Charlotte shop owner, Cindy Smith, has launched a line of sleek furniture specially designed for the outdoors
After thirty years of designing beautiful — and nationally acclaimed — interiors, Cindy Smith has conquered the final frontier of home design. The owner of Charlotte- based Circa Interiors & Antiques noticed that her clients loved to dine and entertain under the stars, and they wanted to provide a way to do that in style. Smith saw revamping a home’s backyard as a way to add livable square footage to a house at a fraction of the price. But when it came to designing outside, Smith felt restricted. "There’s only so much you can do with iron chairs," she says.
Smith searched for years for a fabric that was fashionable and comfortable and appropriate for creating a truly livable outdoor room. But instead of waiting for a solution, she created one. In 2009, Smith partnered with furniture manufacturer Lee Industries to launch UnCovered: The Upholstery, a chic line of upholstered furniture for the outdoors.
The phrase "weather proof" used to translate to plastic, iron, or treated wood, but technology has finally caught up with design. Now fabrics like those in Smith’s UnCovered line can be made to withstand the perils of the outdoors—and these sleek designs in cool hues, which start at $400, are a far cry from the poolside lounges of days gone by. The collection features arm chairs, sofas, and dining chairs in washable, modern fabrics perfect for relaxing in the sun or under the stars. Smith’s only fear is that her clients won’t believe that her plush furniture can be left outside. Then again, some might not want to leave it outside. Smith’s sleek designs offer enough style and comfort to be used indoors — and she says many of her clients end up doing just that. Wherever you choose to place them, these designs look fresh rain or shine.
Smith’s designs are durable enough to use outdoors, but have such chic shapes and stylish fabrics that many of her clients actually choose to put them in their homes.