outdoor upholstery

canadian media and branding mogul tyler brule founded both wallpaper* and monocle magazines.  he also writes the fast lane, a column in the weekend financial times (FT) that is generally amusing, often hilarious, and usually opinionated.  ‘a springtime special delivery’, the 21 april 2012 the fast lane, answers readers’ queries about travel, fashion, and design, including questions about garden design:

question:  ‘my terrace is looking a bit tired and i want some new furniture.  should i go wood or woven for chairs?  how do you feel about outdoor sofas?’

answer:  ‘first, sofas belong indoors…’

for lifestyle retailers, such as rh (restoration hardware), outdoor upholstery could be considered a brilliant product extension that blurs the distinctions between interior and exterior furnishings.  rh’s outdoor upholstery collections are constructed of weather resistant materials, such as marine grade plywood and quick dry foam cushions, and are slipcovered in sunbrella or perennials solution dyed acrylic fabric.

their spring 2012 design source book shows outdoor upholstery installed on sand.

rh | capri outdoor upholstery collection

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on gravel.

rh | belgian slope arm outdoor upholstery collection

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or, on grass.

rh | belgian track arm outdoor upholstery collection

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could outdoor upholstered furniture be as durable, low maintainence, or weather resistant as teak, all weather wicker, or powder coated metal furniture with removable cushions?

do you think that upholstered furniture belongs outdoors?

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