Transform your patio into an outdoor living space
Outdoor living was a major garden trend at this year’s imm cologne, providing an opportunity for countless well-known interior designers to make their debut in the world of outdoor furniture or to present weatherproof versions of some of their most popular designs. Here are five collections that you can use to create a stylish outdoor space.
1. “Dune” for Gloster: Relaxed weatherproof seating
In a complementary mix of polished teak and durable aluminium, the “Dune” collection for Gloster is designed to add a touch of luxury to your garden.
The elegant seating range created by Sebastian Herkner comprises a two and three-seater sofa, a lounge chair and an ottoman, with luxurious upholstery draped casually over the wooden frame and rounded seat backs for ultimate comfort. Especially for this collection, Sebastian Herkner developed four outdoor textiles manufactured from weather-resistant Sunbrella yarns using a special 3D knitting technology. The ensemble can be completed with a dining table with striking teak legs and a coloured glass top that co-ordinates perfectly with the seating range.
2. Brixx sofa by Dedon: Style and substance
The “Brixx” sofa by German manufacturer Dedon is another piece designed to create a luxury ambience in your outdoor space. Marking the label’s first foray into upholstered furniture for outdoor use, the modular sofa system by designer Lorenza Bozzolis is comprised of rectangular units with or without backrests, which you can combine to create your own personal configuration, making “Brixx” ideal for spaces of any size – from balconies to large patios.
The specially developed outdoor fabrics are not only wonderfully soft and water-resistant, but also sustainable: The chunky yarn is made from 50% brightly coloured recycled fibres, creating a deliberately mottled look with rich colour nuances. The Brixx sofa also features a unique seam running diagonally across each module, creating a graphic pattern echoed in the triangular side table, which is proportioned to perfectly match the sofa modules.
3. “Fern” lounge chair: Timeless design for your garden
If you want to get really comfy in your garden, then a proper armchair is an absolute essential. For the “Fern” lounge chair, Sebastian Herkner drew inspiration from nature and the fine structures of a fern leaf. The natural design is complemented by the polished teak wood frame, which is joined to a supportive backrest made from powder-coated aluminium. Soft, voluminous cushions made from hand-woven outdoor fabric invite you to sink in and relax. Once you’ve chosen your favourite of the two neutral colour variants for the woven fabric, you can select the fabric for the seat and back cushions from a range of over 50 outdoor materials with fine or coarse textures. The “Fern” chair is sure to become a design highlight in your outdoor living room.
4. Ambient Mesh: Stylish lighting for lazy summer evenings
If you get carried away reading and relaxing in your lounge chair, then the Ambient Mesh LED light by Henrik Pedersen will be your saviour when the sun starts to set. As a tabletop lantern or standing lamp, the light creates a homely atmosphere in your outdoor space at the touch of a button.
Using the wireless remote control, you can choose from eight different levels of illumination. The shade, which is mounted on a slimline aluminium base, is encased in a layer of weatherproof mesh fabric, which subtly diffuses the light to create fascinating shadow patterns in the dark.
5. Kick back with Kettal cushions
Available in a range of sizes, colours and patterns, these accessories will allow you to add your own personal finishing touch to your outdoor living room.
6. “Silhouette” rugs: A masterpiece for your floor
If you want to make sure your outdoor space is warm and welcoming from top to toe, then you’ll want to check out the “Silhouette” outdoor rug by Jaime Hayon.
With its minimalist illustration and understated colours, this accessory is more like an abstract artwork than a rug. The hand-embroidered kilim is adorned with a chain-stitch design and is available from Spanish interior label nanimarquina in two sizes and as a wall hanging.
With modern outdoor furniture and decorative accessories, you can create a relaxing lounge feel outside your home.
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