Functional solutions for outdoor comfort

Functional solutions for outdoor comfort

Designers offer various functional options for relaxation in their design solution for outdoor furniture. You can choose to lay on the sun, to rock, to swing or... What is your preferred option?

Seating & rotating

Spun chair designed by  Thomas Heatherwick for Magis
Spun chair designed by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis
Spun chair designed by  Thomas Heatherwick for Magis
Spun chair designed by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis

Spun chair provides not just a seating, but seating and rotating at the same time. It is the seat in the move with the harmonious, dynamic and perfectly symmetric shape. Spun becomes a comfortable, fun seat when it moves, a seat on which we can experience new sensations, rediscover the pleasure of rocking, turn 360°, and play with the world around us. Spun is made of rotational-moulded polyethene with the total high of 65cm.With a rotating function, it represents the new concept of seating.

Just Seating (dining chair level)

Tribeca 3660 designed by Mandelli Paglirulo (Simone Mandelli and Antonio Pagliarulo) for Pedrali

Tribeca is the chair with armrests and the seating high of 46,5cm. It’s design and materials take us back in time with a modern reinterpretation of classic Sixties patio chairs made from steel (Ø20mm tube structure) and woven material for the backrest and seat (extruded PVC with a nylon core). These materials guarantee resistance to weather conditions. As stackable it is perfect for outdoor use. It provides comfortable seating around the table or relaxation when used alone. Tribeca is favorable for hotels, restaurants, bar and private homes.

Catwalk, the Generic family designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell (Photo from Kartell Facebook)
Catwalk, the Generic family designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell (Photo from Kartell Facebook)

Catwalk chair originates in traditional forms. It represents the new interpretation of the classic chair in a new material and new colours. It is still simple and elegant but confirms Philipe Starck approach to the design. The initial idea comes from the fashion world, but this chair can be used in both classic contexts and contemporary settings. Catwalk, both for outdoor and indoor spaces offered a standard seating comfort.

Folding chair 298 (UNICREDIT PAVILION PROJECT) designed by Michele De Lucchi for Cassina (Photo from Cassina Facebook )
Folding chair 298 (UNICREDIT PAVILION PROJECT) designed by Michele De Lucchi for Cassina (Photo from Cassina Facebook )

Folding chair are always welcomed as practical for outdoor use. This one designed by Michele De Lucchi is with changes of frame finishes and fabric. Cassina Contract has customized the 298 director's chair with a creative idea by Lapo Elkann. Instead of natural beechwood frame, it is with black frame and graphics inspired by sports car liveries. The seat height is 45 cm. The seat and backrest are lightly padded and upholstered in fabric with a thermoformed polyurethane insert to ensure good posture and comfort.

Comfortable Seating (sofa level)

Sofa IMPRONTA  designed by Joe  Colombo for Varaschin
Sofa IMPRONTA designed by Joe Colombo for Varaschin

The padded sofa has seating high of 33cm. Thanks to an effective use of drainage materials between the seat and the casing, the water flows off through the structure and allows the outdoor use of the armchair in addition to the indoor one. The framework in solid okumé wood is used in outdoor version.

Allaperto Camping chic design by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez for Ethimo
Allaperto Camping chic design by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez for Ethimo

Lounge armchair Allaperto Camping chic is with the metal structure teams with mahogany and a plastic fibre cord in cheerful colours, defining the shape of the pieces and ensuring perfect ergonomics. The seating high is 36cm. The expressiveness of this material highlights the sophisticated simplicity of the armchair. Camping Chic furnishings merge innovative solutions with original style.

Riverside 903 designed by Mac Stopa for Tonon (Photo from Tonon Facebook)
Riverside 903 designed by Mac Stopa for Tonon (Photo from Tonon Facebook)

The lounge Riverside at a first glance gives a pleasant impression of softness and comfort. It is very easy to move and is waterproof. The material called soft-touch plus is a bi-component moulded polyurethane. The product obtained in the mould is formed by a core in soft, flexible polyurethane and an external polyurethane skin, coloured, compact and elastic. The material is extremely resistant and fire retardant. This non-toxic and 100% hygienic material is suitable for outdoor.

Seating: other types

Bar stool level

IN OUT 828 F 828 TX Design by Paola Navone for Gervasoni
IN OUT 828 F 828 TX Design by Paola Navone for Gervasoni

Garden stool with seating high of 75cm is with lacquered aluminium tubular frame woven with polypropylene. It is stackable and suitable for outdoor use. This one with white structure, seat and back in matt white woven, looks very elegant.

Liberty bar stool by MYYOUR
Liberty bar stool by MYYOUR

Liberty represents play between the empty and full space of the product. The wide asymmetry holes enhance the bicolour effect of the outside and inside surface.

The holes have a functional role as support for user's legs. Perfectly stackable, Liberty stools and tables create the ambience with an original design touch.

Pouf

HERM pouf outdoor designed by Designer: Gianluigi Landoni for Potocco There is a variety of pouf for outdoor use
HERM pouf outdoor designed by Designer: Gianluigi Landoni for Potocco 

There is a variety of pouf for outdoor use.

Herm is one of them. It is as if it comes from the fashion world. The seating high is 40cm and around the cylindrical surface is the belt as an attractive detail.

Laying

There are numerus design solution for the deck chairs for open spaces.

356 CHAISE LONGUE designed by Pablo Gironés and José A. Gandía-Blasco Canales for  Diabla
356 CHAISE LONGUE designed by Pablo Gironés and José A. Gandía-Blasco Canales for Diabla

356 Chaiselongue with aerodynamic shape will provide you comfortable outdoor laying on the 36cm high. With attractive shape, it is particularly ergonomic and comfortable. Above all, it is environment-friendly as made from 100% recyclable polyethene and it is particularly durable.

ARENA 001 daybed designed by Gordon Guillaumier for RODA
ARENA 001 daybed designed by Gordon Guillaumier for RODA
ARENA 001 daybed designed by Gordon Guillaumier for RODA
ARENA 001 daybed designed by Gordon Guillaumier for RODA

Arena daybed in elliptical shape and offers comfort and possibilities of combinations. The outer mesh consists of two twisted polyester threads of the different colour that create a melange effect, while the padding is made up of a hydro draining polyester stuffing. The combination of these materials makes the padded tubular suitable for outdoor use and ensures softness, comfort and rapid drying.

Seat height is 40 cm. Combination of two elements provide the ideal comfort and make the most of outdoor experience. Combinations can be used to improvise not only different furniture but also multiple scenarios depending on your needs at each moment.

Seating & lying

CLIP Armchair designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco Canales for Diabla
CLIP Armchair designed by José A. Gandía-Blasco Canales for Diabla

Clip provide possibilities to create a whole range of different furniture with just two elements Combination of the elements from this collection enables Clip to be armchair or by adding the side table to this outdoor armchair as a footrest, it becomes a lounger. And if you alternate several of these two pieces in a row, you’ll get a sofa with however many seats you want. The seating high is 19cm.

Due to its sinuous form and low height, made from 100% recyclable polyethene, the Clip outdoor armchair is an especially comfortable seat that creates a casual atmosphere that’s perfect for laid-back, informal settings.

Rocking

Laying and Rocking

FEDRO chair designed by Lorenza Bozzoli for DEDON
FEDRO chair designed by Lorenza Bozzoli for DEDON

Ferdo is a floor rocker which balances on two skids, allowing you to rock back and forth as you please. Its seating is positioned just on the floor. It is a chair without legs and represents a new concept in seating. Ferdo is ergonomic in design and a comfy head cushion contribute the comfort. Cause to the aluminium frame it is lightweight, portable with the handle at back for easier carrying. Ferdo is also stackable, perfect for lounging by the pool, tanning on the beach, even gaming in front of the TV.

Sitting &rocking

SUMMERSET chair designed by Christophe Pillet for Varaschin
SUMMERSET chair designed by Christophe Pillet for Varaschin

Rocking lounge armchair is made of the combination of teak parts and metal frame. The teak base enables rocking and powder-coated steel frame makes it suitable for marine and pool areas. Different options of cushions in offer provide comfort and possibilities of colour combinations. A seat is 40cm high and allows the body’s total rest during outdoor relaxing moments.

Swinging

2-seater swing Bitta designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Kettal
2-seater swing Bitta designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Kettal

2 seater can be hanged like Bitta. With the metal structure, woven parts, upholstery and additional pillows it is the best place for relaxation for one or for two people.

It will provide unforgettable moments during the holidays or in your garden.

Adagio Lawn swings, design: F. Rota for Paola Lenti
Adagio Lawn swings, design: F. Rota for Paola Lenti

Adagio swing will provide exceptional enjoyment to the user. The suspended seat with the structure from stainless steel , hand woven with Rope cord upholstery and seat cushions will provide comfort for children and adults.

The seat Adagio can be hanged also to a specific structure made of varnished stainless steel.

All the above listed functional possibilities are with the aim to stimulate you to consider what is your desirable option for outdoor comfort.

Most of the designs shown in this post were displayed during Salone del Mobile Milano 2018.