Outdoor Furniture: MID Picks

It’s time to perk up the pergola! Summer is still here, and we’ve scouted some of the top sources in modern patio furniture to help you outfit the outdoors. From new products to updated lines and just plain beautiful pieces for your porch, this roundup will make you want to take your indoor-outdoor living exclusively al fresco.


We could all use a little more whimsy in our lives, and Paola Lenti serves a solution in style with the Adagio Lawn Swing. The family-owned and -run company is at the top of the heap when it comes to quality, and we love that they don’t take their pieces too seriously. Hang on, lean back, and spend summer how it was meant to be: cool and carefree.


This sun bed touts both class and comfort with sleek seat and back cushions. But it’s more than good looks that get Paola Lenti a nod in our book. The company’s dedication to quality, with its continuous research and experimentation, results in a range of outdoor solutions that are protected from the sun, sea, and swimming pool water.


Six new colors punch pizzazz into the classic 1966 Collection from Knoll. The new color options extend the palettes—originally developed for the Olivares Chair and David Adjaye’s Washington™ Collection—to the powder-coated legs of the collection designed by Richard Schultz for Florence Knoll who, after retiring, wanted outdoor furniture that could withstand Florida’s corrosive ocean air.

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Sutherland goes mid-century modern with the clean, contemporary Capri collection. Designed with European nuances, Capri combines premium teak and brushed stainless steel into a collection of sleek lines, elegant curves, and refined proportions. Capri’s 10 pieces include an adjustable lounge chair, a bar cart with wheels, and an extension dining table that can span 124 inches.


Indoor, outdoor, office or home, the Dolly chair from Kartell is flexible— literally. The structural chair folds for simple storage and transport, and since they’re plastic, the chairs are durable and easy to clean. The rainbow of color options brings a bright hue to any BBQ.

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Designed for comfort, the Luba bench by Serralunga is a warm complement to outdoor dining areas, gardens, and even commercial spaces. Luba adapts to its surroundings, but the thing we love most: It glows! The unmistakable character and unique style of Ionna Vautrin seem to bring it straight out of the French designer’s sketchbook, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor living—illuminated.


If there’s one thing we love more than modern furniture, it’s modular modern furniture. EGO Paris is a go-to for transformable tables, and the one we covet most right now is the Kama Small Modular Table. Not only does it mutate from compact coffee table to TV-tray-height convenience, but it can be customized in 20 different frames and eight table top colors. The equally eye-pleasing Kama Modular Dyvan sofa touts nine variations.


Like the animal after which it was named, the Elephant chair combines strength and beauty with practicality and reliability. Available in a variety of bases, including four legs, a trestle, a slide base, and even a rocker, the Elephant is a versatile seat from Kristalia. In addition to the multiple color options (and fabrics for indoors), there is a natural-colored molded polyurethane version—a color that changes over time according to the surrounding environmental conditions.


The Ravel collection from B&B Italia offers modular customization—two different size sofas can be freely positioned to form linear or corner seats or chaise lounge end units. COR-TEN and black and white options follow recent architectural trends, and the woven theme emerges from designer Patricia Urquiola’s field experimentation in the Philippines.


Tall. Slender. Short. Squat. Akin to our own kin, no single seat in the Family Chair collection is alike. The pieces, designed by Junya Ishigami for Living Divani, have recently been made available for outdoor use. Harmonious proportions and a touch of understated luxury are the hallmarks of Living Divani; the collection consists of five different steel chairs, each with their own custom cushions.


Perfect for balconies and small patios, the vintage feel of the Playa outdoor lounge chairs brings a light, airy design to your space. With its powder-coated finish, Playa withstands the elements while Sunbrella strapping provides supportive comfort for relaxing.

Add whimsical charm to your poolside patio, porch or even your entryway with the Peacock from VONDOM. Fill its “tail” with your favorite fern and enjoy its self-watering feature. Fun fact: Designer Eero Aarnio gained inspiration for the pieces after growing up near the Helsinki Zoo, which is located on an island where peacocks roam freely.

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Disappear into this mid-century modern inspired planter with its deceptively simple design. But don’t be fooled by it’s sleek, geometric body and almost magic-like base that seems to float on top of the legs. The Bermuda— made in Denver by designer Adam Raiola—is solid steel and could sink in any body of water. Grab one today before they vanish.

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Originated during the highly prolific period in architecture and home furnishing designs immediately following WW2, the Tri-Stand planter is a sculptural staple for any outdoor space. Pottery that emerged from this post-war period was a radical departure in both form and application. Its primeval archetypal shapes of cylinders, cones, bullets, gourds, and totems— mixed with the precision of the simple clean finishes—was something completely new and fresh. And we think that still rings true today.

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We love when architects apply their craft to industrial design, and we love it even more when that design unexpectedly hangs from the wall. Warm up your porch or patio with the sleek and simple Fire Bucket by Norm Architects. Made from powder-coated stainless steel, the material endures all seasons and can be customized for use; it’s not just a fire bucket—switch it up, remove the oil container, and plant your favorite flora.


Versatility is what we love most about the Floret lamp from Serralunga. Indoor, outdoor, tabletop, or floor lamp—this gentle glowing patio accessory comes in two different heights to add even more options. And it gets better. The base is customizable, too; original versions were made of wood, and this year, the collection is presented with a grey concrete base.

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