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Outdoor living: garden furniture trends

Hularo wickerwork used in the Savoy range by 4 Seasons Outdoor is extremely weather-resistant © 4 Seasons Outdoor

From 2 to 4 September 2018, spoga+gafa will be presenting the latest outdoor living developments. As the largest garden trade fair in the world, spoga+gafa shows fresh design approaches, new functions or innovative materials. We already take a look at current design trends for outdoor furniture.

Whatever pleases is being combined

Classic materials for garden furniture such as solid wood or metal are increasingly being enhanced by manifold material combinations. Bright colours are being mixed with traditional natural shades. More and more furniture manufacturers are pepping the design up and enabling the compilation of the “green living-room” to suit one’s individual taste.

 

Mix & Match: FLOW by WEISHÄUPL © WEISHÄUPL

Better, lighter, more stable

Shifting the living area to outdoors is placing new demands on the materials and design. Outdoor furniture not only has to look good, it also has to withstand extreme weather conditions. Nanotechnology, high-tech fibres and innovative manufacturing methods enable new surfaces and improve the durability.

 

Clipperton chair by Gaber

The “green living-room” is getting greener

The sustainable design of garden furniture is a response to the desire for a healthier life. Longevity and the preservation of resources are the top priority here. Manufacturers are increasingly implementing recycled materials or used woods, are refraining from using harmful substances and relying on certified forest management.

 

Relaxation in the open-air lounge

Today, gardens, balconies and terraces predominantly fulfil one purpose: Providing a welcome change and relaxation from the increasingly fast-paced everyday routine. Whereby target groups like the best agers are demanding more comfort here. The current outdoor design is responding to the need for relaxing with added comfort and ergonomic design.

 

Melbourne range by Sieger for tiny spaces © Sieger

Lots of design for little space

People are being attracted to the cities. Here they not only want to design their apartments nobly and stylishly, but also their balcony or terrace. The furniture manufacturers are demonstrating how this works in a space-saving way using clever solutions for small surfaces.

 

Moments Lounge collection by Cane-line

More functions in one

The days when the outdoor sofa was exclusively used for sitting on are long gone. Multifunctional design is increasingly taking the summer living-room by storm. Current products can be individually designed, are combinable or expandable in multiple ways – and convince with their creativity and versatility.

 

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