Coolspottings: 10 Indoor-Outdoor Home and Garden Pieces With Sense of Humor

January 31, 2014 by


Italian designer and artist, Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, echos my feelings exactly when he says (my translation), “I never give up irony; irony is a serious matter. If a good idea is also fun, I cannot resist bringing it to life.”

I agree. I can’t resist having fun. Here are 10 indoor-outdoor home and garden pieces deliver a sense of humor to any home and garden space:

1. Set Your Can On a Watering Can
This one brought a smile to my face.  Ceppo is Marama design studio’s tongue and cheek reinterpretation of an ordinary garden accessory–the watering can–as furniture. I like the wire construction that won’t let water accumulate on the seat.ceppo-watering-can-seat-marama

2. Well-Heeled Indoor/Outdoor Chair
Everyone who know me well knows that if I hadn’t launched Urban Gardens, I would likely have a shoe blog. I admit, I’ve got an Imelda issue: I love shoes.

So no surprise I fell head over heels for Boris Novachi Bojic’s Flip Chair which turned upside down and sideways assumes a number of poses morphing from dining chair, to lounge chair, to table. Made of a lightweight rotational molded resin, Flip is easily moved on whim and wears well indoors and outdoors. So if the shoe fits…


3. Rolling Stones Gather No Más
No heavy lifting with Sassi Con Ruote, Marama’s resin and concrete rolling stones on wheels, top of post. Grin.

4. Branching Out
Not sure what the name means, but real branches support the resin-concrete seats of the Revenge of Beauty Twig Stools, another fun bit of creative expression from Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba’s witty brand, Marama.


5. Greek to Me Column Seating


Channel your inner classics and mythology buff with this Greek column seating that looks like a relic emerging from the earth. Capitello’s witty soft resin seat is a cult classic from 1971, reintroduced in 2004 by Heller.

5. Meltdown Chair


Designer Tom Price heats things up with his Meltdown chair. Red polyethylene sheeting is melted into a knotted mass of seating. I love the contrast in form and texture against the melted seat.

6. I Heart the Agatha Collection


Created for Vondom, Agatha is the Italian brand’s first kid’s collection. Designed with love by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, the mini table and chair set is a fun interpretation of two iconic shapes–a heart and a flower. Heart-shaped stool seating compliments the flower-shaped table which flips over to become a planter.  Sit and sow! 

7. Hug Stool


Emo’s Hug Stools grabbed me. I love the irregular and worn pieces of wood with a colorful rope detail. Have a Hug in every room, inside and out.

8. Shiny Stump Stool


Love the bling factor of Fausto Salvi’s sculptural aluminium leaf and black glazed ceramic log stool which shines as a focal point or accent indoors or in a covered area outdoors.

9. Capped Out Chair


A whole lotta colorful soda bottle caps got recycled and attached together using zip ties to form the shape of this unique chair. Underneath, there’s structure made of a99% recycled steel finished with a white powder coating.


10. Lounging on a Leaf


Mut Design’s Leaf Hammock Swing softly sways in the air, while empty lets sunlight through it’s leafy openings, casting beautiful shadows in outdoor spaces.





  1. Jean said:

    #1 looks like a tree trunk with a sawed off branch on the side and a wedge cut out of it…not a watering can. It’s cute though.

    — January 31, 2014 @ 13:17

  2. James Paulson said:

    Love the tree trunk stools, especially with the portable handles. I’m surprised that nobody else thought of this!

    — January 31, 2014 @ 13:24

  3. TheLazyGardenerNY said:

    These are all pretty awesome but my fav are the boulders.

    — January 31, 2014 @ 18:09

  4. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    I know!

    — February 19, 2014 @ 22:26

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  6. Daniel Lloyd said:

    Truly comprehensive indoor and outdoor furniture designs. Eventually all the designs seems like fantasy. And Heart the Agatha Collection is my favourite from among all.

    — June 13, 2014 @ 04:59

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