ISSUE 10  |  California Cool

The Gardenista 100: Outdoor Sofas

March 11, 2015 1:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

As you outfit an outdoor room, remember: The most accurate predictor of how much time you’ll spend there is comfort. A well-made, comfortably proportioned outdoor sofa is the best way to give an indoor living room serious competition.

As part of our new Gardenista 100 guide to the best outdoor furniture and accessories of 2015, we’ve rounded up seven of our all-time favorite outdoor sofas–both classics and new designs–that we’d love to sink into with a book this summer:

Above: Designed by Annick Lestrohan for Serax, a 52-inch-long Honore Chaise has an iron and elastic frame and comes with cushions; it is €1,089 from Fonq. 

Above: A Dehors Sofa from Alias Design has a stove enameled steel frame and weather resistant acrylic cushions. For more information and prices, see Alias

Above: Currently on sale from Design Within Reach, a 76.5-inch-long Finn Three-Seater Sofa from Danish design house Norm has a teak frame and mildew-resistant Sunbrella cushions (available in white or black); $1,670.25.

Above: From Scandinavian designer Skargaarden, a Haringe Lounge Sofa has a stainless steel frame and teak slats that will weather to a silvery patina unless oiled regularly. Waterproof cushions are sold separately. The sofa is 72 inches long and 28 inches deep; $3,060 from Horne.

Above: A teak Montecito Daybed from James Perse Furniture has weather resistant cushions and is manufactured in the US. For more information and pricing, see James Perse.

Above: Designed by Ted Boerner, a Mariposa Sofa from Henry Hall Designs has a handmade frame made of FSC-certified teak and is 76 inches long. Cushions and pillows as shown require 10 yards of fabric. For more information and pricing, see Henry Hall Designs.

Above: From Restoration Hardware, a 70.25-inch-long three-seat Leagrave Sofa made of weathered teak is $2,295 (it’s also available in three other sizes). Cushions are sold separately at prices ranging from $695 to $1,655 depending on fabric.

For more of our favorite outdoor furniture, see: