Outdoor furniture that’s refined

Outdoor furniture that’s refined

By KIM COOK
For The Associated Press
It can be hard to tell anymore where the living room ends and the outdoors begin.
This summer’s patio furniture blurs the lines with weather-resistant materials and sophisticated color schemes that would look right at home indoors.
Aluminum is now rugged, powder-coated and sleek in rich caramel or velvety black. High-tech composite woven cushions dry quickly and hold their shape for years.
For those willing to spend the sum required to turn the backyard into a mini four-star resort, there are spectacular pieces to be had.
“One of the most interesting trends is towards statement pieces — large, unique, oversized elements,” says Eric Parsons, president of Gloster, one of the pacesetters in the high-end outdoor marketplace. He points to woven pieces, organic curves and unusual colors as the hot looks this year.
Some examples:
• Sea Grove collection ($549 and up), Mallorca chase ($1499) and Bain de Soleil woven chaise ($999 for two), www.frontgate.com
• Tord Boontje’s Nest Chair by Moroso, bas relief patterned polyethylene ($610), www.momastore.org
• Luxembourg verbena bench, powder-coated aluminum ($495), www.conranusa.com
• Melon chair ash, natural, white outdoor wicker ($4,995), www.homeinfatuation.com
• Horizon armchair in outdoor wicker ($3,100), scoop dining table in teak, copper and polyethyline (approx $2,510), www.gloster.com
Published in The Messenger 5.14.08

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