Aug 12 2019

In demand: furniture for hot weather

According to forecasts, we can look forward to long, hot summers in coming years. In order that time spent under the open skies also remains a pleasure with high temperatures, furniture manufacturers and traders should adapt in good time to long term changes. However, which furniture contributes to leisure time spent outdoors being neither strenuous nor damaging to health? We provide an overview.

Well-designed pavilions 

In addition to direct sun protection like awnings, sun blinds or umbrellas, innovative manufacturers have come up with other elegant solutions for providing shade. 

With "Buzzished", for example, Buzzispace has developed a series of small pavilions open to one or two sides that are suitable for working or spending free time outdoors. They have a plywood floor suitable for outdoors and a steel frame covered with light-coloured fabric. 

"Eclipse Cabana" from Tuuci is a stylish aluminium frame with a shade roof of teak and light-filtering textile material, which can be equipped with side and back walls. 

Shady swings

"Nestrest" from Dedon is a cocoon-like lounger made of an airy, breathable fibre mesh, which can be hung from a strong branch or also be used standing on the ground with a base frame. 

Emu is bringing a modern form of the porch swing to the garden or the patio. "Cool-là" is a kind of covered couch for rocking and relaxing on a steel frame, which is pleasantly conspicuous with its sculptural form. 

"Armadillo" is the name of a spherical swing sofa from Point, made of a robust teak frame with a weatherproof mesh of plastic fibres and soft cushions, which can be attached to trees or a special aluminium frame. The canopy can be collapsed or folded out depending upon the need for shade. 

The rattan hammock chair "Nautica" from Expormim is also offered with a rocking frame. Its pillows and seat cushions ensure comfortable seating and rocking. Because it can be transported very easily from one place to another, it can simply be positioned to create shade.

Cooling textiles

For hot temperatures, we recommend furniture with light-coloured cushions and paint that does not heat up as intensively in the sun as dark colours. Fabrics and coverings with a cooling effect are made of cotton, linen or hemp. 

The "Maraca" lounge chair from ames has a colourful seating surface that, similar to a hammock, is fastened to a steel pipe frame and is very well-suited for hot days. 

Special high-tech textiles of polyacrylics assure good air circulation. They also feel light and soft, are durable and weatherproof. Thus, for example, the upholstered cushions of the "Bellevie" sofas from Fermob are made of "Sunbrella", a textile that is water and stain-resistant, as well as UV-resistant. 

"Bahama" from Emu is a compact deck chair that can be collapsed with only a few motions. Its seating and lying surface is equipped with the specially developed Emu-Tex fabric of polyvinyl and polyester, which is robust and resistant to temperature fluctuations. 

Airy mesh

Cooling air also circulates naturally for seating furniture of braided materials like, for example, with the "Circo" lounge chair from ames made of powder-coated steel pipe and decoratively colourful artificial mesh, which has such a cosy feel that it is suitable for use in exteriors and interiors. 

For the "Mbrace" collection, Dedon combines a solid teak frame with a mesh of special fibres suitable form outdoor use. Mbrace is available as a rocking chair, a daybed, chair or armchair, which cut quite a good figure in interiors. 

The "Tribeca" series from Pedrali is a reinterpretation of the classic garden chair from the 1960s. Its painted steel pipe frame is covered with a stable plastic string and is stackable. 

Outdoor furniture that is highly suited for warm temperatures is currently very much in demand. In order to also be able to enjoy life outdoors in extreme weather, end consumers are happy to invest in furnishings that provide them with adequate sun protection

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