The garden swings are a type of furniture with a seat hung on a frame which fulfils the function of swinging for its user.

The chains or ropes with appropriate load capacities are most commonly used to attach the seat shell to the structure. The special hooks enable the connection between the structure and the rope and often have a structural and an aesthetic role. Such kind of joints allows users to swing, with a slight swing of the body when the garden swing moves back and forth. This type of furniture provides a pleasant experience to the user while swinging with the possibility to read or nap at the same time.

The functional characteristic of the other outdoor furniture you can find on my blog Designcommunication.

Garden swing TIBIDABO NEST-  detail, designer Calvi Brambilla Projects - Calvi Brambilla for Varaschin TIBIDABO | Varaschin Picture Varaschin
Garden swing TIBIDABO NEST- detail, designer Calvi Brambilla for Varaschin
Picture Varaschin

The garden swing can be hung on an independent construction or ceiling, a branch of a tree in nature. According to the classification of Archiproducts, the latter is called Garden hanging chairs. The same models of swings can be available with different design solutions, ie with or without a supporting structure. If we consider the user for whom they are intended, swings can be for children or adults. For product design, this is an important input since the planned user influences the dimensions and characteristics of the product. The swing seat can be for one or more people (two, or three), with or without armrests. The load-bearing structure can be portable or fixed to the ground if required for stability.

When choosing a garden swing, the user is usually offered the opportunity to play with a combination of construction colours and upholstery or pillow arrangements that meet his aesthetic criteria. Upholstery fabrics are usually waterproof. The shape and function of this product add value to the private or public space and gives the user satisfaction.

Design communication presents our selection of the best-designed garden seats:

The mix of the materials

Swing-Porch ,designer Patrick Norguet Projects — Patrick Norguet for  Ethimo Swing | Ethimo Picture Ethimo
Swing-Porch ,designer Patrick Norguet for Ethimo
Picture Ethimo

The characteristic of a Swing is a construction made as a combination of different materials. The base construction is a simple shape, made of metal and supports a teak lamella seat. The connection details of materials are elegant and with craftsmanship at a high level of quality. The ropes that hold the seat add aesthetic value to the product and fit into the overall composition. The comfortable cushions increase the product's comfort. The user can play with the choice of their colours. The accessory that completes this product is the fabric on the top and at the back, providing additional comfort and protection from the sun. The swing synthesizes contrasting materials into a functional and comfortable product, of pleasing design with harmonious lines.

Swing-Porch detail,designer Patrick Norguet Projects — Patrick Norguet for  Ethimo Swing | Ethimo Picture Ethimo
Swing-Porch detail,designer Patrick Norguet for Ethimo
Picture Ethimo

The importance of structure

Canopy garden swing seat GRAVITY LIGHT ,design Technical Emotions for Roberti  Picture Roberti
Canopy garden swing seat GRAVITY LIGHT ,design Technical Emotions for Roberti
Picture Roberti

Gravity Light is swing furniture with a light and elegant steel powder coated structure. The structure with a minimalist design “frames" the seat and forms the armrests. It gives the product individuality. The independent part is the supporting frame of the sunshade fixed in the upper part. The decorative stitchings of the sunshade contribute that this swing is a cozy seat suitable for indoor and outdoor use, in residential or in contract settings.‎ The user can enjoy the complete privacy that the sunshade can provide him. In line with the instruction of the producer, the main supporting frame has to be fixed on the ground.

The functional characteristics of the product together with its shape and structural characteristics result in a product of recognizable, modern design.

The movable swing seat

Cool-la Swing designer  Chiaramonte  Marin   for EMU  Picture EMU
Cool-la Swing designer Chiaramonte Marin for EMU
Picture EMU

Cool-la is an element of furniture with a light construction made of metal. The crossed profiles are extended above the seat and serve as a support for sun protection. The seat, intended for two people, is shell-shaped with a thin cushion. The product with such functional characteristics enables swinging and provides shade as extra comfort. Cool-la is the movable swing seat, that leaves an elegant and sophisticated visual impression.

The contrast of shapes

TIBIDABO NEST, Garden swing, designer Calvi Brambilla for Varaschin  Picture Varaschin
TIBIDABO NEST, Garden swing, designer Calvi Brambilla for Varaschin
Picture Varaschin

TIBIDABO NEST swing is characterized by the contrast of shapes that together form a pleasing whole. The main supporting structure is straight lines, thin, almost invisible. Made of powder-coated steel tubes. On the other hand, the seat is with rounded lines, made of knitted hand-woven synthetic fibre (PVC) rope with high armrests. The seating comfort is enhanced by cushions on the seat and a backrest. The design combines light but durable construction with an elegant seat. The sophisticated product design makes it suitable for furnishing private buildings or hotel terraces. This swing is available with or without supporting structure.‎

The functional and aesthetic accessory

Armadillo swing with base, design  Joaquin Homs for Point  Picture Architonic
Armadillo swing with base, design Joaquin Homs for Point
Picture Architonic

The lacquered aluminium frame of the product SWING WITH BASE is solid and robust. Thanks to this material not being affected by weather, the product offers the opportunity to be used outdoors almost all over the year. The seat is in the shape of a shell, made of fibre weaving, which attracts the attention of the viewer. The seat is hung on stainless steel side hooks with nylon ropes which represents aesthetical detail too. The functional and aesthetic accessory is a lovely folding canopy of a resistant natural canvas. The canopy provides the product aesthetical values in both positions when open or closed. SWING WITH BASE with original lines and solid structure brings new values of comfort to the open spaces.


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