Globetrotters: Outdoor Furniture Picks From the Moon and Back
Materials and patterns evocative of far-flung places, from Brazil to, um, the moon, are showing up in outdoor furniture and fabrics.
Wonder Wood. Going exotic makes even more sense when it comes to wooden outdoor furniture. Yes, local West Coast cedar is a perennial good choice, but tropical hardwoods like teak, eucalyptus and mahogany are just as long-lasting, water- and bug-resistant—with the gorgeous graininess of remote getaways. Traditionally used for boats, dense and oil-rich teak from Southeast Asia has a tried-and-true gleam that can last for decades. Also from Down Under, eucalyptus has the same lustre, tight grain and durability but grows much faster, making it more sustainable and affordable. Mahogany enters the mix as another hot hardwood, like the certified sustainable Indonesian version in the Java sectional from CB2. Let these tropical hardwoods age naturally and gracefully or keep them glowing almost preternaturally with teak oil, and make like you’re in Bali in the backyard.
Tropic Tripping. Teak calls to mind the tropics, where sunshine and sea spray add a pretty patina to outdoor furniture. Sit on the sleek slats of the low-slung Amaze lounge chair ($1,695) and soak up the same. cane-line.com
Moon Walk. About as exotic as you can get, the lunar-inspired Moon Island modular sofa (from $6,998) orbits around a circular coffee table. manutti.com
Olá! The Brasilia! Brights patio collection has the vibrancy you’d expect of a hot, hot, hot Carioca energy. Think sunny skies and pineapples, like the ones featured on this pillow (from $35). thebay.com
Hang Ten. Picture swaying beachside between two palms in this hammock-inspired swinging bed—except you can set up the self-supporting Osmose bed ($3,978) anywhere. fermob.com
Great Dane. The Adelaide outdoor dining set (from $319), a mix of rich, resilient eucalyptus wood and curvy laminate, is Danish cool and Aussie bold with its sleek lines and indoor/outdoor sensibility. boconcept.com
Rock the Casbah. This outdoor square pouf ($299), in vibrant hues from fuchsia to “Turkish Tile” (in weather-resistant polypropylene yarn knit, of course), adds that lounge factor to rock any desert oasis or outdoor space. crateandbarrel.com