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Guide to buying outdoor furniture

“But I love to be outdoors. I prefer being outdoors to, you know, being inside.”

- Keith Carradine, Actor

Furniture is such a key staple in the home that it comes as no surprise that homeowners have a similar enthusiasm when it comes to buying furniture for their outdoor spaces. Buying interesting yet durable outdoor furniture has to be given some thought if your prized accessories are to be exposed to the outdoor climate and withstand the elements.

We’ve carefully select some of the best and durable outdoor furniture designs that will keep your extension of the indoors looking good all year round.

KNOLL BERTOIA SIDE CHAIR KNOLL BERTOIA SIDE CHAIR

Our Designer of the Month is Italian-born American artist, sound art sculptor and modern furniture designer Harry Bertoiaso what better way to begin our guide to outdoor furniture with one of his famous wire designs. This version of his side or dining chair comes unupholstered and is made from polished chrome welded steel rods. The chair is scratch, chip and chemical resistant and comes comes in one of three finishes. The rilsan protected black/white finishes are suitable for indoor or outdoor use, while the polished chrome finish is suitable for indoor use only.

Aluminium is the perfect outdoor furniture material as it is lightweight, doesn’t rust, and is extremely easy to maintain.

Fritz Hansen Ice Chair Fritz Hansen Ice Chair

The Ice Armchair designed by Danish trained cabinet maker Kasper Salto from the Ice collection is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, a first for Fritz HansenThe choice of strong and sustainable materials confirm its modern presence, evident through the ASA-Plastic seat and backrest and natural anodised aluminium base. The rib-like cut-out backrest is a standout feature, mirrored through the simple impressions within the solid surface of the seat.

For additional comfort, armrests are included of an angular nature which help to emphasise the tubular legs. Its construction allows each chair to be easily and safely stacked in a compact arrangement. A lightweight, comfortable and hardwearing chair, the Ice Armchair has a satin matt frame with the seat and backrest available in a range of colours. Alternatively the Ice Chair is available which does not include armrests.

To compliment the Ice Armchair The Davy Table, designed by Michel Charlot for Vitra, is a robust design for outdoor use.

Vitra Davy Table Vitra Davy Table

The table’s surface is fabricated from three-millimetre thick aluminium sheeting with rounded edges. The four legs, made of bent aluminium tubing, are affixed to the underside of the thin table top with leg mounts in die-cast zinc. In addition, the waterproof table can be stacked at an angle up to 4 tables high. It also features plastic caps on the legs which can be rotated to level the table on uneven surfaces.

Magis Vigna Chair Magis Vigna Chair

If you like a pop of colour in your outdoor space our MAGIS Vigna Chair is available in various colour palettes, with the frame and seat in contrasting colours highlighting the interlocking detailing as well as adding depth at each angle. The chair has shapely contours that are accentuated with the vine inspired detail twisting around the supporting frame, growing around each leg and resting around the back.

The frame is made from a cataphoretically-treated steel rod, painted in polyester powder with a polypropylene seat making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

 

Magis Folly Bench Magis Folly Bench

Kick back and relax on our MAGIS Folly Bench a rotational-moulded polyethylene bench accommodating up to 10 people. Soft undulating lines rise and fall to create high backrests at either end for an overall dynamic orientation. Arad's sweeping matt rust brown creation is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

You can also add personality and enhance your outside spaces with some of our outdoor accessories.

Barcelona Bird Table Barcelona Bird Table

The Barcelona Bird Table combines design classic detailing with the needs of our feather friends. Inspired by one of Mies van der Rohe’s absolute masterpieces it has a birdbath; a beautiful black basin that highlights the signature acacia wood which can easily be separated from the table, cleaned and refilled. The bird table is elegantly placed under the roof of the pavilion where bird feed can be placed securely on two spikes.

With a selection of outdoor furniture and accessories to choose from you’ll find it’s never been easier to bring your indoor style, outdoors.

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