When it comes to outdoor furniture the options are visibly more limited compared to everything indoor-related. The typical garden and patio sets are the obvious choice but if you want something different, something that stands out, it’s time to think outside the box. There are actually lots of interesting options if you know where to look for them. We’ve put together here some examples that we think could set you on the right track. These waterproof outdoor furniture pieces are as durable and practical as they are intriguing.
The Hexa modules were designed by Taeke Halma and have hexagonal shapes inspired by nature. Several of them can be combined to create custom bookcases and storage units which gives you lots of flexibility. The modules are made of polyehtylene and they can be used both in indoor and outdoor spaces. They come in a variety of colors and are incredibly versatile.
Here you can see on the left the gorgeous Blos rocking chair designed by Karim Rashid, elegantly combined with the Amélie Duetto sofa by Italo Pertichini. Each is unique and spectacular in its own way and they both share a minimalist and contemporary aesthetic. The rocking chair has a very organic shape which allows it to look at home in gardens and stylish backyards. The sofa also has a very delicate design with sinuous lines and soft edges, featuring an oval seat and a frame that wraps around it like a sleeve.
The Little Queen of Love armchair designed by Moro e Pigatti has a very distinctive look. It’s a small chair ideal for kids and small seating areas in general and it has a very rich and detailed design with a baroque -inspired aesthetic. It is however a modern piece made out of polyethylene which allows it to be suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces. It’s durable, resistant and bold in a very unique way. You can get in a variety of different colors and pair it with the full-size Queen of Love armchair.
Hanging chairs are particularly well-suited for outdoor areas such as decks, patios and gardens. This gorgeous piece was designed by Patricia Urquiola and is part of the colorful Tropicalia collection. It has a modern geometry and a cocoon-inspired design. The frame is made of tubular steel making this hanging chair exceptionally durable and resilient. Also, it comes in both a monochromatic and a colorful version so you can pair it with all sorts of decors.
The Amaca bench is definitely not your usual piece of furniture which is what makes it so interesting in the first place. It was designed by David Weeks and has a painted steel base and a circular seat made of colored handwoven cord. It’s an intriguing and multifunctional piece which can be used in a variety of different ways, whether it’s for lounging or relaxing with a book out on the patio. Each individual piece is unique.
Designed by Tord Boontje in 2009, the Shadowy chair is already a classic. It’s very peculiar-looking, featuring an elongated back that curves inwards at the top forming a loop that doubles as a roof. Similarly, the seat and the armrests also curve, giving this chair a really cool and eye-catching look. The frame is made of tubular steel and the seating is wrapped with a polyethylene cord which offers a wide range of color choices as well as several different patterns. They’re also a matching chaise longue version with similar characteristics.
Inspired by traditional garden furniture and in particular the iconic Emanuelle rattan chair, the Cala armchair is a modern piece of outdoor furniture with an elegant and imposing design. It has a strong presence thanks to its high backrest which expands and widens towards the top, creating a shell around the chair. The cushions match the color of the frame in this case but there are actually numerous design options and lots of different colors and fabrics to choose from in order to make each chair unique.
Beach chairs can be beautiful and interesting too, even when they’re as simple as this one. In fact, the intentional simplicity and lack of bold contrasts or decorative elements make this a really charming piece and a great addition to outdoor areas like decks, poolside areas and of course beautiful sandy beaches. Pair it with a stylish side table and enjoy its charming minimalism. This beach chair has wheels for easy maneuverability and it’s part of the Tibbo collection.
An outdoor setup needs more than basic furniture in order to look and to feel complete. An accessory such as a lamp can be just as important as a bench or a chair and The Others is a collection which focuses exactly on that. This is a series of lanterns with quirky, anthropomorphic designs which gives the playful and eye-catching expressions. They’re sculptural and sophisticated and they-re hand-woven which makes each individual piece unique. The lanterns come in a variety of shapes and combinations, either as individual pieces or combined in totem-inspired stacks, with acrylic eyes as ornaments.
This is Nestrest, a cocoon-like lounger designed by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety. It’s a hanging lounger which offers a cozy and comfortable nook inside, big enough for several children or a couple of adults and with small cushions of different shapes and sizes for added comfort. The frame is fiber woven and breathable, allowing the air to pass through and letting those inside to see out but preventing anyone on the exterior to peek inside.
The Apsara collection designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba is all about versatility and flexibility. This is a set of modular seating elements which can be combined and rearranged in a variety of different ways based on need, layout and available space. The base is made of aluminum and wooden slats and comes in two sizes. It can be combined with waterproof cushions and other modules to create a multitude of seating arrangements and configurations.
The Nautica hanging chair is an elegant piece from MUT Design. It has a simple design with sinuous lines and a flat bottom for added stability and comfort. This particular version has a rattan-inspired appearance. The frame however is made of high resistant aluminum tubing with a texture epoxy paint finish. Several options are available as well as numerous different outdoor fabrics that offers lots of customization possibilities.
Creating comfortable and flexible conversation areas outdoors is easy with the Ames Caribe series. The collections offer a variety of seating options and matching tables which can be arranged in lots of different configurations and which come in various bold and playful colors. The 2-seater bench is a beautiful piece with a curved back, an oval seat and a slender frame that gives it a lightweight appearance. The Vis-a-Vis bench is perhaps the most eye-catching of all, featuring an undulating shape which placed two individual seats facing opposite directions on either side of the curved frame.
The PAL series is by far the most extensive collection of outdoor furniture pieces of all those mentioned here. It was designed by Francesc Rifé and it includes a multitude of modules that combine sleek and elegant bases made of solid teak wood with a series of comfortable seat and back cushions of different shapes, sizes and colors. There are numerous different modules and combinations to choose from which gives great flexibility when setting up a custom outdoor seating area.