Everybody Loves the Sunshine
Organic rattan, colour clash fabrics and space-age day beds; update your outdoors with these exciting trends and pieces.
A long long time ago we could only meet in small numbers and at a distance. Janice Parker the New York based landscape architect whose career began as a florist creating fantastical creations in the disco fuelled wilderness of Studio 54 as well as for legendary designer Halston has this to say about our post-pandemic obsession with the open-air whilst being interviewed on the wonderful podcast Business of Home; “People wanted to be outside. I think it stuck. People spent enough time to see how beautiful it really is.”
The pulsating desire to connect with each other safely saw us taking wonky dining chairs, throws, old cushions and whatever else we could carry and plonking it all outside at a safe distance. Et Voila! The magic of the outdoors began to appear before us just as the possibility of some sort of human contact did too.
So whether you have a teeny tiny patio or a mad hatters tea party size garden, the outside is our right and everyone’s new sanctuary. In an ode to this celebration of life, we want to showcase some of our favourite designers and brands that have been keeping us all inspired to elevate our outside living space and truly have the summer of love we all deserve.
When Sika met Liberty
Slip into the seduction of island life wherever you are and experience the undulating curves of the Sika Belladonna Exterior sofa swathed in fifty shades of gemstone green from Liberty Fabrics. The Liberty Garden collection is the British institution’s first-ever outdoor fabric collection comprising 14 designs that draw inspiration from the archives as well as more modern references. 1930s florals clash with exquisite mid-19th-Century patterns such as Persian Voyage and for lovers of lines, the geometric ‘Palazzo” sees a reinvention from scraps of salvaged 1890s materials.
The Belladonna Exterior sofa from one of our most lust after brands, Sika, is handcrafted in aluminium and ArtFibre which ensures the furniture can withstand harsh weather conditions from bright UV rays to freezing cold rain.
It’s the colour and print love story we have all been waiting for.
The making of an icon
The Hanging Egg chair designed by Nanna and Jorgen Ditzel in 1957 and manufactured by Sika revolutionised how we sat or indeed ‘floated’. We love that Nanna Ditzel a woman in a male-dominated industry at the time forged ahead with her liberating and powerful sense of rebellion mixed in with a sense of playfulness. Since her design, many replicas have followed but there really only is one true iconic so slip inside the cocooned warmth of sustainable rattan handcrafted by skilled wicker makers and create your own little universe.
Getting laid al fresco style
Gather your tribe for al fresco gatherings this summer on some of the most beautiful outdoor dining tables. The muted grey teak of the David dining table and chairs from Vincent Sheppard provides the perfect neutral backdrop for a dreamy tablescape. Lay simple white plates or go all out with the exuberant homeware collection from Dolce and Gabbana adorned in one of four signature motifs: Mediterranean Blue, Carretto, Leo, and Zebra.
For something a little more subtle head to the French Riviera via the Cap Antibes sofa set from Eichholtz. Handcrafted by skilled artisans in durable aluminium it features a black powder-coated finish for that effortlessly nonchalant cool as vibe.
Whilst we adore a comfy garden seat or sofa there is nothing more dreamy than a day bed and these daybeds designed by Ramon Esteve for Vondom not only provide a meditative place of refuge but fulfil our passion for objects of art in our everyday surroundings. With their sculptural clean lines, there is something a little Space Odyessy about them so we will be imagining different galaxies as we gaze into the sky.
However and whatever you decide to do with your outdoor space make it above all full of the people you love for moments you cherish forever.