Embrace the outdoors: alfresco furniture designs

Going green

Surrounding plant life helps to envelop a home and integrate it into its natural setting. In the picture below, date palm trees anchor the house on the river, and the mass planting of wild grasses provides a green cover. The Summer Stainless Steel and Batyline sun lounger is the perfect place to relax with a good book. It’s paired with an Austin cushion and Magnus throw with an industrial-inspired Roll side table by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal.

River views

A verandah wraps around all sides of this house, providing plenty of outdoor space overlooking the river where the homeowners can sit, dine, relax, and simply take in the beauty of the waterfront. The beautiful Nut dining chairs by Piero Lissoni perfectly complement the simple Artwood Anson dining table. A wine-red Torelli table runner and Steel Square lanterns add a relaxing warmth to this outdoor set.

Raise a glass

“Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is to step outside and do nothing…relax and enjoy nature,” said writer Melanie Charlene. This Vincent Sheppard outdoor dining look embodies just that. The cane chairs add a rustic and relaxed feel, while dark tones keep it modern and chic.

Fabulous form: the latest summer designs

Boasting sleek lines, vibrant hues, and warm natural materials, the latest summer designs are making a splash right around the world.

Bright holidays hues are an instant mood booster. Low sheen finishes create a seamless flow into the haze of summer days and bring out the uniqueness of each colour. The bedroom below plays with the modern abstract and vintage flair to create a fresh and inviting space.


Don’t be afraid to explore the world of abstract design, like the delicately curved lamp by Paola Navone for Gervasoni (pictured below).