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Out of the Box: Design Finds

1 Finished with Spanish Red paint, Urban Electric’s classic Cirque pendant puts a twist on traditional. The outdoor-rated light is available in regular or large, and sports antique brass hardware. $1,710–$2,380.

2 In the 18th century, prominent Swedish architect Carl Wilhelm Carlberg designed a rendering of small shops, which he said were to be built “under and between the lush and leafy trees” presently there. Replicated on Sandberg’s Carlbergs Träd wallpaper, outdoor architecture and nature can be brought in. Through Stark (T), Norwalk, 203-899-1771, D&D, 212-752-9000.

3 A striking sculptural element indoors or out, Janus et Cie’s Eden pear is handcrafted from clay and organic pigments. Topped with a velvet matte finish and suited for exterior use, choose from small (11-by-11 inches) or medium (15-by-15 inches).  $1,082–$1,392, NYC, 212-752-1117.

4 Inspired by vintage models, this updated step-through bicycle will stand the test of time. A three-speed internal hub, front handbrake and rear-brake pedals, plus a comfortable leather saddle, offer modern functioning. $580, MoMa, NYC, 800-793-3167.

5 New from Made Goods’ debut outdoor collection, the Freda stool serves as both a seat and a classic garden accent. Its chess-piece shape is crafted from concrete and available in Verdigris gray or whitewashed. $750, through Pimlico, New Canaan, 203-972-8166.

Spring design finds

The only limit to Hive’s Secret Garden is your imagination. Hung on the wall, as a table runner or joined as a screen, hand-formed leather adds a verdant accent. $275–$375, Hive, through Voce Di, Greenwich. 203-422-0567.

From Artemide’s 2014 outdoor collection, the Molla light offers direct and indirect emission and high-performance monochromatic LED light sources that cut down on consumption, plus is water, corrosion and UV resistant. Its sleek silhouette is available in gray-white or anthracite gray. Starting at $940, NYC, 212-925-1588.

Michael Aram’s Fig collection celebrates a lifestyle of elegant yet casual outdoor entertaining. A mesh-lid serving bowl keeps food fly-free. $150, through Hoagland’s, Greenwich, 203-869-2127.

Available in four variations, Ted Boerner’s Thicket tables are inspired by a tangle of branches merged with clear geometric forms. The shifted angular structures of seamless steel are suitable for use indoors or out, and are offered in an array of finishes. Price upon request, Ted Boerner (T), NYDC, 212-675-5665.

Spring rugs

Two designers join forces for an outdoor rug collection made from recycled fibers. Bunny Williams for Dash & Albert, through Design Solutions, New Canaan, 203-966-3116.

Tibetan knots and hand carving give this rug by Perennials a luxurious feel, yet it’s tough enough for outdoors plus is fade and mildew resistant. Through David Sutherland (T), D&D, 212-871-9717.

The botanical motif of this Ivy Aqua rug by Liora Manné comes in an array of options that withstands the elements. Through Palmer’s Market, Darien, 203-655-2077.

A version of this article appeared in the May 2014 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Out of the Box.