On the sunny side

April may be doing its rounds as usual, but the warm summer days won't be far away. For the ideal furnishing of gardens, terraces and balconies, we show you 29 current products that combine craftsmanship with elegant design.

With "Reva Twist" by Patrick Jouin, Pedrali has expanded its "Reva" collection with a three-seater sofa and a lounge chair. The design of both models is characterised by four conical legs each made of die-cast aluminium, which are connected to a frame made of extruded aluminium. The stainless steel backrest and armrests are braided with a flat sand-coloured, terracotta-coloured or brown rope made of weather-resistant polypropylene, while the aluminium frame is powder-coated and available in white, sand, terracotta or brown.

The architects Johann Kuhn and Kevin Rack of Blockbau are attracted by the combination of architecture and product design - the result is practical furniture in unusual shapes, such as the new "32" outdoor chairs, which are made mainly of 32-millimetre-thick tubular steel. Produced in southern Germany, "32" is available in four bright and unusual colours, from rose to cobalt blue. Before the UV-resistant powder coating, the chairs are galvanised, which makes them particularly durable. The sheet metal seat, which is slightly tilted forward at the top, and the slanted front legs of the chair offer a pleasant comfort for the sitter. 32" is dedicated to Egon Eiermann as an interpretation of the classic drawing stool.

With "Knot Battery S", Chiaramonte Marin has expanded the "Knot Battery" collection for the Czech premium lighting brand Brokis to include a small, portable variant for outdoor use. The design combines a fixture made of natural fibres with smooth, transparent, mouth-blown glass, creating a contrast that is both striking and refined. The LED light source is housed in an elegant base, which, like the end cap of the cable, is made of noble metal. One battery charge is sufficient for up to four and a half hours of light, charging is done via a practical magnetic connection in the lower part of the luminaire.

In addition to the bistro chairs and tables which are already available, the "crona steel" series from Brunner has now been extended to include a bar stool, a high table, a bench, a lounge chair with and without armrests and two side table variants. Depending on requirements, the seating furniture is available in seven different colours and, on request, also with armrests and waterproof upholstered cushions. The frame made of ergonomically shaped flat steel struts not only offers pleasant seating comfort but has also been specially coated for outdoor use. The round and square tables are made of sheet steel and specially designed for outdoor use. Another practical feature is that the chairs in the "crona steel" collection from Brunner can be easily stacked on top of each other.

In 1967, Afra and Tobia Scarpa designed the minimalist "Carlotta" furniture line for the Cassina Young Play programme. Now, the traditional Italian furniture manufacturer has used four teak frames and a complex tongue and groove system for "Carlotta", which focuses on woodworking by hand. The backrest is covered with woven ropes made of polypropylene and nylon, which ideally continue the clarity of the form. Soft comfort is provided by cushions filled with recycled PET fibres. The upholstery comes in a wide range of colours, from fresh mint to rich orange.

With the "Inside/Outside" textile collection for indoor and outdoor use, Création Baumann offers seven fabrics, some of which can also be used on the terrace or in the garden – including the waterproof upholstery fabric "Outdoor Sneaker". The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100-certified fabrics can also be used in wet rooms. The spectrum of textiles ranges from pure plain fabrics with a haptically appealing structure in subtle, desaturated tones to those interspersed with abstract floral silhouette motifs. For the colour scheme, you can choose from champagne and sand tones to pastel colours such as lilac, light terracotta and lime.

"Pablo Outdoor" is the first outdoor collection designed by Vincent Van Duysen for B&B Italia. "My first collection for B&B Italia's outdoor line further develops the characteristics of the Pablo armchairs, adding layers of softness, while the tables are a link to my architectural world," says Van Duysen. In the sofa and armchairs, the alternation between mass and void is thus highlighted by the striking teak base structure, while the light-coloured cushions in recycled PET add a soft touch. The matching concrete side table picks up on the architectural expression in particular, showing surprisingly filigree lines.

"Fiore", Italian for flower, can also bloom outside this summer thanks to designer Jessica Engelhardt for Dauphin: as a model with a UV- and water-resistant plastic shell, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to colours: more than 750 variants can be combined from the selection of colours, frames or upholstered covers. The seat shells are available in a total of ten colours: from cloud grey to mustard yellow to old green to English red – a whole bouquet of shades. With a choice of frame variants, optional armrests or stain- and water-repellent upholstered covers, Fiore adapts flexibly to any outdoor area. Dauphin also has a matching weatherproof side table in its range.

With the new "Luna Grande" line from Feuerring, designer Andreas Reichlin has created an expansive sculpture that is particularly suitable for large garden spaces. Despite its diameter of 1400 to 2000 millimetres, ring thicknesses between 20 and 30 millimetres, a shell thickness of 15 millimetres and a weight between 400 and 700 kilograms, the grill bowl appears light and weightless. In addition to its physical presence, "Luna Grande" also convinces with a full, round sound due to its large resonance chamber and also has a long durability.

"Tibbo" is Dedon's first collection made of teak: the British designer duo Barber & Osgerby created "Tibbo" and were inspired by the material itself: "Teak is naturally oily in texture, which is why this wood feels particularly soft. For this reason, we wanted to create furniture that emphasises precisely these qualities," they say. The collection is handcrafted and offers excellent weather resistance and durability. Characteristic of "Tibbo" is a certain architectural stringency that is evident in both the construction and the proportions. The largest dining table is a spectacular 3.38 metres long. The material mix of teak, woven fibre and fabric also gives the collection of dining and lounge furniture a particularly pleasant feel.

During the summer, gardens, balconies and terraces become second living rooms, where a sophisticated outdoor lighting concept makes an ideal contribution to creating a pleasant atmosphere. It's a good thing that the lighting technology of Erco's most powerful museum spotlights has also conquered the outdoor space in the form of the Beamer New spotlight family. As the first of their kind to be equipped with darklight lenses, they offer extensive variance with digital control modes, interchangeable lens units and many mounting options. With the precise lighting instruments from Erco, sculptures in a park as well as striking details of a façade or even entrances or exits can be perfectly illuminated.

Stylish storage space is now easy to find outdoors thanks to Fast: "Ninfea" is the name of the new outdoor sideboard collection made of lacquered aluminium. This offers plenty of space, for crockery, toys and planting utensils. Optionally equipped with a high or low edge, it can also be used for serving food or gardening. The surface of "Ninfea" is scratch-resistant and available in 14 colours. Thanks to the push & pull system, the doors are handleless and offer a pleasantly homogeneous surface. The height of the sideboard's feet can be easily adjusted as required. There is also a choice of two sizes, 180 x 51 x 81 or 90 x 50 x 81 centimetres.

The design of the "Hamptons" sofa by Antonio Citterio for Flexform is based on the use of solid iroko wood as the base. This stands out from the floor by means of small aluminium feet that protect it from direct contact with the floor and moisture. The base is available in natural colours, stained grey and lacquered white. It is complemented by large upholstered cushions with a gros grain border, which are available tone-in-tone or in a contrasting colour. To match the sofa, there is also an adjustable chaise longue in different configurations, which is also stackable.

With the "OULALA" set tables, Fermob offers three models in different sizes that are the ideal centrepieces for a relaxed outdoor ensemble, especially in summer: Made entirely of steel, with table tops made of sheet steel, they are robust and easy to move. Thanks to the different sizes and heights, they can also be pushed together and stored in a space-saving way. There is a choice of four combinations for the colour scheme: Anthracite, Clay Grey, Honey or Rosemary, Cactus, Chilli or Abyss Blue, Acapulco Blue, Ochre Red as well as the soft pastel colours Opal Green, Glacial Mint, Lemon Sorbet.

"Cavo" by Garpa combines luxury and cosiness. The collection consists of a lounger and a bench, both made of teak wood, as well as matching lounge furniture. The backrest of the lounger is adjustable and available with a soft cushion. In addition, it can be flexibly positioned outdoors thanks to the castors at the head end. "Cavo" is characterised by an elegant, reduced appearance that can be harmoniously integrated into the garden design.

Expormim has added numerous variants to its successful "Petale" collection by MUT Design: the hand-woven backrests of the chairs thus feature airy diamond, lattice and striped patterns that give each chair its own character. There is also a wide range of different fabrics and colours to choose from for the textile elements. Practical: the chairs can easily be stacked on top of each other if required. The collection is also complemented by a matching bar stool made of stainless steel.

The "Gloster Deco Garden Shower" designed by Henrik Pedersen for Gloster brings freshness to the outdoor space. Due to its teak base, it can be placed in the garden or on the terrace. The pleasant tactile properties of teak are particularly suitable for outdoor use, as it never gets hot in the sun and cold in the shade. The whole is combined with a puristically designed frame, which is connected by a lower and upper ring. The shower head made of warm, polished brass also serves as an allusion to the sun.

Fresh, lively colours are a symbol of summer and so the Acapulco Chair "Oaxaca" already visually creates a positive mood. Inspired by the region of the same name in Mexico, the coloured strands of elastic plastic line up dynamically and at the same time emphasise the funnel-like shape in their depth. A robust frame made of galvanised and powder-coated steel serves as the base, while the ergonomic seat adapts ideally to the body. Free of harmful substances and UV-resistant, the Acapulco Chair offers an ideal seat even in high temperatures. Benjamin Caja, founder of Acapulco, and his team also support fair and sustainable production of the lounge chairs in Mexico.ich, as this never gets hot in the sun and cold in the shade. The whole is combined with a puristically designed frame, which is connected by a lower and upper ring. The shower head made of warm, polished brass also serves as an allusion to the sun.

G.T. Design has expanded its portfolio with "Hula Hoop" to include various outdoor rugs. The design comes from Deanna Comellini, founder and creative director of G.T.Design. It is a collection of geometric rugs with a ribbed structure that are handmade from a wear-resistant yarn that is resistant to UV rays and bacterial contamination as well as stain-resistant. "Hula Hoop" is available in two round and one oval model. In addition, there are seven colour combinations, including "Pennsy" as brick red or "Racing" as racing green.

Gubi is expanding its portfolio with new outdoor collections that include new designs as well as the reinterpretation of familiar designs. This gives the opportunity to experience certain furniture now also outdoors. One example is the "TS Table" designed by GamFratesi, which combines a round travertine top with a steel frame. The table can be placed flexibly in the garden and thus allows the boundaries between indoors and outdoors to merge.

Minimalism for outdoors: The "Ringer" collection by Kettal is the first collaboration between designer Michael Anastassiades and the Spanish furniture manufacturer. As purist café furniture, the "Ringer" furniture is ideally suited for a stylish design of the outdoor space. The name of the collection refers to the traditional game of horseshoe throwing - an analogy that is reflected in the way the armrest rests on the upper ends of the legs.

Cooking under the open sky: The special construction of the outdoor kitchens by Wesco ensures high weather resistance – even in high humidity, temperature fluctuations and extreme sunlight. The basic frame of the kitchen modules is made of aluminium profiles in a brushed stainless steel look. An inner carcass made of aluminium honeycomb panels is then set into the framework, which is clad with compact or ceramic panels. The worktops are made of ceramic and are also characterised by high durability.

Designer Jasper Morrison deals with the transitions between inside and outside in "Plato", an aluminium chair he designed for Magis. Accordingly, "Plato" can be used both in the living room and in the garden. No less than the Greek philosopher is the eponym of the chair, which presents itself as a no-frills, minimalist piece of furniture. Moreover, the frame made of extruded aluminium and the shell made of die-cast aluminium are completely recyclable. "Plato" is stackable and available with or without armrests in various colours.

"Calcetín" by Diabla serves as an outdoor room divider: With a semi-curved structure, it forms a gentle arch of thermo-lacquered aluminium and iron, which forms the basis for a removable cover made of water-repellent fabric. It is easily fastened and unfastened with a zip. For an individual design, you can choose between different fabrics and colours. The inspiration for "Calcetín" is taken directly from everyday life: "When I think about the design of an industrial object, I often think about other uses and habits of everyday life. One day when I was putting on my socks to exercise, it occurred to me that this gesture could be the simplest way to enclose an arch-shaped structure and thus create an umbrella," explains creator Alejandra Gandía-Blasco. Meanwhile, a base made of galvanised iron ensures a firm stand.

The movement of the tides served designer Martin Skibsted as inspiration for his "Marée" chair, which he designed for Montana. The goal was to find an ideal seating comfort, which entailed a development time of five years. In addition, the complexity of the upholstery had to be mastered due to the cut-out in the back. The seat of the chair is made of 100 per cent recycled plastic and is available in eight curated Montana colours as well as with a choice of chrome-plated or lacquered legs.

The "Ariete" collection by Adam D. Tihany for Unopiù is characterised by a soft and delicate design supported by a solid structure. The designer was inspired by traditional wrought-iron garden furniture: "It is fantastic to see how traditional materials can be given new life with old craftsmanship, he says. Curved bends in coffee brown thus become more spacious, lines finer and more elegant. The circle motif is a characteristic feature of the entire collection and not only has a decorative value, but is also a practical element that provides more comfort in handling. The handcrafted production also creates a high level of galvanic corrosion protection. For the covers of the cushions, you can choose from the numerous shades of the Unopiù colour collection in waterproof fabric, acrylic or recycled PET.urated Montana colours and optionally available with chrome-plated or lacquered legs.

Six elements belong to the "Fontainebleau" collection by José Lévy for Serax, which he first designed for his own country house near the French town of Fontainebleau: a sofa, a chair, a stool, a round table, a daybed and a side table. All are intended as small architectural compositions, and appear sculptural in their combination of geometric figures. "I never set a single strategy for the use of my designs. I enjoy observing how others interpret my work. I provide the letters for people to create their own words" says Lévy. Fontainebleau" was made of steel. The deep green shade creates a soft contrast to nature. For comfort, the furniture can also be equipped with firm seat cushions and soft cushions for the back and armrests.

The stackable "Monza" armchair by Konstantin Grcic for the Italian furniture manufacturer Plank is now also available as an outdoor version. However, the frame here is made of solid oiled iroko, which is particularly suitable for outdoor use. The polypropylene backrest is available in white, black, light blue, yellow-green, traffic red, wine red, caffelatte, caramel and terra brown. Another new addition is a special outdoor cushion that makes spending time outdoors even more comfortable.

Functional and reduced to the essentials: the "Court" tray by Loehr is the latest addition to the Berlin label's portfolio. Its shape of high-precision, welded sheet metal is based on a rectangle or square. Two sides, each extended to twice the height of the other, raise the tray and give it a filigree, floating character. "Court" can be used as a serving tray, shelf or organiser and is available in the sizes 440x220x36 millimetres or 330x330x36 millimetres and in three colours: black, zinc yellow or lavender.