Out­doors Loung­ing in style to suit

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

A HOUSE with an out­door area is a must for many of us who want to take ad­van­tage of the warmer weather, but we are of­ten re­luc­tant to spend too much on fur­nish­ing the space.

Dis­mayed at the lack of choice, Osier Belle owner Penny Cam­plis­son came up with the idea of cre­at­ing stylish cus­tom-made out­door fur­ni­ture.

“It was like look­ing at some scat­tered licorice all­sorts — all black square mod­ules with white cush­ions,” she says.

“The ma­jor­ity of fur­ni­ture that com­pa­nies sell over here are made in ei­ther Europe or Asia.

“I re­ally wanted to get some­thing that was ex­cel­lent qual­ity and made for our cli­mate.”

Cam­plis­son made it her mis­sion to de­sign stylish pieces that can be eas­ily cus­tomised to suit the space and in­di­vid­ual’s style.

“It’s got real char­ac­ter and per­son­al­ity and all our fur­ni­ture can stay out­doors all the time,” she says.

Find­ing fur­ni­ture that can with­stand our harsh cli­mate means you can­not com­pro­mise on qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, Cam­plis­son says.

“Re­hau and viro are the only wicker prod­ucts that I would rec­om­mend any­one hav­ing out­doors,” she says.

“Have a look at the weave and the fin­ish of the frame un­der­neath. If it’s un­evenly wo­ven or it’s not level, you’ve re­ally got to ques­tion the qual­ity of the rest of the fur­ni­ture.”

Cam­plis­son also cred­its the qual­ity of her fur­ni­ture to the hard­work­ing staff at her fac­tory in Indonesia, where she makes a point of cre­at­ing a happy work­place.

“If peo­ple are happy they will make lovely things,” she says. “You can re­ally see the love and the pas­sion that has gone into the fur­ni­ture.” More de­tails at osier­belle.com.au

Clock­wise from top: Osier Belle’s wicker hang­ing pod; Tresse retro-style sofa; and the Frap­pant re­clin­ing sun­lounges.

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