Outdoor spaces: furniture and finishes (first part)

The perfect outdoor décor features furniture, floors, verandas, sheds and pergolas, lighting

The recent sanitary emergency made it necessary for many people to stay locked up indoors for several months and made outdoor spaces even more valuable. As a result, outdoor furniture, which has been growing steadily for ten years, continues to thrive and is among the industries least affected by the crisis. Moreover, companies invest more and more in outdoor furniture, looking for new recyclable materials that use less energy and are ultimately more eco-friendly.

Armchairs and sofas to relax outdoor

Forte dei Marmi is a sectional modular lounge sofa, designed by Studio Marco Piva, from the Versilia collection by Rever. The pieces, which can be freely combined, feature a rope or woven fabric backrest with metal frame and decorative and supporting cushions. The coffee table completes the collection, both as a modular complement and as a free-standing element.

Sectional sofa Forte dei Marmi, designed by Studio Marco Piva for Rever

Outdoor furniture and recycled materials

Folio Rocking is the rocking version of Folio, the chair designed by Raffaello Galiotto for Nardi Outdoor. As the name says, Folio is made from a single sheet of resin, bent to balance the seat’s stiffness and elasticity. The kit for the rocking base is an optional of the fixed version, which can be purchased separately, formed by two slides to be applied in place of the feet. Hollow armrests hide a patented mini manual mechanism, which allows the backrest to recline in two positions. The chair also includes two upholstered cushions for extra comfort. Folio is in fully recyclable polypropylene, an extra element of the “Regeneration” project for the reuse of plastic, a project that Nardi enthusiastically supports.

Folio Rocking chair, by Raffaello Galiotto for Nardi Outdoor

Comfortable lounge chairs

Emma is a lounge chair designed by Monica Armani for Varaschin, with weatherproof materials, as needed for the outdoor furniture. Therefore, the painted aluminum structure is covered with a handmade weave, with a polypropylene cord, especially suitable for outdoor furniture. The seat cushions feature removable covers, upholstered in Dryfeel, a filling ideal for outdoor use. Finally, the legs are by aluminum or iroko wood.

Daybed Emma, by Monica Armani for Varaschin

The Scacco collection, by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba for Talenti, plays on the contrast between the roundness of the upholstery and the chessboard designed on the backrest. It features an aluminum structure, upholstered with synthetic nautical rope drawing a chessboard, which takes on different shapes, depending on the model. A modular Sofa, a piece available in a wide range of modules, creates an exceptionally versatile outdoor furniture collection.

Lounge chair Scacco, by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba for Talenti

From Flexform, the Tessa armchair, by Antonio Citterio Design, in the Outdoor version. Outdoor version is made of iroko wood, with joints according to tradition. Seat and backrest feature an interweaving polypropylene cord, hand-woven, in different colors. The cushions make the armchair more comfortable. The Tessa Outdoor furniture family includes an armchair, pouf, a bench, and a coffee table.

Tessa Outdoor armchair, by Antonio Citterio Design for Flexform

The Jeko collection, by Paola Navone for Gervasoni, includes an armchair, armchair with a built-in coffee table, and lounge chair. Inspired by the Far East culture, the pieces come in natural Ecoteak. The cushions have removable covers.

Jeko collection, by Paola Navone for Gervasoni

Poolside furniture: sunbeds

Rafael, by Paola Navone for Ethimo, is a beach sunbed with a deconstructed and somewhat tribal shape. It belongs to the broader collection of Rafael furniture, including tables, sunbeds, and lounge chairs. Its characteristic feature is the raw slatted backrest, in natural teak, held together by unique metal staples. The cushions feature chunky woven fabrics, which complete the “raw” style.

Beach sunbed from the Rafael collection, by Paola Navone for Ethimo

The O-Zon lounge chair by Kris Van Puyvelde for Royal Botania features futuristic lines. In1 stainless steel or painted aluminum, it opens and closes in different positions for extra comfort. Moreover, it is stackable, which makes it more practical at the poolside.

O-Zon lounge chair, by Kris Van Puyvelde for Royal Botania

The sheltering space: the sun porch

From Pratic, the Slide Glass 60 verandas glazing system.  The Slide Glass 60 is a glazing system for panoramic and sliding porches on rails in clear, tempered glass, with a clean and minimal design. Equipped with a frame available in over 30 Pratic colors, the glazing system allows us to close even large surfaces. Once closed, the glazing provides exceptional shelter against water infiltration, damage, salt spray fog, draughts, and strong wind. The perfect refuge for terraces and verandas.

Slide Glass 60 glazing system for verandas by Pratic

Cabins and pergolas for open spaces

Very simple and essential, Shibuya is Ferruccio Laviani’s pergola for Unopiù. Two cubic units slide on rails, to take different positions. A version with swivel wheels equipped with lock allows even more mobility. Launched for the first time in 2014, today, it features an aluminum structure, yet lighter and more comfortable to move. Among the accessories for comfort, LED lights, heating lamps, and water vaporizer. The pergola is completed with different roofing, from panels in Nordic pine strips, to bamboo reed mats, to micro-perforated sheets. It can also be enriched with side curtains in micro-perforated fabric.

A garden pavilion inspired by Asian simplicity is Toku, a design by Vincent Van Duysen for Paola Lenti. It features a structure in cedarwood and fabric, with panels for seating with fixed or adjustable backrest in two different sizes. The Toku series also features a cot with adjustable backrest and benches with wooden or fabric seating surfaces.

Toku, garden pavilion by Vincent Van Duysen for Paola Lenti

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