Learning from Solisombra
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Learning from Solisombra

Solisombra is a new player in the outdoor market and I am happy to share this find because they offer more than just a new design in a narro…

The Table Shelter
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The Table Shelter

Extremis is one of my favorite outdoor brands. The reason is that they do not bother bringing designs to the market unless they have a true …

Bull & Stein New Orca Pots
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Bull & Stein New Orca Pots

In my post on Design Milk about key learnings from the Spring Milan Furniture Fair 2010, I wrote about the total shift away from the stark, …

Lightweight Outdoor Rooms
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Lightweight Outdoor Rooms

Winter will be over before you know it, so it’s time to start thinking ahead. Outdoor gazebos and structures have become widespread an…

Design De Luxe
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Design De Luxe

A segment is emerging in the outdoor design sector and it is one most of us can only observe from the outside. It is the ultra luxurious, li…

Infrared Heaters
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Infrared Heaters

Brrr…it’s cold out there! I saw these portable I-radium designs in Milan at this year’s furniture fair and am delighted th…

Get A Private Outdoor Cinema
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Get A Private Outdoor Cinema

Yesterday, I saw the film Mama Mia with the amazing Meryl Streep. Simple easy fun. It made me think of outdoor options for film lovers and i…

Garota do Calhau
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Garota do Calhau

At Maison et Objet I saw the fabulous luminous bench designed by Madeira-based architect/designer Nini Andrade Silva. It was one of the most…

Preparing for the Party Season
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Preparing for the Party Season

Because it is suddenly cold here in London, I started thinking about the festive season that is racing toward us. Outdoor spaces will soon s…

The New Design Target
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The New Design Target

Trees are under attack! They have pretty much escaped the attention of outdoor designers so far. However this year, the new buzz has been ab…

Low Dining on the Rise
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Low Dining on the Rise

In 2010, we saw high bar tables appear in most premium brands collections. Far from being just thought of for their use for drinks, they are…

Carpets for Fall
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Carpets for Fall

For some reason I feel outdoor carpets or rugs are especially welcome in the Fall. Sometimes it feels warm enough to still be barefoot if a …

Bux, The Ultra Mini Chesterfield
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Bux, The Ultra Mini Chesterfield

This year, buttons and tufted designs have gained traction. At Maison et Objet in September yet another variation on the theme was introduce…

Time to Co-Create Your Furniture
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Time to Co-Create Your Furniture

If you have the patience to read web sites or brochures in detail, you will often find that beyond the stated available colors brands actual…

An Idea for IKEA?
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An Idea for IKEA?

Introduced by Move Outdoor Kitchen, this ultra-sophisticated design is a clear adaptation of the Minikitchen designed decades ago by Joe Col…

Barbecook PUUUR: Taking on Health(ier) Grilling
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Barbecook PUUUR: Taking on Health(ier) Grilling

Ouch! Healthy and grilling in the same sentence? Until now that has been an unusual combination of words. However delicious outdoor barbecue…