Artistic Vision

Outside the Box

Lounging alfresco is a way of life in Southwest Florida, and sculptural furnishings kick the experience up a notch.

BY September 16, 2021


From Paol Lenti, a designer known for her vibrant outdoor furnishings and swings, the sustainable Ellissi rug is made up of recycled plastic cords shaped and sewn by hand and then woven together to form an organic surface. Up to four cord colors can be chosen to create a bright geometric lounge area.

(Courtesy Paola Lenti)



Carefully crafted simplicity is a guiding principle for Jeffery Molter, the creative director and interior designer behind Stahl + Band. The Boulder Table with granite stone, leather chord-wrapped stems and a wooden top that comes in 10 finishes is elegant but with a rough-around-the-edges quality that makes it feel born of the earth. Alfresco dining just became a bedrock of your weeknight routine.

(Courtesy Stahl + Band)



The modular construction of the multifunctional Hume Modular Stone Bench from A-list interior designer Kelly Wearstler makes for a sturdy indoor-outdoor workhorse. Each handcarved, natural stone block can stand on its own as a side table, garden stool, or be turned on its side to use as a pedestal for plants, as the designer has suggested. They can also be combined to create a sculptural bench. Available in five shades of marble.

(Kelly Wearstler)



John Brevard’s Parametric Outdoor Solid Teak Sofa utilizes parametric design to achieve its sinuous form. Unlike many parametric objects that are machine-made, the sofa is hand-carved, honoring its organic inspirations. The Miami-based designer says he was inspired by morphogenesis, the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape. While you might have to scour 1stDibs to score the limited-edition sofa, the designer also has parametric chairs, tables and other objects that are equally captivating.

(Courtesy John Brevard)

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