Traditional with a twist of modern

A look at the new Vimini Collection by Patricia Urquiola.

With a vibe as relaxed as its woven outdoor fibers, the new Vimini collection of dining armchairs, sofas, and side tables is as open and easy-going as its designer, Patricia Urquiola.

Inspired by the iconic Basket chair designed in the 1950s by Danish designers Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, this fresh reinvention for an elegant outdoor living.

“We called it Vimini because it means wicker in Italian and sounds like Bimini, an island I like,” is Urquiola’s simple explanation of the collection’s name. But, as is true with all fine luxury furniture, what looks deceptively easy is actually quite exacting to create. “We used just the right amount of outdoor wicker with a rougher wooden frame. It doesn’t have the same modernist spirit as the Basket, but it’s familiar enough that, when you get close, it stirs a memory and makes you feel at home. That’s what it was, more or less – an object of memory.”

Familiar yet new, fresh yet timeless, Vimini’s classic, laid-back appeal is as comfortable as it is stylish. The chair, which consists of a basket with large backrest cushions, has a modernist look from the back and sides, which perfectly balances the traditional feel of the braiding. The result is both light and utterly inviting.

Vimini was created by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal, one of the most innovative international design groups since its beginnings in 1966 and just one of many renowned brands available at Studio Italia.

The rise of The Outdoor Room

Top styling tips to turn your backyard into an outdoor room.

As land space is increasingly shrinking and homeowners are sacrificing space for location, Justine Wilson, Director and Principal Stylist at Vault Interiors, claims there’s been a significant rise of outdoor rooms in the past 12 months. The trend is evolving and with Australia’s lovely weather it would be crazy not to make use of your outdoor areas.

Wilson says, “The trend is usually to focus attention on designing the inside of homes, forgetting to utilise the often-neglected outdoor spaces. It is essential to remember that outdoor areas are just as important and should be approached with the same set of decorating principals as the internal spaces in your home. Here are Justine’s top tips for creating the perfect outdoor space:

Outdoor entertaining features: An outdoor kitchen is a fantastic addition as it adds more function to the zone. Outdoor kitchens with wine fridges and sinks feel top end and will add value if you sell your home.

Opt for adaptable furnishings: Stacking chairs and a collapsible table are great options as they can be easily removed and allow flexibility depending on how many people need to circulate through the outdoor room. Outdoor lounges are also very popular as they encourage relaxing.

Add greenery: For our Australian weather, hardy low maintenance plants, such as succulents, agaves or yukkas are ideal. Greenery is all about the placement and grouping. The right mix will give your garden or patio a well-landscaped look.

Lighting: Twinkling lights will always make a space look pretty and it doesn’t have to break the bank. If you are thinking of renovating, consider how to best highlight your outdoor area with a mix of dramatic, ambient and task lighting.

Incorporate accessories: You can create a beautiful outdoor room by adding a pop of colour. Incorporate soft dressings such as accessories cushions and outdoor rugs. Select colour tones that are showcased in the interior of your home so there is flow and connection between inside and out. Nice table accessories will also jazz up your outside area – and have your outdoor zone ready for summer gatherings!

“Alfresco zones add so much value to your home or apartment, the trick is to find the balance between function and style, and ensure the area compliments the interior scheme to achieve a design flow,” adds Wilson.