Design-centric barstools needn’t be limited to the kitchen. Sturdy and sleek, these high-seated weatherproof chairs are the perfect addition to a garden soiree. Available in a rainbow of bold colors, they look even better without the bar.
That hint of lilac in the air is the signal to revisit your patio decor and make ready for nights warm enough to move soirees outdoors. The emphasis on color in recent seasons prompted an abundance of stylish furniture to hit the market, along with planters and tabletop accessories in hues from soft, springtime blues to neon yellow.
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.
Hun-Chung Lee, South Korea, 2011 / "Assemblage Ceramic Bench in Light Blue," in glazed ceramic. / 56.06" long x 26.38" wide x 31.5" height
Loll's eco-friendly headquarters.
The centuries-old patio at the Barcelona, Spain, apartment of economist Peter Fehlbaum and his family strikes an exquisite balance—classic architectural bones, modernist touches, and a healthy dose of quirk. Fehlbaum’s playful sense of humor—he describes his style as “jive”—and his impeccable taste combine to form an area ripe for outdoor entertaining.
If you spend any time doing internet shopping, you're probably aware of a number of flash sale sites, where discounted items are available for a couple of days. You generally have to become a "member" of these sites, which is just a bunch of marketing speak for signing up with your email (hint: start a separate email account for these) to receive daily sale emails. There are some interesting items on these sites, but it can be hard to dig up what's great each week.
A new crop of outdoor seating looks and feels good enough to take inside.
The Boxwood Cube began as a way for Los Angeles landscape designer Sean Knibb to incorporate seating into his gardens that was chic, colorful, and portable. “I was using outdoor fabric to cover hay bales,” says Knibb, “but I got tired of hauling hay around. I wanted something a little lighter.” Knibb's furniture line, SK1, seems a natural segue for a designer who “just fell in love with the world of landscapes,” while attending Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design. He has been building his all-encompassing portfolio—interiors, gardens, and furniture—ever since.