Elevated outdoor furniture trends make casual the growth category to watch

Outdoor furniture is taking cues from modern interiors and hospitality design. Outdoor spaces are reveling in vibrant colors, and metallic accents. They’re being elevated by pieces that reflect the Scandinavian ethos of simplicity and tranquility and the romantic allure of modern Italian craftsmanship. In collaboration with Casual News Now Editor in Chief, Alex Milstein, we explore the trends elevating outdoor design. Click play on the video below to watch our discussion:

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Indoor furniture is being reimagined to withstand the elements outside

Indoor-to-Outdoor: Collections originally crafted for indoor use are now being reimagined for the great outdoors. Designers are fusing comfort with durability to create furniture that seamlessly transitions between living room and patio. Pieces, like the Glanter & Jones heated seating systems, invite you to experience the cozy ambience of the indoor favorites while embracing the great outdoors.

Kosmos Heated Outdoor Seating 

Kosmos' ergonomic shape is cast in lightweight and durable reinforced concrete. Heralded by the elegant seam tracing the chair’s profile, its two-part insulated mould system keeps the inner surface toasty while its outer surface keeps the wind and cooler air out.
Kosmos Heated Seating by Glanter & Jones | Kosmos’ ergonomic shape is cast in lightweight and durable reinforced concrete. Heralded by the elegant seam tracing the chair’s profile, its two-part insulated mould system keeps the inner surface toasty while its outer surface keeps the wind and cooler air out.
Preserving its ancient background and timeless appeal, the Sitar chair designed by Enzo Berti, lives on with the same finishes proposed for interiors and for open-air spaces, thanks to a special treatment applied to its structure, which enriches the Saba outdoor collection.
Saba Sitar Chair | Preserving its ancient background and timeless appeal, the Sitar chair designed by Enzo Berti, lives on with the same finishes proposed for interiors and for open-air spaces, thanks to a special treatment applied to its structure, which enriches the Saba outdoor collection.

Outdoor living rooms are embracing bold colors

Bright, Saturated Colors: For so long, neutrals have been in, but this season, vibrant, eye-catching hues take center stage in outdoor furniture design. From electric blues to fiery reds and sunny yellows, these bold colors of Nanimarquina’s outdoor rugs and poufs and Saba Italia’s outdoor decorative dividers, inject a sense of playfulness and energy into an outdoor oasis, transforming spaces into a vibrant sanctuary. 

In the same way that colors flow in the sky, the new outdoor versions of Nanimarquina Shade rugs achieve an intricate and emotional gradient. The rugs and complimentary poufs are designed by Turkish designer, Begüm Cana Özgür
Nanimarquina Shade Rugs & Poufs | In the same way that colors flow in the sky, the new outdoor versions of Nanimarquina Shade rugs achieve an intricate and emotional gradient. The rugs and complimentary poufs are designed by Turkish designer, Begüm Cana Özgür
Designed by Marco Zito, the Shade of Venice dividers are inspired by the Venetian islands and their local glow, are created with a magical colorful weave of nautical cords. From the white stone of Giudecca to the colors of the vegetables that grow in the garden patches of Venice’s Sant’Erasmo, four variations were born: Murano, Burano, Giudecca and Sant’Erasmo. The light blue and green colors of Murano play in the threads of the divider’s weave, whilst the bright tonalities and contrasts of the Burano design reflect the colorful houses of the island in orange and blue. The design plays with positive and negative space, creating a peek-a-boo effect subtly revealing the surroundings beyond.
Shades of Venice dividers by Saba Italia | Designed by Marco Zito, the Shade of Venice dividers are inspired by the Venetian islands and their local glow, are created with a magical colorful weave of nautical cords. From the white stone of Giudecca to the colors of the vegetables that grow in the garden patches of Venice’s Sant’Erasmo, four variations were born: Murano, Burano, Giudecca and Sant’Erasmo. The light blue and green colors of Murano play in the threads of the divider’s weave, whilst the bright tonalities and contrasts of the Burano design reflect the colorful houses of the island in orange and blue. The design plays with positive and negative space, creating a peek-a-boo effect subtly revealing the surroundings beyond.
Freestanding Papilo Seating System 

Papilo, the free standing seating system by Ditre Italia designed by Stefano Spessotto, finds a new space in nature while maintaining the informal and creative aesthetic that has always distinguished it, becoming Papilo Outdoor.
Freestanding Papilo Seating System | Papilo, the free standing seating system by Ditre Italia designed by Stefano Spessotto, finds a new space in nature while maintaining the informal and creative aesthetic that has always distinguished it, becoming Papilo Outdoor.

Clean, modern lines blend with the outdoors

Outdoor furniture with sleek profiles and minimalist silhouettes creates a sophisticated atmosphere. Modern pieces, like the 13 Desserts’ Grand Ribaud nautical chair, effortlessly blend with the natural surroundings. 

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Designed by Thomas Defour, the Grand Ribaud armchair from 13Desserts is designed for "niente" in extreme conditions. Manufactured using techniques traditionally used for nautical fittings, its structure is made of welded, curved and chrome-plated lacquered steel tube. Its nylon mesh seat offers the comfort and resistance of a catamaran trampoline.
Designed by Thomas Defour, the Grand Ribaud armchair from 13Desserts is designed for “niente” in extreme conditions. Manufactured using techniques traditionally used for nautical fittings, its structure is made of welded, curved and chrome-plated lacquered steel tube. Its nylon mesh seat offers the comfort and resistance of a catamaran trampoline.
Designed originally as a one-off exhibition piece, the Banco Bench by Hugo Passos derives beauty from the simple premise of creating furniture that enhances the experience of nature. The organic backrest is expressive and functional, perfectly shaped for the contour of the back and enables people to sit in either direction on the double-facing bench.
 
"I wanted to make it as pleasant as possible for people to enjoy the nature. The sun moves so the double bench can be used on either side and while seeking to design a backrest for comfort I also tried to achieve beauty. The end result is somehow reminiscent of a Japanese daruma or edamame bean, bringing a sort of unexpected softness and dynamism to the strong straight lines of the long teak planks of the seat," says designer Hugo Passos.
Designed originally as a one-off exhibition piece, the Banco Bench by Hugo Passos for Fritz Hansen derives beauty from the simple premise of creating furniture that enhances the experience of nature. The organic backrest is expressive and functional, perfectly shaped for the contour of the back and enables people to sit in either direction on the double-facing bench.
 
I wanted to make it as pleasant as possible for people to enjoy the nature. The sun moves so the double bench can be used on either side and while seeking to design a backrest for comfort I also tried to achieve beauty. The end result is somehow reminiscent of a Japanese daruma or edamame bean, bringing a sort of unexpected softness and dynamism to the strong straight lines of the long teak planks of the seat,” says designer Hugo Passos.

Glamming-up the great outdoors

Metallic accents infuse a touch of glamour into outdoor spaces. We are seeing lots of brass and silver frames, like those on the Lloyd Flanders’ Solstice collection. The interplay between light and metal creates an enchanting visual experience, elevating outdoor aesthetics to new heights.

The Solstice outdoor furniture collection by Lloyd Flanders has been updated to include 2 new frame finishes, Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver. The collection features clean lines, a high back, and a sleek frame that enhances the European inspired design. The fully upholstered look, and contemporary comfort make for an outdoor collection that will be enjoyed for generations. This premium outdoor furniture collection is made in America, using quality Lloyd Loom® wicker.
The Solstice outdoor furniture collection by Lloyd Flanders has been updated to include 2 new frame finishes, Metallic Gold and Metallic Silver. The collection features clean lines, a high back, and a sleek frame that enhances the European inspired design. The fully upholstered look, and contemporary comfort make for an outdoor collection that will be enjoyed for generations. This premium outdoor furniture collection is made in America, using quality Lloyd Loom® wicker.
The Aqua sunbed, designed by Marc Sadler for Serralunga, represents a new exploration of the world of water and swimming pools. Suited to be used both outside the pool, as well as inside - keeping in mind a max water height of 15 cm. A rigorous profile and ergonomic solidity in perfect balance,fits with the elegance of a seashell on the shoreline. The shape is carefully designed to provide the maximum comfort. This version is completed with the designed registered Moleskin finishing, available in 3 colors and comes as a set of 2.
The Aqua sunbed, designed by Marc Sadler for Serralunga, represents a new exploration of the world of water and swimming pools. Suited to be used both outside the pool, as well as inside – keeping in mind a max water height of 15 cm. A rigorous profile and ergonomic solidity in perfect balance,fits with the elegance of a seashell on the shoreline. The shape is carefully designed to provide the maximum comfort. This version is completed with the designed registered Moleskin finishing, available in 3 colors and comes as a set of 2.
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