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These new designs are particularly welcome when it comes to outdoor dining: Whether you're serving a meal around a table or letting guests casually lounge with their plates, a place for everyone to sit is a basic requirement. But why should those seats have to look—and more discouraging yet, feel—so basic, too?
Lately, we've begun to see seating that is more stylish and better suited to the outdoors than anything you're harboring inside: chairs that are graceful and moveable (for gathering in circles or accommodating unexpected diners), sofas that are casual enough for daytime lounging and refined enough for evening affairs, seats of all kinds that are inviting to look at and occupy.
The Luna chair from Gloster makes no bones about its strong constitution, but stakes its appeal on style and comfort—its lightweight (and stackable) aluminum frame is topped with touchable teak, and its fabric-mesh seat supports an adult for hours.
Gloster's Luna series by Danish architect Povl Eskildsen is made of lightweight aluminum ($420; gloster.com).