As we come to the end of the 2019 summer season, I thought it might be nice to share some of the latest in outdoor furniture design pieces that we’ve seen this year from some of our industries leading designers. The Lazy Susan collection has a more refined, classical style. And we love that, so do our customers, it just fits on our patios and with the style of UK homes.
However, there are companies out there that are looking to break the mould, do something a little different. To take the convention we apply to the design of our pieces and throw that out of the window. That’s not to say they’ve compromised on looks or comfort, just that they’ve used maybe a different material, or created a silhouette that breaks from the norm. From garden shows to furniture shows, magazines and books, the team and I have compiled some of the more interesting pieces of modern outdoor furniture design we’ve come across over the last 10 months or so.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, why are they showing what is essentially a competitors outdoor furniture. True. But we are passionate about outdoor furniture, so why not share pieces that we are impressed by. And that doesn’t mean our furniture is any less ‘designed’ too. We know we have a good product that is designed for the UK. That product offer has evolved over the years, considerable effort has gone into creating a range that looks beautiful but is practical and ergonomical. We have a product that sells well, and is well liked by our customer base. Our customer photo gallery and testimonials will attest to that. However, good outdoor furniture is good outdoor furniture. We have been inspired by these pieces, so hopefully you will be too.
New York Garden Sofa by Sergio Bicego
The New York Garden Sofa has been designed by Sergio Bicego for top quality Italian brand Saba Italia. This is one of the best examples of outdoor pieces that look likes they were designed for the inside of our homes. It is that trend that has influenced the Lazy Susan Modern Collection. It is a philosophy we’ve applied since day one. Why shouldn’t outdoor furniture offer the same style and quality as the pieces inside our homes? Sergio has truly delivered with this sofa, combining comfort with good looks, it features a white-painted tubular metal frame, which is treated to protect it from the elements. The ergonomic cushions have an inner white waterproof cover, as well as an outer cover in quick-drying, non-absorbent technical fabric that delivered excellent performance in the Martindale fabric rub test (of up to 90,000 cycles). Which basically means it has excellent abrasion resistance to you and I, as well as being hygienically breathable. The cushion covers are available 13 different tones, blends or solid colours, or you can even supply your own material should you want something a little more bespoke.
Otto by Paola Lenti
The Otto collection from Paola Lenti is something a little different to the norm for sure. They’ve taken a high-tech rope weave, and created organic forms in a range of vibrant colours. Paola Lenti is internationally renowned for their unique furniture designs, and their outdoor pieces are no exception. The Italian company blends architectural structures with unique materials to create some truly stunning indoor and outdoor furniture. With the Otto collection they’ve fused traditional hand-crochet with a high-tech weave. This attention to detail in outdoor furniture design has created a yarn that delivers exceptional quality and performance. The Aquatech yarn creates a rope that is resistant to sun and water damage. But most importantly, they look great and are surprisingly comfortable to sit on.
Kartell Bubble Club Chair by Philippe Starck
We’ve seen the Bubble Chair at several garden and furniture shows in 2019 but it has been around for many years now. To me it is one of those pieces that is such a simple idea that you think why has nobody done it before. However, for me its the execution that makes them stand out from the crowd. Designed by Philippe Starck, who of course needs no introduction, it won the prestigious Compasso D’oro Award for industrial design excellence. The Kartell Bubble Club Chair was the first mass produced outdoor sofa made entirely from plastic too, so as they say, often imitated, but never bettered. I suppose you could argue why we’d include a piece that has been around for so many years in a ‘latest’ post, however, the style is probably more relevant to trends we see in our industry today than it ever been in its history. So much so, it has featured in many show gardens etc over the summer. I saw it myself at two garden shows. The style is reminiscent of a traditional old fashioned sofa but constructed from a material, and in a range of colours, that give it a real modern edge. The chairs are 100% weather resistant, and they can be used for both outdoor and indoor use.
Sandur by Oasiq
Slightly different to the Bubble chairs, this is a collection designed specifically to look like outdoor furniture. That said, as with many of the pieces in this post, the furniture itself would look just as good inside the home as it does outside, even if it isn’t based on a recognised inside style. The eye-catching open weave Sandur collection from Oasiq combines optimal comfort with a timeless airy design. “Inspired by nature. Crafted for people.” This is the mantra of the design team behind every Oasiq design. They reinforce that natural form with their simple elegant outdoor furniture designs that certainly contributes to a feeling of well-being and connection with your outdoor space. It just looks so inviting and relaxing, everything this type of outdoor piece should be.
Bay by Henrik Pedersen
Teak is a strange material. Not something we see too much of here in the UK but incredibly popular in countries such as Australia and the USA. And for good reason. The natural oils found in teak make it the perfect material for outdoor furniture design. It requires much less maintenance than many of the timbers we tend to opt for in this country. It is incredibly durable and water resistant, with that high oil content giving it the highest decay-resistance of all natural timbers. The Bay collection by Gloster takes teak as its primary material and has created these beautiful angular pieces that take some heavy style cues from the 60’s and 70’s. Designed by Henrik Pedersen for Gloster they’ve created a some of the finest luxury outdoor furniture on the market today. I saw it up close at a recent furniture expo and the quality was exceptional. Their teak is sourced from carefully managed plantations to ensure high quality and environmental responsibility too. Each sofa, chaise lounge and coffee table is shaped and finished by a dedicated craftsmen. This truly is the Ferrari of outdoor furniture design, the finish is exceptional.