Whether for a setting that leans playful and casual or one that is subtle and sophisticated, these outdoor lounge collections from Flexform, Minotti, Gubi, Roche Bobois and Oiside have all the style bases covered.
Italian-Danish studio GamFratesi conceived the Patio collection as a kind of “dynamic mosaic” that can be pieced together in a variety of ways to suit the desired mood of the space that it occupies — it also marks a new step in material exploration for Minotti, which has primarily focused on solid iroko and teak woods. With Patio, Minotti has expanded its material palette to include aluminum, steel, Basaltina stone and cord.
The anchor of the collection is its sofa, which features a base structure that allows for backrests to be positioned in multiple ways along the perimeter. Depending on the configuration, the sofa can simultaneously include places for conversing, relaxing, and sitting face-to-face. Each setup can be enhanced with stone-topped coffee tables, inserted in between seats. Woven-polypropylene-cord backs and arms create an embracing support and can be finished in Ecru or Dark Brown, which match the colour options for the extruded aluminum base. Benches and ottomans round out this Scandinavian-inspired collection.
With a structured, solid iroko wood frame and generously padded cushions, Flexform’s Hamptons collection by Italian designer and architect Antonio Citterio combines sophistication with sink-in comfort. Open backs give visual lightness to the volumes and offer a compelling view of the craftsmanship; the refined wood elements can be natural, stained grey or lacquered white, while the upholstered cushions have elegant grosgrain piping that can be tone-on-tone or contrasting. Large bolsters support the back pillows for the utmost in relaxed lounging.
To keep them protected from the elements, aluminum feet lift all the pieces off the ground, including a reclinable daybed that can stand alone or be incorporated into various landscapes using fasteners that are easy to hook and unhook. Tables with stone surfaces can also be added.
When French designer Pierre Paulin originally launched the Pacha lounge chair in 1975, its legless, low-slung form brought a new dimension to laid-back lounging. Now, Gubi brings that experience of “sitting on a cloud” to the outside. The modular and configurable elements of Pacha Outdoor — a lounge chair (with or without armrests), two-, three- and four-seater sofas and ottoman — express a seriously playful attitude while staying true to Paulin’s undeniable sculptural sensibility.
To make the iconic pieces suitable for the outdoors, a special breathable and water-resistant membrane interlayer was developed to ensure that they dry quickly after a rainfall and the bases are made from moisture-resistant plywood and include a full-swivel mechanism in stainless steel.
While it includes only three components — seating, backrests and armrests — the configurable possibilities of Elements by Spain’s outdoor furniture firm Oiside are near-endless thanks to a clever, integrated clip system: Hidden on the underside of each deep-seated module, the mechanism securely locks one piece to the next, but, by simply lifting them up, they can be separated to allow for arranging and rearranging into multiple compositions.
With crisp, rectilinear angles, the monolithic pieces have a tidy and compact appearance and impart a sense of lightness to outdoor settings. Offered in a wide range of waterproof fabrics in a rainbow of colours, Elements can be used to create armchairs, chaise longues, loungers and multi-seat sofas in L- or U-shaped layouts; a square or rectangular aluminum side table can also be incorporated and customized in any RAL colour or with HPL or Dekton surfaces.
Conveying a strong 1970s vibe, the Temps Calme outdoor seating system by Roche Bobois can be used to create sprawling, low-profile arrangements that encourage lingering. The upholstered volumes include armless chairs, lounge chairs, square corner units and square and rectangular ottomans, which can be used individually or fitted together to form inviting club-like scenarios.
Made from solid and plywood okoume, the structures are padded with weather-resistant Dryfeel foam internal cushions, which are wrapped in quilted or plain Meridien fabrics. Supportive lumbar cushions in coordinating fabrics or a graphic art deco-inspired print that strengthens the mod-like luxury.
Made to withstand the elements, these stunning lounge collections bring comfort and beauty outside.