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Sitting Pretty

Dragging indoor furniture out to the patio for a soiree under the stars has become this summer's hot design move. Irreverent? Sure. Risky? Yes—sudden rain or a splash from the pool are constant threats. But asking your living room furniture to brave the outdoors is increasingly unnecessary. Here are two very different types of outdoor sofas that would work for any climate.

Top: Garden designer David Dalbok bought these wicker pieces in Indonesia, but similar modern outdoor wicker pieces are available from Manutti and Modern Wicker.

Bottom: Brown Jordan's Architect sofa, with state-of-the art fabric that looks too sophisticated to be all-weather, is couched in an imposing industrial grid of a frame. (From $4,615;

Garden Design
May 2012