Hot weather? Check. Champagne chilling? Check. Helicopter delivering your guests to your private patch of ocean? Check. It’s summertime, and the weather dictates that we must get outdoors. From intricately designed seating to elegant vessels for keeping your libations cool, Luxury Defined presents the stylish, the practical, and the indulgent outdoor furnishings that you just can’t be without this season.
1. The heat is on
Evening temperatures can dip even after the warmest of days, which is why no outside space is complete without a fire pit. Paloform has been crafting artisanal steel and concrete versions since 2010, which, in the words of founder and creative director Khai Foo, represent “the union of industry and alchemy. We believe in coaxing beauty from humble materials.” Designs for 2017 include the wide, shallow Bolin in corten steel, and the wide and low Robata, which converts into a coffee table.
2. Rockin’ chairs
At first sight, these may look like any other traditional garden table and chairs, but look a little closer and you’ll see their filigree designs, which, along with common motifs like flowers and butterflies, also include rockets and teapots. Created by acclaimed design duo Studio Job for Seletti, and made available by ARBOL house, they offer “a rock ’n’ roll reinterpretation” of outdoor furniture. Constructed in lightweight aluminum, the chairs and tables are available in matte white, black, green, and red.
3. Moor power
The thrill of zipping around in your speedboat is all well and good, but sometimes you want to take your foot off the pedal without having to go home and dock. Which is why Argentina-born, Australia-based Alexander Lotersztain devised the Waterscape. The floating platform allows you to moor your vessel off shore, and offers a deck on which to lounge, and from which to dive. Thanks to its patented design, you can tailor your Waterscape to your precise size requirements.
4. Full of beans
Lujo’s outdoor beanbags and ottomans are designed to let their users “put life on pause” momentarily by bringing a sense of “time out” to their homes. Made with Sunbrella marine fabrics and waterproof liners, the versatile outdoor beanbags are designed to endure hot, cold, sun, and rain, while continuing to look good year after year. Their New Zealand designers are proud of the three core values that drive their work. Each piece, they say, must “impress visually,” “maximize relaxation,” and “stand the test of time.”
5. Designed for display
To celebrate the art of hosting, Clos19—the modern expression of LVMH's estates around the world—has introduced a range of accessories designed to help you and your guests sniff out the subtleties of their fine wines, champagnes, and spirits. And they’ve not forgotten the pleasure of outdoor celebrations. The Dom Pérignon champagne vasque, designed by Martin Szekely, promises to keep your bubbly at its ideal temperature, not to mention readily available for refilling your—and your guests’—glasses during a garden party. French designer Szekely, whose work has appeared at New York’s MoMA and Paris’s Galerie Kreo, gets to the heart of an object’s function before determining what form it will take.
6. Group grilling
The ultimate outdoor furnishing has to be a grill, and while a barbecue can often mean isolation for the cook, iBBQ’s innovative Angara Maximus barbecue table has built-in grill strips between diners, meaning it’s not just the host who has to do the cooking. In three sizes—with seating for four, six, or eight—the tables feature independently fired gas grills inset discreetly into the center, so everyone has easy access to the cooking area. Made of elegant and durable iroko wood, handcrafted in the United States, the table’s high-performance stainless-steel grills can provide up to 45,000BTU of searing heat to perfectly cook whatever you have in mind, minus the smoke. Sure to make a statement on any patio or terrace, it also comes complete with programmable LED lighting.