I love this time of the year when nature starts to emerge and come to life. After so many months of being  “locked” inside the house, all we want now is to be outside! This is when we start thinking of the outdoors as our new home for the next few months… it will become our new dining room, sitting area, relaxing/reading lounge, play area and much more. Therefore we want the furniture to be comfortable and cozy but practical and adapted to our New England weather . Since I am French and enjoying meals with friends and family is a big part of my life, I will focus on dining tables and chairs.

My favorite of all dining tables is the concrete version of the B&B Italia Tobi-Ichi table:

 

 

 

 

Although teak furniture is a favorite when thinking outdoors, I like to explore new materials. The California based company Modern Outdoors came up with a unique material called Red Balau, a paper based composite mixed with stainless steel, giving the pieces from their Kenji Collection a strong and bold look not found anywhere else:

 

I also like using metal tables. I find them very practical and stylish. The Gon Table from Paola Lenti and the branch table from Janus & Cie are good examples of sleek design:

The challenge in my opinion is not so much choosing the table, but rather the chairs.  The choices can be so overwhelming! I tend to favor those made out of metal or plastic. They are easy to move around, resistant to rain, and above all, they add a touch of color. As Verner Panton says, “You sit more comfortably on colours you like”:

 

The Polo chair by Segis also has an interesting shape and its low back wrapping around the body serves as armrests :

Kartell is in my opinion the king of plastic and color, offering some of the most renowned designers’ creations like the Master’s Chair by Philippe Stark:

For those who favor the comfort of upholstery, the choices are endless. From Janus & Cie, Paola Lenti or Patricia Urquiola to Kettal, everyone can find their pick.

Tosca Chair From Janus & Cie

Mira Chair From Paola Lenti

Sedie Chair from Paola Lenti

Canasta Chair from Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

Cala Chair by Doshi Levien for Kettal .

After diner al fresco, to continue the fun what about a little spin on the Magis Spun chair?