Straight Grillin'

For architects: furniture for the great outdoors

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Roast a rack of ribs on David Rockwell’s behemoth outdoor drill and then devour them all in a precious daybed. With summer just around the corner, we collected the following outdoor furniture either designed by or for architects.

Photo of Rockwell by Caliber Rockwell Group for Caliber Appliances grill

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Rockwell by Caliber
Rockwell Group for Caliber Appliances

Rockwell Group teamed up with Caliber on a 360-degree grill. Allowing people to gather on all four sides, the grill fosters a communal cooking experience. It features an aluminum canopy that emulates how a table cloth drapes over a picnic table.

Rendering of Patricia Urquiola for Kettal outdoor daybed

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Patricia Urquiola for Kettal

Milan-based Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola, designed the daybed to be flexible for all climates with a customizable system of louvers, curtains, and fabric coverings. It is available in various wood stains and colored textiles.

Photo of Origami Ramón Esteve for Vibia lights

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Ramón Esteve for Vibia

Spain-based architecture firm Ramón Esteve Studio conjured this otherworldly modular lighting system inspired by the Japanse paper-folding art. Using a single point as the source of electricity, various LED fixtures can aggregate to create virtually endless compositions.

Photo of ELEMENTS Claesson Koivisto Rune for Widala bench system

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Claesson Koivisto Rune for Widala

Swedish architecture, industrial design, and interior design firm, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed a collection of public grills and furniture that emulates circular geometries found in nature. Consisting of stools, benches, planters, and a range of barbecues in different sizes, the pieces are perfect for public parks or backyards of multifamily homes.

Photo of Acacia Extremis shading system

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With a new take on the traditional umbrella form, this inverted, asymmetrical parasol creates the most amount of shading from the least amount of surface area. Mimicking the small leaf canopies of the Acacia tree, it is positioned upwards towards the sun (instead of downward) to create as much shade as a larger parasol could.

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