Best Outdoor Chairs

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Best Outdoor Chairs

April 13, 2011
07:47am
Photo by: Michael Kraus

Stephen Antonson prefers the things antique shops display outside, like this metal chair (shown above) he stumbled on in Maine. “If it’s outside, it means it’s well made,” says the Brooklyn, New York, artist and coauthor of Home From the Hardware Store (Rodale; 2010), a how-to for making modishly modern DIY furniture. He also likes the “certain serenity” the elements award all-weather furniture. Before putting them in his own yard, he paints his finds the same color. “It’s good to have some kind of uniformity,” he says, “to make sure the plants do all the jazzy stuff.” Not that outdoor furniture should be boring. Using organic shapes and street-artist spray paint, Antonson keeps his al fresco entertaining interesting.  Not handy? The  popularity of outdoor dining has brought sophisticated new choices from designers and some welcome reintroductions. A few of our favorites: 

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Antiquaire stocks the Tolix café chair in Bordeaux and other sharp hues. ($250; antiquaireonline.com, 847/780-4779)

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IKEA’s new Reidar updates the cafeteria chair. The holes in the seat guarantee a dry perch even after a rain. ($50; ikea.com)

 

 

 

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The Luxembourg chair by Fermob is available in a universe of colors. ($630 per pair; frenchbistrofurniture.com)

 

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The metal Grasshopper from the French purveyor Tectona sits lightly but sturdily. (About $380; www.tectona.net)

 

This article was first published in Garden Design April 2011
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