By Elizabeth Wallace

Published on July 21, 2016

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The vision of designer Quasar Khanh, who invented inflatable furniture, in which spaces of the future could be furnished entirely with blow-ups as photographed for Vogue in 1969.

A bucket of chilled rosé, a sexy maillot, and whimsical inflatable floats bring the party to the pool.

written by   ELIZABETH WALLACE

WHETHER YOUR

 fondest summer swimming memories hark back to the glamour of the French Riviera or just a kidney bean–shaped swimming pool in suburbia, they surely encompass inflatable water toys. But we’ve seriously evolved from those dollar-store rainbow beach balls that would start to sag by sundown. Today’s inflatables, boasting fun, sophisticated design and quality materials, are as functional on dry land as in the water. Bonus: They are still easy to clean and fold up into a flat little package come winter.

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WATERMELON BEACH BALL by BigMouth Inc. $10 amazon.com

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AIRFLOWER ARMCHAIR by Roche Bobois roche-bobois.com

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INFLATABLE ICE CREAM CONE by Sunnylife $45 sunnylife.com

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INFLATABLE SWAN by Sunnylife $70 sunnylife.com

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Johnny Pigozzi’s new book of photographs, Pool Party (Rizzoli), features frolickers like Elle Macpherson, Mick Jagger, and Naomi Campbell at the photographer’s famed pool parties in Antibes, France.