A Ph.D. in Fabrics? Really?

Its true. Dr. Anderew Dent, Vice President of consulting firm Material ConneXion, earned a Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Cambridge. Researching fabrics and helping designers locate their ideal material for their various uses, Dr. Dent offers the readers of The New York Times his expertise in the area of outdoor cushions.

Dr. Andrew Dent | photo from New York Times

Dr. Andrew Dent | photo from New York Times

The New York Times shares with us Dr. Dents’ top choices in fade-resistant, sun-loving, color fast and water repellant outdoor furniture cushions within the monetary reach of all affluence’s. Here a few…

How about something on the wild side. This outdoor leather cushion has a soy-based foam wrapped in Teflon-treated fabric and covered in leather hide from Rockwood Casual Furniture.

Outdoor Leather Cushion $150 | RockWood Casual Furniture

Outdoor Leather Cushion $150 | RockWood Casual Furniture

These candy colored cushions retail for $48 to $58 each at Design Within Reach and are covered in Sunbrella fabric wrapped around polyester foam and wrapped Dacron.

Sunbrella Acrylic Cushions $58 | DWR

Sunbrella Acrylic Cushions $58 | DWR

I love these cute poufs. And they can be used outdoors! Designed by Francesco Rota for Paola Lenti, these polystyrene interior wrapped cushions are covered in polyester and Aquatech fabric. Quite pricy at $950 each through Karkula – but sooo darn glamourous and cute.

Play Pouf $950 | Karkula

Play Pouf $950 | Karkula

Pottery Barn will never give up. Of course they have cushions for every sun bather and covered in Sunbrella, they’ll keep looking good for years to come.

Foam Chaise Cushions $249 | Pottery Barn

Foam Chaise Cushions $249 | Pottery Barn

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