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Backyard Oasis

Anh-Minh Le | June 29, 2016 | Lifestyle Story Shopping

Size Matters
This is alfresco illumination that makes a statement. The latest iteration of Anglepoise’s Giant lamp is composed of marine-grade stainless steel fittings, silicon rubber cable and a sealed light unit. “On many occasions, we have been asked for an outdoor version,” says Simon Terry, the U.K.-based company’s innovation and brand director. “With our new U.S. office and website now established, it seemed like the right time to make this happen.”

The design debuted at May’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and will be available for purchase starting in June. There are two models—a floor lamp and a wall-mounted articulated fixture—both of which retail for $5,300 and will come in 15 hues (with custom color options). “In the case of a timeless design like the Anglepoise,” observes Terry, “its functional honesty allows the product to look good in most settings—a subtle color, on the one hand, allowing the design to fit in with traditional surroundings; or a more vibrant color, on the other, to create a striking, modern look.” Which means the lamps will work as well in the backyard of a 1950s ranch-style home as it will in the courtyard of an Eichler or on the grounds of a sprawling estate.

Double Duty
New for the season, Hudson Grace is carrying concrete side tables that can withstand the elements yet are elegant enough to reside indoors too. Their sculptural forms caught the attention of shop proprietors Monelle Totah and Gary McNatton, who also appreciate that the natural material will develop a beautiful patina over time. Another plus: Since the tables are wax-sealed for protection against stains, no need to worry about slapping down coasters. Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, 650.328.7400.

Style Under the Sun
For those whose patio or deck serves as a second living room, Fermob’s Sixties collection offers chic outdoor decor. Emily Joubert started carrying the seating and tables last year. They were such a hit, the home and garden boutique is now offering them in additional colors. Says store owner Judy Sieber of the virtues of the chairs, which pair an aluminum frame with a woven resin seat: “They have a very modern aesthetic and are incredibly comfortable and extremely lightweight.” In addition to Sixties, Sieber also stocks the French brand’s popular Bistro and Luxembourg designs. 3036 Woodside Road, Woodside, 650.851.3520.

Originally published in the May issue of Silicon Valley

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