Product News: outdoor furniture

By Matt Balmer
February 4, 2018

Some of the latest 2018 launches for outdoor spaces.

By Rebecca Hoh-Hale


2017’s award winning TIBBO furniture range, by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Dedon, was the German based-brand’s first collection in teak and the first collaboration between the Brit design duo and the well known outdoor brand. The quality of the finest turned wood furniture, more often seen in interior design, that Barber Osgerby first brought to the outdoor world with the TIBBO dining table and chair sets, can now be seen on the newly launched TIBBO loungers and sofas. Like the original pieces, the additions are characterized by generous proportions, architectural rigor and an aesthetic of simplicity. The new sofas share the same deep profile and large, comfortable cushions as the originals and the sun lounger features a custom-made steel-cast adjustment mechanism and hinges that contrast elegantly with the nautical influences of the wooden seat. All pieces are handcrafted in a material mix of textiles, woven fibre and slow growth premium teak sourced from sustainable plantations, making them light yet durable and weather resistant. “Because of the unique nature of teak, the wood feels especially soft,” say the designers, “so we set out make furniture that would accentuate these properties. We saw an opportunity to design outdoor furniture with the same sensibility as a range designed for indoor use.”

B&B Italia

British duo Doshi Levien, know for their punchy, robust style, are making their mark in outdoor furniture with several statement collaborations launching this year. This is Bay, the new collection of seats for B&B Italia Outdoor. The Italian brand continues its endeavours to combine technological innovation and ergonomic research with quality and comfort in this range of sculptural pieces which come as an armchair and a high-backed armchair. Their enveloping shape are created from a double polypropylene fibre braid that forms ‘air pockets’, adding transparency and lightness to the sturdy seating. The padded seats are inspired by pebble forms and there is a second version with a two-tone braid in dove grey and anthracite. The company also presented further outdoor pieces by Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa at IMM Cologne, as well as more from its continued Maxalto collections, with some indoor offerings designed by Antonio Citterio for the dining area and living room. Doshi Levien is Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien, the former studied design at the National Institute of Design, founded on the manifesto by Charles and Ray Eames. Levien trained in fine cabinet making and industrial design before they met at the Royal College of Art.


The Balad H25 lamp was designed by Tristan Lohner for French company Fermob, with a dual ambition in mind: to create a reliable product that would be sleek and attractive in design. This fun, mobile outdoor lamp, which complies with the IP44 and IK10 standards, looks great on the table and can be moved around to with ease – from lounge to garden, and from beach to pool. Its handle shape is inspired by the familiar form of a set of headphones and the lamp can come as one mobile piece or fitted into an upright or offset stand. Balad can be charged with a USB cable, has a battery life of around 12 hours, two light temperature settings, cool white (6000 K) and warm white (4000 K) and two brightness settings (100% and 50%). Its lacquered aluminum handle, with anti UV poweder coating, also comes in various shades of the Fermob colour chart, known for its fun brights and pastels. Lohner regularly works with Fermob and began his career with an Arts and Crafts diploma in cabinetmaking under Bernard Daude, the cabinetmaker for Pierre Paulin for Mobilier National, before joining the School of Decorative Arts in Paris, where he studied product design under Jean-Marie Massaud.


Doshi Levien’s second collaborative offering is the Geometric Fabrics collection of outdoor rugs for perky Spanish brand Kettal. All feature diagonal lines and angular shapes as a development of an abstract theme. In the first design, lines are laid over solid colours to make a spatial and layered effect, while in the second design, tiny rectangles or blocks of colour are spaced apart and repeated to create a fine mélange. The two different rug designs, Block and Line, share the same common weave technique, which means they can lie well in combinations, available in two by three metres and three by four metres. Kettal will also present two more designs by Doshi Levien, which are additions to their 2016 Cala seating set and new textile design and metal coating colourways for Bela, which are the ropes and bars that are a quintessential ingredient of many Kettal products. This Spring they will also launch a family of nomadic outdoor lamps with Swiss designer Michel Charlot and Bitta, which is a chair and side table collection. This features a combination of aluminium frames with braided polyester cords, and a teak, marble or aluminium top for the table, all designed by Rodolf Dordoni.


The new Arlington outdoor Bar Cart by Gloster typifies Danish Designer Henrik Pedersen’s desire to meet every-day needs with beautiful design. Its rounded buffed teak finish gives an indoor type feel but its distinctive large diameter wheels facilitate smooth passage on uneven ground and the integrated handle ensures an easy maneuver on not-always completely smooth surfaces. Arlington also has removable twin trays and gently curled edges to limit potential for spills, but also has generous gaps between slats which mean it is easily cleaned. Pedersen states he always adopts an international approach, since Gloster’s market place is all over the world. Indeed, with offices world-wide and its own manufacturing facilities in Indonesia and roots traced all the way back to West Africa in 1960, it is a very global brand. ‘We may live in a different world than the one occupied by our founders, but one thing remains the same,’ say the team, ‘we are furniture makers whose sole focus is to design and build the world’s finest outdoor furniture.’ Gloster will also present the complimentary Arlington Dining Table and Chair set this year, which is also in buffed teak and features the addition of all weather wicker.

Vincent Sheppard

The new Leo collection from Belgium furniture brand Vincent Sheppard is comprised of a tub dining chair, the laid-back sofa, a lounge chair, a coffee table and two side tables. The company are now well known for championing the ‘Lloyd Loom’ twisted paper over metal woven style. Lloyd Loom is an American invention dating from 1917 which became popular well into the sixties, but the technique then had a decline. In 1992, Vincent Sheppard decided to re-invigorate Lloyd Loom and introduce it to the Belgian design furniture scene and today, the brand has a unique position as the world leader in Lloyd Loom furniture. For this reason, much of the company’s contemporary designs still references this woven motif. On Leo it is seen as oversizes threading of polyester rope around the aluminum frame, which also ensures it to be suitable for all weather usage. The Leo tables tops are also powder coated aluminum in a stoney colourway named Lava and the recommended removable upholstery options have similarly taupe tones, as well as some brighter teals but there is the option to choose from the full Vincent Sheppard fabric range. Along with Leo, the company is launching a number of other seating options, dining tables and an oak bar and counter.