The days are getting longer—thank goodness!—and the season of sunshine is just around the corner. These high-wattage furnishings let you bring the light inside.
Bilboquet Pedestal Table by Kateryna Sokolova from Roche Bobois
Inspired by children’s cup-and-ball toys, which originated in the 14th century, this table is made with a piece of blown glass, which sits atop a black, lacquered steel base. The bottom of the table legs are finished with chrome or bronze. As a place to rest a summer cocktail—or anything, really—this piece shines. $2,355, find a showroom here. roche-bobois.com
Portello Side Table by Resource Furniture
Take your summer entertaining poolside, sofa-side or elsewhere with this lightweight table that’s intended to be moveable. With two-tier leaves, it comes in colorful lacquer or solid oak finishes. A carrying handle is cleverly hidden under the top. $915, find a showroom here.
Textile Swing by IOTA
Nothing says summer quite like a swing. Rediscover your childhood with this bold statement piece. IOTA is an Israel-based design studio. The swing ropes are crocheted by hand with a yarn designed and produced by the company. The seat comes in oak wood or birch plywood. $1,468, available exclusively at BaBoo at the San Francisco Design Center and Baboo pop-up shop at The Barlow in Sebastopol.
Bump Pendant by Foscarini
The subtle texture of this pendant, which was designed by Italian architects Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, makes it eye-catching from the outside and also allows it to cast a diffused, dappled light. It’s available in three colors: frost, petroleum and gold (shown here). $394, for inquires or to purchase, visit arksf.com in San Francisco and luminaire.com and lightology.com in Chicago.
Essential Loveseat by Sabai
Sabai specializes in sustainable furniture, and the velvet on this sofa is, amazingly, made from recycled water bottles. The material is inherently stain-resistant. The sofa ships plastic-free in a 100%-recycled box. The company even recommends that the sofa leg bags be reused as produce bags. Sabai says the sofa can be assembled in under 10 minutes. $895, purchase here.
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Lisa Boquiren is an architecture and design aficionada who provides brand strategy for creative businesses. She has overseen rebranding initiatives at EHDD Architects and the San Francisco Design Center, and she creates convergent conversations on A+D, and presents, at the American Institute of Architects’ San Francisco and Los Angeles chapters. Photo by Thomas Heinser.