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Patio chairs: 24 new picks for summer

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Los Angeles designer Gaurav Nanda recently launched Bend Seating, a collection of wire chairs inspired by 1970s macramé, string art and Spirograph drawings. The collection includes four chair designs and an ottoman that also can be used as a stool or side table. Prices run from $400 to $475 per chair; optional quilted cushions start at $50. Pictured here: the Bunny lounge chair. (Bend Seating)
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Lucy and Ethel chairs are part of the Bend Seating collection. Each piece receives 300 to 400 handmade spot-welds at a factory in China, then is sandblasted, rust-proofed and powder-coated in L.A. “They provide tons of support,” designer Nanda says. “You can sit on these chairs without a pad for a long period of time and be extremely comfortable.” Southern California retailers include Colcha in Venice, but the chairs can be purchased directly from Bend Seating or from YLiving(Bend Seating)
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Industry of All Nations makes a clever, solid-wood folding chair that is surprisingly comfortable. The version pictured here is made with heat-treated hickory that will do fine outdoors with occasional oiling; the fittings are made of rust-proof stainless steel. Price: $250. An indoor version made of lighter poplar is $170. Both versions are sold at A + R in Venice, whose Web store offers free shipping on orders of $100 or more.
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The latest from designer Karim Rashid is the Talenti line of metal mesh seating made in Italy by Henry Hall Designs. The club chair spans more than 3 feet in width, weighs in at a hefty 27 pounds and is coated in eight layers of ceramic paint; the design also is available as a dining chair, love seat, chaise and coffee table. Henry Hall used to sell through trade-only showrooms but is expanding to the consumer market; for pricing and availability, the company suggests calling its main office in San Francisco, (800)767-7738; Hall Designs)
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Rashid’s Talenti also comes as chaise, sporting the playful curves for which the designer is known. (800) 767-7738, Henry Hall Designs(Henry Hall Designs)
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The CB2 website proclaims its new Tie-1-On pieces reflect “THE hot look right now in Milan.” Though we can report that beanbag chairs are, in fact, NOT taking over the design capital of Italy, this cubist take on the idea certainly provides a family-friendly, budget-minded alternative to all the pricey patio sectionals on the market. The Tie-1-On chairs ($199 each) and ottomans ($99.95) can be bought separately or combined to create couches, chaises, benches and sofas.
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Handsome enough for inside or outside: That’s the point of the InOut 900 collection recently launched by Italian furniture maker Gervasoni. The frame is solid heat-treated ash, which the company says will weather the elements just fine on sheltered porches and terraces. The designer, Paola Navone, incorporated a wide armrest that provides a pleasing asymmetrical look as well as a place to set down your drink. Prices start around $2,500. In Southern California, Gervasoni is represented by Malibu Market & Design(Gervasoni)
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Loll Designs, the firm that built a following with modern Adirondack chairs made of recycled plastic, has rolled out the Racer Rocker, made from the equivalent of 288 milk jugs. The wide seat is set low to the ground and equipped with a cubby in back, just the spot to stow a book -- or an extra bottle. The chair comes in seven color schemes. Price: $416. (Loll Designs)
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For those who are pinched on space as well as budget: Crate & Barrel’s Picnic chair has a hardwood frame and yellow canvas back that folds up for easy storage. Regularly $49.95, it has been marked down to $42.46. & Barrel)
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The original Lama lounge chair made by Zanotta was a 2006 indoor piece upholstered in leather. For 2011, the company translated the chairs for the outdoors, wrapping the painted steel frame with weather-proof PVC cord in striking black or white. The design is so new, it likely won’t hit showroom floors until summer, and customers need to call for pricing. In Los Angeles, Zanotta is represented by DDC Domus Design Collection in Los Angeles, (310) 273-5050. More Zanotta retailers are listed in the company’s store locator(Zanotta)
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Kenneth Cobonpue’s Dreamcatcher is spun here as a low, circular lounge, but it also comes as a one-person stool. Polyethylene and nylon twine are wrapped around a steel frame. Prices start at $476. (Kenneth Cobonpue)
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The new Cast collection is framed in 100% solid recycled aluminum plated in zinc, for a finish of unusually tough beauty. The seat slats are responsibly forested teak that can be sealed to preserve the honey hue or allowed to age into a silvery patina. The mash-up of industrial and organic reappears in benches, dining tables and side tables – 10 pieces in all, allowing for a variety of combinations. The design is by John Reeves for Henry Hall Designs, which used to sell through trade-only showrooms but is expanding to the consumer market. For pricing and availability, the company suggests calling its main office in San Francisco, (800) 767-7738. (Henry Hall Designs)
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If you’re looking to bring some pattern to the table, the Play chairs have woven polyethylene backs in plaid or stripes. The design, by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet, is manufactured by Dedon and being sold as a limited run through Design Within Reach. Price: $415. (Design Within Reach)
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For a contemporary piece with a more traditional look, West Elm’s Dexter collection calls upon the classic lines of a Windsor chair. The collection is on sale. The bench with cushion pictured here, regularly $408, has been reduced to $346. The coordinating dining chairs are on sale for $169 each, and the coordinating lounge chair is on sale for $228. Elm)
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For a modestly priced take on the cage lounge chair, CB2 offers the Nest: synthetic wicker set on a rustproof aluminum frame. The gray cushions are included. Price: $399. (CB2)
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The Flux chair designed by Douwe Jacobs and Tom Schouten is a folding chair of another sort: The 10.6 pound sheet of polypropylene assembles into a weather-proof seat in about 10 seconds. It’s $199, shipping included, through YLiving(YLiving)
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The A+R store in Venice is high on Hee, and we can see why: The powder-coated steel piece is an airy delight with indoor-outdoor appeal. It’s $385, U.S. freight delivery included. (A+R)
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If you’re looking for more curves, you’ll find them here, from the left: the Innit, the Concha and the Acapulco chairs from Innit Designs. Colorful vinyl cord is wrapped around powder-coated steel frames. Prices range from $195 for an ottoman to $595 for a rocking Acapulco. (Innit Designs)
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We first saw this design years ago at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, and we’re happy to report its creators recently relaunched themselves as Markamoderna, manufacturing the chairs in El Salvador for shipment to U.S. customers. The line, called Lami, is made with sheet metal in a way that minimizes scrap material, reducing waste. Look for more details later this summer at, where Lami and other designs will be available for purchase. (Markamoderna)
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If you’re looking for a pop of color in a more traditional silhouette, Grandin Road has lowered the price on its Plantation chair. The piece, made of solid hardwood, has been reduced to $299 from $399. And if you’re looking for the exact opposite? Then ... (Grandin Road)
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... Viva Terra goes all natural with its Valencia chair, an interpretation of Mies van der Rohe’s classic Barcelona chair in sustainably grown teak. Bonus: The chair folds flat for storage. Price: $295 apiece or $575 for a pair.

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