Outdoor Furniture Inspired by Skyscrapers and Jewelry

March 25, 2013 by


While browsing the recent Architectural Digest Home Design for outdoor showers and appliances for outdoor kitchens, I came across some cool new outdoor furniture whose designs were inspired by skyscrapers and wearable architecture.


For his furniture pieces that live happily outdoors, designer John Liston seem to derive a lot of inspiration from architectural elements and environmental effects, like the shadows cast from tall buildings, visible in his World Trade bench whose design was inspired by Daniel Libeskind’s architecture and spirit, an homage to the architect and New York City.



Also a jewelry designer, Liston crosses from fashion accessory to home accessory with a new table that he created after the design of a bracelet. The Bangle Table was inspired by Liston’s own jewelry design, its bones derived from his Skeleton Bangle bracelet, a good example of the crossover between fashion and home decor as well pieces that go indoors or out, or both.


Liston’s Skeleton Bangle bracelet.

My favorite of his pieces, and perhaps of the whole show, was the Ribbon Chairs, wonderful strips of colorful powder-coated steel woven together to form sculptural seating that would enhance any garden or indoor space. Not sure which I love more the red or the blue.




Inspired by the shadows from a modern glass building, another standout was the Architect, above, a side table or stool with a light-reflecting aluminum base and thick cast glass top.




  1. Anjari said:

    These are among the ugliest, most uncomfortable objects I’ve ever seen. The refusal to acknowledge the human body is at the root of their vulgarity. Great design ALWAYS responds in an ergonomic way to the human body. Seeking inspiration elsewhere (especially from a source as bad as Daniel Libeskind), can only lead to pretentiousness and the kind of lame products we see her.

    — March 26, 2013 @ 09:47

  2. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    Sorry you didn’t like the chairs featured here Anjari. Have you sat in one? I did, and the chair was very comfortable. I like to showcase all kinds of design and welcome all feedback and points of view, I just like people to be polite.

    — March 26, 2013 @ 18:33

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