Shopping With Brook Klausing
Landscape designer Brook Klausing's picks for great outdoor furniture.
GARDEN DESIGN asked Brook Klausing, a Brooklyn-based landscape designer to lead a shopping spree to turn up indoor pieces that effortlessly move outside on the first warm evening of spring. His picks, the best of which he discusses here, changed our minds about what goes outdoors. Here are seven of his picks.
To read more about Klausing and his gardens, read The Gardens of Brook Klausing.
“This fountain captures the feeling of the ideal English garden. Mount it on an old brick wall where you can grow Boston or English ivy around it. It’s the chicest way to add the sound of running water to a garden without losing too much space.” Ram’s head fountain, $1,615 from Marston & Langinger.
"These chairs are sleek and stackable, come in black or white, and have nice dimension—the molded pattern recalls a quilt, which adds a sentimental touch. I would pair them with a table of reclaimed gray wood, to dumb it down a little, and possibly some big tropical plants or a more alien-looking shrub, like a sky pencil." Lavenham outdoor chair, $476 at Suite New York; suiteny.com
“You can’t get any more permeable than this paver while still being able to sustain heavy foot or vehicle traffic. The voids allow you to plant your patio any way you want.” Turfstone pavers, $2.75 per sq. foot from Nicolock; nicolock.com
“Furniture with familiar proportions helps you relate without giving much thought to the object. The timber in this table could have been reclaimed from anywhere.” Kayu table, $1,800, Design Within Reach; dwr.com
“These string lights, hung over a backyard, will keep a garden party going well into the evening. They also suggest the presence of a roof, which brings a space together.” Party globe light string, $39 from Restoration Hardware; restorationhardware.com
“Cork almost feels like a retro material because it was so popular in the ’60s. This chair brings cork into the new millennium. This would look great by any pool, and I don’t know of another lounge chair this cool that floats in the pool.” Cortiça, $4,500; danielmichalik.com
“This wall light is reminiscent of a 1940s gas station and captures everything you want from a vintage piece without the hassle of buying old. It works well with modern pieces, yet it gives you the feeling that it’s always been there.” Gooseneck barn lamp in red, $285 at Design Within Reach; dwr.com