Our gardens have increasingly become extensions of our home. Practical yard furniture made from weather-resistant materials is indispensable in the contemporary ‘outdoor hangout’ we call our yard.
Modular, multipurpose or otherwise innovative furniture help you optimally enjoy your time around the house.
From stackable chairs to extensible dining tables, from multi-purpose yard lamps to multifunctional tables, the following pieces make gardens a truly inviting zone.
1. Moon Island
The Moon Island set is made of four ‘islands’ which can be rearranged around a coffee table or footstool in the middle.
You can push everything together to make a huge family daybed, or separate the items to make a large modular seating area which can comfortably hold 12 guests.
2. Shine Stackable Sunbed
The Italian Shine Stackable Sunbed is designed with an eye to practicality, with a teak side-table to hold your drink and an adjustable face-shade to keep the sun out of your eyes.
The textilene seat is as comfortable as a cushion, but it won’t get soggy or mildewed if you sit on it straight after a swim.
3. Lamp, Bottle Holder &Stool
Shaped like a giant wine glass, this Light Bottle Holder lights up from inside to turn from a functional ice bucket to an eye-catching centerpiece.
You can even flip it upside down to use it as a bar stool. Be aware that it is supplied with a European round plug and you may need to buy a separate converter.
4. Canisse Outdoor Sofa
The Canisse Outdoor Sofa isn’t just made from weather-resistant materials; designer Phillipe Nigro has built it to look like a natural object.
The back of the couch is made from rotation-moulded rods which look like bundles of twigs, with longer ‘sticks’ forming the legs.
5. Metal Stool & Side Table
This multipurpose piece is made of wire in an interlocking triangle design, giving this Metal Stool Table Chair an on-trend industrial look in a choice of four colorways.
Though the openwork design gives it a delicate look, these stools are strong enough to comfortably support a heavy man, while still being light enough for a child to move.
6. Yard Extensible Table
The Yard range is a set of Italian-designed outdoors furniture which mixes natural materials with industrial style. The Yard Extensible Table is framed in powder-coated white aluminium but topped with ash wood, giving an interesting contrast in textures.
The wood has been heat-treated, rather than varnished, to protect it against damage without spoiling its natural beauty.
7. Multipurpose Table
It’s a table, it’s a stool, it’s a storage box or even a plant-pot holder. The Domitalia Multipurpose Table is suitable for a range of outdoors uses.
The rubbery-looking frame is actually made from recycled polyethylene, rotation moulded for strength, and the laminated top is removable.
8. Sectional Sofa System
This Sectional Sofa System can be arranged into dozens of different configurations, from a single wraparound corner sofa to a series of separate seating islands.
The frame is made of firmly-woven wicker resin in a neutral dark brown shade, and the firm cushions are available in a choice of fifteen different colors.
9. Honey Portable Lantern
These lights are modelled on old-fashioned Chinese paper lanterns, brought up to date with colored LED lights inside. You can set the Honey Lanterns to dynamic color change, where they cycle slowly through the rainbow, or fix your preferred color.
The lamps are rechargeable and a leather strap at the top means you can hang it up for extra illumination.
10. Smart Side Table
The single side leg of this low occasional table makes it perfect for pulling up next to a garden chair. The top and bottom are identical in shape, and balance the table so that it still feels stable despite its asymmetric look.
The Smart Side Table is made from powder-coated aluminum in four different shades, and is designed to be corrosion-resistant so you can leave it outside all summer.
11. 9-Piece Outdoor Dining Set
This 9 Piece Outdoor Dining Set is designed for serious entertaining. The basic model seats eight, and there’s an extendable version available which can hold up to 12 guests.
The stackable chairs are made from a woven sling material, far more comfortable than the stiff plastic you often find in weatherproof furniture, and the table itself is made from tempered glass and powder-coated aluminium.
12. 3-Piece Knit Furniture Set
This 3-Piece Knit Furniture Set has the cosy look of a chunky knit, but with the weather-resistant toughness of polypropylene.
Though they look like squishy cushions, the two poufs are actually hollow inside, and the matching end table can be fitted inside them for easy storage. The table has a removable tray top which hides a further 10 gallons of storage space inside.
13. Luxembourg Chair
This tubular aluminium chair is based on the classic outdoors seating found in Jardin du Luxembourg: manufacturer Fermob has been producing public seating for Paris parks since the 1920s.
The Luxembourg Chairs weigh just over 8 pounds each and can be stacked up to 10 high. They are available in two dozen jaunty colors, each guaranteed for three years against breakage or fading.