Here is a scientifically proven formula for a modern porch, deck, or garden setting (apologies about the prices).
Take one Michael Young (UK designer) Tolt Outdoor table fashioned from robinia wood with a Corian top (specify rounded or rectangular); set includes table and two benches; $4,193 at Unica Home.
Suspend this stainless steel and wicker egg chair by Nanna Ditzel from a nearby tree branch; $2,984 at Unica Home.
Pair this weather-resistant Tatu wire table by Stephen Burks for Artecnica (produced by South African artisans) for $400 from Unica Home.
Nearby, casually position a beech or teak rocking recliner from New Zealand designer David Trubridge (contact Minima Design for price and shipping information).
Provide nighttime illumination with this red lantern and stand for $150 from Conran.
Finally, a teak and aluminum foldable table from Brooklyn-based Robert Martin Designs (visit the site for ordering information).