Interview: Philippe Starck on his B&B Italia “Oh, It Rains!” Collection

Designed for human experience and the elements, a new range of seating made for the outdoors

Two icons of contemporary design—French designer Philippe Starck and Italian furniture brand B&B Italia—recently teamed up for an outdoor collection called Oh, It Rains! The subtly-hued couches and armchairs of this sophisticated, minimal, and remarkably functional release feature foldable backrests that create a canopy, protecting the furniture from rain, hail and snow. This seemingly simple function actually utilizes an original mechanical hinge developed by B&B and …

Blu Dot’s Hot Mesh Collection

The Minneapolis-based brand offers a metal mesh side chair for indoor/outdoor enjoyment

Though officially founded in 1997, in recent years Minneapolis-based Blu Dot has increasingly gained a larger audience thanks to a playful, function-forward approach, unpretentious attitude and generally modest prices—offering a significant step up from entry level brands like IKEA, without sacrificing quality or design integrity. As a tip of the hat to NYC’s lovely summer and one of Blu Dot’s more eye-catching designs, we took …

Tentipi Shelters

Quick set-up and weather-tested construction make these Swedish tents fit for the extremes or garden parties

A basic need like shelter is often best met by a simple design. Enter the nordic vibes of Tentipi, a Swedish tent company inspired by the nomadic, indigenous Sámi people’s katas—structures that can withstand the worst weather the Arctic can muster, allow for socialization and are easily set up and broken down. Founder Bengt Grahn was inspired during one memorable canoeing trip in the Lapland …