It’s been a great summer, and we sure are not alone in utilising our outdoor areas at home with gusto. Should you be after a refresh, we suggest investigating the three following ideas that will see you in stylish stead for years to come.
Al Fresco Approach
Bringing new meaning to the term “indoor-outdoor flow”, outdoor areas are increasingly being styled to mimic full-on living rooms — minus the four walls and roof part, of course. In order to create an open-air living space you’ll gravitate towards, opt for a sofa that has been specially designed to offer comfort, style and sturdiness in one.
The Giro collection, designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Kettal, is a perfect example of seamless versatility between both interior and exterior configurations. The Ansel sofa by Antonio Citterio for Flexform has been specifically crafted for just the outdoors, with a sleek stainless-steel base into which iroko wood slat armrests and backrests are fitted. Position two sofas facing one another, or a sofa and some lounging chairs, with a good-sized table in the middle to bring a feeling of enclosure and conviviality.
Thinking of woven furniture, you might have boho connotations. While that aesthetic certainly has its place, these wonderfully sophisticated woven pieces harbour plenty of appeal for even the more minimalistic among us.
From Patricia Urquiola for Kettal, the Maia armchair offers both cocooning comfort and an ultra-light look. Artisan braiding is just as at home in rustic surroundings as it is more elevated curations.
The Emma Cross outdoor chair by Varaschin utilises an acrylic fabric that overlaps the rope weaving covering the aluminium frame, drawing the surface of the backrest with diagonal lines. This double motif on this elegant armchair is particularly striking in all-white.
Soft tones will prove timeless, and it’s certainly possible to think outside the box within a muted colour palette rather than relying on neutrals. Another elegant outing from Patricia Urquiola for Kettal is the Roll dining chair, exceptionally comfortable with clever colourful straps that convert a regular backrest into two independent ‘wraps’. We love the underrated pairing of muted chocolate brown and light pink with the cream frame.