Design – Summer is in full swing, time to embrace the sun! We have selected 10 Italian outdoor furniture designs which should have debuted at Milan Design Week 2020. Paola Navone’s collection is captured dozing in a Sicilian historic garden, Martino Gamper’s first industrial design pays homage to Italian vines, yachts decking and Japanese metabolism encounter in studio MK27’s seating system while Philippe Starck’s designs quickly fold in case of sudden Summer showers.
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Paola Navone x Ethimo
Ethimo turns 10! To celebrate, the outdoor furniture company’s love for gardens comes alive in a special photo shoot by Bernard Touillon in the historic Botanical Gardens at the University of Palermo. The “Garden Giant”, a gargantuan ficus with a 400 square metres crown, embraces Rafael, the latest collection by Paola Navone which enhances the solid essence of teak wood and the craftsmanship of its manufacture.
Martino Gamper x Magis
Martino Gamper reinterprets the classic garden chair for Magis. From here, Vigna – ‘Vine’ in Italian – the Italian company’s new series of outdoor furniture. “Like a climbing plant, the swirl of twisting rod creates a structural feature support the chair leg as well as being a decorative element.” Vigna is the Italian designer’s first industrial design piece.
studioPang x Terraforma
Terraforma’s Makemake collection arose out of the subtle dialogue between the sinuousness of the delicate metal blade that marks out the design geometry and the alternation of the finishes that complete every single type of product. Designed by Fabio Damiani e Marco Quistini of studioPang, the collection comprises a modular sofa, a chair, a lounge chair, a stool, a tables and a sunbed all made in aluminium and steel, or combined with slats of teak.
CMP Design x Pedrali
Inspired by the relaxed mood of the Sicilian Island of Panarea, the collection by CMP Design for Pedrali brings home coastal Mediterranean landscapes filled with the colours as well that the refreshing breezes of dinner parties on the terrace.
Antonio Citterio x Flexform
Flexform has launched its first outdoor furniture collection conceived and “an extension of the indoor space”. The new range comprises sofas, armchairs, tables, chairs and an array of other accessories. Antonio Citterio has readapted its Ortigia chairs and Fly Tables for the outdoor space. “Whether large or small, the deck, the porch or the patio, area increasingly becoming the place to fully enjoy every season,” said the brand.
Marcio Kogan x Minotti
Quadrado, the modular seating system by Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27 for Minotti is quite an eclectic melting pot of comfort. The Brazilian designer took inspiration from Japanese Metabolist architecture from the ‘50s and ‘60s as well as the classic teak duckboard used in the yachting industry. Suspended square platforms serve as the base for padded cushions with backrests in a special fibre woven with wicker-effect.
Philippe Starck x B&B Italia
In case the summer is not as sunny as how expected, B&B Italia launched the Oh, it rains! collection by Philippe Starck which features outdoor seating with foldable backrests. Once the sofa and the armchair with simple, rectangular seats dwarf, they can protect from the elements. “Today, everybody makes outdoor collections,” Starck told Dezeen. “They put outdoor fabric on existing furniture and they think that makes it outdoor.”
Meneghello Paolelli Associati x Scab Design
Scab Design’s Si-Si “is an eclectic multi-material chair with a chameleon like style. It is a ‘smart chair’ as it doesn’t merely rely on its looks” Explain at Meneghello Paolelli Associati. A chair consists on a seat, frame and backrest. Si-si’s structure has been significantly simplified. A single element has been attache to a slimline frame which is used both as a backrest and a seat – which are come with different patterns and materials -, meaning less wast and fewer codes to match.
Gordon Guillaumier x Roda
The Orson collection of folding outdoor chairs by Gordon Guillaumier for Roda reinterprets the classic director’s chair in a contemporary key. Thanks to its practical folding system, which allows it to remain standing on its own, the series adds elegance and volume thanks to structural fabrics which also dress its sides, providing glimpses of the solid teak structure and allowing to use it without cushions.
Büro Famos x Paola Zani
German design duo Büro Famos has designed a multitasking furniture for Paola Zani which combines a low table a seating and a plant pot to celebrate the city of Albisola in the region of Liguria. The hybrid-design is made of powder coated steel, quartzite Calacatta Montblanc and a cushion.