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Patio Sofas That Don’t Look Like Big Wicker Blocks

Tired of sifting through a sea of wicker cubes, our executive editor set out in search of more civilized outdoor seating options.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a patio worth using. At my previous condo, our skinny deck stuck out into an alleyway and basically touched the next building, allowing approximately zero rays of sunlight to ever grace its surface. Instead of a hangout zone, it became (as many patios do) a makeshift outdoor storage facility: a place to pile our sports equipment and spare folding chairs for dinner parties.

I moved recently, though, and one of the big selling features of this new apartment is that there’s a 300-square-foot (pinch me!) wraparound porch that spends its mornings drenched in light. It means it’s time to invest in some outdoor furniture for basically the first time ever—and I want pieces that I’ll actually love (not just functional wicker cubes covered in cushions) that will let me make the most of this little real estate miracle. My dream? To find a weather-proof sofa that actually looks like real furniture—some form to go with the function. Luckily, I’ve dug up some options that are sleek enough to come inside once patio-party season is behind us, so sun or no sun, we’ll be sitting pretty.


1. Legs For Days

Article’s Urba ($1,999) uses wicker (what’s a lounger without an arm rest on which to perch your drink, after all) but adds in an acadia base to incorporate an elegant mid-century shape. Polyester upholstery should stand up to any wet bathing suits (or mojito spills). article.com


2. Cozy Up

The aluminum-framed Roda Piper sofa (price on request), available at Livingspace, features a high back and sides that make it feel like the piece is giving you a little hug. livingspace.com


3. Inside Out

The retro-inspired Mid-Century Outdoor Show Wood Loveseat ($959) looks like the perfect place to cozy up once the sun starts to set. westelm.com


4. String Theory

The Acapulco chair has become a classic outdoor piece—why not pair it with the matching Acapulco sofa ($,1149) design? wayfair.ca


5. Fast Curves

This Catalina patio set ($2,199) from Hudson’s Bay takes Hamptons wicker in a modern direction with sleek legs and a curved L shape. thebay.com


6. The Stripe Stuff

The Tropez black and white sofa ($1,1519) is so striking it barely matters what the view is from your patio. cb2.com


7. Right Angles

You can’t get much further from a wicker cube than this geometric Driade Khaima three-seater sofa (price on request), all lines and angles. informinteriors.com


8. Colour Play

This Aviara Teak sofa (from $4,595) has an architectural frame made of sustainably harvested wood, but it’s the 145-plus fabric options that really caught my attention. Nothing says summer quite like coral, right? restorationhardware.com

What are you favourite pieces of outdoor furniture that don’t look like outdoor furniture? Let us know in the comments!

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