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Perfect Your Patio: 6 Outdoor Furniture Pieces We Love

Because it’s never too early to start thinking of patio season.


1. Wireframe

Cb2’s new Breton Black metal sofa ($1,350) was designed by Barcelona-based Mermelada Estudio and inspired by 1960s Cote D’Azur. The leggy iron frame is powder-coated in a matte black finish and looks good from every angle, making it ideal for sitting areas open on all sides. cb2.com


2. Strike a Cord

The Acapulco Chair ($399) is a mid-century favourite that has spawned many imitations. Vancouver Special stocks the classic version in eight different colours; we like the disappearing act of the white cord on a white base. shop.vanspecial.com


3. Laidback Lounger

Fresh takes on wicker and rattan abound. Anthropologie’s Woven Chevron outdoor chair ($299) has a powder-coated iron frame with polyester rattan seat, back and arm accents. Also available in teal. anthropologie.com


4. Low Rider

Loll Designs’ Lollygagger sofa (from $1,069) keeps the comfort of the tried-and-true Adirondack, but sheds some bulk. It’s a refined fire pit companion, complete with bottle opener under the right armrest. Available in 10 colours and two heights. lolldesigns.com


5. Refined Retro

Richard Schultz’s 1966 line for Knoll (released that year as the company’s leisure collection) was developed with concealed connectors, producing a seamless, elegant form that redefined how outdoor patio furniture could look and feel like—while built strong enough to withstand the elements. The aluminum frame, mesh seating fabric and straps edging the seat can be ordered in custom colours, producing myriad variations. grshop.com; informinteriors.com


6. The Expandables

West Elm’s just-released Portside expandable dining table ($1,299) is a study in versatility, hewing modern or traditional depending on the accompanying chairs—we like pairing it with classic Tolix Marais chairs ($275), Cb2’s Lucinda stacking chairs ($149) in Mint or the dining chairs from the Portside collection ($199). westelm.com

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