14 Chic Pieces for Creating the Perfect Outdoor Escape
Everyone is spending more time at home these days but as the warmer months approach, people are craving afternoons luxuriating outside. An artfully put-together exterior living area can help create a vacation-like ambience just steps from your back door. Whether designing around a swimming pool or furnishing a terrace, these refined outdoor tables, sofas, and decorative elements will help create the perfect place for entertaining alfresco, lounging poolside, or just imaging your next seaside getaway.
Cassina launched its first complete outdoor collection, Perspectives, this spring featuring elegant pieces by Patricia Urquiola, Charlotte Perriand, Philippe Starck, and Rodolfo Dordoni. Each array was designed as a celebration of outdoor living, including Dordoni’s Sail Out modular sofa and Dine Out table and chairs, which looked to capture the glamour of 1950s holiday resorts in a grouping on a modern terrace.
Bernhardt debuted its first outdoor collection at last fall’s High Point Market. Inspired by its distinguished designs for interior spaces, the selection of seating, dining and occasional tables, and accent pieces add striking visual interest. The textural rope weave of the Bali swivel chairs, for example, is softened by the graceful curves and geometric circle pattern that make this seat a beauty from all sides.
A beautiful pool or terrace isn’t complete until it’s artfully illuminated. The traditional shapes of Bevolo’s outdoor lanterns, available in either gas or electric, readily melds into any aesthetic. Handmade in New Orleans, Bevolo’s Governor Pool House portable lantern is made to be used with candles, infusing any exterior landscape with an element of old-world romance.
4. Holly Hunt
For its second outdoor collection, Holly Hunt found inspiration in the Southwest, channeling the region’s mountainous terrain and desert colors into a line of furniture pieces enhanced with striking woven details. The 15-piece Sonoran collection includes a dining table with several seating options—including the line’s showstopper, the geometric Scarab dining chair—as well as a sectional, lounge chairs, and accent tables.
Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard brings his love of Hollywood Regency to Harbour, an Australian furniture company renowned for creating luxury pieces for both indoors and out. Bullard’s designs are made with premium materials, like travertine, marble, and Indonesian A-Grade teak. Here, the rich wood is paired with the light-diffusing black Batyline mesh for a sun lounger that will enhance any pool deck.
6. Walters Wicker
The ultimate polymath, Marcel Wanders designs myriad whimsical and fantastical objects for a number of different brands on top of the many multilayered spaces he crafts for clients around the globe. For Walters Wicker, Wanders has created Reverie, a sculptural outdoor furniture collection of tables, chaise lounges, daybeds, and more. Built using a resin wicker shell, each piece is made to weather the elements in exceptional style.
7. McKinnon and Harris
Virginia-based outdoor furniture company McKinnon and Harris finds inspiration in traditional English gardens to create their elevated handcrafted aluminum pieces. The family-run business offers a variety of seating options, tables, and palm boxes that look like heirlooms, but with a modern sensibility that would complement any landscape.
8. Janus et Cie
Collaborating with many of the world’s most exciting designers, Janus et Cie provides outdoor furniture with unique textures and shapes. Their newest, Rock Garden, crafted in collaboration with Hong Kong’s Andre Fu, elevates the graceful lines of armchairs, accent tables, benches, dining tables, and sofas into pieces of pure poetry.
9. Authentic Provence
It’s the details that transform a garden plot into a picture-perfect landscape. Authentic Provence is the go-to source for decorative planters, fountains, statuary, and other architectural elements that define some of the most beautiful plots in France and Italy. In addition to their cache of reclaimed antiques, the company produces items that recreate the best of 18th- and 19th-century design, like these elegant Bac a Oranger aluminum planters, ideal for everything from a terrace topiary to a kitchen garden of fresh herbs.
Palm Beach interior designer Allison Paladino was inspired by her love of sailing for her new collection of outdoor furnishings with Century. Available in a yacht club–like palette of crisp whites and soft ocean blues, the collection, aptly named Sail, includes powder-coated aluminum chairs and tables, the latter topped with opalescent back-painted tempered glass.
Known for its extensive array of furniture and decorative accents and long list of design collaborators, RH is branching out even more with two new collections with architectural designer Ramón Esteve. Recognized for his linear structures, the Valencia, Spain–based creative translates that symmetry into Caicos and Malta, two coastal-cool lines of perfectly proportioned outdoor furnishings.
12. Roche Bobois
Roche Bobois’s cheerful collections are highly sought after for their poppy colors and jubilant patterns. The comapny’s outdoor furnishings and fabrics are no exception, with prints and shapes that would be at home in Rio de Janeiro, Miami, or any other tropical destination. Adding a splash of summer fun is the brand’s iconic Mah Jong modular sofa, reinterpreted for the first time for the outdoors.
One of the design industry’s favorite purveyors of luxurious outdoor furniture and fabrics, Dedon is this season introducing a collection inspired by the Mediterranean island of Corsica called Tour du Monde. Broken into four unique groupings—Rilly, Sealine, Mbarq, and Izon—each melds the company’s advanced weather-resistant materials with artisan-style craftsmanship.
14. Brown Jordan
This season, Brown Jordan is expanding on its celebrated Oscar collection by Ann Marie Vering, adding a soft blush finish to the already existing Dove and Textured Pewter colorways. Going above and beyond, the company is also adding organic finish Driftwood to the Drift teak collection, and presenting the 20Twenty line from Richard Frinier, which encompasses a series of minimalist seating options in light or dark options.