5 stylish ideas for designer outdoor furniture
5 ideas for an enchanting designer outdoor area
In summer, our gardens or courtyards become an extension of our homes, the place we relax and enjoy the cool breeze after a long day at work. We may also often eat outside during these months and because we spend so much time outside, our al fresco space should reflect our personality and lifestyle.
If you want to create a stylish outdoor area, it is not a question of merely hastily buying a table and a handful of chairs. With all the products available on the market today, it can be a long, arduous process finding the right solution, so we have created a list of 5 ideas to help you create a designer outdoor zone that is a delight to spend time in.
When we talk about designer outdoor furniture, the main elements to consider are:
- tables (dining, coffee or bistro)
- seating (chairs, armchairs, stools, sun loungers)
Combining just these elementary pieces allows you to come up with numerous compositions depending on your personal preference and the type of outdoor space you have to work with. So, given there are so many options, before you go ahead and start planning, let’s take a look at some of the most popular design trends for outdoor decorating.
Any self-respecting garden should have a space where you can enjoy al fresco dining and of course, the fundamental item of furniture, as highlighted above, is a table. But what sort of table?
Garden dining tables, for example, need to be able to withstand the elements, so the type of material is important, and they should also be robust enough to cope with plenty of guests crammed around them. After all, part of the charm of outdoor dining is its casual nature, so there must always be room to add a chair for that unexpected extra guest.
Nothing fits the bill better than the Span outdoor dining table and matching bench seats. Designed by John Pawson with his typical minimalist and meticulous approach, the combination of white marble and golden sandstone delivers on aesthetics, space and solidity.
Your patio, courtyard or garden is also a place for relaxing and this is where outdoor coffee tables are a must, not only as a practical surface for placing a book or refreshing drink, but also to create the right atmosphere. A perfect example is Taula, an innovative coffee table with a near-mystical appearance that, despite being made of stone, seems incredibly lightweight, so much so that you have the effect of a top that flutters above its base.
One other type of outdoor table to consider is the so-called bistro table, and here we can use our René to demonstrate the charm it can add to an outdoor space. However, this particular table has a magic that goes beyond mere appearance, as it has fascinating (and eco-friendly) story behind it. Each top is made from abandoned or reclaimed stone that has been repaired with a golden resin, in a contemporary reinterpretation of the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi.
With our table choices made, it’s time to look at the other essential component for a designer outdoor area and of course, we are talking about seating.
Putting aside standard dining chairs, we have two other interesting options for adding a touch of colour and style:
- chaise longue
Garden stools can be a versatile option, as well as being extremely easy to move around to wherever you need them at a particular moment. They also can inject colour and, if you choose carefully, an artistic touch. Our Ikona stools, available in four simple but striking shapes, could almost be considered miniature sculptures, adding an extra dimension to your garden. Designed by Elisa Ossino, they come in Cipollino, Giallo Egiziano, Rosa Perlino and Verde Guatemala marbles. With wheels on their base, they are a breeze to move, and they also have the advantage of being able to also be used as a handy side table.
While stools may be squat and compact, at the other end of the spectrum is a chaise longue with its classic extended form bringing a touch of drama to an outdoor setting. Its long, curved shape lends itself perfectly to lolling around reading, listening to music or a podcast or simply enjoy a nap under a tree or by the pool.
What could be more relaxing than stretching out on our Curl? This contemporary take on the classic chaise longue sees a single piece of beautiful white Bianco Carrara marble or luxurious dark-brown Pietra d’Avola limestone reduced to a slender silhouette, using advanced CAD and CAM technology. Combining cutting-edge engineering, audacious design and brilliant creative flair, it breaks the rules and represents a bold new frontier.
We have looked at just a handful of the many ideas for furnishing an outdoor space with designer objects and flawless taste. If you are thinking about how to transform your garden, patio, courtyard or terrace into an enticing outdoor paradise, why not get in touch? Our team of expert design consultants will be delighted to help.