We found ourselves pleasantly surprised by a slew of outdoor furniture and accessories releases this year, as companies presented pieces that transcended traditional design constraints to find interesting new solutions. In many cases rethinking materials, aesthetics and putting sustainability at the forefront of the design process.
Our undoubted standout was the On & On series by Barber Osgerby for Emeco. On the surface a sleek interpretation of the traditional bistro aesthetic, and in terms of materiality a real effort on the part of both Emeco and the designers to realise a product with the full lifecycle in mind. Each piece is crafted using their proprietary version of rPET a recycled plastic that can be broken down and recycled more than once.
Other interesting approaches to materiality could be found at Magis, where Gilli Kuchik & Ran Amitai designed the company's first chair made from Magnesium. At Nanimarquina a collaboration with designer Ilse Crawford showed the potential and beauty of using materials in their purest undyed, untreated form.
See our top ten new releases below: