Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY OUSSAMA ZAHR

Warm temps and am­ple sun­shine have us dream­ing of spend­ing sum­mer days—and nights—in the open air. Here are three of the most lux­u­ri­ous ways to do it.

AN OA­SIS OF ONE’S OWN Gloster’s Cra­dle daybed cre­ates a stylish refuge hid­den in plain sight.

The in­spi­ra­tion: “I wanted to make a small hide­away,” says de­signer Hen­rik Ped­er­sen. “The mix of the rounded pill form and straight lines was op­ti­mal for the Cra­dle—some­what square, but much more pleas­ing to the eye. The shapes of the ends serve an im­por­tant pur­pose, to func­tion as an an­gled back­rest for a more up­right po­si­tion.”

Why we love it: The ham­ster-wheel shape is open on the sides but pro­vides peek­a­boo cov­er­age on the face, so it feels airy and se­cluded at the same time—an ef­fect Ped­er­sen calls “trans­par­ent space.” The slats play into the min­i­mal­ist trend for clean lines, but they’re rounded to soften the look.

The ma­te­ri­als: “Alu­minum is of­ten a good choice for out­doors—fairly strong and cor­ro­sion-re­sis­tant, but the pow­der coat is much nicer and more pleas­ing to the touch, a more tac­tile sur­face,” says Ped­er­sen. “Mixed with [the nat­u­ral teak] wood, it gives you a de­sign with the best of both ma­te­ri­als.”

Size up: “Even though out­door is the new in­door, quite of­ten you are deal­ing with ar­eas on a much larger scale, so the de­sign has to be able to adapt to a large scale, as well.” Starts at $13,275, Clima Out­door, 3650 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-576-8181; cli­maout­


For the mod­u­lar Es­capade sofa with prints by Mis­soni, Roche Bobois has found a fash­ion brand that loves good-time col­ors as much as it does.

The in­spi­ra­tion: “Free­dom!” says Zeno Nu­gari, a mem­ber of the Roche Bobois de­sign team be­hind the Es­capade sofa. “The goal was to cre­ate a sofa that is able to adapt to any sit­u­a­tion, both in­door and out­door, and with no com­pro­mise on com­fort and de­sign for the owner.”

Why we love it: Par­tyfriendly mod­u­lar so­fas aren’t new, but the idea of mix-and-match­ing pieces in dif­fer­ent sizes and col­ors keeps things in­ter­est­ing. Plus, the pil­lows are placed on free­stand­ing back­rests that can be moved freely around the sofa. We’ll let you do the math on all the pos­si­ble per­mu­ta­tions.

Fab col­lab: “Mis­soni of­fers [the most] unique fab­rics on the mar­ket,” says Nu­gari. “It is like a blos­som with very warm col­ors, par­tic­u­larly adapted to the re­laxed spirit of the Es­capade sofa.”

Your fa­vorite po­si­tions: “Un­like tra­di­tional so­fas with fixed backs, the back cush­ions of the Es­capade sofa can be moved,” Nu­gari says. “I want to be able to cus­tom­ize my com­fort de­pend­ing on my mood—[from] a straight sit­ting po­si­tion when I am hav­ing a drink with friends up to a to­tally re­laxed po­si­tion when I want to read or rest.” Price on re­quest, 450 Bilt­more Way, Coral Gables, 305-4441017;


Restora­tion Hard­ware has tapped the de­sign star Bar­las Bay­lar for his first out­door col­lec­tion, and the re­sults are pre­dictably stun­ning.

The in­spi­ra­tion: “Mykonos is known for its flat-roof cu­bic ar­chi­tec­ture, which is sim­plis­tic and hum­ble with clean style,” says de­signer Bar­las Bay­lar. “It is truly in­spir­ing with tran­quil and mag­i­cal views [and] a re­laxed, in­for­mal cul­ture. In­evitably, my in­spi­ra­tion [came] while spend­ing time in such an en­vi­ron­ment.”

Why we love it: Bay­lar is renowned for his live-edge din­ing ta­bles, which sell for tens of thou­sands of dol­lars out of his Brook­lyn stu­dio, Hud­son Fur­ni­ture. But rather than do an ob­vi­ous it­er­a­tion for the out­doors, he has em­braced nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als in a dif­fer­ent way with the Aviara daybed. The weathered teak is still the star, but so are the reams and reams of bil­low­ing fab­ric.

The ma­te­ri­als: Bay­lar in­sisted on sourc­ing sus­tain­ably har­vested teak—so you can clear your mind and your con­science.

Al­lur­ing ge­ome­tries: “The clean lines are sim­ple but charm­ing and warmly en­velop­ing,” says Bay­lar, who wants peo­ple to “nes­tle into the mod­ern de­sign.”

In­side ver­sus out­side: When de­sign­ing for the out­doors, says Bay­lar, his fo­cus was on “en­sur­ing the har­mo­nious co­ex­is­tence of mod­ern fur­ni­ture and its nat­u­ral sur­round­ings— dis­creetly blend­ing them [so] as not to dis­tract from the beauty and tran­quil­ity of na­ture.” $6,795, 19575 Bis­cayne Blvd., Ste. 751, Aven­tura, 305-935-1253;

Roche Bobois’s Es­capade sofa with fab­rics by Mis­soni can be con­fig­ured for any mood. above: Restora­tion Hard­ware’s Aviara daybed was in­spired by Bar­las Bay­lar’s time in Mykonos.

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