This Outdoor Sofa Was Made for the Aesthete

Patricia Urquiola puts a tasteful spin on poolside furniture.

Fat-Sofa Outdoor by Patricia Urquiola, from $9,732, B&B Italia Soho, 138 Greene Street, New York, NY, 10012, 800-872-1697.

Fat-Sofa Outdoor by Patricia Urquiola, from $9,732, B&B Italia Soho, 138 Greene Street, New York, NY, 10012, 800-872-1697. (Photo: Courtesy B&B Italia).

Forget the straw beach tote, this summer’s must-have woven accessory is much bigger and not quite as mobile. Actually, it’s a lavish outdoor sofa from Patricia Urquiola, equally fit for city rooftop, a modern Hamptons poolside or pared back garden in Hudson Valley.

Urquiola, a Spanish architect and designer, is adept at introducing unexpected features to her pieces, lending charm to otherwise simple creations. For example, the backrest of the Fat-Sofa is crafted from a metal frame and finished off with a woven rope, offering a subtle, nautical take on negative space. Juxtaposed against a dense and rather cushy cushion, this décor essential makes the marriage between form and function look shockingly simple.

This Outdoor Sofa Was Made for the Aesthete