Outdoors Lounging in style to suit
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.