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Outdoor furnishing showcase, integrating art

Projects | September 1, 2014 | By:

LongHouse Reserve, a 16-acre estate in East Hampton, N.Y., opens to visitors from May through October to tour landscaped gardens accented by artwork and the latest outdoor furniture designs. Jack Lenor Larsen, an internationally recognized textiles designer, author and collector, owns the Reserve and opens it yearly so that the public can experience art naturally integrated into living spaces.

Artwork on the Reserve grounds includes a giant chessboard by Yoko Ono, glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly and a giant “fly eye dome” by Buckminster Fuller. Larsen selected Sherri Donghia as co-curator and challenged her to assemble leading fabric, furniture and accessories to frame and highlight his artistic treasures.

Visitors to the Reserve will find Sunbrella® fabrics almost everywhere they look: flags, cushions and pillows throughout the landscaped gardens; fabric covers for a TUUCI® parasol and a retractable awning; and a 32-foot fabric sculpture by Mariyo Yagi, an internationally known artist and member of the National Association of Women Artists’ Axis for Peace project. “The LongHouse Reserve is the ideal opportunity for people to experience Sunbrella fabrics not only as the outdoor performance offering they trust, but also a design leader,” says Donghia. For more, visit

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