Summer Lovin

We have the privilege of working on many condo units. From the ultra high-end to the more affordable, each of the owners looks forward to a little summer lovin’ on the balcony. And when we had the opportunity to work recently with a downtown condo client, we wanted to ensure the outdoor design coordinated with the look and feel of the indoor space we had worked so many months on.

Generally speaking in condo living, the outdoor furniture and indoor furniture is side by side, separated only by a window. The midcentury modern indoor furniture we had selected for this particular client suited them perfectly, so that determined style. The balcony wasn’t overly large and storage dictated that everything would have to survive the winter season. We also had to take budget into consideration, although they clearly valued quality over price.

We began our search at Design Within Reach on King Street East.  We loved the teak table which would survive winters and suited their style. The visual warmth of the wood top would compliment the overall look and the stackable chairs helped with storage. At approximately $3,500 for the set and winter covers, it was an instant contender.

Next, we spied a set in a warm grey with an appealing urban look. We loved the chairs with this set and weather would be no issue for these steel chairs and table legs with a concrete top. We would, however, need to have furniture covers made.  The chairs also had amazing comfort and at $2,140 for table and four chairs it suited the budget. The arm chairs increased the price by $120 dollars – but we thought well worth it.

We then stopped into Jardin de Ville where the Sky Line table and stools jumped out at us as they mimicked the sky line of the city.  There was some debate as to whether we were better to mimic the details of the interior or the details of the surrounding skyline. The simplicity and geometry seemed to blend very well with the “view”.  The stools tucked neatly into the table which meant a single cover for all elements.  We were settled at $2,195 for the set until us practical designers asked the question about comfort given how much our clients loved to entertain on long summer nights. In the end, we all agreed we loved the look more than the comfort.

Our next stop was Urban Barn, also on King Street East, where we knew we might find just the thing to marry budgets and great design lines. We found the Bondi set there in an amazing aqua colour.  The chairs and table had that touch of mid-century modern. With the addition of cushions, this was a very comfortable set.  The price was also a big feature at just $469 for the whole set (not including the cushions).  At that price we could afford to replace it all in a few years. Our client had environmental concerns about the high performance plastic and, ultimately, decided it wasn’t for them, despite our encouragement.

One more trip in the area allowed us to review everything we had considered. We ultimately – collectively – selected the Tolix set from Design Within Reach.  The style, storage and durability of this set coupled with price suited our clients well and the search was done!



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