When selecting outdoor furniture, there are so many options. It’s possible to find outdoor furniture that’s stylish and durable for all personalities, whether you want to be hip, retro, practical, modern or traditional. All you have to do is choose the one that reflects the way you want to live.
If there is a trend, it is the marriage of material performance with advances in manufacturing technology to create shapes which are lighter, sinuous and stronger. Fabrics performance has also increased, to the extent that many outdoor fabrics are now being used in family rooms and kids rooms. Fabric durability means that you don’t have to worry about kids with ice cream cones and guests with red wine. And since outdoor fabric now feel and look like indoor fabrics, you can bring the comforts of inside life outside. This is California living!
Here are a few of my favorite pieces of outdoor furniture. I love how playful, novel and modern these pieces are. I hope these inspire you to get outside and enjoy the summer.
One trend in outdoor furniture is an emphasis on fun. New technology also allow for softer shapes, sharper curves and materials which are more durable.
The 70’s seem to be coming back, with furniture that feels cool, sophisticated, and sexy…ideal for the bachelors life or urban trend setter. Again materiality highlights and exaggerates seamless and over scaled design, and color is used as an accent.
Modernist forms continue to dominate, with materials selected for function. Thick wood columns hold up sheets of thin metal; synthetic fibers are woven over bent metal; corners are softened with curves. The modernist takes an intellectual approach to outdoor design, creating clean, precise and comfortable furniture.
Form also is taking center stage, with emphasis placed on volume and silhouette. Luckily good design comes in good form!
Designers are examining how we gather, engage and enjoy each others company. This means new shapes, sizes, and materials are being consider to offer more variety in living. This is a good thing.
Finally there is a trend towards embracing classic design, using new materials, with rounded edges and vibrant colors to offer an update to the pieces. Mid-century lines are popular again, and once formerly indoor pieces are being re-purposed for exterior life.
David Bjørngaard, June 2015