RH unveiled its 525-page lookbook for the company’s new collection this week, and among the pages of heat-lamp umbrellas and angular lanterns, the core group of poolside patio furniture is dressed up in a color you don’t typically see alfresco: jet black. 

RH tapped designers from around the world, including Ann Marie Vering (Los Angeles), Mario Ruiz (Barcelona), and Brad Ascalon (New York), to devise the modern pieces. One key to keeping the moody hue from feeling too bulky and serious for outside? Slim silhouettes. The Laurel, Marino, and Vietri series each feature seating with slender legs made from aluminum. Each piece is also upholstered with stain-resistant Sunbrella fabric, which stands up to constant use and UV rays (no risk of fading here). 

For the chunkier Bahia group, midnight-colored cushions are outlined by a teak frame that lightens it up visually. (The chaise also can be set to five different positions to accommodate working poolside and taking an afternoon nap.) The boxy-looking Reyes lounge chair—a contemporary take on an Adirondack—flips the script: The cantilevered back is dark, while the upholstery is airy and bright. Either way, as the catalog proves, the high-contrast hue won’t just fit in on your deck, it will make the surrounding views stand out even more. Another design taboo bites the dust.

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