There are two distinguishing characteristics of classically styled outdoor teak furniture produced by Barlow Tyrie: The chairs, chaises, tables and benches are made of solid teak wood, and they are designed in the English garden tradition.
The firm Barlow Tyrie dates to 1920, when Frederick Barlow and Victor Tyrie began designing high-quality outdoor furniture. They chose teak because its high oil content made it both stable and resistant to rotting. And it's very heavy, a plus in climates with high winds.
Now run by the second and third generation of Tyries, the company continuously updates its collections. Its latest introduction, the Virage, which means a change of direction, marks the first time Barlow Tyrie is utilizing a mix of materials. While other pieces incorporate metal elements, such as marine-quality solid brass hardware and castings, the base of the Virage chair, including the legs, is made of tubular steel. Its shape makes it conveniently stackable.
Barlow Tyrie is big on adding conveniences to its furniture. Chair backs and seats make for ergonomically designed outdoor furniture, and the firm's designers recently created a lounge chair with adjustable armrests and built-in drink trays that pull out of either side of the Capri lounger, thereby justifying the new name Ultra Lounger. And that it is, with two adjustable leg rest positions, a four-position backrest lounge chair that includes completely flat and a long main body to accommodate very tall sunbathers. Fashionable hotels and resorts, such as the Mondrian in West Hollywood and the Delano in Miami, stock the Capri by the dozens for poolside lounging.