Design evolves by surprising us with paradoxes. Objects become multifunctional and materials once associated with one type of function only are being used for all sorts of other purposes, while the boundaries between styles and disciplines are, increasingly, blurring. This report will prove that a parasol can provide light, too, that a rug can be moved from a living room to a patio, that an outdoor lamp for a restaurant wouldn’t look out of place in the chicest restaurant. Spain’s most avant-garde design companies amply demonstrate that another traditional dividing line is dissolving, namely that between indoors and outdoors.
Bitta Collection by Kettal. Aluminium structure, polyester seats and teka wood.
Vieques Collection by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal. Comfortable and resistant
Cristal Box, by Gandía Blasco. A house in the sea shore or by the pool.
Special Edition of Na Xemena Collection by Gandía Blasco.
Cristal Box, by Gandía Blasco.
We’re increasingly seeing collections which have a warm, comfortable feel typical of traditional indoor furniture yet are made of strong, washable materials resistant to buffeting from winds and the elements. Outdoor furniture is being redesigned to achieve the same degree of comfort as its indoor counterparts.
Rug and puffs. Collection Practik, Nani Marquina.
Alf rug and armchair, by Ramón Esteve for Vondom.
As well as being very robust, this furniture needs to be versatile and adaptable to indoors and out. With this in mind, we’re seeing a proliferation of modular designs which allow for a multitude of configurations: two or three-seater sofas, rectangular or L-shaped ones, designs in different colours and shapes, moveable elements such as cushions to play with, so the pieces’ character can easily be changed.
Slim Collection for Expormim. Resistant, washable and warm.
Sand sofa, by Lievore, Altherr & Molina for Andreu World. Light and comfortable.
Sit Collection, by Andrés Bluth for BIvaq. Modular sofas very easy to combine.
Sit Collection, by Andrés Bluth for BIvaq. Waterproof materials.
Light plays as important a role outdoors as it does in our homes. Why can’t we have a light which we can move from one spot to another, say? Floor lamps, freestanding plinths and screens which are easy to hang make this task all the easier and creates greater visibility wherever you are.
Wind lamp and beach umbrella, by Vibia, for daytime and summer nights.
Break lamp by VIbia.
Frida lamp by Metalarte.
Plis lamp by Vibia, perfect indoors and outdoors.
Quadrat by Vondom, a seat which is a lamp.
Fora Lamp by Bover. Perfect in the dinning room, by the pool or in the terrace.
Fez lamp by Gandía Blasco.
Chairs, armchairs and stools are pieces you can be sure to have most fun with, and introduce colour into our kitchens and gardens. These come in myriad forms: stackable, solid, in bright or sombre colours, individual pieces or part of a set – the hard thing is which ones to choose!
Sail chair by Piergiorgio & Michele Cazzaniga for Andreu World.
Finger armchair and table by Gandía Blasco.
L.A. Collection, by El Ultimo Grito for Point.
Peach chair and Trama chairs by Resol. Gat chair, by Serra y de la Rocha for Calma.
Recicled furniture and home textiles by Arxe.
Vela Collection, by Ramón Esteve for Vondom.
Menú chairs, by Serra y de la Rocha for Calma.
Last minute, outdoor modelo of Patricia Urquiola’s stool for Viccarbe.
Finally, some pieces, rather than separating indoors and out, help create a unifying thread between our streets and our homes.
Sonora Collection, by Gandía Blasco. Zig-Zag Collection, by Emiliana Design Studio for Kettal.
Roots planters, by Mut Design.
Spaguetti planter, by Vondom.
Weekend Objects Collection, by Mermelada Estudio: shower, BBQ and table.