blue bistro set made of steel
Photo: Lisa Shin

Cheery Sets in Several Styles

Solidly built using lightweight materials, bistro sets have long been loved for their portability and simple elegance, offering cozy seating for two just about anywhere you put them. They date to 19th-century France, when lemonade sellers used them to create impromptu cafés along the banks of the Seine. Originally, they were crafted with seats, backs, and tabletops of wood slats secured to cast-iron frames, and could be folded for quick storage. Today, bistro sets come in several styles—both easy-to-fold and more-substantial fixed sets, some with comfy rockers or armchairs—as well as in high-tech materials, such as no-paint resin and weatherproof powder-coated steel. Here and on the following pages: nine eye-catching sets, any one of which we’d love to have in our backyard.

Shown: Fermob Bistro Set

Made of: Powder-coated steel

Table size: 30"W x 29"H

Basics: A blueprint of the original 1889 Parisian folding chairs was used to create these sky-blue repros with a coordinating table.

$509 per set of two chairs and table;
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