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Looking for creative outdoor patio furniture ideas? These outdoor furniture ideas were created by independent top designers around the world. Note that not all of these products are available for purchase, and some are just prototypes, so use these for inspiration for new ideas. See our post on unique outdoor patio furniture to view products you can buy online today!
1. Stackable Outdoor Furniture
Ego Paris has designed new outdoor furniture. It is named after a stackable puzzle. This modern furniture is truly funky and unique. When not in use, elements of this furniture set come together just like puzzles. The collection includes two sun loungers, four lounge chairs, an aluminum lacquered table, and two low tables. The outdoor living room has never been so fun and enjoyable. Take a look at this modern outdoor living furniture.
2. Modular Outdoor Furniture Dune
Dune is a modular outdoor furniture collection designed by Rainer Mutsch for Austrian company Eternit. Made from natural fiber cement, Dune comes in a variety of colors. “The shape of all 6 Dune elements allows the user to move freely on the objects and to choose an individual seating position according to his or her individual taste. Since Dune has been designed as a highly modular and indefinitely expandable system, its capacity to fit most spatial situations. Each Dune element is 3D-molded out of one whole100% recyclable Eternit cellulose fiber-cement panel.” – Rainer Mutsch.
3. New Outdoor Furniture Collections
ELEMENTS is an ultra-modular outdoor seating concept designed by Gerd Couckhuyt. The furniture concept has a futuristic and architectural design with sharp lines and rounded shapes. It is composed of four elements (hence the name ELEMENTS) held aloft by a strip of LED lights. It features an easily adjustable backrest and slidable footrest and side table. Made from Quartz Composite, a high-quality material known for its softness, strength, easy-to-maintain, and resistance to UV, the ELEMENTS consists of different sized seating modules. The modular design allows you to use it in many different configurations. Available in three colors, black, white grey, and grey quartz.
4. HELIOS Collection by Manutti Studio
HELIOS is a collection of stackable outdoor chairs. The sleek and easy-to-use chairs have a very simple design. The frame is made of light but strong powder-coated aluminum and the seat and backrest are made in Batyline textile. The HELIOS collection consists of chairs, armchairs, loungers, barstool, and footstool. The collection is available in three colors, white with a white seat, lava with a black seat, and shingle with a sand seat.
5. LETO collection by Manutti Designer Team
LETO is a collection of outdoor chairs. The cute and trendy chairs are available in bright colors such as orange, green, turquoise, or lavender. The LETO features a rounded shape for maximum comfort and it is available with or without an armrest. The stackable chairs have a lightweight frame and are suitable to use in your terrace and garden.
6. Siesta Outdoor Furniture
Siesta is a unique outdoor bench-cum-chair designed by Emanuele Magini for Italian furniture company Campeggi. In the designer’s words, “Lying on the bench, watching the clouds pass by on a sunny day, is one of the most common moments of happiness. Siesta is a simple chair that keeps the iconography design of an outdoor bench, allowing a funny, ironic and comfortable usage.”
7. Synthetic Rattan Furniture, a Solution for Outdoor and Patio Needs
Author: Jennifer Vasquez
Rattan is among the oldest natural material used for making furniture today. Rattan is a vine that grows in the tropical forests of the Far East.
Unlike bamboo, which is hollow, rattan is a solid timber vine that grows in the tropical forests in Indonesia. This country alone supplies about 70% of rattan needs around the world. The rest is supplied by rattan originated from Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Most rattan comes from tropical forests available on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Nusa Tenggara.
Technically speaking, rattan has some advantages compared to wood. It is lighter in weight, strong, elastic, easier to make both regular and irregular shapes, and of course less costly. Due to these comparative advantages rattan has been widely used as the material to produce home furniture such as tables, chairs, and bookshelves. Additionally, rattan grows faster than any tropical wood species and people gain from easier harvesting works. Overall, making indoor furniture from rattan is economically more beneficial than making similar indoor wooden furniture.
Most rattan grows to hundreds of feet in length; it is one of nature’s strongest materials. It will not splinter nor break so it is ideal for making furniture. And when you need a curved shape rattan does it for you; once molded by the steaming process, solid rattan retains its contours permanently. The outer skin of the rattan pole named peel and traditionally is used to wrap joints. And, due to such flexible characteristics, from rattan, you can make various kinds of home accents and home decoration items.
Disadvantages of natural rattan furniture
Natural rattan furniture can’t be exposed to harsh ultraviolet sunlight for prolonged periods of time, as this can affect the color. Water hyacinth, for example, as is a natural untreated handmade product, it will absorb moisture and dry out in direct relation to climate conditions. To avoid any deterioration natural rattan furniture is only suitable for use in a dry and well-ventilated environment.
Briefly speaking, although protective surface finishing may help basically natural rattan furniture will not survive well in an outdoor setting.
Another issue is that – as happen to any natural material – rattan should receive proper treatment to improving its resistance against attacks of termites. Again, the weather condition where rattan furniture is located may affect its durability.
The solution for an outdoor needs
Specifically, if you need rattan and wicker furniture for use in an outdoor setting, the solution is wicker outdoor furniture made of polyethylene-based fiber, synthetic rattan furniture. The use of this polyethylene-based fiber in furniture combines the elegance of classic wicker crafts and the endurance of synthetic fiber, resulting in long-lasting all-weather wicker furniture.
Wicker, although a classic, works well for the furniture buyer who wants a home reflecting the feel of casual elegance. Synthetic wicker furniture not only offers comfort, versatility and livability, but it also offers superb endurance outdoor furniture always requires.
Synthetic rattan furniture mixes well with upholstered pieces, providing texture and nature to the home environment, patio, sunroom, and poolside too. Whether you operate a furniture business, have a family-managed furniture store, or own outdoor restaurants and cafes, synthetic rattan furniture is worth to be considered.
8. Cube Outdoor Bench
Korean designer Kim Hyunjoo has created a combination of outdoor bench and lighting system called Cube. In the designer’s words, “Cube is an outdoor bench, and lighting as well which is made of granite. It seems to be lean to one side without an anchor bolt, but it never lean to one side due to the material characteristic; granite is a really heavy material. Cube is a bench for a person, so it can be variously arranged. The grey color of the Cube matches well with the urban environment.”