Archetypes: Outdoor Furniture

The reviews are in from our panel of leading designers who talk up the hippest trends in outdoor furniture. Get a sneak peek at sumptuous seating that whispers relaxation, ultra-mod pieces for your minimalist side, and playhouse-inspired furnishings that shout fun. Common threads here are rich tones of saturated color and lively artistic lines. Get ready, get set…spring and summer are on the way!

Alternately described as an international tastemaker and a bold, gutsy designer, Chris Coleman helms a home furnishings and accessories boutique in Hudson, NY. He lives by the motto that everyone can achieve good design, regardless of budget. Coleman’s vibrant color schemes have enlivened interiors, restaurants and shops worldwide, many of which have been included in scores of publications.

LEFT: Papyrus Chair Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec “What I like about these is that they can take a beating from the elements and still look good. It can be the chair for any dining table.” Available through Kartell Price $750 RIGHT: Cruz Chair By Room & Board “Such a clean line. The wow is the color. A narrow silhouette perfect for tight terraces.” Available through Room & Board Price $399 or $499 with seat cushion
LEFT: Re-Trouve Chair Designed by Patricia Urquiola “This is such a beauty. Looks like a sculpture with the twisting and turning wire frame. I love a pair of these at an outdoor entrance!” Available through Emu Price available upon request RIGHT: Escapade Sofa Designed by Zeno Nugari “This is the ultimate lounge piece – a party pad! Flexible back seating makes it so fun to rearrange for your event! I love it in mix and match fabrics.” Above image upholstered in MICHELANGELO and patterned PAPAVERO OUTDOOR fabrics, MISSONI HOME. Available through Roche Bobois Price $9,595

Clients lucky enough to work with Joe Nahem appreciate his talented eye. From the very first meeting, his signature curiosity enables him to dig deep into his clients’ minds, and to realize their ideas, needs, and individual tastes. The results are luxuriously comfortable, elegant, and livable homes – distinctive spaces that authentically reflect the people who dwell in them.

LEFT: Imba Chaise Lounge Designed by Federica Capitani for MOROSO “The lines and form of this chaise really make a difference in comfort. A beautiful design without compromising functionality.” Available through MOROSO Price available upon request RIGHT: Painho Chair Designed by Rosenbaum & Feticha for Tidelli “We love the modern interpretation of the classic “Addams Family” chair. We love the light and airy feel to it.” Available through Tidelli Price Painho Chair is $3,860 Painho Side Table is $1,430
LEFT: Fedro Floor Rocker Designed by Lorenza Bozzoli for Dedon “This chair is just plain fun! It comes in a great assortment of colors and patterns, and having no legs makes it easy to just scatter them around.” Available through Dedon Price $795 RIGHT: Helios Heated Lounge Designed by Aaron Jones for Galanter & Jones “This love seat/lounge is not only beautiful but is also heated. A great addition to any outdoor space with chilly nights.” Available through Galanter & Jones Price $7900

Laurie Blumenfeld-Russo’s true passion for design took hold after she left her career at a major television network as a successful event planner. Her path from the corporate world was followed by enrollment in Parsons’ prestigious design program, which led to working alongside a top New York interior designer. Today, she heads a growing company specializing in residential and commercial projects.

LEFT: Tropez Black and White Stripe Sofa Designed by Ceci Thompson “Black and white always works. Clean and crisp. Reminiscent of the French Riviera.” Available through CB2 Price $1,129 RIGHT: Yoda Chair Designed by Kenneth Cobonpue “It reminded me of windswept summer grasses. The lime color gives it a sense of whimsy.” Available through Kenneth Cobonpue Price Indoor: $680 Outdoor: $825
LEFT: Dragnet Chair Designed by Kenneth Cobonpue “The cocoon-style chair by Kenneth Coponpue. Inspired by fishermen’s nets in bright, powerful red. It’s a showstopper. It’s so unique, like a garden sculpture.” Available through Kenneth Cobonpue Price Indoor: $3,415 Outdoor: $4,435 RIGHT: Mayfair Bistro Table Designed by Florence Broadhurst “Inspired by French wire designs, with a pop of color. It’s sturdy but packs a lot of personality.” Available through Selamat Designs Price $488.87

Robert Passal’s name is synonymous with classically inspired, yet current design sensibilities. When it comes to designing, renovating and constructing luxury apartments, magnificent homes and sporty yachts, Passal is the go-to choice. His client list includes elite performers, athletes, bankers and business executives. Slowing down? Not his style. Future plans call for expanded operations and retail furniture stores.

LEFT: Outdoor Riviera Bucket Chair with Cushion “The bold horizontal stripes make this classically inspired chair a true winner.” Available through SERENA & LILY Price up to $598 RIGHT: Cleo Indoor/Outdoor Rug Crafted by artisans committed to fair-labor practices “I never tire of anything blue and white. These Dash & Albert rugs are the perfect backdrop to layer your blue and white space.” Available through Dash & Albert Price up to $3,042
LEFT: Double Decker Umbrella for Santa Barbara Designs “Who knew the life of the party would be an umbrella? These wildly colorful umbrellas will be the talk of the town.” Available through Santa Barbara Designs Price available upon request RIGHT: Capsule Grande Bench Designed by Janice Feldman for JANUS et Cie Capsule Collection “A truly multifunctional piece, which can accommodate those wet bathers or double as a cocktail table.” Available through JANUS et Cie Price $3,269

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