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.
I’ve scoured the internet and shops a-plenty to discover the best pieces to perk up a garden in time for warmer weather and recently paid a visit to MADE.COM’s Soho showroom to peruse their bits for spring and summer. Inspired by South American crafts, culture and colours, MADE.COM’s new collections appeal to fans of travel, craft and sustainable design.
My favourite? The Copa collection. Think twisted rattan and tonal trim contrasting cool, neutral tones and plush cushions in comfy garden chairs and matching mini tables. I really like wicker furniture, I think it’s the ’70s design obsession but actual wicker furniture doesn’t tend to age well in the outdoors. This collection however, takes cues from traditional rattan loungers and and bright 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.
Designed in-house by MADE.COM’s studio team, the Copa chairs and table also come in a few different colourways so you can clash them with your plants and 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. I love the vintage-inspired cocoon shape, designed to feel like a weird sort of perfect hug. The ideal blend of retro design sense and modern geometry, MADE’s little Copa Collection is an instant mood lifter and the perfect addition to any small outdoor space.
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Words: Emily Beeson