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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. Imaginative, sophisticated, and practically indestructible, a new breed of all-weather furniture has sprung up to replace the generic metal mesh that has made the inside-out trend so urgent.
The evolution is visible in Brown Jordan's Architect sofa, with state-of-the art fabric that looks too sophisticated to be all-weather, couched in an imposing industrial grid of a frame.
Brown Jordan's recently introduced Architect line features an exposed metal frame (from $4,615; brownjordan.com).