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I was a satisfied Article customer before I was even an Article customer. When a good friend of mine made an impromptu move cross-country to start her dream job, I leapt at the chance to inherit her Article couch… after saying my tearful goodbyes, of course.
After years of attempting to lounge on an uncomfortable, worn Ikea sofa, sprawling out on the Charme Tan Timber Leather Sofa ($1899) felt like an unparalleled luxury. Yet part of what makes Article such a heavyweight in the home furniture market is its ability to deliver that luxury at competitive prices. Even without the friends-and-family discount I received from my departing pal, I would've happily paid full price for the quality I got.
And so would many others: Article isn't in half a million North American homes for no reason. They're a sophisticated, curated brand offering a breath of fresh air from big-box competitors, while being streamlined enough in their manufacturing to pass savings onto us shoppers. So when the time came for my partner and I to remodel both our indoor and our outdoor space, I was delighted to find that Article had my back when it came to furniture for both spaces. Consider me a bigger fan than ever – even (or especially) after these remodeling headaches.
+ Wide ranging styles, from Scandinavian modern to new, '70s-inspired collection
+ Reliable quality and premium materials
+ Flexibility for both indoor and outdoor spaces, with several pieces suitable for either
We don't like
- While competitive with other retailers price-wise, it's still a splurge
- Occasional backorders/shipping delays
NOT ALL SOFAS ARE CREATED EQUAL
Coming out of the lockdown years, maximizing outdoor space became a huge priority of ours at home. The perfunctory strip of grass we had in our "backyard" area wasn't going to cut it anymore – which meant our converted garage had to get chopped in half to make room for a patio. Article saved the day on both ends of that process. With the remaining garage space we had left, we wanted to create a comfortable but flexible office space, where I could hole up for writing sessions but could also host guests so they had their own privacy.
Enter the Nordby Reversible Sectional Sofa, the absolute epitome of versatility. Not only does it fold out into a very generous sleeper bed, its design is also modular: you can rotate parts so that the L arm of the sectional is on either the right or the left. We played with both configurations as we set up the space, loving the options it gave us as the rest of the room slotted into place.
But the real showstopping feature is the easy-pull expansion into the sleeper bed: gone are the days of having to remove all the cushions and lift an entire mattress out on creaky springs. Instead, the sleeper cushions pop into place with a single pull, while the chaise opens up into a storage cabinet for all the sheets and pillows you need. That ease of configuration means it's become my go-to spot for a workday nap as well. There's absolutely no fuss required, so extra lounging room is available at a moment's notice.
ARTICLE, AL FRESCO
With that half of the project complete, it was time to pour a concrete slab and somehow turn that into a warm, inviting patio. Colors, textures and a sense of play were very much needed – and for that we had to look no further than Article's '70s Edit. As good as the midcentury revival days were to us antique lovers, I'm loving the ascendancy of '70s-inspired design: warm tones and natural fibers are all the more suited to my sunny pocket of Los Angeles.
The piece that really caught our eye (especially for the price) was the Molbo Geo Indoor/Outdoor Rug ($299). It stayed just as true to our theme of flexibility – not only is it available in both blue and yellow colorways, it's equally suited to indoor and outdoor spaces. Once we got our hands on the yellow edition, we quickly put that versatility to good use, bringing it outside for patio happy hours and inside when the time came to host an overnight guest.
THE HITS KEEP COMING
When it comes to this new, gloriously funky collection, that rug is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm in love with the deep green cushions on the Aby Dravite Reversible Sectional ($1999), while more minimalist types will welcome the soothing grays of the Avila Beach Sand Swivel Chair ($799). Either would welcome the addition of the Gota Vault Outdoor Pillow Set ($69), which not coincidentally overlaps beautifully with the Molbo rug.
Maybe their coolest departures, though, are in the outdoor coffee table genre. The Kera ($699) is somehow both imposing and playful in its squared geometry, looking equally chic in both beige and black colorways. And the Bek ($599) is that piece of Italo-decadent terrazzo fun that every party pad needs, with those signature thoughtful touches like a detachable tray that swivels around to your guests.
LOOK NO FURTHER
If my love for Article wasn't already clear, know that I'm already seriously considering my next purchase (this impossibly cool concrete-topped outdoor dining table.) They've got the kind of deep catalog that gives you endless options, while still feeling highly curated and sophisticated across the board. Whether you're looking to spruce up your indoor space, your outdoor oasis, or have a little bit of two-birds-one-stone, I couldn't recommend Article more highly. Just don't grab the last dining table before I do.