With warm summer days approaching, we see beautiful outdoor areas being prepared for alfresco entertaining. The minimalist concrete look seems to have lost ground to retro inspired and Scandinavian style.  These are our favourite picks of what our clients are asking for in summer 2017.

The natural beauty of wood

We have noted a significant increase in demand for our Teak based outdoor furniture.  The market leaders of outdoor furniture like Roda, Kettal and Tribù answers with teak collections that shifts the perception of traditional teak furniture.  The naturally high oil content of teak wood, allows you to let your furniture age naturally without the risk of the wood warping or cracking.  The teak turns a beautiful and sought after silver grey in time.

Teka Collection by Roda

Riva collection by Jasper Morrison for Kettal

Retro and Scandinavian influenced designs

We have seen outdoor areas become the heart of entertainment in South-African homes. Modern and minimalist settings are now being complemented with organic shapes and touches of retro, creating a more cosy and warm look.  Tribù in collaboration with Monica Armani developed a collection called CTR, elegantly fusing modern with retro.  Kettal’s Cala chair by Doshi & Levien was inspired by the Iconic Emanuelle. The natural curves with it’s variety of rope colours available, is the perfect statement piece with it’s majestic spatial presence.

 CTR by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga for Tribù

Cala by Doshi Levien for Kettal

Ceramic for outdoor table tops

Ceramic is used for many different applications and dates back centuries.  The technology applied to the manufacturing of ceramic products has evolved so magnificently, that large surfaces can now be made with ceramics.  Table tops in ceramics are therefor a fairly new concept, but with a material that has been proven highly effective over time.  With it’s unique composition, ceramic is UV resistant, frost proof, extremely scratch proof and completely stain repellent.

Illum by Marc Merckx and Pieter Maes for Tribù

Bold prints and colours

Kettal has obliterated the mould for colour availability in outdoor materials, ropes and fabrics this year.  In collaboration with Doshi & Levien, they now offer most of their collections with 18 rope, 34 fabric, and 30 different aluminium colours to choose from.  The choice of bold prints for outdoor use has also increased massively, leaving us spoiled for choice when looking for that perfect scatter cushion!