Outdoor Eating Solution: Glow-In-The-Dark Furniture

This winter has felt like a painfully long one. If your usual go-to comfort foods no longer have the same placating effects against winter's wrath, here's something that might combat your seasonal affective disorder: Serralunga's extraordinary furniture pieces that actually light up from within. Just imagine inviting guests for a barbecue this summer and having these cool pieces scattered around the yard.

The long-established Italian brand, which features Ron Arad, Christophe Pillet, Karim Rashid and Philippe Starck in its family of designers, is best known for its use of molded synthetic polymers to make spectacular design pieces that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor living. Especially striking are the illuminated pieces, such as the Meteor collection, available in three gemstone-shaped pieces that function as seating or perhaps a glow-in-the-dark coffee table, or the more straightforward "Milo" table and lounge cube.

No doubt, they'll make great objects to light up and use during summertime parties al fresco, but given how dark and miserable these winter days have been, why not not have something bright and glowing to come home to?

Table and seating from Serralunga's "Lounge cube" and "Milo" collections.[/caption]
Ditch the tiki torches this summer in favor of lighting that also gives your summer guests a place to sit.[/caption]
The Meteor collection is available in three sizes and can double as seating or a luminous coffee table.[/caption]

The Meteor collecion is available at Gibraltar Furniture ($350-$750). For other retailers and sales info, visit Serralunga's US site.