Outdoor Furniture Roundup: Modern Muse

Furnishings inspired by contemporary vision and fresh sensibility
Modern Outdoor Patio Furniture

1. Noted designer Philippe Starck melds comfort and sophistication in the Rayn modular collection for Dedon. Ingenious armrests are substantial enough to double as side tables. A powder-coated frame is covered in woven fabric. Through Lillian August, Norwalk, 203-847-3314.

2. Sleek engineering defines Gloster’s Bella, a chair that sits as good as it looks. A powder-coated aluminum frame contrasts with warm laminated teak slats for a sculptural look. Through Patio Shoppe, Wilton, 203-544-7022.

3. Contemporary with a dash of mod, the Boomerang collection by Summit integrates a 20th-century aesthetic with cutting-edge functionality. Borrowing the iconic Australian shape, this chair and ottoman are constructed of sustainable teak. Through Walters Wicker (T), D&D, 212-758-0472.

4. Form meets function in the striking Fibonacci Alba lounge chair. Signature Janus-fiber is woven over a powder-coated, galvanized steel frame, available in Smoke or Reed. Janus et Cie, NYC, 212-752-1117.

5. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts in the Komfy collection from Sifas. Made up of five structural elements, options abound to create customized seating arrangements. Through Walters Wicker (T), D&D, 212-758-0472.

Outdoor Patio Furniture Modern

1. This Expormim sofa, aptly named Kabu (meaning curve in Japanese) shows off a sexy silhouette with skin-tight fabric wrapped over a lightweight frame. Through Walters Wicker (T), D&D, 212-758-0472.

2. Embellishments, once only found in interior furnishings, are now showing up outdoors. Note the decorative nail head trim on this drum ottoman dressed in Spinnaker Salt Sunbrella fabric. Lee Industries, through Safavieh Home Furnishings, Stamford, 203-327-4800.

3. Delineate an outdoor room or garden space with these architectural corner planters. Formed from marble, rock and resin, they are lightweight and weather resistant. Pennoyer Newman (T), NYDC, 212-839-0500.

4. Stay warm on chilly summer nights with the streamlined design of the Laguna fibercast concrete fire table, shown in a weathered slate finish. Restoration Hardware, Westport, 203-222-1027, Greenwich, 203-552-1040.

5. Unexpected fabrics, trims and colors add a bit of glamour to outdoor furnishings, like this Cobra pillow designed by Elaine Smith for McGuire. (T), NYDC, 212-689-1565.


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