Outdoor furniture putting a spin on garden design


Outdoor furniture swing by Dedon and Stephen Burks

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Name: Kida hanging lounger
Designer: Stephen Burks for Dedon 
Price: on request

When developing his latest design for Dedon, Stephen Burks sought to reinvent the swing. Burks was inspired by the company’s master weavers in the Philippines, and with their craft in mind, he developed a design that is embracing but doesn’t feel too enclosed. A colourful play on symmetry and geometry, the ‘Kida’ swing is an inviting piece of garden furniture that evokes relaxing summer evenings and calming lounging. Says Burks, ‘The magic of being in the factory and challenging everybody to find unfamiliar ways of doing things that give a fresh and uniquely Dedon feeling to the collection is always my mission.’

Outdoor furniture by Ethimo

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Name: Allaperto collection
Designer: Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez for Ethimo
Price: on request

Combining rattan and teak, Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez have created a series of multifunctional outdoor furniture pieces for Ethimo, including lounge elements such as chairs and swings, for the garden and beyond. The 100 per cent recyclable rattan rope is arranged in a herringbone weave and combined with the teak in geometric silhouettes.

W House Garden Xlboom Planters

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Name: Ent plant stands
Designer/Brand: Jan & Lara for XLBoom, available from Wallpaper*STORE
Price: From £143

A sleek addition to our balcony, the ‘Ent’ plant stand by Belgian designer couple Jan & Lara brings plants into the spotlight. Comprising a powder-coated upper plant pot and a lower stand, which can be utilised to host another plant or small items, ‘Ent’ is defined by its simplistic, minimal style. A combination of circular and oval shapes juxtaposed with vertical lines, the uncomplicated black iron structure will complement the design of any outdoors space.

Garden furniture by Gandia Blasco

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Name: Buit sofa
Designer/Brand: Mayice Studio, for Gandia Blasco
Price: on request

Made of lightweight but strong aluminium mesh, Mayice Studio’s new collection for Spanish brand Gandia Blasco is woven with a cushioned textile especially created for the outdoors by Kvadrat Febrik. The combination makes for a comfortable as well as visually bold design. The garden sofa is available in a range of colours, from white and concrete grey to orange and anthracite. Like many of Madrid-based Mayice Studio’s designs, ‘Buit’ has an architectural aesthetic.

Garden lighting by Roda

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Name: Pillow lanterns
Designer/Brand: Gordon Guillaumier, for Roda
Price: from €1,090 each

Outdoor specialist Roda has added its first lighting product to its accessories range. A perfect illumination for your garden, the ‘Pillow’ lantern designed by Gordon Guillaumier is beautifully refined and simple. It comprises a teak base and a subtle mesh enclosure, made from Canatex, a mix of hemp and polyester. With a rechargeable battery and a built-in handle, the lantern is portable, and can hang or stand alone. Available in 50cm and 70cm heights, it has an adjustable LED light, controlled by touch or an app.

Garden furniture by Vondom

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Name: Ulm daybed
Designer/Brand: Ramón Esteve, for Vondom
Price: £9,200

A garden cocoon by Spanish architect and interior designer Ramón Esteve for outdoor furniture company Vondom, ‘Ulm Moon’ really catches the eye. This splendid sphere is able to rotate on its own axis, offering all-round relaxation and an unbeatable outdoor escape. It is composed of two distinct halves: the lower part is made of rotational moulded polyethylene, while the upper part, in polypropylene cord braid, filters gentle light and air into the pod. An otherwordly piece to enhance any garden space.

Garden dining table by Exteta

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Name: Giotto table
Designer/Brand: Massimo Castagna, for Exteta
Price: €29,840

This monumental dining table brings both gravitas and joy to our outdoor dining. Working with Italian furniture company Exteta, architect and designer Massimo Castagna created the piece entirely in marble. The 2m-diameter table top, tapered at its circumference, is supported by three monolithic legs that add to the sculptural appeal. ‘Giotto’ is available in various marbles; here, Arabescato Orobico Red provides a highly contrasted finish.

Plain Jour Water Jug

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Name: Jour water jug
Designer/Brand: Inga Sempé for Nude, available from WallpaperSTORE*
Price: £82

Designed by Inga Sempé for Nude, the ‘Jour’ water jug is inspired by traditional French glassware and as such presents a streamlined aesthetic that that pays homage to French heritage design. An eye-catching composition of lines and volumes offers a contemporary edge while lead-free crystal glass ensures the handmade jug pairs flawlessly with other pieces from the collection.


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Name: Boleto lamps
Designer/Brand: Emiliana Martinelli for Martinelli Luce
Price: on request

These LED bollard lamps are a great example of what Italian lighting expert Martinelli Luce does so well. The functional and rationally designed outdoor lighting posts are characterised by a minimal mushroom-like silhouette (also giving the name to the lamps, as a nod to the Boletus mushrooms), and made of Corten-coated aluminium. They are designed by Emiliana Martinelli, who is now heading the company founded by her father in the 1950s, working with international designers as well as creating some of its more successful pieces.


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Name: Lita armchair
Designer/Brand: Paola Navone for Slide, available from WallpaperSTORE*
Price: £320

Designed by Italian luminary Paola Navone for Slide, the ‘Lita’ collection is a series of playful and contemporary furniture pieces defined by exaggerated proportions, glass accents and peculiar legs. Cut from polyethylene, this low ‘Lita’ armchair presents four oversized legs that are at once mesmerising to look at and the root of the chair’s sturdy balance, while a low, expansive and curved seat offers comfort and relaxation in big doses


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Name: Spark Grills
Designer/Brand: Spark
Price: $799


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