There’s something effortless and timeless yet wholly contemporary about solid colours. Whether an outdoor stool, a sculptural bench or a cord chair with a matching frame, monochromatic designs have dominated the recent releases of manufacturers near and far. And, for good reason. While clashing patterns and collage effects provide a temporary jolt of visual excitement, uniform tones offer a lasting sense of both play and style. Below are the latest launches that celebrate this singular strategy for a host of seating options that will undoubtedly age gracefully.
Expanding the already impressive portfolio of nascent brand La Manufacture (the brainchild of designer Luca Nichetto), British designer Michael Young has crafted the Wired Chair. Defined by a swirling Op Art-esque patterning of steel wire, the composition recalls everything from the veins of a leaf to fingerprints in four colourways: black, white, copper and blue.
The chair is also an homage to the work of Harry Bertoia, whose suite of gridded furnishings has reached iconic status and has been “a major inspiration for me,” according to Young. “This chair was essentially born of one of my experiments with building seat structures,” he adds of Wired, which encompasses a dining or stool format as well as an option for sled legs.
Inspired by the swaths of swaying agricultural fields across the English landscape, the fittingly titled Crop series by London-based Benjamin Hubert for Allermuir is a sartorial range of thrones for the outdoors. The five-part line translates linear striations found in the earth into parallel wires that form delicate seats, backs and arms.
Black, Teal, Blush, Ivory, Pastel Green and Olive powder coats are available for the dining (with or without arms) stool and side chair designs, which create a unifying tone or bold accent depending on the selected finish. For those needing a bit more cushioning, an upholstered pad is offered in a complementary hue to the chosen frame.
Venerable Paris-based siblings Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have designed their fair share of contemporary classics over the last two decades. The duo’s lastest seat — called Filo — for Italian brand Mattiazzi is no different. In profile, it’s a fairly simple object: an almost two-dimensional beech wood frame with a slightly angled rear rail. When moving around it, however, Filo reveals a seat and backrest comprised of fabric cord.
In this way, it playfully combines graphic flair with an evocative sense of transparency. “It is a mix between trying to clean a structure to its maximum yet at the same time keeping it strong enough to resist the problems we all know,” says Ronan Bouroullec. “I think there’s something quite robust in it.” The hard and soft elements come in four co-ordinated shades — black, grey, yellow and green — granting the handsome seat an illustrative quality.
Spanish brand Expormim has, since its inception, been a leader in furnishing the outdoors. This year, the Valencia-based brand tapped its own in-house team to expand its offerings for the interior. The result revives a 1968 design for the 21st century: Altet. Simultaneously classic and contemporary, the reimagined dining chair marries the expressive rattan the manufacturer is known for with contemporary production methods that re-use the material from adjacent products.
In three configurations — rattan seat with a curving back, an open back with upholstered seat and an entirely upholstered version — with 14 colourways (from earthy tints to deep navy and cherry red), the monochromatic seat pairs perfectly with any meal.
A pair of charming sled legs define Op, Italian designer Mario Alessiani‘s latest product for furniture brand Hiro. Exuding simplicity and functionality, the 43-centimetre-tall stool is comprised entirely of steel, making it suitable for use both indoors and out.
The thin metal sheet of the 30-centimetre-diametre seat also means that Op is lightweight enough to easily configure. (The integrated backrest can even double as a handle). Eight muted colourways are provided — Verde Olivia, Nero Grafite, Cannella, Bianco Luna, Blu Fiordaliso, Terracotta, Vaniglia and Verde Fossile — as well as a matching bistro table to fully outfit any al fresco space.
An extension of the demure Biau stools conceived for Montreal restaurant Bibiko, this solid wood bench by Quebec duo Rainville Sangaré is now available through Canadian retailer EQ3. The seat consists of three cylindrical solid wood elements supported on four splayed legs that suggest a composition of stacked logs.
It’s offered in natural or black ash finishes, giving the low-slung seat its distinctive graphic presence.
With Rodrigo Torres‘s new Take-Out collection, LandscapeForms has cemented its place as the go-to brand for high-design in the outdoors. The suite of fixed-seat dining tables boasts five variations — single, double and triple, triple left or right or triple right — for gatherings of various sizes, scales and formats.
Produced in 22 powder-coated hues that range from muted tones to the bold Flambe Orange (seen above), the steel bench-table combo is also incredibly lightweight, making it easy to reconfigure, rearrange or even entirely relocate. An extended ledge accommodates flexible arrangements, whether additional seating or a wheelchair.
Crafted from Trifilon, a biocomposite of hemp and recycled plastic, the new Latte Chair by Parisian designers Amandine Chhor and Aissa Logerot of AC/AL for Very Good & Proper marks the British brand’s first venture into outdoor furnishings — and an ongoing commitment to sustainable manufacturing. While the steel frame provides structural support, the materiality of the seat not only holds up to wear and tear from inclement weather but helps reduce carbon emissions in the production process by nearly 80 per cent.
Available with or without arms, Latte comes in three handsome colourways (brick red, grey brown, and natural hemp) and is even stackable. Who says design can’t look good and do good at the same time?
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From dining chairs and benches to an outdoor stool, these new launches prove that solid shades never go out of style.