Striped Tavolo Table shown in White Steel frame.
It’s natural for us to live and think and move beyond the indoors—a move made ever more possible with technology. Keeping in mind this desire toward more time spent in exterior spaces, we offer solutions for outdoors: furnishings crafted for work and play using the same design philosophy as our interior pieces and prepped to withstand the elements.
Breton-born brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec used only two elements in this clean-lined, deceptively simple table: stripes of plastic and small parts to fix the stripes on a metal structure—a rust-proof steel tube frame that is painted in polyester powder to resist chipping, fading, and corrosion. The table’s high-pressure laminate (HPL) top makes it ideal for use outdoors. Striped Tavolo is available with a square, rectangle, or round top, in white or black.
Striped Tavolo Table shown in White Steel frame.
The Venice Chair’s sinuous form evokes the flowing shape of a gondola. Technologically innovative, it’s made from a single block of die-cast aluminum that allows the easy attachment of the front and rear extruded aluminum legs, and its soft, fluid lines offer comfort both indoors and out. The armrest—a single curved strip—provides support for the elbows. The flexible but sturdy backrest is available in six hues of thermoplastic rubber or leather, depending on the application. The aluminum frame allows for easy stacking and is available in painted black or white, or in a polished die-cast aluminum for indoor use.
Venice Chair shown in Black, Grey, Green, Light Blue, Fuchsia, and Orange thermoplastic back, White Aluminum frame (as shown).
Venice Chair shown in Orange thermoplastic back, White Aluminum frame (left).
In 1953, industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia, commissioned a remarkable modernist triumvirate to create their home in Columbus, Indiana: Eero Saarinen designed the house, Alexander Girard fashioned the interiors, and Dan Kiley took on the landscape architecture. Even Charles and Ray Eames collaborated on the project, producing an outdoor furniture series, which was later put into production at Herman Miller as the Eames Aluminum Group, and which has recently been restored to its original outdoor format. Offering easy comfort paired with a refined, supportive, and slender profile, each piece is set on the series’ original 4-star base. Upholstered in a state-of-the-art Outdoor Weave that is porous, fast drying, durable, and PVC-free, the seats are held in tension between cast aluminum members.
Eames Aluminum Group Lounge Chair Outdoor shown in White/Outdoor Weave, White frame.
Constructed from die-cast aluminum and modeled on the common soccer ball, Chair_One is composed of a collection of small, flat planes assembled at angles to create a striking, sculptural, three-dimensional form. “This was possibly the first time ever that such a large die-cast was used for making a chair,” says its designer, Konstantin Grcic. “I decided to break up surfaces into thin sections like branches and let the material flow through the mold to create the shape.”
Suitable for indoor or outdoor use, Chair_One is available in three base options and finished in polished, anodized, or powder-coated aluminum. The stacking base is sold in sets of two. Concrete base and 4-star base versions are sold individually.
Chair_One shown in Black.
Recently updated for outdoor use—a purpose for which they were originally intended—the enduring Eames Aluminum Group includes a wide range of cast aluminum tables, available with universal, contract, or segmented bases that have been reengineered in a durable powder-coated finish to withstand the elements. Four stone top options—each cut to order and mined from a North American quarry with ties to historic American design—are available in a wide choice of shapes and sizes.
Eames Table Contract Base Round Outdoor in Georgia White Marble top, White base (as shown).
Eames Table Contract Base Round Outdoor in Georgia Grey Marble top, Graphite Satin base (left).
A modern interpretation of the classic Adirondack chair, Konstantin Grcic’s Medici Chair capitalizes on the raw simplicity of the material and the master craftsmanship at Mattiazzi. Fashioned only from three-quarter-inch-thick planks, the chair is finished using a proprietary heat-treating and hand-oiling process that protects it from the elements, allowing it to be used in private or public spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Its generous, low-slung dimensions—not to mention a supporting table and wing-shaped ottoman—beckon you to recline and relax. Medici is available in American walnut or Douglas fir—finished in natural or grey, and yellow aniline; thermo-oiled ash is suitable for the outdoors.
Medici Chair Outdoor shown in Natural Thermo-oiled frame.
With its slim, elegant lines and sculptural legs, George Nelson’s 1954 Pedestal Tables have been a go-to design for over half a century. Now the universally appealing and adaptable tables are even more versatile thanks to newly updated material options that stand up to the elements. With three heights, two diameters, and two powder-coated finishes to choose from for the base (all equipped with self-leveling glides for uneven floor surfaces), as well as four durable stone tops, the pedestal table will easily complement a number of environments, from outdoor cafés to patios and poolsides.
Nelson Pedestal Table shown in Wisconsin Black Marble top, Graphite Satin base.
Functional, lightweight, stackable, and strong, Jasper Morrison’s Air-Chair is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, with a slot designed into every seat to guarantee that water won’t puddle. Coupled with Morrison’s matching Air-Table, the duo is suitable in any setting—casual or elegant, both indoors and out—and is available in 10 colors.
Air-Chair shown in White.
The lithe, elegant motion of a toreador and his cape—the signature movement upon which the traditional Spanish paso doble dance is based—inspired Stefano Giovannoni’s seductive Paso Doble seating family, which employs sturdy, roll-formed aluminum rails and flexible polymer mesh to create lightweight lounge chairs, as well as an ottoman and a stool. While the graceful silhouette of each piece varies by style, every member of the indoor-outdoor family utilizes the same extruded aluminum frame—with or without arms—and stacks with ease. It’s a comprehensive and fitting line created by a designer known for his keen eye for structure, form, simplicity, and, of course, playfulness.
Paso Doble Chair Outdoor shown in Black polymer mesh, Black aluminum frame.
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec subscribe to a less-is-more philosophy; this is especially apparent in their Baguette Table, for which the brothers strove to use as little material as possible. The table’s long, slender aluminum top has rounded corners, a graphic tapered edge, and is supported by four cast aluminum legs—which the Bouroullecs describe as chopsticks. The table is available in two lengths, 62 and 80 inches. Tops come 1"-, 3/4"-, and 1/2"-inch thick and are available in white or black MDF, clear or white glass, slate, or quartzite. The cast aluminum legs and frame can be polished or painted white or black.
Baguette Table Outdoor shown in Ardesia Slate top, Black frame.