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An in­te­grated de­sign ap­proach sees out­door spa­ces be­ing el­e­vated to al­most the same level as in­te­ri­ors

- TEXT: JU­LIA FREE­MAN­TLE Design · Interior Design

The need to bring the out­doors in or to widen the in­doors to in­clude the out­doors has prompted de­sign­ers to cre­ate new so­lu­tions RODOLFO DORDONI

Out­door liv­ing has evolved to such a de­gree that de­signer fur­ni­ture has as much of a place on the ter­race as in the liv­ing room. Open-plan liv­ing and an in­creas­ingly holis­tic view of liv­ing spa­ces has meant that out­door liv­ing is seen as an im­por­tant part of the over­all scheme, re­sult­ing in bolder and more de­sign-for­ward spa­ces. And colour is big­ger than ever — from brights to pas­tels and mul­ti­coloured pieces – any­thing goes. Ket­tal’s Rodolfo Dordoni’s Bitta range, launched in 2009, has been given a facelift. While the col­lec­tion is iconic, it’s also a liv­ing prod­uct that can be up­dated over time. “Over the past decade, the way we in­ter­pret out­door spa­ces has be­come more sim­i­lar to how we live in­doors, so greater at­ten­tion is paid to recre­at­ing that same com­fort and at­mos­phere,” says Dordoni.

The new Bitta range fea­tures a gen­tle, rounded de­sign and a vast ar­ray of fin­ishes, colour­ways and com­bi­na­tions, of­fer­ing cus­tomi­sa­tion and cre­ativ­ity for the cus­tomer — as well as from the de­signer. “The need to bring the out­doors in or to widen the in­doors to in­clude the out­doors has prompted de­sign­ers to cre­ate new so­lu­tions that ful­fill all the re­quire­ments of out­door prod­ucts in terms of per­for­mance, as well as en­sur­ing they’re as ap­peal­ing as in­door ones. This has re­sulted in more au­da­cious and ad­ven­tur­ous pieces,” he adds.

The MBRACE range by Se­bas­tian Herkner com­prises a wing­back, lounger and rocker, and its co­coon­ing shape of­fers com­fort. De­don’s BRIXX is also big on com­fort. The first fully up­hol­stered col­lec­tion by the brand, its pol­ished fin­ish comes via de­signer Lorenza Boz­zoli and a team of master Ital­ian up­hol­ster­ers. “This col­lec­tion’s flex­i­bil­ity ce­ments it as a next-gen­er­a­tion out­door range. Tri­an­gu­lar and rec­tan­gu­lar pieces of­fer many per­mu­ta­tions and seat­ing free­dom; a play­ful ap­pli­ca­tion that sums up the light­hearted di­rec­tion out­door de­sign is tak­ing,” says Boz­zoli.

A dif­fer­ent kind of pared-back func­tion­al­ity is ap­par­ent in high-end brands where sim­plic­ity is more a prod­uct of aes­thetic phi­los­o­phy than a fru­gal­ity of de­sign or ma­te­ri­al­ity. Think sim­ple lines, stream­lined slat­ted frames and moulded units. With Hay’s Élé­men­taire chair, Ro­nan and Er­wan Bouroul­lec set out to cre­ate a piece that was aes­thet­i­cally and phys­i­cally bal­anced. Us­ing tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate a de­sign ro­bust enough to be long last­ing while still ap­pear­ing del­i­cate, they de­signed it for ev­ery­day use and to ful­fill the ba­sic needs of fur­ni­ture — beauty and dura­bil­ity.

Dordoni be­lieves the fu­ture of out­door liv­ing lies in these very ma­te­ri­als and pro­cesses; and that new­ness will drive de­sign evo­lu­tion.

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 ??  ?? Hay’s Élé­men­taire chair is tough & pretty.
Hay’s Élé­men­taire chair is tough & pretty.
 ??  ?? De­don’s BRIXX is fully up­hol­stered.
De­don’s BRIXX is fully up­hol­stered.
 ??  ?? Se­bas­tian Herkner’s MBRACE.
Se­bas­tian Herkner’s MBRACE.
 ??  ?? Ket­tal in­cor­po­rates colour and com­fort.
Ket­tal in­cor­po­rates colour and com­fort.

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