Remember shoulder pads and puffy sleeves? They were all the rage for a short period of time but now they’ve gone the way of the dodo bird.

Predicting what will be popular in outdoor décor doesn’t mean staring into a crystal ball. It means taking a look at some of the cutting-edge ideas that are out there right now and figuring out which ones can be modified to appeal to a wider audience.

Here are 3 patio furniture ideas we think have staying power.

Patio Furniture Ideas: Spaghetti Benches

Is it art or is it design? The “Spaghetti Bench” by Pablo Reinoso is both…

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Double Spaghetti Bench by Pablo Reinoso

Here’s another take on the his bench idea, this time outdoors and in a park. This bench is made of ash. Originally from Buenos Aires, Pablo now works in Paris. He founded his own design company in 2004.

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Spaghetti Bench by Pablo Reinoso

This one is more subtle, and made of aluminum so it won’t rust. Pablo Reinoso is originally from Buenos Aires and now works in Paris. He founded his own design and communications company in 2004.

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Aluminum Bench (Image: Carpenters Workshop Gallery) by Pablo Reinoso


 

Patio Furniture Ideas: Egg Swings

This outdoor swing design has already moved into the retail arena. Does it have staying power? We think so. We saw it in a Santa Fe porch designed by R Brant Design on Houzz.com. Commenters were raving.

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Santa Fe Porch by R Brant Design

The egg swing design is part of a the Kettal Maia outdoor furniture set. It comes from the Kettal Group — a company based in Spain. Here’s a look at several pieces in the set, including the egg swing…

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Maia Patio Furniture by the Kettal Group

The Egg Swing’s designer is Patricia Urquiola, a Spanish architect based in Milan. She created the Maia collection. “I like finding the most suitable material for each project,” she says. Here’s a closer look at her artisan braiding…

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Egg Swing Artisan Braiding by the Kettal Group


 

Patio Furniture Ideas: Cork Chaises

It’s a new world. Designers and manufacturers are exploring ways to use new materials or recycle materials to make eco-friendly seating that is not only good for the planet but also chic.

This chaise lounge by Daniel Michalik is made of 100% recycled cork.

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Cork Chaise Lounge by Daniel Michalik

The chaise rocks gently sideways and front-to-back. Daniel says this gives a sense of floating. According to Houzz.com, the chaise actually does float.

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Cork Chaise by Daniel Michalik

Daniel’s New York lab focuses on designing with furniture with cork. “The Portuguese regions of cork production,” he says, “hold centuries-old farming and manufacturing traditions that can teach us how objects can be made more responsibly.” Here’s a closer look at his cork…

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Recycled Cork used by Daniel Michalik


 



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