It doesn’t matter how small your outdoor space is, in the UK, as soon a we get a spot of decent weather, we love spending time in our gardens. From BBQ’s to tending the hardy perennials, we’re a nation of garden lovers. A recent survey found that over 70% of Brits have some form of garden furniture.
Recent trends have proven that your outdoor furniture set can be elegantly stylish or realistically simple. It is very popular to design and create a stylish, relaxing, exterior style furnished outdoor living space.
Our gardens are a true extension of our homes, with furniture and accessories that can rival indoor furnishings for beauty, innovation, and functionality. Here, we present a few more of our favourite pieces from the latest crop of garden furniture innovation:
Yacht Garden Tables
Duffy London make some of the best furniture in the UK. Their designs are ideas-based, combining art and function and playing with the concepts of gravity, geometry and illusion. Boasting strong eco-credentials, everything is handmade to order by skilled craftspeople, using sustainable wood and other eco-friendly materials and mediums.
Their Yacht Garden Table is constructed from shipbuilding tools, techniques and materials such as decking, cleat hooks, carabiners, pulleys and sail material. And whilst not outdoor, check out their incredible Swing Table too.
Convertible Garden Furniture
How about converting your garden chair to a stool or your garden bench to a garden picnic table that seats six in one easy move that takes just seconds? This high quality dual purpose garden bench from Green Future Building is an incredibly versatile piece of furniture.
Ingenious in design and skilfully built, a superb space saver that can easily change from a bench into a picnic table. Stylish as a bench and practical as a dining table it is ideal for any garden.
Soft Rocker Oscillating Outdoor Recliners
Soft Rockers are basically oscillating outdoor recliners that charge your gadgets. Charging your iPhone whilst doing a spot of sunbathing… Sounds crazy? Maybe. But we still think they’re great.
These stylish teardrop shaped loungers were designed by Sheila Kennedy, a professor at MIT, along with a team of interns at Kennedy & Violich Architecture. Their appeal lies in a number of clever features, including a solar panel strip on top, neon lighting added for after dark illumination and built-in battery and power outlets for your gadgets.
Sculptural Outdoor Seating
Modern art takes to the outdoors with this sculptural moulded furniture from Qui est Paul. If you’re not sure whether you should sit on it or admire it from afar, then you’ve got this trend nailed. Sculpture slash garden furniture is designed for the most chic of contemporary outdoor spaces.
The Roto collection by Qui est Paul was created to put comfort first, followed by a über cool looks in a palette of hot colours.
Children’s Garden Furniture
The Vondom collection by Agatha Ruiz De La Prada is their first Kids collection, and what a first collection it is. A funny, creative and optomistic composition integrated throughout child like forms such as flowers and hearts. The initial collection consists of two basic elements, a mini table and chair.
Ice Cooler Tables
Dedon’s Play Dining Table with Ice Cooler is a simple but stunning piece of furniture. Co-created with super designer, Philippe Starck, the design is innovative not only because of the integrated ice bucket, but also because they’ve chosen to make it in a very new material. The teak look table top is made actually from an innovative bamboo powder and thermoplastic resin.
Colour and Pattern
The use of bold colours and pattern has just as much impact in the garden as they do inside your home. Colours in garden furnishings is increasingly becoming bolder and much more vibrant. Colours more associated with interiors are finding their on to the patio. From pastel blues, to fresh yellows, and bright greens.
Patterns are become more varied this year too, with a polka dot, florals and bold stripes all hitting stores. Ikea have some great pieces in their 2013 collection such as the hot pink chair paired with a bold stripe cushion shown above.
Aluminium Garden Furniture
Patio furniture comes in all kinds of material today and outdoor fabric is better made to withstand the elements than ever before. Hand wrought aluminium is still for me the go-to material. Made by pouring aluminium into a mould, it is light weight and therefore easy to move around, but perfect for standing up to the British climate.
Teak Outdoor Furniture
Teak has had a mini resurgence of late. As a material, it has the ability to retain its good looks over a period of time. It is resistant to the elements and requires very little maintenance.
The Bogard outdoor furniture collection by Mama Green provides the perfect blend of style, durability and comfort. FSC Certified recycled teak slats are fitted with generous cushions and set on a contemporary stainless steel framework.
Rattan Wicker Patio and Conservatory Furniture
A longtime favourite here at Lazy Susan, Rattan Wicker still maintains its popularity, with new synthetic pieces being easily available, maintenance free and affordable.
And if none of these current garden furniture trends sound too appealing, that’s okay… It’s your patio – add your own creative flair, and maybe you’ll set a few new trends of your own this summer!