Summer Classics aims to create the most beautiful teak outdoor furniture in the casual furniture industry. There are several differences that make our teak a cut above the rest.
1. Obsession with Design.
In Pelham, Alabama, Summer Classics’ team of industrial designers, directed by founder Bew White begin with a series of hand sketches. The selected concepts are rendered, engineered into a CAD (computer assisted drawing) and prototyped into a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture. The team then travels to our manufacturing facilities to inspect the concept pieces for look, sit, and durability. If changes are needed, the process starts over until it is “right”. Quality testing is performed with the beginning production run, and SC employees in our quality department spot check out production lines to ensure the finest quality pieces are shipped to our distribution center.
We are proud to sweat the details, for example, with Ocean Grande’s arms which features sweeping organic curves carved from large pieces of wood. Many manufacturers will cut corners making straight pieces that don’t have the “je ne sais quoi” of a beautifully sculpted club chair with curved back, legs & arms.
We offer 2 finish options: Natural Teak or Weathered, a pre-aged finish to look like the natural patina, a silver curing that all teak undergoes. Notably, all teak has natural oils that leech out after the first few rainfalls to form a protective layer. Be sure to wipe your teak down and store your cushions separately for the first few rainfalls until it begins to silver to keep the teak oil from staining your cushions.
From the drawing board forward, we are fine tuning how a piece feels by slightly adjusting the delicate curve of the back or how the graceful sweep of the chair’s arm supports yours. Standard on every piece of SC teak is our Dream Cushion, a water resistant, high-density cushion with fluted pillow top construction for the most luxurious patio furniture experience.
Tailored for each unique furniture frame, our outdoor seat and back cushions and optional decorative throw cushions are customizable in 120+ outdoor fabrics from our Colores™ Collection of performance fabrics or C.O.M. (customer own material), now available in Sunbrella Rain waterproof fabric. The Croquet, Yacht and Ocean cushions offer a welt. The Charleston and Club sectionals offer a softer more casual look without welting.
3. Making our families proud.
Each piece is designed at our headquarters in Alabama, where cushions are hand sewn in our cut and sew facility. We source our teak overseas from the finest slow growth, kiln dried, Grade A, teak the only kind rated for marine use. Because it takes years to mature, this plantation raised, sustainably harvested teak’s cultivation is closely monitored for the next generation. Summer Classics’ SC Stores provide us a unique opportunity to see the product life cycle beyond the showroom floor to our customer’s home. Their feedback gives us important knowledge so we can affirm or improve our efforts to provide Life’s Best Moments, Furnished.
We start with slow growth, dense teak wood pieces with a high oil and rubber content that are joined with mortise and tenon construction, and solid brass hardware culminating in solid, heavy teak outdoor furniture built to last. Teak is a part of Summer Classics Ocean Collections rated for high salt and UV exposure environments, our answer to the “Florida 5” year architectural standard. Our cushions are thick and durable. All of our furniture pieces undergo rigorous quality testing in our QC lab, in which, for example, is a drop test from several heights to measure frame strength. We aim to create heirloom quality investment grade outdoor furniture.
We approach each piece as sculpture for your outdoor space. Many Summer Classics collection are designed to mix together to create a custom look. Mix teak with any of our other materials and collections like cast aluminum, wrought aluminum, resin wicker, or Resysta. We offer benches with or without a back; chaise lounges with or without arms or wheels; and sectional sofas that are modular to fit any space. Tie it all together with custom cushions of your choosing or from our curated fabric stories. These pieces are beautifully sculptural, but also transitional in style… timeless designs, ageless beauty, for now and forever.
We hope that you will enjoy using your Summer Classics teak collections as much as we enjoyed creating them for you.
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