Indonesia has the luxury of year-round tropical weather, which accounts for the wonderful al fresco lifestyle. With plenty of sunshine, cool breezes and the occasional dramatic shower, it will be a shame if you didn’t maximise the outdoor spaces of your home.
Today, outdoor furnishing brands offer a wide range of sophisticated, innovative and comfortable products that look as good indoors as they do outside. Here are our picks.
Designed by London studio Doshi Levien for Kettal, this chic chair is a contemporary update of the classic high-backed rattan seat. Inspired by the 1970s Emmanuelle peacock chairs, the Cala uses laminated fabric ropes in an open-weave pattern.
Available at P5, 63 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-14, Sultan Link, Tel: 6337 0050, kettal.com
Back And Forth
Dedon’s SwingMe lounge chair and SwingUs two-seater, by French-Romanian designer Daniel Pouzet, brings the fun and levity of the playground swing to your home. Constructed with a gorgeous basket structure and an elegant, sturdy suspension system, these hanging sofas evoke childhood memories of lazing in the garden or chilling out by the pool.
Available at XTRA, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-48, Marina Square, Tel: 6336 0688, dedon.de
Italian architect-designer Monica Armani has brought the warmth and femininity of knitting to Tribu’s Tosca collection. The 100 per cent waterproof knitted sleeves wrap around the structures of Tribu’s aluminium daybeds and sun loungers to create a chic, tropical look with a hint of European charm.
Available at XTRA, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-48, Marina Square, Tel: 6336 0688, tribu.com
The generously comfortable seats of Manutti’s Air lounge series make those lazy hours outdoors thoroughly pleasurable. A modular collection of sofas, loveseats, ottomans, pool chaise loungers and coffee tables, the Air collection is stylish and elegant enough for both outdoor and indoor use. Also available are versions with LED lights, which are great for evening patio parties.
Available at Danish Design Co, 100E Pasir Panjang Rd, #06-03, Century Warehouse, Tel: 6270 8483, manutti.com
Light and Sound
Winner of the 2017 German Design Award, the UMA Sound Lantern by Pablo fuses warm and dim LED lighting with a 360-degree surround-sound speaker so you can enjoy soft, romantic light outdoors while listening to your favourite tunes. Equipped with Bluetooth for wireless streaming, the UMA is great poolside and for garden parties.
Available at Pomelo Home, 315 Outram Road, #10-04, Tan Boon Liat Building, Tel: 6226 4663,pablodesigns.com
Raise the bar for casual Sunday barbeques with Lebello’s Skin dining tables and chairs. The tables’ lathes in teak or walnut wood, together with angular metal frames, deliver a look that’s sleek and modern. The Skin armchairs, constructed with woven rope backrests and seat surfaces made with exclusive Lebello fibres, match the tables beautifully—and make it easy to dine in those wet swimsuits.
Available at CMYK Lifestyle, 27 Teo Hong Road, Tel: 6410 9678, lebello.com
When under the powerful midday sun, proper shade is essential. A stable, well-engineered parasol can take care of that while enhancing the aesthetics of your pool, patio or garden. Available in myriad shades and fabrics, Tucci’s parasols come in a variety of different contemporary designs. The Miami-headquartered brand also offers an impressive selection of outdoor lounge shading, cabanas and hammocks.
Available at Universal Sourcing and Marketing, 1 Bukit Batok Cresent, #02-52, Tel: 6865 3950 tucci.com usamstyle.com
(Text by: Michele Koh Morollo)