Outdoor living, entertaining and leisure have been on the rise for some years. With a massive upturn in ‘staycations’ and interest in simpler social interactions post-pandemic, it’s a trend that will make landscaping and outdoor furniture an even more important purchase.
People are constantly looking for more opportunities to sit and relax outdoors, but they want to do it in comfort and style. Whether they’re making the most of their own garden, taking a break at the office or enjoying a visit to a hospitality venue.
Why designing outdoors is as important as inside
There are many categories of businesses that need to embrace this trend and make their exterior as important as their interior design. It is sometimes referred to a creating ‘outrooms’. In other words, a hybrid between living or working space and the great outdoors!
Clearly, homeowners and hospitality venues are spending more money than ever before on building outdoor living spaces and then adding quality outdoor furniture, fire pits, stoves and more.
It’s something large employers need to consider too. Companies who understand the connection between good mental health and a productive and motivated workforce can tick lots of boxes with landscaped areas for their team to take breaks in. Another benefit is that well-planned outdoor furniture (in covered, all-weather fixtures) also reduces the office square footage needed for socialising!
Why are we moving outdoors?
COVID-19 restrictions on travel and interaction made people more aware of how important it is to enjoy their natural environment as an ‘escape’. Though the therapeutic and health values of fresh air were already well established, people feel far more energised and less stressed after time spent in nature, even if it’s only a short break on strategically-positioned outdoor furniture.
How the outdoor furniture market has responded
Outdoor furniture designers and manufacturers have been riding the crest of this wave for some years. Offering ever more varied, innovative, and even jaw-dropping seating and tables for outdoor use.
A great example of a statement piece of outdoor furniture is the modular Trinity Sofa System, designed by Pieter Jamart. Put this on your patio or terrace and you bring your outdoor area into a whole new league!
Of course, there are plenty of options for traditional sun lounges, and wooden chair and table sets to make the most of your garden. However, it’s now also possible to buy durable contemporary metal outdoor furniture and fresh, funky options such as the I’m Dreaming Armchair.
Browse our collection of outdoor furniture, but remember bespoke items are also available to stamp your personality or corporate identity on the ‘outside’!