European style meets L.A. sunshine at Niche
Niche on Beverly Boulevard looks like a slice of the Hamptons or, perhaps, a modernist Mediterranean resort, with its indoor pond and a whitewashed wooden deck. The alluring atmosphere was created by owner Robina Benson, who has devoted the majority of the new store to colorful, innovative (and expensive) Italian outdoor furniture by Francesco Rota and Paola Lenti.As a manufacturer as well as a designer, Paola Lenti has taken outdoor textiles well beyond standard Sunbrella fabrics, creating thick-ply all-weather yarns for weaving and chenille-soft textiles for upholstery and cushions.
The Paola Lenti offerings include, from left above: the chartreuse Wave sun lounger, which adjusts to three positions but does not have a visible seam on its top side, $4,520; the pink Nido pink pouf, $1,395; the low Shell ottoman in vibrant chartreuse, $2,108; and the turquoise Landscape mattress, $2,780.
The line includes lounge chairs and the Maia Egg Swing, right. It is priced $2,371; cushions and stand sold separately.
Niche, 8312 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 782-1963. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday.More designs after the jump
Above: Niche's outdoor furniture collections by Paola Lenti include the Float easy chair, an update on the bean bag, constructed from thickly knit outdoor yarns that have the look and feel of a cotton sweater.
-- David A. Keeps
Photos courtesy of Paola Lenti.
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