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Nov 22, 2019 | Trends

Craft your outdoor spaces for both practicality and personality with striking design and sensible accessories

TEXT Julia Freemantle PHOTOGRAPHS Henrique Wilding and supplied

STATEMENT STYLE

1 Inject personality into your outdoor spaces through furniture in a spectrum of punchy colours and striking silhouettes. Haldane Martin’s Papa Sun outdoor sofa collection is a reinterpretation of the round rattan Papasan chair, which has its roots in Southeast Asia and was popularised in Western culture in the post-war 1950s. The chair and sofa are supremely pleasant to relax in – the scooped design and generous cushions envelop and enfold. Pair them with a mix of occasional tables in contrasting hues for maximum impact. haldanemartin.co.za

2 Outdoor furniture needn’t be synonymous with hard surfaces and obviously durable fabrics. Consider comfort when choosing furniture – it is an important factor in enjoying your space. Tribù Tosca dining armchairs, which are available at Marlanteak, offer visual and sensory appeal via a welcoming cushioned design. Designer Monica Amani has combined weather-resistant material with an innovative design, a seating shell with extra-wide braiding and cushions, to offer the best of both in outdoor design. marlanteak.com

3 Think on another level when planning your outdoor layout. By playing with different heights, you can create functional zones – a higher bar table is suitable for cocktail hour and takes up less space than the traditional lounge seating (ideal for compact urban homes). This oasis of a space by La Grange Interiors uses materials and colour consistently to allow it to blend into the garden. lagrangeinteriors.co.za

4 The Polka outdoor café table and Hula lounge chairs by Haldane Martin call to mind the spare silhouette of the iconic Harry Bertoia chair, albeit even more stripped down. The streamlined aesthetic is cut out for contemporary spaces, and the low-slung proportions are perfect for relaxed casual dining – think tapas and sundowners. haldanemartin.co.za

5 Traditionally associated with the indoors, a chaise longue is an elegant furniture solution for an outdoor scene – elevating the aesthetic from everyday perfunctory style to something a little more special. This piece from Something Desired’s 2019 Sorbet Collection is simple yet sophisticated; it will add an X-factor to a veranda and offer versatility by catering to both lounging and sitting. something-desired.com

IN-BETWEEN SPACES

1 Fabrics are the easiest way to introduce an indoor element outside, thereby softening it and making it more liveable. Be inspired by this beautiful built-in corner featuring Élitis fabrics from St Leger & Viney. The benches are a permanent fixture, but you can keep the cushions loose to take them in when it rains. Likewise, accessorise with an array of potted plants that you can move and mix as your mood dictates. stleger.co.za

2 Landscaping plays a major role in creating an easy flow from your living spaces to your garden. This masterfully executed patio by SAOTA – architects Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl, Greg Truen, Phillippe Fouché and Mark Bullivant – allows for a gradual transition between inside and outside thanks to the clever way the plants and hard surfaces have been intermixed. saota.com

3 Dress an outdoor seating area with natural-toned and themed fabrics, and you have a nook that blends into the natural surroundings and creates a feeling of serenity. Textiles from Hertex’s Spring Break collection occupy the perfect middle ground between interior comfort and outdoor freshness. Additionally, they’re stain-, water- and sun-resistant, making them a pleasure to use and behold. hertex.co.za

ATMOSPHERIC ACCESSORIES

1 Use lamps suspended from trees and scattered at your feet to create a night-time fairyland in the garden. These Madame Cachet lights by Tribù, available through Marlanteak, feature artisanal woven casings made with weatherproof cord, resulting in a gentle glow rather than a harsh light – perfect for achieving a cosy ambience. marlanteak.com

2 The Cotton Company sells a wide range of throws and towels – stylish and versatile pieces that you can drape over a lounger or spread out picnic-style on the grass. Available in a rainbow of colourways, they’re not only aesthetically pleasing but also very practical. thecottoncompany.co.za

3 If a slick urban aesthetic matches your decor style, these portable Light Up lanterns from Eva Solo will appeal to you. They are just what you need for sundowners on the stoep. evasolo.com

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