15 Modern Outdoor Seating Pieces To Take You Into Summer

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo / Published by Dwell
The time has come to start spending as much time outdoors as possible. In order to do this, you're going to need some well-designed seating options that are functional and comfortable—and that fit with the modern ethos of your home.

Here, we've gathered 15 suggestions of modern outdoor seating pieces that will carry you through the summer and beyond. 

Cover photo by Joe Fletcher from "Moving Mountains."

Modern by Dwell Magazine Posture Chair and Ottoman Set

Modern by Dwell Magazine Posture Chair and Ottoman Set
Modern by Dwell Magazine Posture Chair and Ottoman Set
For just $269.99, the Posture Chair and Ottoman Set from Modern by Dwell Magazine is yet another outdoor piece that designers Chris Deam and Nick Dine are excited to share. They were inspired by line drawings and put a lot of thought into perfecting the posture of the chair in order to ensure that the angles were just right—making it ideal for comfortable outdoor living. You can choose to show off the color and lines by leaving it bare (as shown), or you can cover it with a cushion set that comes in either gray or navy.
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Hot Mesh Lounge Chair by Blu Dot
Hot Mesh Lounge Chair by Blu Dot
A super-cool update on classic rattan furniture. The Blu Dot Hot Mesh Lounge Chair features a uniquely lacy geometric pattern made by perforating steel. A durable powder coat enhances the pattern and protects the metal for long-lasting use indoors and out.
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15 Modern Outdoor Seating Pieces To Take You Into Summer - Photo 1 of 5 - Created by Coyoacán Design Studio, these playful chairs are available as a limited edition series from The Citizenry. Handcrafted in Mexico City with powder-coated steel, they come with a handwoven cushion that’s made by a fair-trade cooperative in Peru. Each chair takes almost two days to complete. 

Created by Coyoacán Design Studio, these playful chairs are available as a limited edition series from The Citizenry. Handcrafted in Mexico City with powder-coated steel, they come with a handwoven cushion that’s made by a fair-trade cooperative in Peru. Each chair takes almost two days to complete. 

15 Modern Outdoor Seating Pieces To Take You Into Summer - Photo 2 of 5 - Designed by Antoine Fritsch and Vivien Durisotti for Roche Bobois, this sculptural armchair features a mahogany frame and a seat constructed with two intersecting nautical cord braids.

Designed by Antoine Fritsch and Vivien Durisotti for Roche Bobois, this sculptural armchair features a mahogany frame and a seat constructed with two intersecting nautical cord braids.

Modern by Dwell Magazine Outdoor Sofa and Cushion
Modern by Dwell Magazine Outdoor Sofa and Cushion
Made for the deck or patio, the Outdoor Sofa from Modern by Dwell Magazine is one of Chris Deam and Nick Dine’s favorite pieces they designed. Available in either white or gray—with navy or gray cushions—it's inspired by line drawings and is built with a comfortable, but slim tube frame. Deam explains, “The slim design doesn’t block your view of the landscape.” Both designers put great consideration into the posture of this piece, rather than letting upholstery dictate the shape.
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WM String Lounge Chair
WM String Lounge Chair
Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon are the founders of Studio WM - a design studio based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Guided by all senses, their mission is to create seemingly simple designs that reflect the love that is put into them - and their details - for years to come. Their Wire design is available as a Dining chair and a low Lounge Chair. They both have the same light and airy appearance and the thin structure of the wire frame gives them a delicate feel, while also providing a fine contrast to any cushion you put on the dining chair - or the blankets, pillows and soft items you lay in the lounge version. Studio WM explains, "The strength of metal gave us the freedom to push the boundaries and seek for the thinnest, most light construction to bring light into the design in a literal and figurative sense. The contrast between the thin metal wire and soft pillow evokes the urge to touch and use the product." The WM Chairs are very durable and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
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Breeze Lounge Chair by Cane-line
Breeze Lounge Chair by Cane-line
A cool and refreshing addition to your outdoor lounging area. The Cane-line Breeze Lounge Chair features a seat made out of Cane-line Weave, Cane-line's proproetary all-weather wicker, over a classic aluminum wire frame. The weave of the thin fiber makes the seat strong and supportive, yet with an airy translucence.
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Acapulco Chair by Innit Designs
Acapulco Chair by Innit Designs
The Innit Designs Acapulco Chair is cool in more ways than one. Based on the original 1950s design, it has an open and airy yet ergonomic and supportive open weave vinyl seat inspired by traditional Mayan hammock weaving techniques. The pear-shaped seat and architectural steel frame give the chair a retro-modern aesthetic suitable both indoors and out.
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15 Modern Outdoor Seating Pieces To Take You Into Summer - Photo 3 of 5 - Designer Walter Lamb was experimenting with bronze and copper tubing salvaged from sunken naval ships at Pearl Harbor when he created the prototype for this outdoor collection. Today, the pieces are crafted from weatherproof-brass that will develop a rich patina over time. Hand-wrapped with marine-grade, UV-stable cording, it's flexible enough to be comfortable and strong enough to withstand the elements. 

Designer Walter Lamb was experimenting with bronze and copper tubing salvaged from sunken naval ships at Pearl Harbor when he created the prototype for this outdoor collection. Today, the pieces are crafted from weatherproof-brass that will develop a rich patina over time. Hand-wrapped with marine-grade, UV-stable cording, it's flexible enough to be comfortable and strong enough to withstand the elements. 

Magis Chair_One
Magis Chair_One
With a vision of creating a chair that uses the least material to create the most product, Konstantin Grcic imagined a structure out of flat geometric shapes that are joined together at the edges like a soccer ball. The final result is the Chair_One for Magis, which is modeled from die-cast aluminum and acts just as much as a sculpture as it is a seating piece. Grcic went through extensive studies while preparing to build this chair, using sketches, cardboard models, and prototypes before moving onto manufacturing. With stackable, fixed, or swivel versions, you can choose from a number of finishes—either painted for outdoor use (as shown here) or polished and treated with fluorinated titanium for a durable shine. The legs come in polished, anodized, or painted aluminum—and you can choose fabric or leather cushions for the indoor option. Photo: Dustin Aksland 
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Sixties Armchair by Fermob
Sixties Armchair by Fermob
The Fermob Sixties Armchair is a young and accessible design well in keeping with today's in and out way of life. Stylish enough for inside and durable enough for out, it features an aluminum tube frame in a powder coat finish that coordinates with the color of the unique seat: a surprisingly comfortable cocoon of criss-cross woven resin.
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15 Modern Outdoor Seating Pieces To Take You Into Summer - Photo 4 of 5 - This outdoor collection for West Elm resulted from a collaboration between L.A.-based metal worker Eric Trine, and Brooklyn-based textile designer Ellen Van Dusen. Trine's powder-coated steel frame sofa paired with Dusen Dusen's bold, graphic cushions will be a standout in any backyard.

This outdoor collection for West Elm resulted from a collaboration between L.A.-based metal worker Eric Trine, and Brooklyn-based textile designer Ellen Van Dusen. Trine's powder-coated steel frame sofa paired with Dusen Dusen's bold, graphic cushions will be a standout in any backyard.

Yard Hammocks from Yellow Leaf
Yard Hammocks from Yellow Leaf
Yellow Leaf hammocks elevate the art of relaxation to a science by taking a classic rope hammock and turning it into a “cocoon of comfort.” The soft, performance fibers are a lot smaller and stronger than on a regular hammock — and there are way more of them. In fact each hammock takes a full week to weave and consists of over 3 ½ miles (!) of fiber. Holds up to two people and a total of 400 lbs, and makes for a super-soft hammock that won’t leave any criss-cross rope imprints on your skin. Plus, it packs down easy into a duffel bag the size of a pineapple. Explore the whole collection here.
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Skargaarden Djuro Lounge Chair
Skargaarden Djuro Lounge Chair
Skargaarden proudly reports that they “make furniture for those precious moments; for the short Swedish summers.” With such a purist stance, the Scandinavian brand has dedicated itself to making furniture that can withstand all the forces that nature throws at it. So is the case with the Djuro Lounge Chair, a solid seating piece that’s designed by Matilda Lindblom. Built out of teak, you can choose an available seat and back made of a Batyline textile from Ferrari. When it’s left outside, it can be oiled once a year in order to retain the original teak color, or left alone to develop a gray patina over time. The collection also includes an armchair, footstool, and a number of table varieties.  Photo: Courtesy of Skargaarden
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15 Modern Outdoor Seating Pieces To Take You Into Summer - Photo 5 of 5 - With an interesting shape made up of interwoven polyethylene strands on a tightened steel base, Kenneth Cobonpue's Calyx love seat is a comfortable conversation piece.

With an interesting shape made up of interwoven polyethylene strands on a tightened steel base, Kenneth Cobonpue's Calyx love seat is a comfortable conversation piece.