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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Neighbor Furniture Builds Environmentally Responsible Outdoor Fixtures

There’s a certain kind of freedom in the outdoors. For Neighbor, a Phoenix-based outdoor furniture company, that is true even at home, especially during a pandemic. Friends Nick Arambula, Mike Fretto, and Chris Lee came up with the idea for Neighbor in 2020 because they wanted to marry their shared experience and craftsman-like ideals to better the outdoor furniture industry in a real and responsible way. They jumped in quickly, and it paid off. As a three-person team, they sold through the stock they thought would last a year in a couple of months.

One of the biggest reasons people have responded so positively to Neighbor is because it delivers a means to extend your living room outdoors. And as the team at Neighbor will tell you, that’s the idea. They have pored over every detail and design element so that when you receive something from Neighbor, you can assemble it easily and live with it right away, however that looks to you. 


Materials, of course, are anything but an afterthought. At the intersection of sophisticated, adaptable, and rugged, Neighbor’s furniture is durable, weather-resistant, and design-forward. It is outdoor furniture that looks like indoor furniture. For the brand’s first collection, the pieces feature FSC-certified teak, an instant heirloom-type wood that only gets better with age. The FSC certification means they source the wood from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. 

In terms of flexibility and longevity, Neighbor’s Sofa and Sectional have a modular design, which means you can configure the furniture to fit your space and then change your mind later. Plus, the seating components come together beautifully in a way that looks seamless and are locked into place with highly durable, marine-grade hardware. As long as you love your furniture, it can grow with you. 


Where comfort is concerned, the team tapped into their roots at Tuft & Needle and created a Quick Drying foam that allows water to flow through the cushion without getting trapped. The cushion covers, which come in two colors—coal gray and canvas—are made of 100% Sunbrella solution-dyed outdoor fabric, a name that has become synonymous with outdoor durability and environmentally responsible manufacturing.

In all, the Neighbor team says they’re thrilled about their early growth and are looking ahead to summer. 


“We’re excited to launch our first dining collection and share something new we’ve been working on with Sunbrella,” says Arambula. “Stay tuned.”

For more information, visit www.hineighbor.com, or make an appointment to visit the company’s Downtown Phoenix showroom.

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