If you have a garden that spans vast tracks and includes anything remotely close to a pond, potting shed or veg patch, give yourself a pat on the back. The rest of you, get ready to embrace the reality of your teeny patch of grass, patio or balcony with a broad smile. For city-folk, outdoor space is usually limited which means you’ll have to work that little bit harder to make it look amazing. Putting together a colourful, creative patch in which to breathe in a little fresh air is a great way to usher in the sunnier seasons and express yourself so don’t hold back. Fill that space with bright, design-led pieces and enjoy it like you should.
We scoured the internet and shops a-plenty to discover the best pieces to perk up a garden in time for warmer weather, and after a trip to MADE.COM’s Soho showroom, we decided that the British furniture brand’s latest bits for spring and summer were perfect for the look we were going for.
Inspired by South American crafts, culture and colours, MADE.COM’s new collections appeal to our love of travel, craft and sustainable design. Our favourite statement items come from the Copa collection. Fresh twisted rattan and tonal trim contrast cool, neutral tones and plush cushions in comfy garden chairs and matching mini tables. We love a touch of green to offset herbs and potted plants, especially in these two-toned pieces which take cues from traditional wicker furniture and festival decorations.
Mirroring tones found at the Rio carnival and classic geometric shapes, the winged chairs from the Copa collection can offset sharp angles, on a balcony for example, or lend a curved space a dynamic twist. Adding elements that look handmade and utilising bright colours instantly makes a small space or expanse of green look exciting and homely simultaneously.
We played around with these bits and found them really easy to stack away and super strong. Our advice? Whatever the size or shape of your space, opt for single seats for more colour, non-winged designs for minimalism and go for two-seaters to cosy up outside on balmy evenings. The tables are crafted from the same twisted strands but feature glass panels to show off the raffia underneath, clever right?
Designed in-house by MADE.COM’s studio team, the Copa chairs and table also come in a Pink Spectrum and Graphite Blue colourway which would look perfect next to climbing plants, bright blooms and clashing pottery. What’s more, if you’ve got a little more space to spare, these babies also come in hanging seat form so you can swing back and forth in a jazzy pod to your heart’s content. Seat-side bar with easily accessible cocktails optional.
Our favourite thing about these outdoor pieces? Well, we would say their South American design influence but having tested them out for ourselves we have to say it’s their vintage-inspired cocoon shape, designed to feel like a weird sort of perfect hug. The ideal blend of late sixties interior design and ultra-modern geometric trends, MADE’s Copa line is an instant mood lifter. We stand by the ethos that when it comes to the house or the garden, a little colour is all it takes.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth