Every collection we create is inspired by indelible family memories of time spent outdoors. We name pieces for everyone we have loved — family members, treasured friends, an adored childhood pet. The collection of McKinnon and Harris furniture is like a family, one piece having a relationship to another.
In our family, it’s hard to imagine an outdoor event without a dog present. We named Beaufort for our beloved childhood Gordon Setter who had a nose for a comfortable seat. We imagined a throne-like chair that would be everyone’s first choice. Comfort was foremost in our minds. It’s a family favorite found in both Will's and Anne’s home gardens.
Our original duVal Collection is generously scaled seating designed with the ability to compose large sectional sofa ensembles, or stand separately as individual seats in the garden. Our duVal back design features our signature duVal panel of diagonal treillage set within a stepped architectural framework with bespoke Moorish, Mughal, Persian Star, and Quadrato Panels available.
An admired French Art Deco chair inspired our Fayette. We’ve always loved the glamour of the 1930s and that decade's strong connection between luxury and technology. Around a bit earlier, Marquis de Lafayette was the first French friend we ever learned about in school.
Named for family friend and Virginia diplomat James Rives Childs. A Renaissance man for the ages, he was the world authority on Casanova and Chargé d'Affaires for Morocco during WWII. Our great aunt Ootie, remarkable in her own right, was close pals with Rives and his wife Georgianna. We wanted an inspired story for a very special pair of chairs.
The Tangier signature eight sided columnar base reflects our Virginia roots. This collection recalls the octagon, a favored form of Thomas Jefferson, representative of perfect symmetry and efficiency of materials. We named our Tangier for an unchanged island in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, whose inhabitants still speak with traces of an English accent.
We named the Otey Collection for our dear family friend – the cosmopolitan, brilliant Elizabeth Otey Watson. Nicknamed “E,” she combined stylish elements from her time in Shanghai with her native Virginia charm, and the resulting combination was electric. Our signature Otey back design is inspired by Chinoiserie fretwork with arms that reference the Regency period.
We named these sleek modern pieces for our forward thinking and tenacious French ancestors. We love stripes and the Perrow raised banding is our translation in enduring aluminum. The highly edited details are pure McKinnon and Harris style and high performance.
Every day growing up, we walked through a portico supported by fluted columns with tobacco leaf capitals. The proportions were perfection. We channeled this classical vibe into our Suhling. The name Suhling comes from the builder of our childhood home – Shirley Moore Suhling – who, we were always told, had flawless taste.
Our mash-up of two admired branches of our family, we combined the duVal tradition of sectional seating with the modern Alexander aesthetic of a lower back height and slightly more shallow seat depth. Robustly proportioned and linear, the duVal-Alexander repeats our signature duVal panel of treillage, with bespoke options available.
The pieces that started it all. We founded our workshop to build the most enduring garden benches in the world. Our grandmother always said, a garden wasn’t a garden until it had a bench. Our signature Virginia crest rail, drawn from a prized family chair, alludes to a pagoda roofline. There are certain things only a small workshop can do, little details that must be undertaken by hand, and this is one of them. Drawn from our archives, the collection shares complex design elements masterfully executed by our workshop.