With Summer getting ever closer, most of us are beginning to think about our outdoor spaces & getting them ready for the warmer weather.
This year I’ve been loving that European aesthetic – beautiful natural materials, considered styling that is contemporary and fresh while still referencing classic styling cues.
Enter the new range from LaForma. When I first saw elements of their new outdoor range on show at the Décor & Design show I was really impressed. The pieces were really approachable. I could imagine getting a full set or just a few new pieces to update an existing outdoor space. And now that the full range is available I’m an even bigger fan.
LaForma is a Barcelona based furniture company whose designers seem to effortlessly capture that perfect blend of European styling and contemporary freshness. There is nothing overstated here, nothing screaming for attention, just beautiful pieces of outdoor furniture made using timeless materials like wood, concrete and marine rope, which has the same gorgeous look as wicker but is much more durable.
As one of LaForma’s designers, Federico Bergamino says, “Design is the search for harmony.” Looking at these gorgeous outdoor pieces – I’m definitely feeling harmonious and relaxed.
Here’s a run through on the some of the key pieces from the range – great outdoor dining tables, outdoor lounge sets and some super stylish marine rope chairs that are so good, you might want to use them indoors as well as al fresco.
Wooden Outdoor Dining Tables
One of my favourite parts of Summer is gathering together a group of friends for are a casual lunch. My ideal table is honest, straightforward, nothing too tricky but an inviting spot to share a meal, a drink with family and friends. One of my favourite’s is the Corvette, I can see it working well with a whole range of outdoor chair styles.
If you’re looking for a table that can handle all the weather can throw at it – take a look at the Sheldon in stylish and durable aluminum.
Are these some of the best outdoor dining chairs around?
Marine rope and steel are two of my favourite materials this year, and when they are built into a great looking chair, you can’t go past them. These chairs are so good, that they will work just as happily inside or out.
Take the Novak chair in marine rope for example. Strictly speaking this is a marine rope chair designed as a part of LaForma's outdoor living collection, but it would work equally well indoors paired with a dining table with a ceramic top. Then there is the Meagan. This chair is a favourite. It looks great, its comfortable, its stackable and you could use it indoors or outdoors - what is not to love?
And you can't forget the Corvette. This design runs a very close second for the title of favourite - the marine rope weave pattern and the angular wooden frame make it a stand out piece.
Left to Right the Novak, Meagan and Corvette outdoor chairs from the new LaForma In & Out Collection
Comfortable Outdoor Lounging
Lounging around, chatting, catching a sneaky nap – these are the joys of the Summer afternoons. If you have the room for a full outdoor lounge suite then here are two from the LaForma range that you should definitely be considering – stylish, comfortable – they are everything that an outdoor lounge should be. If you’ve only got room for a single comfortable outdoor chair, then the good news is that you can buy one of those separately.
The Bellano range includes a generous lounge, and super comfortable occasional chairs, and there is even a coffee table to match. Once again the marine rope and wood combo is just right.
The In & Out range from LaForma is available nationally through specialist furniture stores. Some of our favourites include: Classic Timber in SA, Furniture Gallery Richmond, Lifestyle Furniture , Modern Furniture, PFS Furniture all in VIC and the Sleep Doctor Store at Dee Why in NSW.