11 Ways to Dine Alfresco

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April 8, 2014
Spring is finally here, bringing more opportunities to hit the terrace for meals. Here are 11 of our favorite ways to set up for modern outdoor dining.
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  For a stone farmhouse in Paris, cerebral architect Matali Crasset paired a custom-made table with Fermob’s Luxembourg chairs for alfresco meals on the patio. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.  Photo by: Jonas Ingerstedt

    For a stone farmhouse in Paris, cerebral architect Matali Crasset paired a custom-made table with Fermob’s Luxembourg chairs for alfresco meals on the patio. Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt.

    Photo by: Jonas Ingerstedt

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  Let the Outside In: In the dining room of an 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona, which opens to the backyard terrace, original tilework on the floors and walls complement decidedly modern counterparts. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.   Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Let the Outside In: In the dining room of an 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona, which opens to the backyard terrace, original tilework on the floors and walls complement decidedly modern counterparts. Photo by Gunnar Knechtel.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

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  The residents of a vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos entertain constantly, which means that food is rarely far from anyone’s mind. Alexia Leandros sets a Tio table (with matching chairs) by Massproductions, over which hangs a thatch of dried palm fronds. Photo by Andrea Wyner.  Photo by: Andrea Wyner

    The residents of a vacation home on the Aegean island of Skiathos entertain constantly, which means that food is rarely far from anyone’s mind. Alexia Leandros sets a Tio table (with matching chairs) by Massproductions, over which hangs a thatch of dried palm fronds. Photo by Andrea Wyner.

    Photo by: Andrea Wyner

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  Go super casual: Life at the Plane House in Greece is all about relaxing and hanging out with friends for co-owner and Athenian Achilleas Mourtzouchos. Here he does a bit of lounge-side grilling on a modular Pure seating system by Viteo. Even the fire table and grill are part of the Austrian outdoor furniture company’s line. Photo by Andrea Wyner.  Photo by: Andrea Wyner

    Go super casual: Life at the Plane House in Greece is all about relaxing and hanging out with friends for co-owner and Athenian Achilleas Mourtzouchos. Here he does a bit of lounge-side grilling on a modular Pure seating system by Viteo. Even the fire table and grill are part of the Austrian outdoor furniture company’s line. Photo by Andrea Wyner.

    Photo by: Andrea Wyner

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  Ibiza style: In a quiet corner of the famed Spanish party island, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive home. In order to shade part of the terrace, the architects designed a freestanding sun shelter shading the outdoor dining area. So as not to damage the outer walls of the old building, a galvanized-steel frame is secured to the terrace floor. A bamboo-reed covering projects a soft, filtered light onto the outdoor living area below. Photo by Albert Font.  Photo by: Albert Font

    Ibiza style: In a quiet corner of the famed Spanish party island, rug designer Nani Marquina and photographer Albert Font have carved out a serene, site-sensitive home. In order to shade part of the terrace, the architects designed a freestanding sun shelter shading the outdoor dining area. So as not to damage the outer walls of the old building, a galvanized-steel frame is secured to the terrace floor. A bamboo-reed covering projects a soft, filtered light onto the outdoor living area below. Photo by Albert Font.

    Photo by: Albert Font

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  Standing room only: Guests arrive at a 1980 house by architect Maurice McKenzie and gather around the pool, a necessity with Borrego Springs's hot summers. Photo by JUCO.  Photo by: JUCO

    Standing room only: Guests arrive at a 1980 house by architect Maurice McKenzie and gather around the pool, a necessity with Borrego Springs's hot summers. Photo by JUCO.

    Photo by: JUCO

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  Inside, outside: An American architect in Paris experiments with Corbusian perceptions of interior and exterior space. The mirror-top table in the living area is the Vanity table by Stefano Giovannoni for Magis. It’s surrounded by Naoto Fukasawa chairs. “The glass floor emerged as a way to visually interconnect the different spaces. It makes the living room feel twice as tall, and from the inside of the apartment on either floor you can look up and see the sky (very rare in Paris).” Photo by Filippo Bamberghi.

    Inside, outside: An American architect in Paris experiments with Corbusian perceptions of interior and exterior space. The mirror-top table in the living area is the Vanity table by Stefano Giovannoni for Magis. It’s surrounded by Naoto Fukasawa chairs. “The glass floor emerged as a way to visually interconnect the different spaces. It makes the living room feel twice as tall, and from the inside of the apartment on either floor you can look up and see the sky (very rare in Paris).” Photo by Filippo Bamberghi.

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  A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California. Residents Michael and Tamami Sylvester often dine on the patio off the kitchen, warmed by a fireplace from Spark Modern Fires. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.  Courtesy of: Coral von Zumwalt

    A house designed to be part of the landscape is at home among the trees in Venice, California. Residents Michael and Tamami Sylvester often dine on the patio off the kitchen, warmed by a fireplace from Spark Modern Fires. Photo by Coral von Zumwalt.

    Courtesy of: Coral von Zumwalt

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  The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento. In the courtyard just off the dining room, the indoor-outdoor Grand Plié sofa and Piaffé table, which the couple designed for Driade, perfectly suit the whitewashed walls. Serafini and Palomba purchased the metal lanterns at a local market. Photo by Francesco Bolis.  Photo by: Francesco Bolis

    The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carve a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento. In the courtyard just off the dining room, the indoor-outdoor Grand Plié sofa and Piaffé table, which the couple designed for Driade, perfectly suit the whitewashed walls. Serafini and Palomba purchased the metal lanterns at a local market. Photo by Francesco Bolis.

    Photo by: Francesco Bolis

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  Don't forget the kids' table: Outside on the deck of architect Michael O’Sullivan and Melissa Schollumn's house in Auckland, New Zealand, Mary, 1, and Finbar, 3, enjoy a snack at the kid-size table and chairs Michael designed and made for them. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.   Photo by: Patrick Reynolds

    Don't forget the kids' table: Outside on the deck of architect Michael O’Sullivan and Melissa Schollumn's house in Auckland, New Zealand, Mary, 1, and Finbar, 3, enjoy a snack at the kid-size table and chairs Michael designed and made for them. Photo by Patrick Reynolds.

     

    Photo by: Patrick Reynolds

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  Picnic style: On a quaint, tree-lined street in Berkeley, California, architect Sarah Deeds and carpenter John McBride placed a 120-square-foot office and art studio on a 3,100-square-foot lot. The couple’s family and housemates celebrate the completion of the studio with an outdoor picnic. Photo by Lenny Gonzalez.    Courtesy of: © Lenny Gonzalez 2010

    Picnic style: On a quaint, tree-lined street in Berkeley, California, architect Sarah Deeds and carpenter John McBride placed a 120-square-foot office and art studio on a 3,100-square-foot lot. The couple’s family and housemates celebrate the completion of the studio with an outdoor picnic. Photo by Lenny Gonzalez.

     

    Courtesy of: © Lenny Gonzalez 2010

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