On a balmy spring evening, Houston’s interior design royalty was out in full force to commemorate the official arrival of Harbour – a luxury furniture brand that designs and manufactures outdoor and indoor furniture defined by a fresh, light, modern, coastal, and luxe-inspired aesthetic, along with incredible durability and a deep sense of culture steeped in the Australian way of life – to the State of Texas for the first time.
Held at Harbour’s Ibiza-inspired Dec Center showroom, the cozy gathering brought together a number of high-profile interior designers, intrepid young professionals, and VIPs looking to enhance their outdoor furniture before summer kicks into high (and hot) gear.
Harbour co-founders – and brothers – Nicholas and Harrison Condos played host for the evening – mingling with guests and offering up anecdotes about the brand’s history, which dates back to 1976 and its evolution from inauspicious beginnings as Tecno Furniture (launched by the brothers’ father Jim) to now being a global furniture mainstay with U.S. showrooms in New York City, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, and Houston, as well as international showrooms in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London.
“From spending time here in Houston, we feel a deep link between the way Houstonians treat one another – and visitors such as ourselves – and how we were raised in Australia to be kind and generous to anyone we encountered,” emphasized Nick Condos, who serves as Harbour’s Creative Director. He added, “Our father taught us how to work hard and prioritized dedication to one’s craft, and I hope that is borne out in the pieces that you all see here this evening. We are very proud of Harbour and feel that it is worthy of being a part of this exceptional community.”
As guests hob-nobbed with the Condos brothers and browsed the brand’s sleek and contemporary pieces that populate the elegant Dec Center showroom, they noshed on delectable bites catered by Monarch Hospitality that included black truffle arancini, ahi tuna poke tacos, and chicken curry samosas.
Monarch additionally kept guests satiated with libations, including the evening’s signature Australian-themed cocktail, the Bondi Beach Spritz – a vibrant drink named for one of Sydney’s popular beaches that consisted of club soda and aperol with a prosecco orange garnish.
Harbour co-founders Nicholas and Harrison Condos with guests.
Attendees also sipped on Craggy Range – an Australian sauvignon blanc – and prosecco. Not to be outdone, DJ Charles spun a relaxed playlist consisting of house hits that imbued the event with an understated dynamism throughout.
A company that values relationships with its customers and with each metro area it launches in vis-à-vis a showroom opening, Harbour has partnered with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)’s Texas Gulf Coast chapter as a Friend of ASID sponsor. Local ASID board members were invited to attend the grand opening event, and Harbour will be participating in the non-profit’s Industry Partner Mini-Expo on Friday, June 16 – also at the Dec Center.
Primarily an outdoor furniture brand, Harbour’s current exterior offerings include one of its most popular collections – the Santorini – which consists of comfortable pieces ranging from two-and-three-seat sofas to multiple lounge chair configurations to ottomans, coffee tables, and side tables. And just in time for summer, Harbour recently launched six new outdoor collections inspired by iconic cities, as well as the timeless art of stonemasonry – the Collins, Milan, Cordoba, Mason, Maui, and Tulum collections.
“Nick and I could not be more touched by the Houston hospitality that we have received at every turn since we announced that we were bringing Harbour to the Texas gulf coast,” mused Harbour Co-Founder & CEO Harrison Condos. He added, “This evening marks an important milestone in our journey bringing this brand to Texas, but it is just a starting point. We hope that you all will continue to support the Harbour way of life and consider all of you to be our close mates from this point forward.”
A veritable who’s who of Houston interior design mavens reveled in the evening with the Condos brothers, including Lindsey Meyer of Lindsey Meyer Interiors, Benjamin Johnston’s Rajani Alvarado, and Carrie Evans of of Carrie Evans Design. Additionally, Houston movers and shakers mixed in with the design community and added a palpable verve to the evening’s energy.