Guest Picks: Design-Forward Outdoor Furniture
Treat yourself to one of these splurge-worthy patio pieces and enjoy great outdoor style for many summers to come
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Ready to replace that mismatched set of outdoor furniture you invested in eons ago with a chic and stylish splurge? Looking for something a little different to put outside on your deck or terrace instead of the ordinary stuff? Search no further. I am about to show you some of the latest and greatest outdoor furniture to dress up the area around your pool, backyard or beach house. I promise, you won't be disappointed, because there is something for everyone. Plus, I want to encourage you to think about mixing and matching. No one says you can't use two different complementary types of furniture outside your home! — Gail from Dezignlicious
Hudson Metal Chair with White Cushion - $199
Wrought iron reinvented in chili pepper red is the hot way to go. Plus, this grouping has a contemporary bent and comfy-cozy back cushions. If you want the look of your outdoor furniture to be on the light side, this is a perfect solution.
OK, this is not your usual outdoor furniture, but I was just so fascinated by these tepees that I had to include them. They aren't for everyone, but they sure look like a lot of fun to hang out in, especially late in the afternoon when the sun is setting.
Vondom Surf Sun Lounger - EUR 714
This avant-guard body contour chaise lounge by the famous designer Karim Rashid has a wow factor — and it's even recyclable. It looks like just what the design doctor ordered for around your pool.
Stella Chaise Lounge - $699
And if you don't like your wrought iron in red, try relaxing in this retro design in sparkling white. The detailing on this set is really special and it screams chic.
Palm Canyon Chaise
Don't you feel like you've seen this chaise in some Hollywood movie? This remake of the classic 1950s look is really superb and would jazz up many outdoor areas in a snap.
Las Palmas Lounge Chair
Mix in some of these fabulous chairs with your 1950s-inspired chaises, and you will feel like you are hanging out at a midcentury modern villa in Palm Springs, California.
I like the simplicity of this design and the strong color of the cushions. I often advise my clients to use bright colors in their outdoor furniture, as they look terrific against decks and patios, as well as against the foliage.
Vondom Blow Sofa - GBP 1,615
This chic, ultra-modern collection looks like inflated furniture. Made out of high-tech materials with ecological concerns taken into account in the manufacturing, this is the ultimate sleek, minimal look for an ultra-modern house.
Disk Armchair by Karim Rashid
More of Karim Rashid's pushing-the-design-envelope pieces, these almost look like flying saucers. Mix a few in with your other modern outdoor furniture, and the outside of your house will look divine.
Lucca '3 Series' Armless Lounge Chair - $1,050
These may be the perfect loungers for a city terrace. Sleek and modern with a no-frills look, they really fit the bill.
Swingerst Hanging Lounger, Natural
You do remember that old song, "Swinging on a Star?" Now you can hang this large circular chaise lounge from a tree and really enjoy relaxing in the shade. Say ta-ta to that old hammock. Plus, I'm sure this is a lot easier to get in and out of.
Dala Lounge Chairs
These chairs, ottomans and tables are colorful and festive looking. If you prefer more of an ethnic vibe to your outdoor furniture, these are just perfect for around the house.
Asturias Rocking Sofa
Rock me, baby. This handsome wood love seat–size rocker from Brazil looks quite inviting to me. There are many other classy pieces that match and would make any outdoor (or indoor) living space really special.
Carro de Boi Chaise
I just love the exaggerated size of the wheels on this chaise. They give the piece a unique look that would be terrific around a pool. Also, this is made in Brazil, where there is a bevy of designers making really cool-looking outdoor furniture.
Knoll Topiary Bench - $2,249
I have always loved the aesthetic of this topiary bench. It's a good example of original design that lasts forever. Plus, it is available in numerous playful colors for those courageous design souls who enjoy their outdoor furniture in a brighter and more colorful fashion.
Håmö Chaise - $29.99
You can't beat these lovelies for an inexpensive retro look. They are good basics for a small terrace or backyard, and the colors are simply so 1950s.
Enholman Sofa Combination - $427
Smart and neat, this sofa would look great on a small terrace where you might want to have a lot of seating. It also separates into individual seats, so you can rearrange it according to your entertainment needs.
Bistro Chaise Lounge
The design of this luscious purple set, which also comes in many other colors, is patented because of the way it folds up and can be packed away. Its charming colors and light and easy storage-ability make it simply perfect for apartment terraces and patios.
This is the most unusual design I have seen in aluminum outdoor furniture in a long time. The pieces are meant to make you think of a wave, and also come in yellow and blue, if white is not your desire. I love the curves and lightness of the look.
Contemporary Italian design is always cutting edge, and this chair (playfully called "Tron") is a great example. I really think you need an ultra-modern home to make this baby feel welcome. No doubt it will get all kinds of comments from your guests, but for those with a brave heart when it comes to design, that's the goal, right?
Another Italian classic, this Fish chair shows not only ingenuity of design, but also originality with new materials for furniture. I think a school of these around a pool would be both practical and fun.
I don't want to leave the American manufacturers out of the wild and wonderful race in outdoor furniture, and this exciting design gives new meaning to a club chair and ottoman. It's the perfect answer to a modern interpretation of the classic Adirondack chair.
This has got to be one of my favorite finds. First, it is a fabulous design. It's so creative and original that I need to give the company a big thumbs up for ingenuity. Second, it is made from recycled sailcloth, which makes the material both indestructible and green.
How unique is this lounge? Once again, this is made from recycled sails. Although it may look uncomfortable, the company claims that the curve acts as support for the head. Perfect for a beach house.
Let's end with an exquisite reissue of a prize-winning chair by Brazilian designer Paulo Mendes da Rocha. These are perfect to mix in with your other furniture wherever you need extra seating.
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