Design Seen March/April 2015
Paola Lenti’s outdoor parasols make taking cover from spring sun or light showers a most stylish endeavor.
These parasols from the Italian company Paola Lenti do not shrink from the elements. On the contrary, the Bistrò outdoor umbrellas (priced from about $8,500 to $9,000) stand ready, rain or shine, to shield in smart style those who take shelter. Available with shades that open into either flat or domed spheres, the pieces have frames of varnished, corrosion-resistant aluminum, and, for a flawlessly cohesive look, the fiberglass rods that raise the shades are the same color as the frame. Acquiring the umbrellas will require some difficult decision making: whether to choose classic-cool Madras or low-key Tamil fabrics for the shade, and how to configure a Bistrò for one’s particular poolside setting or other backyard space. Paola Lenti’s Clique series of seating poufs (about $4,200 to $4,500) and adjustable side tables (roughly $1,350 to $1,600) have been designed by Francesco Rota to pair with the parasols for the perfectly polished look shown here.
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