It seems likely we’ll look back at 2020 as the year we all Stayed Home. Those of us lucky enough to have gardens will be appreciating them more than ever and thinking of ways to show them some love. Nothing stops the fashion forecasters, so here’s what’s blooming in the most on-trend outdoor spaces:
Comfort and calm
Stay home, stay safe… stay comfortable. Modern garden furniture is soft and supportive, a world away from the rigid, spiky and splintery wooden furniture of old. We seek solace and relaxation in the great outdoors, and find it in cocooning, enveloping chairs and loungers made of soft, flexible fabrics with no hard edges. The vibe is informal – less about sitting, more about lounging - with oversized cushions, bumper sofas, in/out daybeds, hammocks, footstools, poufs and pillows. Once you sink into Armadillo Sun’s cushiony bean bag chairs and loungers, you will never want to get up! In a move away from symmetrical, linear garden design, curvilinear forms are coming to the fore, and outdoor furniture echoes this trend. Our stylish Monaco modular beanbag chairs and ottomans interlock in multiple combinations, allowing you to create flexible seating and dining arrangements.
Vertical gardens and stylish outdoor living
The outdoor room trend isn’t going anywhere. UV-resistant, printed rugs; leave-outside-all-year solar lighting; and walls of vertical gardens are growing up in gardens, patios and terraces (the alfresco spin on a feature wall). The new terracotta pot is a lined basket, or a planter stand or hanging planter that not long ago were usually to be found indoors. Make your furniture work twice as hard – our stylish chairs and loungers are super-light and super-easy to move from house to garden and back again. Accessorise with Armadillo Sun bean bag tables and colour-pop cushions in plains and prints, all weatherproof and designed to complement our luxury bean bag furniture.
Healthy and happy gardens
We know that being outside is good for us, and now more than ever we want to keep fit and well. Gardens equal outdoor gyms - table tennis tables, basketball hoops and bowling machines. The children are climbing trees and making ramps for bicycle trails, and the grown-ups are working out and taking online yoga classes. Whether your garden is quiet or action-packed, enjoy nature, get your vitamin D, breathe in the clean air, lie back and listen to the birdsong!
The Good Life – growing a productive garden
One for all of us Toms and Barbaras! Grow-your-own means less plastic, less waste, zero food miles, fresh produce on tap – and fewer trips to the supermarket. We’re not necessarily in the market for pigs or goats, but we can all get on board with growing a few vegetables - or just some mint for our cocktails! Already on the soil nutrition bandwagon? Try rewilding!
Sustainability is here to stay with luxury bean bag chairs, loungers and tables crafted to last
Our bean bag furniture is handmade in our Kent workshop and is designed to last for more than 10 years with minimal maintenance. It can be left outside all summer long, and won’t fade, mould or rot. Constructed from marine-industry-standard fabric that comes with a five-year guarantee, our stylish pieces combine weather-resistant, technical performance with aesthetics. They look good indoors and out, and are suitable for all the family. With a long hot summer ahead (fingers crossed!), there’s not much we can’t do outside, from watching a film to cooking supper to talking with our friends and family online. Our up-to-the-minute take on garden furniture will help you sit out the season in style.