An outdoor desk chair? In fact, Charles and Ray Eames’ 1958 aluminums chairs, now so ingrained in office culture, were designed for patios, moving inside only after the seat fabric they tested failed to stand up to weather. With advances in synthetics, Herman Miller is reintroducing the chairs for outside living—and, yes, working. “Mobile technology is changing where and how we work,” says Herman Miller spokesman Mark Schurman.
A South Korean artist uses ceramics and concrete, coated with layers of glaze, to create unusual stools, benches (above), and other pieces of luminous indoor/outdoor pieces that double as art and furniture. His work is on display in New York through the end of April.
Designer Sean Knibb was using outdoor fabric to cover hay bales, but he became sick of hauling hay bales around. Determined to find a lighter solution, he came up with the Boxwood Cube, named after the trimmed shape of the boxwood hedge, and covered in bright, weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric.