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Roche Bobois's Outdoor Armchair with Hood.

The Tao table from JANUS et Cie.

Native Trails’ Aspen soaking tub.

Richard Schultz's 1966 Collection.

Stark Carpet’s Prisma indoor/outdoor carpet.

Ottoman, by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Ligne Roset.

Fantini's MilanoSlim Outdoor shower. © Avant Design

Oaxaca, a flatweave dhurrie by Nani Marquina.

Paola Lenti's Wave chaise.

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A new crop of products makes outdoor living a breeze

Wave, a minimalist chaise longue, was conceived by Francesco Rota for Italian design company Paola Lenti. The sinuous steel structure is encased in a sustainable, handwoven cover of durable rope. Available in hundreds of hues through Contemporaria in Cady’s Alley. contemporaria.com; paolalenti.it

Industrial designer Stephen Burks teamed with Roche Bobois to create the Traveler seating collection. Pictured, the Outdoor Armchair with Hood combines a lacquered-aluminum frame and woven, polyethylene cords on the seat and back; a fan-like shade of the same material is optional. Available at Friendship Heights and Tysons showrooms. roche-bobois.com

Italian architect Monica Armani’s Tao outdoor tables are made of lightweight concrete with a slim surface and a sturdy, sculptural pedestal base. Available in dining and cocktail sizes, and in two finishes with a stain-resistant coating, at JANUS et Cie in Cady’s Alley. janusetcie.com

Bring the spa experience outdoors with Native Trails’ Aspen soaking tub, made of hand-hammered copper—a durable material that resists rust and mildew. Measuring 64 inches long with a 22-inch depth, its double walls are insulated to maintain temperature. nativetrailshome.com

Mid-century designer Richard Schultz first introduced this classic dining set back in the ‘60s. Recently, Knoll reissued the still-popular 1966 Collection—part of MoMa’s permanent coffers—in an array of cheerful colors. Made of powder-coated steel and aluminum. knoll.com

Stark Carpet’s contemporary-style Prisma line of indoor/outdoor carpets takes its inspiration from tropical destinations, in colorways that conjure sea and sun. Made of UV-stabilized polypropylene, the rugs start at six-by-nine feet and are available at Stark Carpet in the Washington Design Center. starketernal.com

A riff on the traditional Moroccan footstool, Ottoman was designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Ligne Roset. A recent collaboration combines an outdoor version of Ottoman with Sunbrella fabric options. A drain hidden between the seat and backrest ensures a dry perch. ligneroset-dc.com

Designed by Franco Sargiani for Fantini, the MilanoSlim shower features a slender, marine-grade, brushed-stainless-steel shower column in a minimalist design; an outdoor version with a freestanding shower boasts a weatherproof teak base. Available locally through Union Hardware in Bethesda. unionhardware.com; fantiniusa.com

Spanish rug maker nanimarquina’s first outdoor collection includes Oaxaca, a flatweave dhurrie designed by Nani Marquina herself and hand-loomed using weather-resistant polyester. Inspired by traditional rug motifs, Oaxaca combines simple geometric shapes and bright flowers. Available in two sizes through Apartment Zero. apartmentzero.com; nanimarquina.com


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