From the June/July 2008 Issue:

Designers Favorite Outdoor Furniture & Fabrics

What outdoor furniture & fabrics do you personally like for summer 2008 and why?

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enlarge | The Montoro Collection by Kreiss (left) makes a modern statement in bronze/black powder-coated aluminum dressed up with outdoor quilted fabric cushions with a dark welting accent.

Mary R. Sferra, professional member ASID M.R. Sferra Interior Design in Haworth; 201-384-8965

"Just as interior focal points can enhance the drama or mood when you enter a room, it is no different when it comes to the outdoors. The proper selection of outdoor furniture can reenergize, invite, and even inspire one to be outdoors. I find that the patio furniture collections by Kreiss offer options for elegant, sophisticated comfort, or bold contemporary solutions for outdoor settings that require that extra wow factor."

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enlarge | Synthetic wicker chairs by Summer Classics come in a range of shades.

Sarah Conine Garden Cottage in Fairfield (973-227-1010) and Morristown (973-425-0949),

"One of my favorites for 2008 is the Park Collection by Summer Classics, a balanced blend of synthetic wicker and teak. The combination of the two materials is not only beautiful, but also low-maintenance and extremely durable. All of the 2008 fabrics and trims help bring warmth from the inside out, but I especially love the herringbone fabric. The spa color within the fabric provides a soft, subtle contrast to the dark wicker frame of the chair, which creates a sophisticated look with a warm, inviting flair."

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enlarge | Chaises from the Del Mar collection at Restoration Hardware.

Jacqueline Germany, allied member ASID Nina’s Nuances Inc. in Montclair; 973-233-1226,

"The Del Mar faux wicker collection from Restoration Hardware is reasonably priced, aesthetically pleasing, durable, and comfortable. The cushions are covered in fabric by Sunbrella, a company that specializes in outdoor coverings, awnings, and other sun-protection products. When selecting outdoor furnishings and fabrics, it is important that they be functional and practical while offering maximum protection from the sun, wind, water, and soil as well as microbial and fungal elements."

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enlarge | Cast aluminum furniture by Cast Classics.

Frances DeVries DeVries Landscaping & Garden in North Brunswick; 732-297-1244

"Our choice for outdoor furniture would be cast aluminum in a black or rust finish by Cast Classics. Cast aluminum is virtually maintenance-free. For cushions, we like Sunbrella fabric, which is solution-dyed and long-lasting. The hot color is red, red, red."

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enlarge | Bimini Lounge Chair with Soleil dark mahogany finish by Kravet.

Maureen Fiori, allied member ASID Maureen Fiori LLC in Franklin Lakes; 201-848-8188

"I love well-constructed classic pieces that will stand the test of time, like the rust-free aluminum dining chair and table from the Traditions collection by Pavilion or the Bimini Lounge Chair by Kravet. As for the cushions, fabrics must be durable as well as luxurious. I’m excited about the new Crypton Super Fabrics, the only textiles that are stain-, water-, and bacteria-resistant. I would choose one of their neutral textured fabrics such as Interlude Saffron or Velese Butter." - DNJ