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The Outside World

Pools, patios and porches, oh my! Here, the alfresco products, projects and players that are making a major splash this season.

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DESERT OASIS
For this midcentury-modern Palm Springs vacation home, Michael Ostrow of Grace Home Furnishings created an outdoor space that focuses on surrounding views of the San Jacinto mountains and the Indian Canyon Golf Resort. “We wanted to keep the outdoor space simple,” Ostrow explains of the streamlined and comfortable furnishings. “During the day, the furniture is very uniform so your eye is drawn to the view of the mountains. At night, the back of the house glows like a jewel box so the outdoor furniture disappears.” 

 

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ASK THE EXPERT

How do you approach choosing planters that look great together?

“Planters and garden furnishings should complement the plantings and the architecture. [Pick] modern, clean-lined elements for modern homes, and richer European pieces for Spanish or traditional homes. In choosing these elements, pay attention to color. There’s no question that the modern movement is in full swing. It seems that no matter the architectural style, homeowners want their gardens to include modern elements.„

Stephen Block, Founder, Inner Gardens, Culver City and Malibu

 

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POT OF BOLD
Be it a statement necklace, painted tiles or her Yves Klein Blue vase series, L.A.-based artist Bari Ziperstein’s whimsical ceramic work always leaves an imprint, and her new Hex Terracotta rope planter is no exception. “I was interested in pairing a hard material such as clay with the softer rope, which has a lot of movement,” she explains of the pot, which was inspired by Brutalist architecture, geometry and tassels. Built by hand with large slabs, the 23-by-20-inch planter takes a month to complete due to a slow drying and firing process. “There is a lot of babysitting as these pieces dry,” quips Ziperstein. But they’re definitely worth the wait. $1,200

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UNDER COVER
Yes, we have scores of beautiful beaches in our backyards, but sometimes, going the distance for a true getaway is necessary. In the meantime, the new Fat Stripes Jet Set Collection by Santa Barbara Designs will bring that summery European vacation vibe home. Inspired by chic destinations like Positano, St. Tropez and Monte Carlo, the flirty umbrellas evoke the vibrant seaside towns via bold stripes and sophisticated shades that pop. The Positano Double Decker, $5,055, Santa Barbara Designs, Oxnard, 800.919.9464

 

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ASK THE EXPERT

What are some new outdoor kitchen essentials?
“This year, we are thrilled by the new and exciting grill options. Product design has elevated this piece from a simple mainstay to the center of a true, full-service outdoor kitchen. New models, like those from Lynx, have a sleek, stylish design, offer plenty of area for prep, and have new features like a proper rotisserie. Pizza ovens are also big. They cook so much more than pizza, and guests will be impressed as they sit al fresco and see their dinner being prepared. We love the ones from Wood Stone.„

Clint Fenn, National Vice President of Sales, PIRCH, Costa Mesa, Glendale, Rancho Mirage and San Diego

 

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THE FLIP SIDE
For an Encinitas-based family of four with a tiny back area, having a functional outdoor space with privacy meant making the most of a tricky front yard. They called on Ryan Prange, founder and principal designer of Solana Beach firm Falling Waters Landscape for the complicated job. “The objective was to create a usable space on a sloping yard and to include an in-ground spa, fire element and entertaining area,” he explains. “The biggest challenge was accommodating the driveway and creating a code-compliant enclosure for the spa while making the space inviting and private. Additionally, there were several large trees and palms that we had to determine if they would stay or go.” Despite obstacles, Prange and his team more than met their goals. “We used natural materials like concrete, concrete tiles, cedar timbers and ceramic-glazed tiles to give the space an updated and modern feel,” he says of the space, which was outfitted in tropical plants inspired by landscapes in Victoria and New South Wales, Australia. “We like to create approachable and sophisticated spaces with a personal touch,” he says. “We have a ‘warm-modern’ aesthetic, and since landscapes are for people, we want the areas we create to be in a human scale and extremely usable.” Mission accomplished!  

Photo by Brett Hilton

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GREEN PIECE
The new outdoor collection by Rodolfo Dordoni for Minotti is a continuation of the brand’s luxurious indoor offerings. The Colette armchair’s metal frame is welded in more than 300 places and wrapped in a polypropylene fiber cord. The latest weather-resistant finishes have been incorporated into the design, ensuring that it withstands the elements beautifully. From $7,761, Minotti Los Angeles, West Hollywood

 

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RAISING THE BAR 
For the latest incarnation of Thomas O’Brien for Century Furniture, a garden variety of options abound. But the one that stands out most is the Augustine metal bar cart, available in O’Brien’s signature Litchfield green or navy. Neoclassical scrolls and gold wheels add the pizzazz, while three tempered glass tiers bring the function. Prep up your outdoors space with one, or do as O’Brien suggests and add two to an entryway or living room for maximum impact. $2,685, Laguna Design Center 

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Material World 
Although inspired by old Hollywood, Evitavonni is anything but black and white. The London-based fabric house has released Outdoor|Indoor, a new collection that harkens to the sophisticated, genteel aesthetic of three classic films: Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn; Summertime with Katherine Hepburn; and High Society with Grace Kelly. Simple, beautiful and made by expert weavers from around the world, the textiles are designed to withstand the elements, including light fade, stains, water and mold. To the trade, Pacific Design Center

 

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Bright Eyes
For his sculptural lighting collaboration with DEDON, award-winning designer Stephen Burks brings a whimsical element to the outdoors, combining handwoven bodies with Italian-milled marble bases and optional acrylic eyes to create an eccentric collection dubbed The Others. Alone, each personality-packed lamp makes a strong visual statement. But when stacked in totemlike formations, playful characters emerge. “I imagined a colorful community of dreamers, full of personality, gazing back at the rest of the world with ambition, sophistication and pride,” says Burks. “They appeared to me almost like ambassadors or guides into our imagination.” From $900, Kolo Collection, Westside Provisions District

 

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A New Day
“The Daybreak collection was developed around the idea of combining casual comfort with bold design,” says Marc Kurlander, Link Outdoor’s director of design. For the rectangular Daybreak dining table, which spans 120 inches and seats up to 10, Kurlander mixed teak and stainless steel to create a versatile piece that would be at home indoors or out. The table also comes in a variety of finish options. To the trade, Ainsworth-Noah, ADAC, Ste. 518

 

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LOUNGE ACT 
It’s a brand built on the breezy attitude of coastal California, so it was only a matter of time before Serena & Lily debuted the Capistrano outdoor daybed. The Sausalito-based company turned to its own Avalon bed for inspiration, reimagining the airy design for a porch or patio using a handwrapped resin that mimics rattan. A French mattress with piped edges and button tufting looks as polished as an indoor lounger, but offers the durability of Sunbrella fabric designed to withstand the elements. $2,498, L.A., Newport Beach and San Francisco