Since time immemorial, man has had an urgent desire to decorate outdoor spaces where to rest and relax. In Ancient Egypt, reeds and grasses that grew on the Nile River served to build wicker furniture as strong as it was light, allowing its use inside and outside the home. The fury for this organic material, which was joined by other more exotic ones such as rattan and bamboo, continued until the Victorian era, when the formal revolution that developed the movement mid-century It introduced new textures and materials such as steel or plastic cables, with a striking aesthetic and much more resistant to inclement weather.
In 2020, enjoyment and comfort are above all. Now they seem far away, but summer evenings in the garden will return, and with them the proposals that combine design and functionality at the service of peaceful hours, which hardly require maintenance. This is the case of fluffy sofas and sun loungers that transfer the tranquility of our living room to the outside. Or the distinguished silhouettes of icons of the 20th century reinterpreted with technological materials in modern gazebos and picnic tables, oblivious to the ravages of the elements.
Versatility is another feature that characterizes furniture outdoor new generation. Compartmentalizing outdoor spaces without the need for renovation is possible thanks to floor lamps that generate a wall of indirect light. On the other hand, the modular seats allow modifying the dimension and function of a simple armchair, turning it into a lively outdoor living room. And best of all: they do not require special care and you can enjoy them every day of the year.
That perpendicular rest that made famous the armchairs of Willem H. Gispen during the sixties it seems to come alive again – and in a lighter and extra-long format – in the Terracotta collection of Maisons du Monde. Among its brightest series for this summer, the hammock stands out Yuzu Designed in aluminum and plasticized fabric, so that the transit from the pool to your reading is a pleasure rather than a concern for its care.
Inspired by the terracotta landscapes of Morocco, it allows you to move it lightly, adopting four positions. When the cold comes again, you just need to cover it with the same series protection cover, in waterproof and UV resistant canvas. Available in six colors for 129 euros.
Recreate the Parisian bustle
The Serie Belleville He wanted to bring the charm and lively atmosphere of the French bistros to our terrace. This signature gazebo Vitra It bears the bohemian stamp of designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, who devised a new way of understanding plastic in their outdoor use for their set of chairs and table.
The seat It consists of a thin frame as a structure and a shell that ends in a backrest as narrow as it is comfortable. The table It stands out for its legs joined in a column, also inspired by the busy bars of Belleville, the Parisian neighborhood that gives it its name. The round tabletop is covered in a stain-resistant film, perfect for lengthening the desktop without remorse. Its price, from 409 euros on its website.
The residences of Mamounia and Es Saadi, places of pilgrimage for the Rolling Stones in the sixties, elevated Marrakech as an icon of decoration in a matter of exteriors. Around its crystalline swimming pools, meeting places were spread out wrapped in cushions, fabrics and shishas to the delight of the British. The carpeted floors were not only a bohemian way of understanding their gardens, but also relieved the high temperatures that warmed the pavement in the summer.
The Afro Rug parts of Gancedo They breathe that casual and detached air of the sixties in the crochet fabric and the relaxed colors. The textile interior design firm that surprised us with its proposal at Casadecor transforms any outdoor corner with the geometric design and lightweight fabric of its outdoor rugs.
Nordic flavored dinners
That manifesto based on subtle details and the beauty of the simple lines that characterizes the firm Muuto, it also extends in its proposal for terrace and garden. The collection Linear who designs Thomas bentzen opens a new way for this furniture where nothing is left over and everything adds up. The linear silhouette, together with the folded edges of its structure, allows rainwater to fall and be easily removed.
Both the table and bench surfaces are made of galvanized steel with a matt powder coating, which protects from the weather every day of the year. But it would not surprise us that its suggestive design available in different sizes and colors –white, burnt orange, turquoise and black–, spread throughout the house. From 495 euros in Finnish Design Shop.
Lamps that divide spaces
We tend to forget the possibilities that light offers when composing spaces, both inside and outside our home. In the case of The skinny girl, the floor lamp designed by Christophe Mathieu for the Spanish firm Marset, not only is a point of light generated outside, but it also allows separating or joining various environments without the need for work.
Available in three geometric shapes – square, vertical and horizontal rectangle – its name echoes the contrast generated by its vast dimensions with the light volume that supports it. The key element is a metallic structure on which the non-deformable fabric that wraps it is stretched, and which houses a light sphere only noticeable when we turn it on. An indirect light that evokes the chillouts of the nineties and the origami work that Mathieu’s father developed in his native Germany. From 559 euros in Ilutop.
The successful steel and wiring formula with which Allan Gould conquered open spaces in the 50s returns with strength and together with ultra resistant materials. That vision of the American ‘mid century’ of the interior designer, recognizable by the bamboo and plastic ropes on the backs of their seats, leads us to the set that TheMasie proposes for this spring 2020.
The collection Rinca from the online furniture firm puts the monstera green as the link between the four pieces that make up this set: two chairs, a sofa and a coffee table. The metal base in intense green, such a recurring color in street furniture, is supported by a cord in the same shade as the textile. Also available in garnet, it is that functional and distinguished solution that will perfect any terrace without major complications for our pocket. Its price, 660.46 euros.
A private ‘rooftop’
Urban terraces that extend on rooftops and balconies require a greater dose of imagination to cover narrow spaces and withstand greater exposure to inclement weather due to their height. The Serie Sollerön signed by designers Eva Lilja Löwenhielm and Jonas Hultqvistse for Ikea adapts to all types of environments. Thanks to its portable modules, it not only allows you to vary the number of seats on the sofa, but also to devise everything from a chaise longue to a coffee table.
A scholar in squeezing maximum functionality out of the Nordic beauty of the home, Löwenhielm uses rattan-effect plastic to create a structure that is rain and sun-proof and maintenance-free. The cushions woven in synthetic thread, not only keep the color longer but also repel water. Its price, 1,080 euros.
Rationalism in the sun
Enjoy the summer siesta every day of the year. In the hammock Rome from BoConcept this maxim of any bon vivant It is made possible by a protective lining that insulates it from inclement weather, while adjusting its back and enjoying a sunbath. Its functional design of industrial dyes in the texture and anthracite gray of the cover bears the seal of Henrik Pedersen, one of the most veteran creators of the Italian firm and author of the emblematic chair Imola, inspired by a tennis ball.
With an aluminum surface and electrostatic painting, its foam and polyester seat invites you to rest a long meal and enjoy any pleasure that arises horizontally. Its price, 1,189.15 euros.
A room to be outdoors
This cozy set from Kave Home will be the perfect ally to cope with the hot summers in the city. Composed of a five-seater sofa and a coffee table, Zalika It is that perfect place to have breakfast after a dip like having a late dinner, reading or just lying in any position.
The acacia wood that unifies the whole has a treatment that tolerates UV rays, in addition to the aluminum of its structure, as resistant to rust and corrosion as it is light to move it effortlessly. And that a call or thirst does not disturb your rest; the ends of the sofa serve as a side table to deposit what you want. Its price, 1,299 euros.
Le Corbusier’s garden
Cassina’s ‘outdoor’ premiere had to be big and based on modern icons of the 20th century. The LC Collection that the Italian firm updated in 2011 with some milestones that were jointly designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, is now being relaunched with new fabrics and finishes that convey the same distinction in outdoor spaces.
That fervor with which the French-Swiss architect and theorist always cited nature as the engine of inspiration from his childhood, is transferred to this dining room that stars the LC7 chair. It maintains the curvilinear silhouette of its predecessor but on a resistant fabric that repels moisture like the marble effect table that completes it. Chair from 1,560 euros and table 4,595 euros, both available on their website.
The unflappable chair
Iroko wood, known as African teak, is the basis of the ‘outdoor’ version of Ortigia, the famous family of seats in Flexform. Very hard and resistant to inclement weather, it has classic lines of contemporary design such as polypropylene braid, its padded seat or a solid PVC structure.
This armchair worked with techniques that recall traditional cabinetry, rests on a die-cast metal alloy, to effortlessly resist the racking of the coming months. In addition to the natural finish, it is manufactured in white lacquered or gray varnished. With a matching footrest, you will witness the most intriguing novel of the summer. Its price, available on request at MiliaShop.
Think of modules
The modular fever experienced in recent years often puts aesthetics in the background in favor of its functionality. But the Molo collection, whose design is oversized to keep intact the purity of its anatomy, the exception confirms all rule. Designed by Rodolfo Dordoni (Artemide, Cassina, Flos ..) for the furniture firm Kettal, emphasizes every detail in a lattice modularity whereby each element is removable and allows ephemeral environments to be created according to our needs.
The orthogonal geometry of this sofa refers to the word “jetty” –mole in English – transmitting that feeling of rest and refuge when the sea surrounds us. Available in aluminum, teak, concrete and outdoor fabrics such as highly resistant terrain and with a multitude of colors, we are left with this peach tone that will enliven any garden. Price on request in kettal.com.
The first collaboration of Philippe Starck with B&B Italia it is as visionary as one might expect. The unmistakable functional and artistic stamp of the creator of the Juicy Salif juicer for Alessi or the Victoria Host chair for Kartell, explores on this occasion a productive way of understanding the outdoor seat without detracting from its design presence.
Oh it rains! It is that sofa that we would dream of on any summer afternoon: fluffy, very comfortable and of immutable elegance to the sudden changes of the weather. Its ergonomic silhouette resides in an aluminum mechanism that allows the seat to recline when it rains or the wind intensifies. In addition, it acts as an invisible room divider and its rafia-inspired PES fabric repels water makes it a 100% waterproof piece of furniture. Price on request on their website.
The skin that inhabits my garden
Everything he touches (and designs) Paola Navone is imbued with one of the greatest complexities that interior design encompasses: to be revolutionary without diminishing the beauty of the object. The member of Studio Alchimia together with Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass Jr. and Andrea Branzi, the most radical group that Italy gave in the seventies, continues to surprise us with revealing collaborations such as the Taipei sofa for signature Baxter.
Its cold and wet touch that seems to simulate the skin of a reptile is due to the use of Cloister leather, obtained in free pastures and bred by Native Americans. Cut at ground level and with visible seams, this leather seems to ironically emulate the covers that protect the seats exposed to the elements. One of those pieces with a great presence that demands sculptures and exuberant vegetation around it. Price on request in Martinel Store.