Warm temps and ample sunshine have us dreaming of spending summer days—and nights—in the open air. Here are five of the most luxurious ways to do it.
Gloster Cradle Daybed
The inspiration: “I wanted to make a small hideaway,” says Henrik Pedersen of the Cradle daybed, which he designed for Gloster. “The mix of the rounded pill form and straight lines was optimal— somewhat square but much more pleasing to the eye. The shapes of the ends serve an important purpose, to function as an angled backrest for a more upright position.”
Why we love it: The hamsterwheel shape is open on the sides but provides peekaboo coverage on the face, so it feels airy and secluded at the same time—an effect Pedersen calls “transparent space.” The slats play into the minimalist trend for clean lines, but they’re rounded to soften the look.
The materials: “Aluminum is often a good choice for outdoors—fairly strong and corrosion-resistant, but the powder coat is much nicer and more pleasing to the touch, a more tactile surface,” says Pedersen. “Mixed with [the natural teak] wood, it gives you a design with the best of both materials.”
Size up: “Even though outdoor is the new indoor, quite often you are dealing with areas on a much larger scale, so the design has to be able to adapt to a large scale as well.” Starts at $13,275. Thayer’s Hardware and Patio, 2434 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton, 631-537-0077; thayershardware.com
One Kings Lane Calista Settee and Coco Pillows
The inspiration: “We were very inspired by antique elements and vintage photographs,” says One Kings Lane buyer Brittney Pogue of the brand’s new collections, which include the Calista settee and Coco pillows (BOTH SHOWN ABOVE). “Of course, we love a touch of Palm Beach chic and Slim Aarons photos—which inspired the cyan-andpink color scheme.”
Why we love it: The classically styled settee, with its graceful arm rests and sculpted feet, brings a noble air to outdoor spaces. But the playful pillows— so much fringe!—keep it from becoming serious or high-minded.
The materials: “We wanted our customers to feel delighted and surprised by the intricate design details and unexpected fabric combinations,” says Pogue. “Teak is a must-have for elegant exteriors due to its sophisticated, buttery gold color and reliable durability. Our marine-grade teak (Grade A) has a high content of naturally occurring rubber and oils, which serve as Mother Nature’s weatherproofing, protecting against water, rot, and insects.”
Design philosophy: “The goal of creating these collections was to bring the indoors outside, by emulating the looks that our customers incorporate into their interiors,” says Pogue. “We believe your outdoor living space should be just as exciting, unexpected, and comfortable as the one you create inside.” The Calista settee is $2,199, and the Coco pillows start at $59. 11 Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-283-0590; onekingslane.com
Restoration Hardware Daybed
The inspiration: “Mykonos is known for its flat-roof cubic architecture, which is simplistic and humble with clean style,” says designer Barlas Baylar. “It is truly inspiring with tranquil and magical views [and] a relaxed, informal culture. Inevitably, my inspiration [came] while spending time in such an environment.”
Why we love it: Baylar is renowned for his live-edge dining tables, which sell for tens of thousands of dollars out of his Brooklyn studio, Hudson Furniture. But rather than do an obvious iteration for the outdoors, he has embraced natural materials in a different way with the Aviara daybed (ABOVE). The weathered teak is still the star, but so are the reams and reams of billowing fabric.
The materials: Baylar insisted on sourcing sustainably harvested teak—so you can clear your mind and your conscience.
Applying geometry: “The clean lines are simple but charming and warmly enveloping,” says Baylar, who wants people to “nestle into the modern design.”
Inside versus outside: When designing for the outdoors, says Baylar, his focus was on “ensuring the harmonious coexistence of modern furniture and its natural surroundings— discreetly blending them [so] as not to distract from the beauty and tranquility of nature.” $6,795. 69 Main St., East Hampton, 631- 907-1300;rh.com
Holly Hunt Moray Chaise
The inspiration: “We sought to do something different from what was out there,” says Alberto Vélez, design director at Holly Hunt, of the new Moray chaise (left). “I’m easily seduced by movement, dynamics, and fluidity. Landscape, water, and shapes of sea creatures are outdoor elements, so we started to throw lines around those ideas. Initially, it all looked too angular and aggressive, [but] then we found the technical means to blend frames together that made it approachable, flowing, and makes your eyes travel. A moray eel can lie calm and still but always looks like it can move with vicious speed. The chaise represents this tension.”
Why we love it: The curve of the back is inherently sensual—it reminds you of the human body even when no one’s using it.
The materials: “We wanted to combine the woven fiber craft on metal frames but in a way where it was the metal structure that took center stage,” says Vélez. “The opposite looked very common in the market.”
Rule Number 1: “Comfort first,” says the designer. “We go outdoors to breathe, relax, and enjoy a pause from our daily world much more so than indoors. After all, the quintessential piece of outdoor comfort is a hammock.” $3,960, sold to the trade only. Showroom at 150 E. 58th St., New York, 212-891-2500; hollyhunt.com
Serena & Lily Pacifica Sofa
The inspiration: “The Pacifica sofa was inspired by a wicker chair from the ’40s that had really graceful and elegant lines,” says Kirsty Williams, senior vice president of design at Serena & Lily.
Why we love it: Wicker skews really granny really quickly, but the boxy frame, firm cushions, and classy all-white look give us that comfy-cozy feeling without the must.
The materials: “When designing the sofa, we wanted it to be functional with all-weather fabric and a metal framework to endure the elements,” says Williams. “The color of the frame is meant to be evocative of shades of driftwood with warm grays and soft whites. The cushions are upholstered in a crisp white to create the perfect backdrop for our colorful textiles.”
Inside versus outside: “We design outdoor furniture with the same integrity as indoor, with the only distinction being the use of all-weather materials. All outdoor furniture should be able to perform equally well as indoors.”
Love to lay: With the Pacifica sofa, saysWilliams, “it’s all about creating an experience that’s inviting and personal.” $2,598. 332 Montauk Hwy., Wainscott, 631-537-5544; serenaandlily.com