Innovative and ideal for all manner of projects—residential, hospitality, and more—our selection of outdoor products and materials includes a variety of greener exterior wood alternatives, chemical-free swimming pools and lawns, al fresco electronics, and whimsical furnishings. — Linda C. Lentz

From Sherwood to your wood
Perfect for the hippest castle or forest, Philippe Starck’s RobinWood Deluxe Collection of garden furnishings for Sutherland is a playful tour de force in teak and satiny aluminum. Twists of fancy include the gently curved arm of the chaise (above) and such royal appointments as a canopied bed topped by a tournament flag. Sutherland, Dallas, Tex.

[Reader Service: June 2008 #219]


Classic ornamentation
An authority and dealer of fine antique garden statuary and ornaments for 20 years, Barbara Israel has turned her attentions toward making her treasures available to a broader landscaping audience. Founded in 2006, Garden Traditions offers a series of composition stone reproductions modeled after such elegant figures as a near life-size Somerset Maiden (left), cast after an English carved-stone original of about 1880. Garden Traditions, New York, N.Y.

[Reader Service: June 2008 #220]


Super graphics
Woven with 100 perfect Sunbrella solution-dyed acrylic, the Sina Pearson sateenlike Oasis collection of outdoor upholstery fabrics is not only colorfast and fadeproof, but weather- and mildew-resistant. It is available in two bold stripe configurations—the variegated Courtyard and uniformly arranged Pergola. Both come in seven summery colorways featuring combinations of such sophisticated hues as rust, brick, lime, sage, taupe, brown, ochre, camel, sky, turquoise, aqua, sage, orange, and beige. Sina Pearson Textiles, New York, N.Y.

[Reader Service: June 2008 #221]


The grass is greener
Developed for home lawns, common areas, sports fields, and golf courses, this company’s six environmentally friendly turfgrasses thrive in warm- season and transition-zone climates with less water than traditional varieties. Two, in fact, may be irrigated with effluent or even seawater. Other properties offered by one or more of the grasses include tolerance to drought, shade, and cold, and extremely low maintenance. Environmental Turf, Orlando, Fla.

[Reader Service: June 2008 #222]

Plug and play
Designed by the Belgium-based Wim Segers, the Natalia Sofa system is a versatile mix of interchangeable sofa backs and bases that attach or detach to the edge of the frame as desired. This makes for myriad “quick” scene changes from, say, poolside lounging to cocktails. Available in 3- and 2-seat sizes, Natalia is made of electropolished stainless steel and comes in a selection of urbane outdoor neutrals and C.O.M. (customer’s own material). Henry Hall Designs, San Francisco, Calif.

[Reader Service: June 2008 #223]