With world events changing the way we live for now, the 2020 outdoor furniture collection has been coordinated with a whole new lifestyle in mind. Offering a broader range of designs, natural materials and soft furnishings, Early Settler buyer Monica Porter explains how this year’s collection is all about bringing the vacay vibes to your own backyard for the ultimate staycation.
Premium quality, comfort and choice have become more important than ever this year. With so many travel restrictions in place, Australians can’t get away as they used to right now, so they’re prioritising making beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy their weekends and holiday time from the safety of home.
Natural, reclaimed and sustainable materials have soared to the top of the priority list this year as we all look to a more eco-friendly future. The 2020 outdoor furniture collection has a more extensive selection of outdoor pieces made from reclaimed timber and sustainably source teak in an assortment of styles.
Teak is such a wonderful choice for outdoor areas as it’s weather-resistant. Rich in a natural oil that repels water, it can withstand all types of conditions without warping, cracking or becoming brittle.
High-quality rattan, wicker and bamboo, jute rugs and eclectic plant baskets feature heavily in this year’s collection. Prized for their relaxed aesthetic reminiscent of tropical villas and balmy escapes, these pieces pair to perfection with lush outdoor spaces and loads of potted and hanging plants.
Destined to be the most popular piece on the deck, the new Byron hanging basket chair boasts a thick fitted cushion, sturdy construction and comfy design to curl up into.
Trends are showing a significant increase in Aussies redirecting their holiday funds into extending their outdoor areas and investing in lifestyle updates. Installing French or bifold doors directly off the living room to open the deck or patio offers a seamless indoor–outdoor flow, while also providing precious extra square footage for the family to spread out.
So many pieces in the 2020 collection were selected with the indoor–outdoor layout in mind and would be just as stunning inside the home as out on the deck. The Hendrix outdoor dining table, for instance, has a ceramic top with the elegant aesthetic of marble. And the Etchy is one of my personal favourites as it’s very unique with its thick sandblasted-glass top with a naturally occurring bottle-green tinge, like the frosted sea glass you see washed up on the shore.
This fusion of indoor–outdoor living on a grander scale is one of the major outdoor furniture trends of the year. As we extend our living rooms to covered outdoor spaces, it allows more opportunity to bring the comfort of the lounge to the deck with soft furnishings and elegant accessories.
Among the season’s collection are an enormous choice of vibrant cushions. Colourfast and resistant to spills and light rain, the soft fabric casing is made from olefin crafted from recycled PET plastic, making it an incredibly eco-friendly choice with a lower carbon footprint than cotton or wool. Ideal for undercover outdoor areas, among the vast range you’ll discover jungle prints, exotic birds, native foliage, tropical flowers, animal prints and solid colours.
Hardwearing, durable and extremely practical for outdoor living, we’ve expanded out powder-coated metal pieces this year to include new choices among classic favourites in a range of styles.
Staying home is the new going out and the outdoor collection has never looked better. This year is all about the ultimate in alfresco comfort to expand living zones in your home, whether entertaining a few friends, eating outdoors, curling up with a book… or even bringing the laptop out to work in the sunshine. Come and visit in-store or online to check out the 2020 outdoor furniture collection. And learn why the Reclaimed Teak Cross Leg table is one of our favourites.