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Simplicity and usability make this side chair a winner. I walked past a showroom right here on 10th Avenue with this chair in the window. I immediately fell in love with it. The jury is out right now as to whether or not they can be used outdoors, but I love the clean simple design, the small scale of the piece  and  the hand-made feel. The company is Hendzel and Hunt and their website is:  The chair is the Kirkland Chair and it’s made from reclaimed floorboards….pretty smart if you asked me.



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Lighting in the garden is sexy. Properly designed lighting sets the right mood, makes the garden come to life, and creates an ambience that makes a garden feel complete. Needless to say, the functionality of a garden increases significantly because you are able to monitor the meat on the grill, find your silverware at the dinner table and even read the New York Times as the sun sets. Set the up lights to catch the exfoliating bark of Betula papyrifera, or a backlight to frame the architectural silhouette of Yucca filamentosa and magic happens.

In New York City, there is no such thing as complete darkness on a terrace. Strategically placed low voltage lighting kicks the ambient lighting up a notch to highlight the things that make your garden special. Consider it an investment piece for your garden. We recently installed a system on the lower east side composed of several uplights and downlights that make the sitting area more useable.

Wall Mounted Lighting Focuses on Reading and Eating Areas


Uplights catch the Trunk of this Magnolia

 Uplights, downlights, and LED lighting set a nice backdrop in the garden, but don’t be afraid to play with feature lighting too. These Manhattan lighting showrooms have inspiring outdoor fixtures. The first is a Phillipe Starck floor lamps available at Flos Lighting at 152 Greene Street and the second is the Luceplan floor lamp which you can use in multiple ways available at at 40 Walker Street. By the way, check out the Raimond Pendant fixture at O Lighting- it is for interiors, but it is magnificent!




Super Archimoon Outdoor Floor Lamp by Philippe Starck (photo from


Luceplan Pod Lens Floor Lamp (photo from


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