April 10, 2020
Spring has sprung, and so have the savings.
Now through April 16, head on over to
Design Within Reach to save 15% on outdoor furniture, lighting, fire pits, umbrellas, and more—and get free shipping sitewide. Here’s what you need to create your outdoor sanctuary.
Arc En Ciel, or "rainbow" in French, is a small-space solution inspired by the chairs and tables that have filled Parisian parks and cafés since the 19th century. Weighing about 18 pounds, this durable, hardwearing Arc En Ciel Folding Table (2011) is produced with great attention to detail. The steel frame has a baked-on polyester powder-coated finish that stands up to the elements and withstands being folded and unfolded as your needs change. The Arc En Ciel folds completely flat for convenient storage and is suitable for outdoor and contract use. From sidewalk café to city balcony to backyard patio, the Arc En Ciel is a well-priced solution for any outdoor dining need. Made in Italy.
The husband-and-wife team of designers Julie and Mika Tolvanen works out of Studio Tolvanen in Helsinki, designing everything from furniture to accessories for companies around the globe. Though they share their lives together, each one approaches design from different directions. "We are both very independent minded," Julie explains. In fact, the Terassi Collection (2017) was their first project together. Inspired by 1930s-era furniture they came across on a visit to Timberline Lodge in Oregon, they endowed the Terassi Dining Table with a spaced-plank tabletop for excellent outdoor performance and round tapered legs for a leaner profile and rustic yet crafted appearance. "We wanted the overall feeling to be familiar but a bit lighter, a bit friendlier," Julie says. Terassi is expertly fashioned in high-quality teak with a beautiful straight grain. Includes a removable plug consisting of two concentric rings to accommodate umbrellas of various sizes. Made in Indonesia. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
Jesús Gasca is the principal designer at Stua, a furniture company that he founded in 1983 in San Sebastián, Spain. With his company’s name standing for solo tengo un amor – "I have only one love" – it’s Gasca’s mission to improve the habitat in which we live. His Deneb Teak Bench (2003) celebrates materials in their purest form, combining austere aluminum with smooth, slatted teak. The precision-engineered frame is assembled from four components that fit seamlessly together in support of the teak top. Clean-cut V-shaped legs are configured to increase stability and allow two or more benches to be put together for a unified ensemble. Sustainably harvested teak slats can be oiled to maintain their color or left to develop a beautiful silver patina. This bench can be used both indoors and out, on its own in an entryway or garden or with the Deneb Teak Table. Rubber glides protect floors. Assembly required. Made in Spain. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
Protect yourself from elements but keep your view with the Tuuci Rectangular (2012), which is more horizontal than traditional dome-shaped umbrellas. Dougan Clarke, a consummate sailor who spent over a decade working with sails, rigging and boat design, knows what will stand up to sun, rain, salt and wind, and he designs his shades accordingly. This shade system is easy to use and maintain but constructed of replaceable marine-grade components to ensure a lifetime of serviceability. It features a clever cam cleat and pulley system to raise and lower the shade with ease. "I sought to redefine what was previously known as an umbrella," explains Clarke. "The resulting shade sculptures embody both form and function." As with other shades, keep it in a closed position during storms and when not in use. DWR is not responsible for accidents or damage caused by misuse or weather. Commercial quality. Made in U.S.A. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
"A product has to be useful and realistic to be considered as good design," says Martin Solem. With this in mind, he designed the Bell Lantern (2018), a versatile nod to the traditional lantern. It consists of a glass jar set within a groove on a powder-coated steel base with a handle locked in the upright position. Suitable for use indoors and out. Candle not included. Max candle height: 3" for small, 4.5" for large. Made in China. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
Copenhagen-based designer Chris Halstrøm has a special knack for creating things for people she’ll probably never meet yet making them feel as if she knows them somehow. With her Sommer Outdoor Collection (2019), which she designed for DWR, Halstrøm wanted to give people the experience of indoor furniture in outdoor spaces. "I was intrigued by the idea of bringing the look of paper-cord weaving, often found on Danish indoor furniture, to the outdoors, but in a weather-safe material," she says. "I wanted it to feel natural, and open up that wall between indoors and out." This duality gives the collection an openness that she says makes it very easy to live with. "I find it interesting to create something that people can read their own stories into, and make it their own. For me, furniture is at its most interesting when you see it being enjoyed by people." Made in Indonesia. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
Named for deities of the heavens, Indra (2018) is a lightweight flat-weave fringed rug fashioned from polyester yarns with a soft feel, dyed using a special technique that imbues each yarn with multiple tones to produce a striking heather effect. Obeetee employs skilled artisans to craft handmade rugs using skills that are passed down from one generation to the next. To give back to communities, the company also spearheads Women Weavers, a program for teaching the art of carpet weaving to women in need. Lightweight, easy to clean and suitable for use indoors and out. Rug pad recommended. Made in India. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
Growing up in a resourceful do-it-yourself family, John Paul Plauché learned how to design and create objects at an early age. A man with an inquisitive, artistic mind, Plauché earned a degree in architecture before starting Plodes Studio. Today, this multidisciplinary workshop provides clients with architectural, interior and product design solutions. Whether he’s working on a limited-edition piece of art or a mass-produced shelving system for Google’s offices, Plauché’s approach is about simplicity. "My work is the result of a coalescence of art, product and architectural design," says the designer. His handcrafted Geometric Fire Pit (2004) is available in a choice of two sizes and two metals – A36 low-carbon steel or Corten steel – and can be used with seasoned wood or charcoal. A pipe-shaped plug is included for preventing coals and ash from falling through the opening while allowing enough airflow to fuel the fire. For outdoor use only. Made in U.S.A. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
"We make outdoor furniture for the modern lollygagger," explains Loll founder Greg Benson. "Our furniture is for people who are looking for fresh design that’s made in the U.S.A. with sustainable manufacturing practices. At Loll, we strive to inspire people to appreciate the outdoors both by the way we make our products and how they are intended to be used." Starting as a side project, Loll was founded in 2006 by a custom skate park manufacturer as a way to repurpose excess ramp material. That original company is gone, but Loll still designs and produces durable all-weather outdoor furniture made from 100% recycled and recyclable plastic, mostly from reclaimed post-consumer milk jugs. Since the company’s founding, its dedication to the environment has kept more than 100 million milk jugs out of landfills. The Lollygagger Collection (2014) is waterproof, fade-resistant and maintenance-free, making it perfect for use indoors and out. Each piece ships flat to save on packing materials; simple assembly required (Allen wrench included). Made in U.S.A. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
Ellen Van Dusen studied the psychology of design and the brain’s reaction to visual stimuli at Tufts University. After graduating, she launched Brooklyn-based Dusen Dusen, a clothing line that soon became known for its lively original prints, then expanded the brand in 2015 to include bedding and towels. Dusen draws her inspiration from a variety of sources, such as midcentury resort architecture, Italian industrial design and Scandinavian textiles. Her wonderfully playful Dusen Dusen Towel (2018) is marked by vivid colors and bold patterns that captivate. It sports a jacquard weave, so its sides are opposites of each other. Machine washable. Made in Turkey. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
In the 1990s, Danish designer Niels Hvass became a leader in the Nordic design scene by creating furniture that earned him awards and recognitions from Bo Bedre, Georg Jensen and The Design Foundation. He designed his teak Cutter Collection to challenge overly nostalgic wooden outdoor furnishings, bringing elegance and simplicity to outdoor spaces, as well as interior ones. Originally intended for gardens and patios, the Cutter Bench (2008) is also fitting for kitchens and bathrooms. This piece features specially engineered mortise-and-tenon joints and metal rail inlays for durability. Like all teak products, it will develop a rich, silvery patina over time, or it can be treated with teak oil to maintain its original luster. Like all teak products, it will develop a rich, silvery patina over time, or it can be treated with teak oil to maintain its original luster. Please note: At first, the wood will be lighter than what’s shown in photos. Made in Thailand. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec founded their Paris-based design firm in 1999, where they design architectural projects, large-scale art installations, furniture, rugs, tableware and home accessories. Their work has been exhibited worldwide, from MoMA in New York to Centre Pompidou in Paris to Tel Aviv Museum of Art. For the Danish design collective HAY, the brothers designed the Palissade Collection (2015). Designed in color and form to integrate effortlessly into a natural landscape or urban setting, this collection stands out for its combination of visual simplicity and core strength. Palissade is strong without being bulky, elegant without being fragile. Stacks up to eight high. Made in China. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
When we asked Matthew Hilton to identify the common elements found in his work, he replied, "Functional, stackable, it has to store easily and be a good price." Fast-forward to today, and he’s still staying true to those ideals. Seeing a need for durable outdoor furniture at accessible prices, Hilton created the Eos Collection (2011), which is sleek enough to work in an indoor dining space, as well. Eos is lightweight – literally and visually – smartly proportioned and very comfortable. Certain to inspire leisurely outdoor living during the long days of summer, this collection was named for Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn and bringer of light. It’s constructed of powder-coated aluminum that won’t rust over time. Rectangular and Square tables fit seamlessly together to create a longer table when needed. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
After a brief career as a watch designer, Naoto Fukasawa moved to the United States to work for the design firm IDEO in 1989. Still learning English, Fukasawa used visuals to communicate with his Silicon Valley coworkers as they designed computers, medical devices, furniture and sporting goods. In 1996 he returned to Japan, where he launched IDEO’s Tokyo office, and seven years later he started his own company. Fukasawa’s approach to design is based on careful observation of people’s actions and feelings. It is in the study of these behaviors that he is able to create products that fit into people’s lives so naturally that they are "Without Thought" – a concept he now teaches at two universities and to clients worldwide. In designing his Cup Planter (2003), Fukasawa was inspired by the curved shape of ancient wooden bowls to create "a cozy atmosphere for plants." The double-walled construction is crafted of UV- and weather-resistant polyethylene that is 100% recyclable. Cup can be drilled in the center from the inside out to allow drainage. Made in Italy. Photo Courtesy of Design Within Reach
Sol y Luna (1954) is an adaptation of Dan Johnson's Gazelle Collection, which was originally offered in wood or bronze, both with woven caning for the seat and back. However, due to the high cost of production and the intense hand labor involved, fewer than 150 pieces from the Gazelle line were ever produced. Now made in durable cast aluminum by outdoor manufacturer Brown Jordan, the design maintains Johnson's comfortable organic form. These pieces are shaped with the body in mind. The Lounge Chair back wraps around you, and the seats are comfortably sloped for support in a relaxed position. Photo courtesy of Design Within Reach
Former members of the studio Norway Says, Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll started their own studio in 2009 after collaborating together on several successful international exhibitions. Their work in furniture, lighting and accessories has brought international accolades, including "Designer of The Year" honors in Norway. Simple yet functional, their Well Watering Can (2015) features an ample handle for easy carrying, large opening for fast filling and an extra-long spout for reaching into all those tight areas. Made in China. Photo Courtesy of Menu
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