Quality yard furniture is traditionally heavy, divided between gently rusting mid-century modern classics, or their hardwood, somewhat cumbersome alternatives. Either way, outdoor furniture can make a bleak picture in winter, especially when covered, giving the garden an atmosphere of a closed-up house. But things have moved on: these flexible and easy-to-move chairs, indirect descendants of Eames and Bertoia, are happily unencumbered by design history, or cushions.
Above: The Bunny Lounge Chair by Bend brings a touch of the West Coast to any situation, including indoors. $540 from Bend’s store in Los Angeles. Above: An instant classic when it appeared in 2005, the Leaf Side Chair with Sled Base, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina, is available from Hive at $457 in the original colors of green, white, or brown. Save space by stacking the Leaf Stacking Chair with Sled Base at the same price. Above: The Swedish Tio Easy Chair by Massproductions is made with electroplated steel wire and powder-coated in a wide variety of colors. It is $551 from A+R , (who also stock the slimmer Tio Chair at $435). Above: Made by Studio Brichet Ziegler for French design brand Petite Friture, the Weekend Lounge Chair, (£465 from TwentyTwentyOne) is part of a “family” of furniture that is fully stackable. Above: Made with tubular steel and recycled ocean waste plastic, the Ocean Chair is a re-imagining of a 1950s classic by Danish designers Joergen and Nanna Ditzel. Up to six can be stacked; $283 from Hive, or $1346 for a set of four at Skandium. Above: The Lilium Dining Armchair, by BIG, is part of a “light but sturdy” collection, designed with an X-shaped frame of stainless steel, with teak slats. Sold by Skagerak in Denmark (4.995 dkk) or $769 at Design Within Reach. Above: Its shape is inspired by sand dunes, and is comfortably wide. The iSiMAR Bolonia Poltrona Armchair is available in a good range of colors; sold in pairs at Bon Marché, $787 per chair. Above: British designer Jasper Morrison’s Folding Air Chair is more comfortable and weather-resistant than traditional wooden versions, being made from injection-molded polypropylene. Foldable, stackable, hangup-able, $390 for a pair, at Hive. Above: The String Lounge Chair, with metal as narrow as string, is light “in the literal and figurative sense,” according to designers Studio WM in Rotterdam. They are $699.90 for a set of two (including seat pads), at Horne. Above: The Hee Dining Chair ($225) is made of “meter after meter of metal wire,” resulting in this uncluttered design for Hay. Storage is aided by its linear design; it can stack up to eight at a time.
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