Not just reserved for your grandmother’s formal living room of dusty pink, floral patterns are an excellent way to express your admiration for blooms. Best of all, when the frigid winter air has you wishing it was June, you can gaze upon your walls adorned with floral wallpaper and remember the bounty of summer all year long.
Make your outdoor space merry and bright with a twist on tradition. We teamed up with ShopBoxhill.com to curate a collection of contemporary outdoor products for conversation pieces you won’t want to pack away when the holidays are over.
1. TIN & GLASS STARLIGHT - Designed to be versatile, these stars can stay up all year, great as a single display or group together at different lengths.
Sally Mackereth’s stone Cast 001 Seat is both a startling sculptural statement and a practical, usable object for the home, especially outdoors. ($1,280)
Despite Europe’s continuing economic woes, this year’s Milan Furniture Fair proved to be rich in both ideas and crowds. More than 300,000 people toured the city’s palazzi, monasteries, museums, and botanical gardens to see—and sit on—the best and brightest new designs.
That ever-present and eternally frustrating fixture of ’80s culture—the Rubik’s Cube—was reimagined as a table (14 by 14 by 14 inches) for outdoor living thanks to Parvez Taj, a Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based designer. Taj, who has long fashioned UV-ink-coated (a technology he devised), acrylic, and internally lit cubes for use as tables, admits to having a personal connection to the Rubik’s table. “It’s iconic for me,” he says. “It’s a design object that brings me back to growing up in the ’80s.
Despite what the term implies, public spaces are often the most isolated spots of all. Two young designers — one from Korea and another from the Netherlands — are seeking to change this with interactive outdoor seating that encourages talking over texting.