designs.
Originally a freelance furniture and lighting designer creating one-of-a-kind art pieces and commissioned projects, Frinier earned a Master of Arts degree after which time his passion for materials and the process of design and production led him to teach advanced furniture manufacturing at the college level. Commercially, he went on to create very successful interior case good furniture designs followed by many years of designing luxury outdoor furnishings garnering over 80 international product design excellence awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Casual Furnishings Association, and a Stars of Design Award from his colleagues and peers at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
Today, Richard Frinier is principal and managing partner of his own international consultancy, where he has licensed partnerships with elite brands including: Sunbrella fabrics, Brown Jordan, Century Furniture, Dedon, and others. His award winning and sought after designs appoint the finest resorts, spas and residences around the world. He has created thousands of designs across hundreds of collections.
Having traveled to over 40 countries, Frinier finds inspiration in romantic and exotic destinations, particularly where original cultures and aesthetics may still be appreciated and enjoyed. The spirit of these captivating locales is infused into his classic and timeless collections through thoughtfully created and executed design details.
Frinier has always been fascinated with textiles, which remain an important influence and focal point throughout his work. He has enjoyed collaborating with Sunbrella for over 25 years.
As a licensed Sunbrella designer, Frinier has created many innovative fabric constructions, colors and patterns. His line includes hundreds of fabric styles, including sophisticated base cloths, classic stripes and uniquely patterned fabrics that are as beautiful and comfortable inside the home as they are outside.
Frinier uses a broad range of frame materials from aluminum, brass and stainless steel to a variety of woods and polyethylene woven fibers to create durable and lasting furnishings, along with Sunbrella performance fabrics. These distinctive designs are appealing for the home and garden, residential, contract, and hospitality environments.
“Whether my textile designs are specified by architects, interior designers or consumers for indoor or outdoor use, they always feel confident in the luxurious styling and worry-free performance. Sunbrella eliminates concerns about stains, fading, mold or mildew, which allows me to create textiles that are authentic, relevant and remarkably durable for today's lifestyles.”