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Tip-top: Summit's stylish outdoor superyacht furniture

4 April 2018

Since it was founded in 1979, Monterey-based manufacturer Summit has become the go-to choice for hotels, restaurants, villas, private clubs and, of course, superyacht owners looking for elegant, handcrafted teak furniture. Under president and owner Jane Sieberts, Summit’s offering includes almost every piece of exterior furniture imaginable, from bar chairs to dining tables, footrests to sofas, plus everything in between, with all of its signature wood sourced from sustainable plantations.

Collaborating with some of the world’s most famous designers, including British brand Linley, yacht interior connoisseur John Munford and, most recently, the Los Angeles-based artist turned furniture designer Alwy Visschedyk on a range of 1960s-inspired pieces called LA Mod, Summit has a reputation for high quality pieces that are at the cutting edge of style.

While many of its pieces are undoubtedly mid-century in feel, the emphasis for Summit furniture is on functional, comfortable pieces that are both stylish and modern while being classic in design. All of its products are manufactured to meet marine requirements, and the recent launch of Summit Endurance Fabrics has extended this offering to include a selection of seaworthy upholstery fabrics, made of 100 per cent solution-dyed acrylic, which are both weatherproof and fade-proof.

Picket lounge chairs and coffee table with Bahama Basket in Coral

The newest addition to the Summit Endurance collection comes from a collaboration with respected interior designer Nina Campbell, who brings her impeccable taste for prints to a range of textiles. After honing her craft as an assistant to John Fowler, of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, Campbell has gone on to build a name for herself as an eponymous brand, working with clients as esteemed as the Royal Albert Hall and the Savoy in London. Now the designer has teamed up with Summit to bring her signature style to its fabric collection for outdoor furniture, creating five vibrant, contemporary patterns that can be used on pillows, throws and upholstery for sofas, day beds and armchairs al fresco.

The new material is thoroughly durable and fade-proof, making it perfect for the wear and tear of sun, seawater, high humidity, wind and rain. It is also made from 100 per cent solution-dyed acrylic, so you can rest assured that it is of the highest quality. As Campbell explains: “The textures of these fabrics are exceptionally beautiful. Each pattern has its own luxurious feel that fits the design and also complements Summit’s furniture. All are 100 per cent woven, which makes them truly durable as well as stylish.”

Smoothie lounge chair with Havana Leaf pattern

Inspired by gardens and nature, and in particular organic elements such as minerals and gemstones, Campbell’s five new prints are: Shanghai Labyrinth, a riff on the classic garden trellis motif with a graphic, maze-like design; London Crosshatch, a weave that mimics a painted, textured wall; Bahama Basket, a traditional woven basket design; Havana Leaf, which recalls the lush foliage and exotic plants of the Cuban jungle; and finally, Madagascar Stripe, a striped design based on a favourite Panama hat with its basket weave.

The colour scheme is similarly taken from the outdoors, with tones of green, blue and orange; these include shades of coral, lapis, peridot, travertine and turquoise, bringing even greater vibrancy to these already vivid designs. As Campbell says of the collection: “I don’t want to fight with nature. What I want in a garden is to see the garden, or the rolling waves when I’m at sea. I like outdoor furniture that doesn’t shout at you.”