To mark the departure of the unspeakable Monobloc, a rather unusual piece of exterior furniture has come into focus: a real sofa. The manufacturers have put a lot of know-how into producing a weather-resistant adaptation of this piece. At first glance, the upholstered BRIXX series by DEDON cannot be recognised as garden furniture at all. The seating programme, designed by Lorenza Bozzoli, transfers the look and comfort of interior sofas straight onto the patio. The reason for this is an active weather-resistant upholstery that breathes, as well as a specially developed fabric collection, reconciling pleasant haptics with sensual candy colours and water-repellent properties. The modular design of the system also allows for a variety of configurations.
Dutch designer-duo Scholten & Baijings revealed subtle op-art-effects with their outdoor chair 13Eighty for Hay. The seat shell is perforated by innumerable holes that pierce the plastic slightly obliquely to help water drain off, creating a tactile surface structure that achieves a dynamic effect with the varying viewing angle. The design shows that injection-moulded seat shells have not yet gone away – their surface structure has only had to become more refined in order to rehabilitate this as a viable production method.
Vincent van Duysen focuses on clear, purist shapes with his Portofino table for Paola Lenti. The outdoor furniture piece comes with a table top of black lava-stone tiles, combining a pleasant feel with a somewhat irregular look. Elegance is provided by a filigree frame made of black Robinia wood, which is protected from wind and weather by a transparent layer of acrylic. New items for the garden have also been revealed by Sebastian Herkner. The Offenbach-based designer continues his collaboration with German-Columbian manufacturer Ames. The side tables and armchairs from the Caribe series combine coloured wickerwork with round metal structures, adding a trace of exotic spiciness.