March brings the natural world into its new phase and we start to spend more time outside, letting the sun warm our skin and our thoughts turn to life outdoors once again.
Outdoor spaces are increasingly becoming an extension of our living space. We have some inspiration if you're looking to upgrade your outdoor furniture and lighting this year with contemporary, design-led living solutions that are investment pieces made to last forever.
String comes outside
The String Shelving galvanised shelving units are designed for outdoors and were made to withstand the cold winter Swedish climate. String's strapline is "modern since 1949" and it's true that this outdoor range is a contemporary and aesthetically pleasing way to display anything from gardening tools and planters to outside dinnerware.
Garden dining furniture
A forever collection from HAY
A modern classic, the Hay Palissade collection, designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, is a homage to Parisian park life, and one of our most popular pieces of outdoor furniture. Made from powder-coated steel that holds the body in perfect balance, the Palissade range is the definition of buy once, keep forever. In fact, HAY promises it will get even better with age.
Helen says: “We love this collection, we have it in our own garden. When weve visited parks in Paris in the past we always admired the outdoor seating and you can see the Palissade collection is inspired by the Parisian park furniture”
The new Balcony collection from HAY
The Balcony collection from Hay is getting us thinking ahead to Spring. Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec - designers of the ever-popular Palissade collection - this is an elegant and functional collection of outdoor furniture that includes chairs, tables and benches.
Recognisable by its symmetrical holes as a core feature of the design, that soften its appearance as well as strengthen its structure. The collection is made from powder-coated steel with a weather-proof coating, ideal for all outdoor settings - gardens, patios, terraces and balconies and comes in five colour ways.
For outdoor lounging
Dreaming and reading with Carl Hansen
A place to find peace in your garden. If you want a natural, wooden look we can highly recommend the Carl Hansen BK14 Sun Lounger. Its both super-comfortable and very aesthetically pleasing. Part of the modern classic indoor-outdoor series by Danish architectBodil Kjær, the lounge comes in oiled teak that will adapt to its natural surroundings over time. The lounger is part of a Carl Hansen collection that includes outdoor dining tables, chairs and outdoor sofas.
A contemporary outdoor sofa
Bringing the inside out with Case Eos
Your next garden sofa? There are so many things to wax lyrical about the Case Eos range by Matthew Hilton. Comfortable, soft, extremely durable, UV resistant. The clean lines look great anywhere - from a large garden to a city roof terrace - this is how to transform your outdoor space into an extension of your indoor space.
Crafted from weather resistant powder-coated aluminium, the Eos garden furniture collection is robust and impervious to rust with a lightweight, durable and low-maintenance finish. The cushions are upholstered in water resistant Sunbrella ® fabric, which is breathable and easy to clean, whilst being highly UV resistant.
Share stories around the Foscarini Solar
Foscarini Solar is an outdoor table and light. The top surface is finished in a hard-wearing porcelain stoneware. It can be angled depending on how much light you want diffusing.
Designed by designer, architect and inventor Jean-Marie Massaud, Foscarini says:
“Solar outdoor is in keeping with a multifarious concept of domestic life, where the garden can become a living area. It is not just a lamp, but a contemporary hearts around which to congregate and chat outdoors."
Browse our full outdoor collection.