By Carol Tisch
Design knows no boundaries since classic indoor furniture styles have moved to the great out-doors. With new offerings from mid-century modern to Spanish Revival, French Provencal, British Colonial and more, you can extend your favorite indoor decorating themes to the pool and patio. But don’t let these posh looks fool you: Everything is weather-resistant, easy-care, and so good looking it’s regularly turning up inside.
Mid-Century Redux Brown Jordan perfects its classic 1956 design by Tadao Inouye with Kantan II (above),
this time with natural brass frame and patented Suncloth straps that stretch and conform to the body. ($799) Home Resource, 741 Central Ave., Sarasota (941) 366-6690.
Seaside Charmer It looks like Grandma’s original, but the Classic Adirondack chair by Seaside Casual is made of recycled plastic molded into Envirowood, a “lumber” that stands up to corrosive sea air ($483). Order through Southern Design Living, 2980 Placida Road, Englewood, (941) 473-9803.
Chez-Vous Neo-antiques from Polart riff on all the classic French standards with upholstered outdoor chaise lounges ($1,743) and armchairs ($628), or plastic side chairs like this one molded in a single piece, carvings and all ($457). Available through designers.
Resort Chic TUUCI umbrellas like the Crescent Parasol provide designer styling with oversized canopy valance for extra sun protection and marine-grade aluminum frame ($1,429 for 10-foot; $1,489 for 12-foot). The Sarasota Collection Home Store, 622 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-8313.
Porch Perfect Whitecraft’s new 81-inch sleeping-porch swing from the Woolrich River Run Collection is designed to look like it’s crafted of natural birch, but is actually made from all-weather material. Price on request at Baer’s Furniture, 5301 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 923-4200.
Med Revved A contemporary interpretation of vintage Spanish Colonial styling, the Estancia chair by Richard Frinier for Century Leisure combines distressed teak, hammered copper and faux leather. Price on request at Baer’s Furniture, 5301 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 923-4200.
It’s Elemental Tightly woven wicker shapes a clean-lined, modular form for Lloyd Flanders’ new Elements collection with angular stainless steel legs. Prices on request for armchair, sectional and rectangular cocktail table at Carls Patio, 7492 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 556-9137.
Great Dane Known for classic English teak furniture, Gloster breaks new ground with the mid-century Danish modern Dansk outdoor lounge chair ($2,315) and side table ($1,080) by Povi Eskildsen and Phillip Behrens. (Retail $2,315). Available through designers.