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(Franco Forci / For The Times)

Rarely has sheet metal possessed so much levity. Working for the Italian company Emu, the Israeli-born, Paris-based designer Arik Levy created outdoor chairs called Pattern, whose visual lightness belied their heft. The honeycomb cuts in the metal heightened the airy effect, as did the color palette, which included cotton candy blue, deep teal and cherry red in a striking matte finish.