The Art of Outdoor Living

As our lockdown state is beginning to soften, various countries are waking from their hibernations, we’re finally being allowed to carefully make our movements across Europe. Summer homes are being re-opened, and i’m sure we’re all thinking on how we can improve or best enjoy our own outdoor spaces, whether a terraced home in the city or a walled garden in the countryside. We do chalets, we do villas, we do townhouses and country escapes, our minds never stop when looking to see how we can make these outdoor spaces additional rooms to any property.

Outdoor spaces are a vital part of our thought process when designing, building or re-configuring a new home or second home. Whether a villa with 360 degree views or a chalet with that cherry-on-the-top view of Mont Blanc, it is vital that the furniture withstand the climate, and sunlight and that  we make optimum space of that area.

This week we wanted to share some of our own work, some of our favourite outdoor spaces, with an insight into where we go for furnishings.

A villa in Tuscany, the perfect shaded spot to shelter from the blistering summer heat.

For this project in Les Houches, the chalet has the most exquisite location. 360-degree views across the Massif du Mont Blanc and set right on the edge of the Khandahar piste. Built from the ground up using traditional materials, this chalet feels as if it has been here forever. With individual terraces for having a soak in the hot tub, dining or relaxing, we opted for a collection by Gloster, but similarly to this is the Cuba Collection by Indian Ocean. The aluminium frame with all-weather Rehau weave can stand the heat and cold climate year round.

Gloster Furniture have a fabulous chair that we’ve used for various outdoor dining areas, it’s called the Havana. Soft to the touch, this material has many benefits including high suppleness, tear resistance, UV resistance and weather resistance. The polyethylene based, extruded and through-dyed wicker is completely weatherproof as well as being colourfast, extremely hard wearing and easy to clean. The wicker is resistant to chlorine, salt water, tanning lotions and oils.

Exterior fabrics are vital, Perennials are our go to showroom for this. Perennials’ technically superior fabrics are fade resistant, mildew and mould resistant, bleach cleanable and easily maintained. Below we specified a Pogessi umbrella for this chalet terrace. Two other brands to consider are Summit Furniture, they are your go-to for beautiful solid teak armchairs tables and loungers, and McKinnon & Harris, we love their outdoor dining collections.

Our first hotel project in Vejer, Spain. The rooftop views are quintessential to the area, the sunlight hits all the right spots for a sun drenched breakfast, a place to sunbathe and enjoy an evening cocktail. Simple rattan furniture and marble bistro tables were the perfect combination here.

All images copyright Philip Vile / NDID 2020

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