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Our outdoor furniture is all about celebrating the quality, longevity and raw beauty of natural materials.
The best outdoor furniture materials
outdoor furniture materials
A central part of our ethos when it comes to outdoor furniture materials is that they need to be able to age with you – and gracefully. We appreciate the subtle variations of tone and texture characterising our outdoor furniture, as well as the gradual changes over time when they’re subjected to the unpredictability of everyday life.
Eco Outdoor furniture materials
Our quality outdoor furniture pieces are crafted using only the finest materials to offer not only the perfect balance of modern outdoor style and luxurious comfort, but long lasting, durable pieces that transcend time and styles.
Here are the materials we work with that embody this philosophy.
The aluminium used in our frames is a strong, stable material. Being a relatively lightweight metal, we use cast, solid angle sections like with our Ibsen or Colo dining tables, or thick reinforced tube walls to increase the weight of our furniture.
Many of our seat and back slings (see our Tulloch range and Marillo dining chair) are made from Batyline, a high-performance exterior fabric. Batyline is tough and flexible enough to provide great comfort, while not sagging through use. Its polyester fibre, covered by a PVC coating, makes it nearly impossible to tear.
Made from layers of paper fibres that have been dipped in resin and dried, compact laminate offers a contemporary and clean finish when used for outdoor furniture such as our Porto dining range. These layers are stacked and sandwiched between laminate, before being compressed under high pressure and heated to permanently meld together. Not only is it a stylish, low-maintenance material, but it is also an incredibly durable surface that can withstand exposure to the outdoor environment and daily use.
Our luxurious collection of fabrics brings another layer of comfort, texture and style to any application and we offer cut-to-length on our entire range. Our fabrics are designed specifically for the outdoors, so if you’re looking to change up an existing lounge or daybed, or breathe new life into your cushions, our fabrics can be purchased by the lineal metre.
Read our article ‘A Lesson in Outdoor Fabrics‘
Galvanised and Stainless Steel
Galvanised steel (a material used for our Turon and Mill ranges) is commonly utilised for outdoor furniture due to its longevity. While providing a more textural appearance, it is also renowned for lasting for over 20 years when subjected to severe weather conditions, including water exposure. The zinc coating protects the steel from rust, which is a crucial factor in maintaining outdoor furniture. Some steel finishes are hand-rubbed to produce a distinctive aged patina.
Quick Dry Foam
Quick dry foam is a reticulated foam, produced by a special process called hydro blast reticulation. This type of foam has large, open pores allowing drainage and air circulation, therefore it can be used readily after being wet or even saturated. All of our luxury lounges have cushions with quick dry foam cores.
We use nylon strapping for seat supports and Olefin or acrylic where strapping is visually exposed. Featured on the Kotti dining chair, our Olefine strapping is a strong synthetic material that provides great comfort and fade resistance. Acrylic outdoor webbing, great for comfortable outdoor seating, is also fade-resistant and easy to maintain.
We’re drawn to the inherently vibrant character of the hardwood – the distinctively rich colour tones that change beautifully over time. Teak transforms to a silver grey as it is exposed to the natural elements. It is a material that’s historically been used in the marine industry due to its performance under extreme weather conditions, and the timber’s forgiving nature also makes it easy to work with. Teak’s beauty lies in its ability to complement or complete very different spaces, no matter the style. All of our timber is sustainably-sourced plantation teak from Indonesia.
We use a combination of handwoven, polyethylene weaves produced by Rehau and Ecolene, providing a textural feel to our furniture ranges such the Claybourne® and Hayfield. These high-performance synthetic weaves are UV and fade-resistant, and are able to withstand extreme temperatures and harsh weather conditions.
For more information about materials we use, visit our Learning Library.