Meet John

About John Danzer

John Danzer’s foray into the field of garden furniture design began as a recreational interest. His curiosity about the design of the furniture for any otdoor space grew into passionate research and collecting. All of his discoveries which includes archives of designers, collections of valuable examples, an extensive library of books, new and antique catalogs are organized in a usable digital library of more then 10,000 images along with scrapbooks covering 50+ related topics. In 1991, his reputation in the little studied field of garden furniture design history expanded even further after he lectured at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Today he regularly addresses decorative arts, design and horticultural organizations.

In 1992, John started Munder-Skiles to produce quality garden furniture. Firmly grounded in John’s knowledge of garden furniture history and material science, the company is recognized for its artisan-like standards of comfort, craft and proportion. John’s modernist/ergonomic Taconic ChairTM received the 1994 Roscoe Award as the “Best American Chair” - the first time a garden seat had been so honored. The New York School of Interior Design staged a 10-year retrospective of Munder-Skiles in 2000 called “Reinventing the Garden Seat”, another first in the industry. John was nominated by the Cooper-Hewitt for a 2005 National Design Award in Landscape Architecture.

"John Danzer has done more to integrate exterior and interior design than anyone working today. His obsessive fascination with the subject makes him the 'Change agent' we all need." -Albert Hadley

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The Exterior Decorator

Exterior Design in Mind

Lessons in Repose: The Garden Furniture of Dumbarton Oaks