“Elegantly tailored,” remarks Suzanne Kasler, “and the tight weave feels like rattan.” Another selling point is a convenient underseat handle that makes adjusting the back a snap. Though Kasler admires the pale color for its “subtle beauty,” the chaise also comes in java, which is more versatile.
Length: 78.75"; height: 12.25"?28.25"; width: 25.5"; material: powder-coated-aluminum frame sheathed in woven Dedon fiber in bleach (also available in java, with cushion, and without casters); delivery: immediate; price: $2,680, by Dedon from Janus et Cie (for information: )
“Reminiscent of Zaha Hadid,” says Jack Deamer, referring to that architect’s signature undulating designs. “It looks like a piece of sculpture, and the gel-coat finish gives it a gorgeous slick quality.” Deamer likes its slim silhouette but advises using a pillow for extra lumbar support on the fiberglass.
Length: 72"; height: 26"; width: 24"; material: gel-coated fiberglass in key lime (also available in double width, in other materials and colors, and with cushion); delivery: 8 weeks; price: $4,180, by Floatland Design (for information: )
“This is like having an outdoor bed,” Kasler raves. “It’s generously sized and comes with a fabulous pad that’s really cozy.” She is also fond of the angled feet that camouflage the back wheels and adds that the chaise’s low-slung lines make it well suited for use by a pool.
Length: 83.75"; height: 11"?37.5"; width: 31.75"; material: powder-coated-metal frame in pewter finish and teak seat and back in natural finish (cushion included; also available with higher frame and in other finishes); delivery: 6 weeks; price: $7,380, by Gene Summers, to the trade from Holly Hunt (for showrooms: )
“Resilient like a trampoline and very comfortable,” observes Deamer of the mesh chaise. “You can lie directly on it in a wet bathing suit and get more air than if a stuffy cushion were touching you.” He also praises its frill-free form and favors it in white for a minimalist mien.
Length: 90"; height: 13"?43"; width: 31"; material: extruded-aluminum frame in nickel finish with mesh seat and back in white lite (also available in other colors and finishes and in double width); delivery: 4?5 weeks; price: $1,590, by Richard Holbrook for Brown Jordan (for information: )
“A wonderful classic,” Kasler pronounces. “The simplicity of the slatted wood, which is striking on its own, complements any furniture style.” When fully reclined, the streamlined piece could double as a bench, she points out. But “its large proportions make a major statement, so it’s best to place it in a wide-open, uncluttered setting,” she advises.
Length: 86.25"; height: 12.25"?40"; width: 30.25"; material: teak (also available with cushion); delivery: 6–8 weeks; price: $3,900, by McGuire Furniture Co. (for information: )
“Lovely for a garden,” declares Deamer, admiring the trellis motif. “It has a nice pitch,” he notes of the high, angled back, “but it definitely needs cushions to be comfortable. I’d put it by a pretty patch of roses or under a tree.”
Length: 70"; height: 37"; width: 21"; material: powder-coated iron in sage-green finish (also available in custom sizes, in other materials and finishes, and with cushions); delivery: 6–8 weeks; price: $2,213, by O'Brien Ironworks Inc. (for information: )
With its ace construction, weather- resistant materials, and movable footrest, Kasler dubs this one a winner. “The teak and textured open weave lend it warmth,” she says. She imagines a trio lined up on a lake-facing lawn and would add cushions to soften the tightly woven seat and back.
Length: 76.5"; height: 12"?30"; width: 27.5"; material: teak frame with polyethylene-fiber seat and back (also available with cushion); delivery: 2 weeks; price: $1,400, from Design Within Reach (for information: )
“The industrial-looking fiber is cushy even without a pad, and it’s roomy enough for napping,” Deamer remarks. “The double layer of synthetic wicker makes you feel as if you’re floating.” He also loves the sleek stainless-steel frame and pictures the chaise at an ultramodern house.
Length: 78"; height: 21.3"; width: 31.5"; material: stainless-steel frame in brushed finish with synthetic wicker (also available with cushion); delivery: 8?12 weeks; price: $995, by Expormim for Jane Hamley Wells (for information: )
“The espresso stain brings to mind West Indies furniture,” Kasler says. Because of its turned legs and frame moldings, she calls this the most sofalike of the group and says it would be perfect for “creating a refined outdoor room.” The substantial size and thick base, however, dictate “an architectural setting like a loggia,” she reasons.
Length: 91"; height: 14.5"?37.5"; width: 35"; material: teak in espresso-stain finish (also available with cushion and in double width); delivery: 1–2 weeks; price: $799, by Pottery Barn (for information: )
“Very New England shore!” exclaims Deamer, eyeing the crisp white paint and classic picket-fence look. The smart design also ensures total comfort, Deamer says, since the frame adjusts at the knees and includes a pullout surface for resting drinks, sun lotion, or books. He prefers its “pure summer style” on the deck of a beach house.
Length: 77.25"; height: 10"?35.5"; width: 27.5"; material: solid hardwood in white finish (also available with cushion); delivery: 1–2 weeks; price: $1,135, by Restoration Hardware (for information: )