Someone once said that having a garden is like having an extra room in your home. We are enjoying a glorious Spring and now more than ever we can appreciate this extra space to dine, relax and cherish nature and bird song. Here TheHouseDirectory.com presents a selection of fantastic outdoor furniture for 2020 and for years to come.
Working closely with renowned designers, Roche Bobois offer a broad range of exclusive made-to-order designs manufactured with a high level of customisation from small European workshops. The Traveler Collection, designed by Stephen Birks, features an epoxy lacquer finish and cushions in a choice of upholstery colours and fabrics. The image portrays a Traveler lounge armchair, with a three seat sofa and cocktail tables. There’s also an armchair with hood and a dining table in the collection. www.roche-bobois.com
The Stripes Company
The Stripes Company, specialists in timeless English designs, have a great range of director’s chairs, Edwardian canopied styles and traditional single and double deck chairs in a range of classic woven cotton, striped fabrics. There are also hammocks, folding wooden stools and wooden-framed garden shelters, which are faithful replicas of Edwardian garden sun shelters, popular from the 1900s through the 1950s and are ideal for storage, as windbreaks or for dining under a sheltered garden retreat. www.thestripescompany.com
Architectural Heritage have specialised in the highest quality garden ornament for over four decades and their latest elegant collection includes all you need for dining and relaxing in the garden. They recently introduced the Architectural Heritage Hand-Forged Iron Garden Furniture Collection. Taking inspiration from 19thc French originals, the collection includes dining tables and distinctive ladder-back chairs, tree seats and benches, both straight and curved, and sprung garden chairs for comfort. Hand-forged and finished with long-life outdoors in mind, furniture is primed and painted in standard white, or for a small charge, to your chosen colour. www.architectural-heritage.co.uk
Go Modern consider the garden a stylish extension to the home, taking the indoors outside with a selection of luxury furniture. Garden sofas, chairs, tables and sun loungers are the latest in contemporary designs, available in teak, aluminium, top quality synthetic rattan and high-tech materials to last a lifetime. Brands include Manutti, Tribu, Point, Fast Spa, Smania and Calma. Pictured is the new 2020 Tribu Illum table and exceptionally comfortable and classy Mood chairs in linen. The table is available in four sizes with a choice of ‘indestructible’ ceramic or teak top, pictured. www.gomodern.co.uk
Indian Ocean have been at the forefront of garden furniture design since 1990, creating luxurious outdoor furniture and concepts for balconies, country gardens, outdoor kitchens and super yachts. For 2020, teak pieces provide a link to Indian Ocean’s heritage, in combination with technically advanced fabrics and inspiring modern designs – Cove, Cruise, Eclipse and the Marina Collections of beautiful furniture for dining and lounging. Pictured are Marina sofas, lounge chairs, side tables and coffee table; there are also dining tables and chairs, bar stools and drinks trolleys in the collection. www.indian-ocean.co.uk
More than ever, our gardens are becoming an extension of the way we live indoors. Exceptional design coupled with innovative materials and practical seating for relaxing and dining is key. The Scandinavian style and rope detailing on Holloways Hellasgarden set, comprised of a two-seater sofa, two armchairs, two coffee tables and a footstool, accents this range, which is perfect for comfortable, stylish, contemporary outdoor living. Holloways is a family business offering a fantastic selection of indoor, conservatory and garden furniture and antique and modern garden ornament, mainly sourced from British manufacturers – and they offer free interior design consultancy. www.holloways.co.uk
Since 1982 Domain have been passionate about the design, form and function of modern European furniture and lighting. Their vast range of products includes garden furniture to enhance our lives outdoors. The Solanas range, pictured, is from the stunning outdoor furniture collection Gandia Blasco and reflects its cool, Spanish, Mediterranean vibe. Designer Daniel Germani recently extended the Solanas range to include the sectional sofa, round day bed, table, dining and lounge chairs. The collection is elegant, comfortable and durable for outdoors, an irresistible choice for long, hazy summers. www.domainfurniture.info
Leisure Plan are the exclusive sales and distribution partners for three distinguished brands of outdoor furniture: Dedon, Fischer Mobel and Ego Paris – the makers of the Marumi range pictured. Designed by Thomas Sauvage with soft curved lines, Marumi means ‘beautiful circle, roundness’ in Japanese and is also a tribute to the restraint and minimalism of Japanese design. Tables in the collection come in three sizes (160cm, 240cm and 295cm) with a choice of ceramic, teak or aluminium table tops. Stackable dining chairs are available with either teak or aluminium seat and back panels. There’s also a sun lounger in this sophisticated range. www.leisureplan.co.uk
Always in search of the rare, the unusual and the authentic, Appley Hoare Antiques specialise in French antiques: furniture, garden ornaments, architectural features and decorative accessories for the home and garden: from exquisite garden urns and French iron cafe tables to an enchanting 19th century Chinese tea house. There’s something special and supremely stylish about each and every item you will find on their website. Pictured, a set of seven Italian Iron Garden Chairs with remains of original paint – circa 1890. www.appleyhoare.com
Furniture maker Tom Faulkner has just launched Lily garden tables, an outdoor collection inspired by tall lily pads. They are the perfect addition to any garden, patio, or roof terrace. Made of stainless steel, and finished in wonderful, eye-catching colours, they work perfectly as a cluster or individually. Easy to move around, ideal next to your chair or sun lounger, the base comes in anthracite and table tops are in a choice of nine powder-coated finishes, adding a pop of colour to your garden. www.tomfaulkner.co.uk
From coffee tables, sofas and armchairs to the perfect arrangement for an intimate dining experience, OKA have furniture to suit your outdoor space in wood, aluminium or their signature synthetic rattan.
There’s everything from day beds, benches and a natural tree trunk table to parasols, planters, storm lanterns, faux plants and melamine tableware – whether you are decorating and accessorising a small city balcony or a vast country garden. www.oka.com
This is the first of a two-part feature. Next month we will be featuring members specialising in garden planters, ornaments and statuary.
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