Summer is finally here. Time to relax, get outside and enjoy the fruits of our labour in comfortable style. For outdoor spaces, the right mix of furniture has flexibility, personality, durability and style. Above all, an outdoor space requires fun, sculptural pieces to compliment the organic shapes of nature. To help kick off your summer, get inspired, or find that right piece to mix into your outdoor room, here are a few of my favorite outdoor furniture finds.
Mix light and airy with solid volumes. For this outdoor space in Palo Alto I designed with Monica Ream and Stephen Verner, I paired oversized Lolah Lounge chairs with a Paola Lenti Otto footstool and Orlando daybed, resting on a custom concrete platform. The white curved slats of the chair create an organic volume, and echo the wood of the trellis. The solid shapes of the day bed and ottomans don’t compete with the chairs, while offering a really relaxed, carefree and flexible space to enjoy the sun, shade and pool. Click here to see more of this project.
Every outdoor room needs a piece of sculpture. The view is inspired, so should be your furniture. Simple, refined shapes mix well with the outdoors, and hold their own against the view.
Bring the living room outside. Changes in contemporary materials and fabrication, allow interior furniture to now transition to the exterior. One of my favorites is this ultra comfortable piece from Ligne Roset…perfect in a media room, office or patio.
Mid-century refined. Mid-century pieces are being reintroduced in durable outdoor materials that allow them to withstand sun and rain. Save your vintage pieces under a covered patio, and use these pieces instead.
Now it’s time to get out an enjoy the sunshine…
David Bjørngaard, June 2018
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