Sling Chairs

At the beach or by the pool, this quintessential hot seat defines what summer is all about

St. Tropez Tahiti Club print, photographed by Gray Malin: from $249. 

Amid the grand canon of seating—armchairs, sofas, stools, etc.—a sling chair is practically synonymous with freedom. The very act of sitting in it denotes a mood of idle ease. (Have you ever tried barking orders from a sling chair? We're not entirely sure it can be done.)  The options below start at a mere $25 and run the gamut from jaunty stripes to an iconic designer print. Scatter several on a patio for hits of color that instantly uplift your outdoor decor. The best part? They fold up flat at summer's end.