It’s late autumn and getting cold, but I can’t stop thinking about outdoor furniture. The right furniture can give a deck or patio new life and spice up gatherings, pool parties and BBQs. With all furniture, there’re always thousands of choices with some standard outdoor items like the Adirondack chair to other more esoteric options. One thing is totally true though, beyond the standard options are beautiful, design-focused chairs to make your yard shine with uniqueness. So I thought I’d put together a short list of my favorite outdoor chairs in memory of warmer weather and longer days.
I think my favorite chair right now is the Carlos Motta’s Asturias armchair. It has the essence of an Adirondack chair but with both a vintage and contemporary flare. The cushions make it look comfy while the attention to material and line show off the details of the design.
I’m in a bit of a midcentury mood these days...probably because it’s often the topic of discussion within my house. My wife LOVES midcentury design, and we live in a midcentury home. I don’t know of many other exterior chairs that really capture the soul of the era of the midcentury like the Pastil chair by Aarnio Eero. Originally designed in 1967, the shape and material speak to a time when people saw the future as a place of clean, muted lines that was popularized by cartoons like the Jetsons and major events like the 1964 New York World’s Fair. I’ve always felt midcentury sensibilities toward design is what inspired the aesthetic of Apple products.
Two other chairs that look similar but definitely have their own personally and style are the Ixtapa and the Acapulco chair. Every time I see them, I imagine crystal clear aquamarine water and mixed drinks with little umbrellas in them. You can find these chairs made from an assortment of materials from plastic to wood to metal. Each material has a different durability and price tag. The Acapulco chair seems to be more available these days and in a multitude of colors. Both chairs have matching loveseats, rockers and tables if you’re looking for conformity for your décor.
One last chair that I found poking around on Pinterest is this DIY grass bed/chair. It’s not as high end as the Asturias but it is a really interesting twist on “green” design. We now have the options for green roofs, green walls and green furniture. The idea of napping the afternoon in a bed of grass is very attractive, but I guess you would need to mow it every now and then…and water it, weed it…reseed it..compost it…sounds like a lot of work.
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