It’s not every spring that we come across a weatherproof love seat or pergola-approved dining chair that is so chic we’d even put it inside our home. But this year Crate & Barrel is giving us just that with its outdoor collections for 2021. The fade- and stain-resistant furniture doesn’t look like your typical scratchy type, and that’s all because of the next-level tailoring. “Due to recent material innovation, we now have access to more comfortable organic textiles that are replacing synthetics along with higher-quality FSC-certified woods,” says Sebastian Brauer, VP of Product Design and Development at Crate & Barrel. “It’s allowed us to elevate the overall design and silhouettes.” The detail might not be the first thing you think about when shopping for your outdoor space, but it should be—starting now.
Hunt for Statement Graphics
The modular Cerca pieces feature bold white and black vertical stripes that cleverly outline the contours of the bolstered arms. Mix and match the four parts until you find the arrangement that works for your patio, terrace, or balcony.
Keep an Eye Out for Sharp Edges
If you hold up a protractor to the armrests and seat cushions of these pieces in the Zuma collection, you’ll find near-perfect 90-degree angles. The crisp lines are what make the chairs look like they migrated straight from the living room to underneath the umbrella.
Spot Smooth Curves
Ivory-colored steel tubes make these frames super-sturdy, but the soft cushions that are tightly draped over the edges give them a luxe feel. Once the weather warms up, translate your WFH setup and Netflix-bingeing outpost to the fresh air.
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