Woodard: Unparalleled Standards Since its Founding in 1866
By definition, outdoor furnishings must be sturdy enough to withstand the whims of Mother Nature. So it's fitting that one of the Luxist nominees in the best outdoor furniture category is a company that has itself stood the test of time: Texas-based Woodard.
Lyman Woodard founded his eponymous company in 1866. His successors later developed the first-ever collection of handcrafted wrought iron furniture, helping to create the casual outdoor furniture market and eventually paving the way for stores like Pier 1. As the years went on, Woodard expanded into the tubular aluminum business and added an all-season wicker line.
Woodard's aluminum designs are constructed with high-grade, resilient aluminum ingots that lend the furniture its durability. Items in the wicker line are made from synthetic, water-resistant fibers and woven by hand over an aluminum frame. The company also offers a line of umbrellas and accessories aimed to enhance a wide range of outdoor living areas.
Today, Woodard has increased the breadth of its product offerings to include just about sort of accoutrement that might find itself in someone's backyard – tea carts, table lamps, candle holders and more. As Lyman Woodard intended, these accessories still are made to endure weather just about any storm.
Vote for the Outdoor Furniture Line that you believe is the best of breed. The voting period runs through July 31 and winners will be announced on August 1.