The American dream in the post Gangham-style age is significantly different from the days when success was defined by a white picket fence, a Suburban in the driveway and a front porch swing (at least in some parts of the country). Mississippi-based designer and craftsman Andy Hilton decided to reinvent the traditional porch staple as a modern and versatile fixture for the next generation of homeowners. The SwingLab Modular Swing ($750) features a clean and simple profile, derived from a local industrial steel frame and Bald Cypress wood (famous in the South for its resistance to the elements and bugs) that’s meant to look right at home with houses of all eras. But it’s the inclusion of modular backrests, which allow the fixture to switch between a swing, bench or lounger, that make his piece stand apart. The result is a cool and functional addition to any homeowner looking to turn outdoor environments into a social space. Since each swing is made by hand, you’ll need to allow four to six weeks before delivery, so plan your spring BBQs accordingly.
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