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I want to give Summer the welcome it deserves by celebrating these amazing outdoor chairs. I'm overjoyed to see there are so many cool outdoor seating options for every taste and budget. Some inspired by the past and others simply futuristic, these faves of mine will make any patio or poolside shine. Enjoy your Summer!

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The iconic Stool 60 is celebrating it's 80th birthday. Designed by architect Alvar Alto in 1933, the 20th-century design classic is the number one seller of Artek's products and one of the most recognizable designs around the world. To commemorate the special occasion, the Finnish product company commissioned a handful of architects and designers to create a limited-edition stool. My favorite interpretations are Rings (above) by Japanese designer Nao Tamura and the whimsical depiction by Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme Des Garcons, with black polka dots.

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Pioneer chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver has challenged a select group of artists and designers to lend their creativity and customize Arne Jacobsen's classic Ant chair. The one-of-a-kind designer chairs will be auctioned off to raise funds for his The Better Food Foundation which trains unemployed youngsters to become professional chefs. Designer like Paul Smith, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Christopher Bailey for Burberry are among the famed few invited to participate in The Big Chair Project. Each chair, like the ‘Truly Scrumptious’ by Julien McDonald, above, is quite unique in its own right. These are some of that caught my eye for their funkiness and creativity. You can take a peek at the rest of them here.

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The Armory Show is a staple in New York's art scene. Considered one of the most important events in the city, The Armory is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair showcasing works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Bade Stageberg Cox has developed “Street Seats, a furniture project created for the Pier 94 Coffee Bar at The Show. The 50 chairs, found abandoned on the streets of New York, were repaired and given a new life with a coat of taxi cab yellow paint. Like the city’s residents, the chairs are an eclectic mix, migrating throughout the fair during its five-day run. The bottom of each chair is stamped and documented with the date and location it was recovered.” Aren't these awesome? These are just a few of the chairs from the project, but if you want to see all 50, you can do so here. Which one is your favorite? Actually, I have a couple. This would definitely be a fun DIY project to take on—of course, on a much smaller scale. BTW, you can get your hands on any of these as the chairs are available for purchase.

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My top 10: Rockers

Did you know that some attribute the invention of the rocking chair to Benjamin Franklin? We may never know for sure since there is no historical evidence proving to that. Historians can only trace its origins to North America during the early 18th century, and in England in 1725. What started as an ordinary garden chair with two rockers at the bottom, the rocking chair has become a chic and versatile decorative element. Although it's often associated with maturity and class, the modern rocker appeals to everyone. The range of styles is huge, but here are some of my ultimate favorites that can absolutely rock your world. 

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An Eye On Design

Isn't this the coolest? l'm so very happy I came across this neat Eye Exam digital print by Joel Pirela, founder of Blue Ant Studio. I think it's a fun twist on the eye chart we all have come to know. The print is hand signed and dated by the artist. He has also designed other mod prints inspired by mid-century designers like Aalto, Saarinen and Eames. And if you think you're interested in getting your hands on one of his prints, you can get a random poster with your purchase — a limited time offer!


Slumber Party

What do these adorable poufs remind you of? To me they look like cute little snails crawling through the floor. Right? They're designed by Dutch artist Aleksandra Gaca for Casalis. The comfy Slumber Pouf is made in a three-dimensional elastic fabric and it's highly flexible. It conforms to your body when you sit on it and spring to its original shape when you get up. These durable cuties are made with high-quality Kid Mohair, and best of all, they're washable. What a fun way of lounging while adding a great touch to a room.

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Pink Swan

“The Swan chair is a perfect mix of organic modernism and pop art and my goal in this design was to address both of those qualities by making a poppy allusion to the female form,” says Jonathan Adler of the inspiration for his Pink Swan project chair. SUITE New York has invited nineteen world-renowned designers to create a personalized version of Arne Jacobsen's iconic Swan chair for the second installment of the project. The chairs will be auctioned off on October 1-31, 2011 on with proceeds benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. What a fun project for such a great cause. Here are some of my faves.

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