Nicole Crews -- Casual Living, October 25, 2011
Tributes to the natural world are an organic extension of outdoor design, but many of today's casual looks are working overtime to bring the shape, hand and colorway of the great outdoors into furniture fashion. So whether you are fond of fronds, a freak for teak or pine for the vine, these looks are sure to leave you basking in the bounty of the backyard.
Marie Albert Patio
Marie Albert steps outside this season with looks veering from woven to teak to "indoor" look chic.
Realistic foliage is UV-protected to preserve color and designed for outdoor use.
The Villa Cushion Collection features classic lines and substantial proportions.
Exaggerated leaf motifs make up many of today's casual looks.
Plantation MAX spreads sophistication wide with a span of shade.
Mimicking the animal kingdom's chameleon-like tendencies, outdoor looks mesh with both flora and fauna.
Sophisticated serenity is a hallmark of the Vineyard Collection, featuring finely wrought lattice bodies, reminiscent of the detailed trellis work built to support heavy bunches of grapes.
The Island Breeze stackable barstool by Panama Jack Outdoor is crafted with a tatami-mat sling-style seat.
Nature calls with outdoor seating as inviting as indoor upholstery.
Designed by John Caldwell, the Westport dining armchair is hand-woven with the finest all-weather wicker around a powder-coated aluminum frame and accented by solid teak rails.
Classic and at the same time transitional, Cadiz's hand-woven design is right at home in a resort or residential setting.
Angles deconstructs wovens gleaned from natural fibers and makes this collection both outdoor-resilient and as organic as a bird's nest.