It’s summer, so treat your patio accordingly
Despite seemingly no end of rain, it is indeed summer. And in between the downpours, there’s the chance to rest and recreate in backyards and patios – at least if you have the right furniture to make it happen. Oh, you don’t? Well, keep reading to see some of our favourite pieces.
With its ergonomic curves, Pedrali‘s Nolita chaise accommodates seasonal lounging, while an optional, chaise-length cushion will accommodate a few extra hours of lounging around. From $1200, at Suite 22.
When it was introduced in 1925, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair, which saw the classic club chair reduced to a tubular steel frame and leather straps, was a revelation. Tecta‘s foldable D4, introduced soon after, is its cafe- and garden-seating counterpart. From $2000, at Average.
One, two and three-seater configurations make Tribù‘s modular Senja sofa – with integrated teak or lava stone table – an ideal option for these less-than-certain days, when our summer may be restricted to small household-only gatherings, but – knock on wood – may not be, as well. From $4470, at Avenue Road.
Inspired by fields of Belgian hops, Extremis’s Hopper reimagines the classic picnic table. Its integrated benches are easier to step into, which – like the lagers and ales those hops are destined for – helps bring people together. Available in steel and wood and all aluminum. Call for pricing, at Studio b.
Brown Jordan Mid-Century Sun Shade
Originally developed by Brown Jordan for southern California’s iconic Case Study houses, the Mid-century Sunshade strips the patio umbrella down to its basics. And with its small footprint and pivoting Sunbrella shade, it fits just about anywhere, too. $1250, at Design Within Reach.
Andreu World Trenza
Andreu’s World’s Trenza collection sees strips of outside-appropriate acrylic and faux leather woven into a willow-thin bands and set on sturdy steel bases. In silhouette, the chaise looks both striking and like it’s barely there. $3500, at Andreu World.
Grove Hanging Loveseat Swing
What better way to hang out on a patio than to, well, hang out on the patio? Suspended by a pair of sturdy black ropes, the aluminum frame and faux rattan cover of the Grove hanging loveseat makes for the perfect lazy Sunday lounge. $2200, at CB2.
Built out of solid Iroko wood, Italian label Potocco didn’t reinvent the sunbed with Suno, but rather gently exaggerated the laminate wheels and injected some movement into the backrest, neatly integrating form and function. $5875, at Minimal.
The so-simple-how-come-I-didn’t-think-of-it design of Fatboy’s battery-powered Bolleke light sees a translucent globe paired with a hang-anywhere rubber loop – the perfect option for impromptu dinner parties both in the park or at home. $160, at Neat.
Knoll 1966 Single Rocker
A genuine icon of mid-century furniture design, Knoll’s Richard Schultz-designed rocker marries a pared-back silhouette with a modern material palette of steel, aluminum, vinyl and teflon thread. $2030, at Quasi Modo.