I love deconstruction, woven materials, rich muted hues, large well proportioned scale.  Add in outdoor spaces loaded with simplicity, organic materials, blue skies, water and breathing space.  Words don’t give this furniture line justice, so I’ll pipe down and just let you soak in the gorgeousness.

eggplant, oatmeal, concrete, moss, boxy inverted seams

cylinders, spot on cinnamon & cocoa, large scale sexy weave, smooth sand, quiet

contour, balance of movement and straight lines, minimal, cozy, smart

espresso, suspension, oatmeal balanced texture, serene, deep, brilliant take on the porch swing

drenched in style, minimal, thoughtful hardscape, circular balance

brisk, not your mama’s bean bag, intimate social circle, pomegranate creme fraiche, lanterned lined memories

sexy muddy palette, molded goodness, sumptuous, secret filled point of no return

Italian furniture line, Paola Lenti.  This is but a small illustration of their outdoor collection.  The also feature an entire line of indoor furnishings and phenomenal area rugs.  These would be great to share with you on another day.

We have an outdoor portion of the studio, it needs a bit of love…this gives me inspiration.  We wish it had views such as these; we wish we had a budget to afford the beauty that this line exudes.  I believe in using visuals that extend beyond the skies limit…it’s amazing how limitless style is; good style is not defined by the budget one has.  In my humble opinion, it’s driven by your ability to envision and combine.

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I’d like to think I am woman of substance, but sometimes, that includes mind numbing, funny, light hearted reality TV.  For me, it is a better alternative to nightly crime drama.  I really enjoyed 24, season 1, but my nervous system can’t tolerate the aspect of ever-escalating suspense.  Last season, I found myself watching the Rachel Zoe Project. There was a lot about the show that I enjoyed.  One of her signature phrases from season 1 was “I die.”  She used this phrase when one of her clients hit her fashion mark, when she uncovered a vintage must have on one of her shopping sprees, or when viewing new pieces from one of her favorite designers.  I think she has literally trademarked the phrase or something along those lines, so let’s hope I don’t get sued.  But, today, I die.

B&B Italia is a world famous Italian label of modern furniture and decor.  They are known for their mastery of clean lined Italian design.  The sunshine brings with it an inkling for an outdoor furnishings fix. We will be redoing the back portion of the studio this spring, and although we aren’t in a position to invest in this level of product, their cleaned line pieces are worthy of review.  I did not remember how phenomenal some of the more recent works were.  Again, I die.

This Crinoline line was designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2008. Born in Spain, she now works out of her studio in Milan and has designed for huge international labels such and Kartell, Moroso, Boffi, Molteni, and Knoll are among them.  This line of arm chairs and seats vary in scale and height, each shape is distinctively modern. The black and bronze or black and white dual colored frame weaves are offset so well against the natural fiber or bronze string.  One of my more current crushes involves cut out details in just about anything for furnishing and decor and these pieces are no exception.

Another collection of Patricia’s is the Ravel collection.  Similar construction techniques, materials and color options result in extraordinary texture and balance.  I am loving the black/bronze marriage of the frame materials. (as shown).

The dying doesn’t stop there.  Can you die more than once in a day?  A self professed sucker for texture, white lacquer and the shores of Big Sir, imagine my gasp upon seeing these little numbers.  These outdoor “reels” are comprised of polyester coated aluminum frames wrapped in rope.  The simple yet intricate nature of the work and it’s sophistication amazes me.  

My final B & B Italia outdoor feature for today is The White Collection, designed by Marcel Wanders.  These are larger scale outdoor glazed ceramic pieces with the perfect balance of clean and sexy.  Marcel is best known for his Happy House Chandelier launch.  His studio also designs for many of the top international design houses, including, Bisazza, Flos, Vitra and the like.

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