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Furniture for outdoor use is becoming ever more decorative, opening up flexible scope for different applications. Filigree frames made of metal, teak or loose woven mesh create a contemporary, airy feel while lending a natural charm to the furniture – which unfolds just as effectively indoors as out. There is no longer any need to stow it away for the winter. Instead, these attractive pieces can be simply moved into the living area. Because alongside stunning design, these multi-talents also feature upholstered covers using the latest high-tech materials which create an inviting and cosy feel. At the same time, the robust weatherproof fibres used to produce the upholstery means that cushions and covers retain their fresh attractive look even after long periods out of doors. Because they are able to withstand the effects of sunlight and moisture, even colours popular for interior furnishings such as antique rose, turquoise and grey-blue can be successfully used out of doors.
Fig. 1: The outdoor furniture collection Riva by Jasper Morrison for Kettal is made of weatherproof teak. The design is reminiscent of Danish furniture of the sixties. The traditional plank construction used for the seat surface and backrest as well as comfortable upholstery ensure optimum comfort – outside and in. © Kettal
Fig. 2: The Roll furniture series by Kettal cuts an impressive figure both in the home and under the open sky. This ironic take on conventional upholstery by Patricia Urquiola replaces a regular backrest by two independent upholstered rolls. © Kettal
Fig. 3: Inspired by hand crafted willow and hazel fencing, Henrik Pedersen used modern materials to create an elegant up-to-date twist on rusting seating for the new Grand Weave lounging collection. Its soft, elastic weave makes this airy sofa just as much of an eye-catcher in the living room as on the terrace. © imm cologne/Gloster
Fig. 4: With its interlaced ribbon fibres in polypropylene, it’s almost impossible to tell that this “Ray” sofa from B&B Italia is designed as the outdoor variant of the series. A range of attractive, heart-warming colours and cosy weatherproof upholstery make this an exceptionally inviting and comfortable outdoor haven. © B&B Italia