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5 Ways to Design a Chic and Functional Outdoor Space

With the weather cooling down in the Valley of the Sun, many of us will be spending more and more time in our backyards, enjoying quiet mornings, relaxing evenings, and anything in between. Below are five ways to design a functional and chic outdoor space that will always invite you to enjoy a moment outside.

Mix modern with classic.

Neutral dark gray outdoor sofa and table from the MOTO Collection by Brown Jordan

The MOTO Collection, price upon request, by Brown Jordan

Smooth, clean metal finishes speak volumes when creating a modern outdoor space. Combining that with a touch of neoclassical design makes for a unique look that will stand out and impress. Brown Jordan brings this combination to life with their new MOTO collection, a luxury seating system created in collaboration with award-winning designer, Ann Marie Vering. The modern metal framing, paired with luxurious triple-layered cushions offer maximum comfort, while a selection of 11 original pieces provide versatility to suit the needs of any context or environment.

“The MOTO collection was inspired by pureness. It mixes modern design with a nod to neoclassical details in the cleanness of the frame. I wanted to introduce luxury cushions for an outdoor space with Brown Jordan. With high-end foam to offer support, three layers of batting, and extra piping, cushions are crafted with a luxury fill, not usually seen with outdoor offerings, and are custom fit to each piece of the collection for a tailored look,” says designer Ann Marie Vering.

Don’t be afraid to go bold.

Light gray outdoor furniture from the H Collection at Brown Joradan

The H Collection, price upon request, by Brown Jordan

Marrying classic elements with bold new finishes is central to creating unique, fashionable designs in any space. Brown Jordan’s H Collection, for example, takes classic materials and introduces enticing curves and finishes to make an impactful statement. Designed by contemporary industrial designer Toan Nguyen, the H Collection features sleek, streamlined aluminum frames. But the star of the collection is the dramatic, 3-inch-diameter rope featured throughout. A variety of pieces, including an armchair, lounge, loveseat, sofa and tables, allow for versatility in any space or can act as statement pieces when paired with Brown Jordan’s other collections.

“H is a resolutely contemporary collection that pairs industrial craftsmanship and advanced technologies to create timeless designs able to live harmoniously in the outdoor environment,” says Toan Nguyen.

Keep it classy.

Light gray dining table and chairs from the Oscar Collection of Brown Jordan

The Oscar Collection, price upon request, by Brown Jordan

For a more sophisticated, artisanal design, look for the partnership of classic materials and warm, curved frames that feel cozy and comfortable both outdoors and indoors. Brown Jordan’s Oscar Collection, designed in collaboration with Ann Marie Vering, brings this sophistication to any space with handsome frames, distinct angled legs that form striking silhouettes, and starring rope to bring a multi-dimensional, textured look. The collection consists of comprehensive options, including a chaise, benches, dining tables and chairs, a sofa, daybed, loveseat, coffee tables and more. This wide variety of options allows for the Oscar Collection to fill any space in a variety of configurations.

Dine in style.

Light gray small dining table and chairs from the Adapt Collection at Brown Jordan

The Adept Collection, price upon request, by Brown Jordan

When designing an outdoor setting, it’s important to find pieces that suit the size of the space in order to keep it functional and tasteful. Brown Jordan’s Adapt Tables meet that need with their universal design, which includes four rectangular sizes to complement any space. With smooth, flowing lines, transitional design, and bold statement tabletops of either Dekton or a more rustic driftwood Teak finish, Adapt Tables bring the luxury experience to outdoor dining while staying functional and adaptable to any space.

Light it up.

Fire table from Brown Jordan

Brown Jordan’s 44-inch square fire table adds a soft glow to a neutral color palette.

A classic element of a warm and inviting atmosphere comes in the glow of a fireplace. Gathering around a fire evokes feelings of community and fellowship, and fire tables are an excellent option for bringing that atmosphere to any outdoor space. Brown Jordan’s line of fire tables combines sophisticated, transitional lines with thoughtfully designed ceramic tabletops to set a new standard in luxury outdoor fire tables that pairs easily with any style of seating. Available in three sizes, Brown Jordan’s elegant fire tables will inspire year-round gatherings in any outdoor space.


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