The most stylish outdoor furniture
Achesterfield sofa, a Saarinen tulip table, a Patricia Urquiola designed chair... a wish list of desirables for the stylish contemporary living room you might think. But actually, let's take this outside because these statement pieces are now available in all-weather forms, thanks to new cutting-edge materials and fabrics. So anyone wanting to create a super stylish "outdoor room" this summer has all manner of options, from great British classics such as the chesterfield by George Smith, to the mid-century modern look with Knoll's hardy Rislan-protected Bertoia chair and iconic Saarinen oval table.
Saarinen outdoor table with Bertoia Diamond outdoor chairs from Knoll
Meanwhile, last year Meissen Couture unveiled an outdoor range of teak furniture. Inspired by the same mid-century modern design period the pieces display clean lines with the brands signature "crossed swords" motif interpreted into the backrests of the seating and bright geometric fabrics you might normally expect to encounter indoors.
Dala Loveseat designed by Stephen Burks for Dedon, £6,590 as shown with cushions
Outdoor furniture specialist Dedon consistently push the design boundaries with their collections using high density polyethylene; their new Swing seating and woven circular Dala Loveseats (designed by US talent Stephen Burks) would lend a hip beach bar vibe to any terrace, deck or garden. And for elegant contemporary updates on traditional outdoor furniture idioms such as the rattan seat, or wrought iron chair, look to Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola's 21st-century reinventions – specifically her (now much imitated) Re-Trouvé range for Emu, and 1970s-inspired Crinolene chair for B&B Italia.
The Re-Trouvé range designed by Patricia Urquiola for Emu
Likewise Italian designer Paola Lenti is renowned for her bright outré designs - such as her Adagio swing seats in vivid citrus shades - and material innovations that defy the typical garden furniture conventions. Her high performance, technogically-advanced textiles (developed in-house) resemble giant knits or woven fibres more akin to soft indoor upholstery.
So when planning your outside nirvana, follow their lead and take your cues from indoors, or an Ibizan beach bar... and relax.