Live It Up: Give your outdoor spaces a luxurious upgrade with the help of a few of our favorite luxury outdoor furniture brands
Ahh, summertime and the living is easy — unless you’re trying to decide on just the right furniture and accent pieces to give your outdoor living spaces the same sense of sophistication and quality to be found inside your home. In which case, you might have to make some hard decisions, like wood or metals, woven or minimalist, whimsical or elegant, traditional or ultra-modern. Luckily, there’s a luxury outdoor furniture brand for every kind of style; below are just a few of the best in the world and some of our favorites at Casa Outdoor Living.
Coco Wolf: Wildly sophisticated British style
British designers Coco Wolf define their pieces as “Made for life, outdoors,” and their stylish, comfortable aesthetic has made them one of today’s most popular outdoor living brands. Combining the finest materials with the latest technology, Coco Wolf creates statement pieces that bring indoor living outdoors, regardless of the season or climate.
RODA: The tops in teak
If you are looking for pieces that reflect and enhance their natural surroundings, Italian outdoor furniture maker RODA crafts teak creations meant to furnish the outdoors “like a true interior design project, in which colors, materials, and shapes remain faithful to the value of the spontaneity of living en plein air.” RODA’s groundbreaking concept of “IN and OUT,” with collections of outdoor furnishings created to reflect the same cultural matrix of the interior, was the brainchild of designer Rodolfo Dordoni, who began working with RODA in 2004. Since then, Dordoni’s and RODA’s creations have transformed outdoor spaces for the most discriminating clients across the globe.
Manutti: 360 degrees of delicious Belgian design
The Belgian designers at Manutti take a 360-degree approach to create outdoor solutions, with everything from sofas to carpets to lighting. A pioneer in the use of imitation leather covers and finishes with fine stitching in matching colors, Manutti’s unique and innovative materials and techniques, and its bold collaboration with renowned brands like Villeroy & Boch, have made them a trendsetter in the exclusive outdoor furniture market.
Tuuci: The finest shades under the sun
The premier maker of luxury outdoor umbrellas, parasols, and shades, Tuuci’s eco-friendly and modern designs can be found poolside at some of the most elegant resorts and clubs around the world. As innovative as they are eye-catching, able to withstand the most extreme conditions, Tuuci frames are constructed of weather-resistant, marine-grade materials and are available in a wide spectrum of colors.
Kettal Group: Innovation meets collaboration to create iconic pieces
From a simple, folding beach chair introduced in 1966, Kettal has become one of the world’s leading outdoor furniture makers. With the purchase of the luxury brands Hugonet y Triconfort, the company became the Kettal Group, representing some of the most important names in international design.
EGO Paris: Adventurous French style, par excellence
EGO Paris furniture invites you to a French outdoor “Art de Vivre,” mixing tradition and innovation to create a space uniquely tailored to your lifestyle. As they say themselves, “before being shaped, an EGO Paris model is a concept of life: first, come use then come shapes.” And what shapes — like their muse Coco Chanel, EGO Paris believes “To be irreplaceable, you have to be different.”
De Castelli: Masterpieces in metal
Italian brand DeCastelli defines their goal to “bend metal to the requirements of different spaces and uses, to shape it to the tastes and desires of a sophisticated and demanding clientele.” Their outdoor creations, blending handcrafting skill with technology and an experimental approach, are literally works of art.
Royal Botania:“Royal class” furniture inspired by lush botanical gardens
Royal Botania’s original vision of fusing superb quality and refreshing designs made out of teak wood was so instantly popular that the company became an international success. To this day, each piece is a perfect blend of precision and functionality, making theirs one of the most refined, diverse choice of outdoor collections in the world.
Of course, no outdoor space is considered complete these days without a fire pit, and AK 47 is the premier maker for those looking for the very finest, along with garden furnishing and decorations representing the perfect synthesis between hard-working utility and made-in-Italy design style.
Vondom: Bringing glamour and beauty to even the simplest spaces
Design culture, according to Vondom, is the key to their success. Infused with a sophisticated soul and the spirit of the vanguard, Vondom has attracted some of the world’s most sought-after designers and architects, including Fabio Novembre, Stefano Giovannoni, Eugeni Quitllet, Ora Ito, Ross Lovegrove, Karim Rashid, and Javier Mariscal. Together, their creations turn outdoor furniture, planters, pots, lighting, and rugs into unique and expressive works of art.
Before you rush out and fall in love with anything, though, it’s important to keep in mind a few key considerations, which can affect the kind of furniture you choose as well as the materials and fabrics that best match your situation and style:
• what type of outdoor space you have (pool, deck, patio or porch, stone, cement, wood, etc.)
• how you want to use the space (dinner parties, barbeques, lounging)
• climate and weather
With all that in mind, go ahead and take the plunge — once you’ve seen what a touch of design can do to enhance the natural beauty of your outdoor surroundings, you’ll discover a whole new world of inspiration and relaxation.