Lighting Photo Credit: Western Living

Retro Revisited

Today’s outdoor decor evokes vintage charm, but that nostalgic patina is applied with modern aplomb.


1.  Wild Kingdom

Forget taxidermy. Trophy heads made from bent metal—whether Water Buffalo, Papa Buffalo or Cub (from $125)—are a modern, mathematical take on the old-school wall hanging.


2.  Graphic Punch

A mash-up of classic wrought-iron garden chairs and the mid-century modern Bertoia wire chair, the Hot Mesh Chipper stool by Blu Dot ($149) adds a bold pop of colour to your patio—whether in Simple Blue or not so Humble Red.

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3.  Raise the Lantern

A thoroughly modern take on the lantern, Sous Mon Arbre by Florian Brillet (from $583) is French for “under my tree.” Use the minimalist metal hook to suspend this portable all-weather light from a tree branch or along a garden path, or just place it atop a picnic table.


4.  Plush and Posh Living

Divani’s high-tech outdoor fabric means there’s virtually no difference between inside and out. And with unlimited configurations in modular pieces, the Extrasoft outdoor series by Piero Lissoni (price on request) is like the ultimate beanbag seating for adults.


5.  Wicker Rewind

This isn’t your grandmother’s wicker. Super durable and woven onto a simple steel-and-aluminum frame, the BoConcept Elba chair (from $299) is wicker deconstructed for the contemporary condo or pared-down patio.


6.  Sit Pretty

Give the pooch a place: porch, patio or poolside. The vibrant trimaran stripes of Dash and Albert’s all-season Woufs (from $120)—poufs for pets—range from fuchsia to tangerine. Think Candy Land, Rover-


7.  Picnic Time

Designer Dirk Wynants was inspired by the communal ambience of hop pickers, beer festivals and gardens, and even the painting The Peasant Wedding by Breughel—thus, the name Hopper by Extremis ($7,600) for his modern-day, expandable version of the picnic table.

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8.  Cottage Chic

The SYM linep ($783) by Seaside Casual—that’s an acronym for Simple, Youthful, Modern—brings pop-art hues to classic cottage style. The mix-and-match range of saturated shades for the frame and slats allows for very modern colour blocking.


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