Trends for the garden are constantly evolving, yet favorites from the past continue to make appearances. Terrariums are just one example of this—a fresh flashback from the 1970s, these fun, tiny gardens are making a comeback. Now Mod fanatics also have a new go-to piece for their garden with the timeless, chic, and functional Midge tile table from Potted. A multi-seasonal must-have, Potted’s co-owner Annette Goliti Gutierrez explains what prompted their newest design.
Francine Gardner, owner of New York's Intérieurs, shows our writer Katie Mendelson how a few inspired finds can turn a city rooftop into an urban oasis.
Photo courtesy of Westminster Teak
Now that it is past the autumnal equinox we begin to think of coziness and warmth as the days begin to get shorter and cooler. What better way to do that than to sit around the fire with friends with hot cider and S’mores outside around a beautiful fire pit or fireplace in furnishings that perform well despite fickle fall weather.
Lathe X (2010), an aluminum bench by Amsterdam-based designer Sebastian Brajkovic
Sally Mackereth’s stone Cast 001 Seat is both a startling sculptural statement and a practical, usable object for the home, especially outdoors. ($1,280)
Despite Europe’s continuing economic woes, this year’s Milan Furniture Fair proved to be rich in both ideas and crowds. More than 300,000 people toured the city’s palazzi, monasteries, museums, and botanical gardens to see—and sit on—the best and brightest new designs.
Despite what the term implies, public spaces are often the most isolated spots of all. Two young designers — one from Korea and another from the Netherlands — are seeking to change this with interactive outdoor seating that encourages talking over texting.
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.
This article appeared in the June 2012 issue as "An Artist's Touch."
Stan Bitters is a 21st-century caveman. In a windowless steel building on an industrial strip of Fresno, California, the 76-year-old sculptor shapes earth, water, and fire into primal ceramic forms. It is a ritual based more on instinct than intellectual precept. “It’s not about thinking about the clay,” he says. “It’s really getting in there and manipulating it—mashing it and beating it—until it produces some feeling of wonderfulness, something earthy and textural.”