AT Europe: Stacking Lawn Furniture from Dedon and the BHV

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This stacking lawn furniture tower -- called Obelisk from Dedon -- was featured at a Paris furniture salon last year, and it was pretty stunning even without the ocean backdrop, with its four chairs and coffee table that could be piled into a sculptural object when not in use.

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Lawn furniture has become incredibly high-tech, often as comfortable and expensive as its indoor counterparts. But the Obelisk from Dedon could also work in an unconventional studio apartment -- perfect for a dancer, maybe, who could put away her living room during the day so she could pirouette around the open floor space. Or an artist friend of mine who likes visitors to stop by his little studio for coffee breaks, but always frets that he doesn't have enough room for chairs and a coffee table.

And then I was at the BHV the other day, and noticed that they'd come up with their own knock-off of the Obelisk, the "golf ball salon" that includes two chairs and a table that stacks into a round shape. Could be a fun solution for a relatively small outdoor space. And it certainly seemed to be working indoors as well for these worn-out shoppers.

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- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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