Clean, bright, and striking, high gloss lacquer finishes have been a favorite of interior designers for centuries, and this year they are back and bigger than ever — in outdoor living. Whether it’s introducing a pop of color, reflecting and enhancing the natural light, or adding texture and architectural flair, the glossy, shimmery surfaces and finishes of lacquers and ceramics enhance a setting like jewels, adding depth and a touch of luxury to any space.
While creating the many layers necessary to achieve the high gloss of lacquer traditionally took much time and labor, modern methods and technologies have made the high-gloss look more affordable — and versatile — than ever. Here are just a few of our current favorites for 2019.
Designed by Gordon Guillaumier, the LEAF coffee table embodies the discreet, refined taste of RODA. These extra-large, leaf-shaped tables are designed to coordinate with one another, creating a harmonious composition of complementary forms. The structure, in smoke or milk finished stainless steel, is elegant in its simplicity, with the two symmetrical tiles that make up the top available in a natural finish or choice of enameled colors, from emerald green to water.
Another Gordon Guillaumier creation, the TEKA dining table is a perfect example of RODA’s ability to combine natural and high tech materials to create strikingly original living and dining solutions. Developed around a particular prism-shaped geometric construction, the table’s impact lies in its sensation of lightness, with the simplicity of the teak structure balanced by the polished top finish, available in Matt Grey Stone, Glazed Water, Glazed Jade, Glazed Ice, and Blue.
An iconic waterfront feature gets a sophisticated upgrade with Dorothée Noirbent’s Biarritz Nested Cabin for Ego Paris. Completely modular and fully customizable, the cabin’s design features a thermo-lacquered aluminum frame and a heat-treated French ash frame to ensure cool comfort; optional shades are available to add extra protection — and personal style.
Marcel Wanders’ Suave collection for Vondom strives to “blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor furniture.” The Suave planter collection is a series of three striking, oversized planters, available in a range of finishes including high gloss, that is equally at home adding a touch of green style, indoors or out.
Glaze is an exclusive new paint finish from Kettal that “replicates the aesthetic qualities and feeling of warmth offered by ceramics.” Better still, Glaze delivers the same durability and quality provided by aluminum coatings, making it the ideal finish for aluminum tabletops. Glaze is available in 8 colors designed by Doshi Levien to match the materials, textures, and discreet shades of all Kettal collections.
For Danish designer Henrik Pedersen, “Good design is functional, beautiful and easy to understand.” His collection of Blow side tables are just that — inspired combinations of natural teak and gleaming ceramic-stone, available in various heights and a range of naturally-inspired shades.
With sunny days and summer nights just around the corner, now’s a great time to spruce up your space with a few high gloss touches. Stop by Casa Design Outdoor to find the latest looks from the world’s finest designers of al fresco style.