Outdoor furniture trends for a stylish summer space

When it comes to creating a stylish and comfortable home, the exterior is as important as the interior. Summer is a perfect time to get closer to nature, preferably on your own terrace or the one of your holiday home. Below you can find a Dreams & Design selection of outdoor furniture in three styles – Modern Mediterranean, Tropical and Colourful – that will help you create a relaxing summer space attuned to your needs and preferences.

Modern Mediterranean

Turquoise waters of the sea, green shrubs, warm summer light on the rocks and stone facades together create a magical vibe that we associate with Formentera, Greek islands or little seaside towns in Apulia. The Mediterranean aesthetic never goes out of style and is based on simplicity, light forms and pastel shades. If you’re looking for a modern alternative to a traditional rustic style, check out these outdoor furniture brands. 

Kettal Cala collection by Doshi Levien studio
The Cala collection by Kettal, designed by Doshi Levien studio. Photo: Kettal Press

And who would master the Mediterranean essentials better than Spaniards? Kettal is Tarragona-based company offering a complete package of customisable solutions – from an outdoor lounge zone with sofas to a dining area with chairs and tables. Among this year’s novelties you can find the sleek Half Dome lamp and the angular Band chair made of teak wood. The colour palette includes shades of beige, natural wood, pastel pink, green and blue.

Kettal Mesh daybed by Patricia Urquiola
The Mesh daybed by Kettal, designed by Patricia Urquiola. Photo: dreamsanddesign
Kettal outdoor furniture
Band chairs designed by Patricia Urquiola, the Cala dining table by Doshi Levien studio and the new Half Dome lamp by Naoto Fukasawa for Kettal. Photo: dreamsanddesign
The Cala armchair by Doshi Levien studio for Kettal
The Cala armchair by Doshi Levien studio for Kettal. Photo: dreamsanddesign
Kettal outdoor furniture 2019
The Mesh sofa by Patricia Urquiola with a low Cala coffee table by Doshi Levien studio for Kettal. Photo: dreamsanddesign

If you like minimalism and natural wood take a look at the Serena Teak chair from another Spanish brand, Andreu World , available in sand, dark brown, white and graphite.

Andreu World Serena Teak chair
The Serena Teak chair with braided backrest, designed by Lievore Altherr Molina studio for Andreu World. Photo: dreamsanddesign

Finally, choosing the right outdoor lighting is equally important to create an inviting mood in your garden. Bover Barcelona Lights offers a range of modern outdoor collections that seamlessly blend with the surroundings.

Bover Barcelona Lights Cornet
The sculptural Cornet collection by Bover Barcelona Lights. Photo: dreamsanddesign

Tropical 

Rattan, earth tones, weaving and other artisanal techniques are the typical elements of outdoor decor to be found in tropical destinations. Discover furniture inspired by Bali, Tulum and the Caribbean that, with a help of some oversize plants, can transform your terrace or pool area into a cosy tropical oasis. 

Nestrest Dedon hanging lounger
The Nestrest lounger designed by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety for Dedon.
Photo: dreamsanddesign

For those of you looking for a statement piece such as a hanging lounger, a German brand Dedon offers its Nestrest, made of a custom fiber weave with a cocoon-like shape promising plenty of space and privacy. If you prefer a more breathable option, check out the Nautica swing chair in high resistance aluminium. Created by MUT Design for a Spanish brand Expormim, it has soon become one of their signature products.

Expormim Nautica by MUT Design
Nautica swing chairs by MUT Design for Expormim. Photo: dreamsanddesign

Tropical also means inspired by nature. Garden chairs from the Laze collection by the Italian outdoor brand Roda take their shape from a leaf. If you prefer fauna, Kenneth Cobonpue, a Filipino designer, created the Peacock chair as a modern variation on a classic wicker chair.

The Laze collection by Roda outdoor furniture
The Laze collection by Roda. Photo: dreamsanddesign
Peacock chairs by Kenneth Coponbue
Peacock chairs by Kenneth Cobonpue. Photo: dreamsanddesign

You can also opt for the timeless Tripolina chair, a light and foldable design with a seat in canvas or leather. Its classic Ecru version by a Milanese brand Eligo blends well with tropical plants and rattan accessories.

Tripolina chairs by Eligo
Tripolina chairs by Eligo. Photo: dreamsanddesign

Colour and pattern play

If you’re in the mood for adding more colour and pattern into your outdoor area, these designers have come up with original solutions to enliven your summer refuge. Italian brand Moroso is already an established source for outdoor furniture and their Shadowy chaise longue unites colour, Senegalese patterns and threads used for fishing nets.

Shadowy chaise longue by Tord Boontje for Moroso
Shadowy chaise longue by Tord Boontje for Moroso. Photo: dreamsanddesign

Similar ethnic references can be found in the design of waterproof Calypso lamps by Contardi, inspired by bright colours of the Caribbean. These lights will introduce boho vibes into your garden or terrace. 

Calypso suspension outdoor lamps by Contardi
Calypso suspension lamps by Contardi. Photo: dreamsanddesign

On a more minimal note, Pedrali has presented a new line of Tribeca lounge chairs and sofas designed for the outdoors with references to the Sixties patio chairs made of woven cords.

Pedrali outdoor chairs and lounger
Tribeca and Reva outdoor furniture collections by Pedrali. Photo: dreamsanddesign

Retro references with a modern spin can also be found in the Supernova collection by Derek Castiglioni. You can find out more about his aesthetic and inspiration in my previous post, here. His latest project unites colour, safari and botanical patterns and references to the 1960s popular culture in America.

The Supernova armchair by Derek Castiglioni
The Supernova armchair by Derek Castiglioni. Photo: dreamsanddesign

I hope that my overview has given you an idea about current outdoor furniture trends that may inspire your future styling choices. Enjoy the summer!

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