Outdoor Furniture

Tepee (from DWR)

A Tepee? Really?…Uh, okay, I guess if you’ve got the money, why not have the perfect space to get away and be by yourself, or take your friends/family and tell stories or something?

“For adventurers of all ages, the classic Tepee (2008) is a simple solution for spending time outdoors with minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. This one was crafted for DWR Tools for Living by Dave Ellis…We chose his work because of his quality materials and construction that provides proper ventilation, flame resistance and reinforced stress points. What’s also unique about this design is the sewn-in floor liner that allows proper air flow, while ensuring that nothing accidentally leaves or enters the Tepee…The exterior canvas is tightly woven, preshrunk 100% cotton Army Duck that’s finished with a Sunforger baked-in process to make the canvas mildew resistant and water repellent. Campfire songs and ghost stories not included.”

H 15′ Diameter 12′

Purchase Information:

Price: $2,200.00
Availability: Buy Tepee (from DWR) here

Toy Armchair

Not such a bad price for an indoor/outdoor chair- I especially like the block-like angles.

“Inspired by the aesthetic of comics from the 1940s, Philippe Starck’s Toy Armchair (1999) strikes a balance between work and play, sophistication and childlike fantasy. Molded of a single piece of polypropylene, the Armchair is suitable indoors or out, for dining and lounge areas. Stackable up to 14 high for convenient storage, the Toy Armchair has a drainage hole to avoid seat puddles in rainy weather. Made in Italy.”

Green, Orange, or White.
Polypropylene.

H 30.5″ W 24″ D 22.5″ (Seat H 17″ Arm H 25″)

Purchase Information:

Price: $176.00
Availability: Buy Toy Armchair here

Zen Garden, Roof and Deck Bench

This bench is something worth taking a look at. The low profile and interesting silhouette amount to an altogether unique outdoor seating solution.

“Each bench is made from furniture grade kiln dried Western Red Cedar. All fixtures are stainless steel and are tucked away on the back and inside. The main joints are all put together using dado cuts. While this makes the manufacturing more complex, it greatly increases its strength…The bench is shipped in a flat box through UPS right to your door. It arrives in five pieces, along with easy to follow assembly instructions, tools and hardware. About ten minutes are all it takes to put it together.”

70″l x 24.5″h x 29″w, seat height: 10″

Update: This item looks like it is no longer available through the designer, though you might want to email to check. (11/19/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,100.00
Availability: Buy Zen Garden, Roof and Deck Bench here

Folding Patio Set

This is as ‘cheap as chips’ or so the saying goes. For $100, you can now afford to dine outside on your patio (if you have one) and enjoy the fine weather soon to arrive.

“This folding Patio Set is the perfect thing for impromptu barbecues or every day. The table top is 24″ in diameter. Includes the table with two chairs. Shipping $20.”

Update: This item is unfortunately no longer available. (10/5/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $100.00
Availability: Buy Folding Patio Set here

Crochet Table

I’m impressed that this is under $50.

“Sturdy handmade iron rod frame with intricate sunburst of wire weaves together 60s groove, ethnic handicrafts, smart stacking functionality. Colorful olivine, yolk and grey epoxy powdercoat finishes are rustproof.”

15.5″dia.x13″H

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.95
Availability: Buy Crochet Table here

Frank Gehry Sofa

On my commute to work everyday I get to see the gorgeous LA Philharmonic building designed by Frank Gehry. If I had a back yard fabulous enough to justify it, I would get the Frank Gehry Sofa. It’s currently on sale and almost sold out at DWR.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $1020
Availability: Buy Frank Gehry Sofa here

Sun Set Stacking Chair

Not a bad price for an outdoor chair…

” -This outdoor designed furniture is made from superior polyethylene-based synthetic fibers, which is both UV and weather resistant. -Resistant to pool water, sea salt, and changes in climate. -Easy maintenance and a Non-toxic materials that is 100% recyclable and friendly on the environment. -Products can be left outside all year round and is able to withstand temperatures from -20°C to +55°C.”

19.5W x 22D x 29.5H

Purchase Information:

Price: $167.00
Availability: Buy Sun Set Stacking Chair here

Rubber Band Chair by Tom Dixon

Suitable for outdoor use, this chair takes the common material of rubber bands and transforms them into an elegant solution for seating.

EPDM rubber bands

23.5″ x 23.5″ height 31.5″

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $400.00
Availability: Buy Rubber Band Chair by Tom Dixon here

Strings Collection by Shin Azumi for Magis

If you’re feeling like the mid century classics are getting a bit ubiquitous, this is an excellent choice for more of a modern dining or outdoor seating option.

“the strings collection designed by shin azumi for magis is a visually interesting stacking chair and stool. made in chromed steel rod or cataphoretically-treated steel rod painted in polyester powder. painted version is suitable for outside use. seat cushions also available.”

stacking chair, $235.00, 23.2”w x 31.1”h x 20.5”d. seat height is 17.7”
o cushions: seat- $67.00, 13.6” x 13.4”, backrest – 13.6” x 5.9”
high bar stool, $274.00, 24”w x 36.4”h x 17.7”d. seat height is 31.1”
medium bar stool, $269.00, 23.2”w x 32.5”h x 16.1”d. seat height is 27.2”
o seat cushion, $84.00, 11.8” x 10.6”

Purchase Information:

Price: $235-$247
Availability: Buy Strings Collection by Shin Azumi for Magis here

Opus Shelving System

I’m sort of flabbergasted by how awesome these are. Not only are they cool to look at, but they are made from 100% recyclable polypropylene, and can be used both indoors and out, even in wet environments. Available in both black and white.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $450
Availability: Buy Opus Shelving System here

Striped collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Forgive me if I’m repeating myself, but I’ve yet to see anything from the Bouroullecs that I don’t like. This collection is incredibly simple and versatile enough that you might be able to justify buying the whole lot, citing a sound cause for investment.

“The Striped collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis is a complete line of furniture for the exterior or the interior: chairs, high and low armchairs, stools, long chairs. This superbly drawn chair has elegant lines that are beautiful to look at.”

This set can be used indoors or out.

Striped Poltroncina (Set of 2), Special: $1250.00 instead of $1680.00
Striped Chaise Longue, $1,250.00

Purchase Information:

Price: $1250
Availability: Buy Striped collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec here

Minimal Cube, Bench, and Table by Heller

A great collection of minimal tables…

“Available in three colors, light grey (pictured), dark grey or white. Lella and Massimo needed casual furniture for their new home near Sorrento, Italy. They designed a multipurpose indoor/outdoor grouping ideal for home, hospitality and office environments.”

One piece roto molded polymer.

Cube, 18 1/8″h, 18 1/8″w, 18 1/8″d, $220
Bench, 18 1/8″h, 71 5/8″w, 18 1/8″d, $550
Table, 18 1/8″h, 47 1/4″w, 47 1/4″d, $800

Purchase Information:

Price: $220-$800
Availability: Buy Minimal Cube, Bench, and Table by Heller here

Panton Chair

Another design classic…

“Verner Panton’s cantilevered stacking chair was the first single-material and single-form chair to be made and has been produced by Vitra through three decades of development in plastics technology. This version consists of a single piece of strong, flexible polypropylene with integral color that will not fade over time. As striking as modern sculpture, this classic piece is appropriately durable and easy to clean in cafés or restaurants, and is comfortable enough to use as an occasional chair in an office or residence.”

Availabe, in red/orange, white, blue or yellow.

H 33″ W 19″ D 22.75″ Seat Height 16.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $230
Availability: Buy Panton Chair here

Stone Stool by Marcel Wanders, 2007

Only $200…not bad for a designer side table that can go indoors or out.

“This short stool or small side table has a striking jewel-like faceted interior that reflects light and creates an interesting play of colors. It has an hourglass shape, designed from a single mold. For indoor or outdoor use. Made by Kartell of polycarbonate.”

Made in Italy

Size: 18.5h x 12″diam

Purchase Information:

Price: $220
Availability: Buy Stone Stool by Marcel Wanders, 2007 here

Gardener’s Table

Just the thing for a small garden…

“The asymmetry and counterbalance of this two-tiered outdoor counter makes it as visual a display as it is a practical stand for your gardening tools or refreshments. Fill the upper bowl with flowers or birdseed or use it as a base for an evening torch or candles. Cast is rust-protected metal, with your choice of grey or green lacquer finish, the gardener’s table is flexible, allowing you to disassemble and reassemble with ease.”

ø 14″ h 27.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $148.00
Availability: Buy Gardener’s Table here