“Like a pair of leather boots, it will change organically over time,” Ronan Bouroullec says. He’s describing Stampa, a chair that Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec has designed for Kettal. The manufacturer's signature material, aluminum, individually drilled with holes for the seat and the back, is what makes this chair so light, just 11 pounds. Powder-coat the metal in any of 28 colors, and add a seat cushion if you like. Speaking of time, Kettal celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
See the slideshow and below for 9 outdoor products, including Stampa, that have us itching for spring.
1. Firm: RH.
Designer: José Gandía-Blasco.
Standout: The RH Modern brand launches with this sofa, its cushions upholstered in solution-dyed acrylic bookended by slats of anodized aluminum.
2. Firm: Kettal.
Designers: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Standout: The manufacturer’s signature material, aluminum, individually drilled with holes for the seat and the back, is what makes this chair so light, just 11 pounds.
3. Firm: Gandia Blasco.
Product: Flat Textil.
Designer: Mario Ruiz.
Standout: A PVC-coated polyester mesh, Batyline, stretches over the thermo-lacquered aluminum frame of this chaise.
4. Firm: Fermob.
Designers: Patrick Pagnon and Claude Pelhaître.
Standout: For this company’s first upholstered seating, P et P Design paired powder-coated aluminum and steel with Sunbrella.
5. Firm: Sandler Seating.
Designer: Marc Sadler.
Standout: Slim and stackable, these chairs boast a polypropylene seat and back topping a leggy base in steel.
6. Firm: Century Furniture.
Designer: Richard Frinier.
Standout: Sure to turn heads, a swiveling lounge chair’s woven polyethylene form conceals four skate wheels.
7. Firm: Kettal.
Designers: Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi.
Standout: Mimicking the subtle variations seen in the natural landscape, Doshi Levien’s surprisingly soft solution-dyed acrylic comes in 34 colors.
8. Firm: Chairs & More.
Product: Churros Out.
Designer: Kazuko Okamoto.
Standout: Modular polyurethane seating gets even more functional with integrated Corian-topped tables.
9. Firm: Ethimo.
Designer: Patrick Norguet.
Standout: Powder-coated aluminum, pickled teak, and acrylic all come together for a breezy ride.