Getting it all out in the open
by Gaia Grassi
The outdoors furniture collections from all the leading international brands are all paying homage to nature these days. And not simply because they are designed for use al fresco, but because they aspire to being natural in terms of both their forms and materials.
Hence leaf-shaped sun loungers, kitchens hewn from solid blocks of stone, lava-tiled coffee tables, seats upholstered in natural ﬁbres and tables with tops that look like tree trunk sections. Teak, luxury hard woods and marble all make an appearance too.
The shapes are soft and harmonious for the most part exuding a pared-back simplicity to keep things visually light. Another design trend is to break down the barriers between interior and exterior and that extends also to penning furnishings perfect for both interior and exterior use. Because these days, continuity is the name of the game.
Leaf Me Alone by Sameer Alamen
Leaf Me Alone is a leaf-shaped outdoor day bed upholstered in a water-repellent fabric. Can also be used as a bench. Design by Sameer Alamen
MBrace by Dedon
An intriguing combination of teak and the famous Dedon ﬁbre for these comfy armchairs and a rocker from MBrace. Design by Sebastian Herkner.
Leaf by Roda
A stainless steel structure combined with a leaf-shaped Grès top for the Leaf coffee table from Roda. Design by Gordon Guillaumier.
Virginia by Minotti
Minotti’s Virginia sofa combines a clean Iroko wood frame with soft water-repellent cushions. A modern classic. Design by Rodolfo Dordoni.
Sequoia by Roche Bobois
Roche Bobois presents the Sequoia table collection. All are made from lacquered steel with laser-cut tops. Available in black and white. Design by Erwan Peron.
Sciara by Paola Lenti
A series of acid-treated stainless steel occasional tables with a top made up of square lava and glass tiles. Design by Marella Ferrera.
Playa Grecia by Piscine Laghetto
Playa by Piscine Laghetto is an elegant mini hydromassage pool that will slot seamlessly into any surroundings. The exterior trim is a synthetic ﬁbre weave.
Tweed by Unopiù
A brushed steel framework interwoven with teak mimics and is named after a very special fabric, Tweed. Designed by Marco Meneghello & Sandro Paolelli for the new Unopiù collection
Palm Beach by Visionnaire
Palm Beach is an addition to Visionnaire’s outdoor collection. A modular sofa that’s hand wicker featuring handwoven resin wicker in a herringbone pattern
Sail by Gandiablasco
The Sail ottoman is part of the Gandiablasco outdoor collection. Made from durable outdoor fabric, it is stuffed with polystyrene pearls. Design by Héctor Serrano
Matus by Marta Sala Edition
The Marta Sala Editions collection plays with line and modularity. Take the Matus table, a clever matching of white Calacatta and black Marquinia marble
Incline by MinottiCucine
Incline is an angled stone outdoor kitchen unit from Minotti Cucine that features a gas barbecue and a sink with an invisible plug. Designed by Alberto Minotti
Gio by B&B Italia
The chaise-longue from the Gio collection by B&B Italia is made from solid teak with an antique grey ﬁnish that gives it a wonderfully silvery distressed look. Design by Antonio Citterio.