What Rattan Outdoor Furniture Offers You

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Here at Iola, we like to think we bring you more than just rattan outdoor furniture; we like to think we open up a whole world of outdoor living to our customers, and that’s good.

Most of us have an outdoor space but few of us truly embrace it. We see any garden area as an extension of the house, as another room to the house even, and so embellishing it with rattan outdoor furniture to make it a more habitable environment is a perfectly reasonable thing to want to do.

What we at Iola also believe is that furniture has the ability to make a room – that is, to truly transform a space into something you are proud of! If you have been neglecting your outdoor area for some time now, you have already missed out on countless social and leisure opportunities you could have enjoyed in the garden.

It is never too late to utilise space and it is never too late to join the multitude of people who enjoy luxurious furniture. If you choose to have our rattan outdoor furniture in your property you are not just investing in a fine piece of craftsmanship, you are also investing in a rejuvenated outdoor living area!

Weather Resistant Rattan Furniture

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Though our furniture is designed for those days when the weather is behaving itself, it’s comforting to know it can cope when it gets a tad more tempestuous. Our weather resistant rattan furniture is just that – fully capable of maintaining its luxurious quality under the most treacherous of weather conditions.

So how does our rattan cope so well with the elements? Here are the main reasons:

Quick Dry Foam – We use marine-reticulated foam, which is of the highest quality and purpose-built for withstanding all weathers.

Alloy Frames – The frame of the furniture itself is also a superior material, designed to last. The alloy we use is 1.6 – 1.8mm round which is far thicker and more durable than the lesser quality stuff that our competitors use.

Fitting Fixtures – In order to ensure the longevity of your weather resistant rattan furniture, any fixtures or fittings that are exposed to the elements are made from 316 marine-grade stainless steel – which only one of our competitors can boast.

Rattan – The rattan itself makes up the majority of the furniture, or at least the majority of the furniture exposed to the elements! It is a good job then we use only the finest rattan in the world, made by Rehau – a worldwide leader in polymer, and further proof of German engineering excellence. This rattan is up to 5 times more resilient than other fibres and far outweighs cheaper PVC equivalents.

The Majestic Sail Bed Rattan Lounger

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Here at Iola we are extremely proud of a lot of our products, and though we shouldn’t necessarily pick favourites, our sail bed rattan lounger is most definitely one of them! Not only is it a glorious celebration of our rattan craftsmanship, but the inspiration behind the design is pretty fitting too.

The first thing that grabs you about the sail bed rattan lounger is the shape of the thing! Its wondrous curves and sail-like silhouette take inspiration from the great Sydney Opera House – which is probably the most iconic landmark in this part of the world. The bold lines of this piece mean it looks just as good from afar as it does when lounging in it!

That brings us to the next remarkable aspect of this piece of furniture – its versatile mechanisms! The sail bed lounger gets its name from the adjustable ‘sails’ that give you two lounging options: you can leave the sails open to let the sunshine bathe you, or you can close them and enjoy idling in the shade. Whichever option you go with, sitting in the sail bed lounger is an extremely pleasant way to pass the day.

We realise that this lounger is an investment, but it’s one you’ll be glad you made every time you indulge yourself in this beautiful rattan sanctuary. Each bed takes 27 days to construct and really pushes our skilled craftsmen to their limits – you, on the other hand, will get to enjoy this masterpiece for the rest of your peaceful existence. Bliss!

Finding Luxury Furniture in New Zealand

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Woven rattan chair with iola logo

We’re blessed with pretty good weather here in NZ, and as such, there’s a lot of demand for outdoor furniture. That demand is met by thousands of suppliers throughout the country, but if you were to take a good look at the products that these suppliers offer, you’d find a colossal variation in quality.

Now, our industry does have standards, and all rattan furniture manufacturers have to meet certain bare minimums before they can even hit the market. And therein lies the problem: many suppliers will stop at the bare minimum, and this results in cheap, poor-quality merchandise that fails to stand the test of time.

This issue is even more frustrating when those manufacturers use the term ‘luxury furniture’. There are no regulations in place regarding what can and can’t be labelled ‘luxury’, and so genuine luxury furniture (like that available from iola NZ) has to compete with bargain basement ‘luxury furniture’ with the life expectancy of a gnat.

So don’t be fooled by NZ’s numerous snake oil merchants! Read iola NZ’s guide to buying luxury furniture, and know what to look for when you do eventually go shopping!

Our Favourite Outdoor Cocktails

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Azzuro rattan bar set

Pictured: Azzuro Rattan Dining Set

What's even better than relaxing outdoors at the end of the day? Relaxing outdoors with a drink in your hand! It's difficult to beat a good glass of wine, but if you fancy getting a little more creative with your drinks, here are some choice cocktails that are sure to go down smooth when enjoyed in an outdoor setting...

Mojito Royal
A luxurious twist on the standard Mojito.

Instructions (makes 1 glass):

  • Crush some mint leaves into a glass.
  • Add 2 shots of white rum.
  • Add 22ml of lime juice and 8ml of sugar syrup.
  • Fill the glass with ice and stir.
  • Top up with the champagne of your choice and serve.

Carpe Diem
A fruity favourite, ideal for warm days!

Instructions (makes 1 pitcher):

  • Put 10 strawberries, 30ml of lime juice, 90ml of apple juice, and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a blender/food processor and mix.
  • Pour the mixture over ice.
  • Add 150ml (six shots) of gin.
  • Tear up some basil leaves, add to the pitcher and stir.
  • Top with champagne and serve.

Strawberry Daiquiri
A sweet, moreish classic.

Instructions (makes 1 glass):

  • Put 4 strawberries, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 25ml of lime juice and one shot of strawberry liqueur into a cocktail shaker and muddle with a pestle or the end of a rolling pin.
  • Decant this mixture into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Not a curry, but a refreshing orange and cranberry drink that's easy to make.

Instructions (makes 1 glass):

  • Pour 1 shot of vodka and 90ml of cranberry juice over ice and stir thoroughly.
  • Top off with orange juice and serve.

If you like the idea of hosting your own cocktail parties in the back garden, why not invest in an Azzuro bar set? This rattan bar collection is comfortable, weather-resistant, and all-around ideal for a few outdoor cocktails!

3 Things All Outdoor Seating Needs

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rattan armchair

Here at iola, we consider ourselves to be experts on outdoor furniture. Our outdoor seating range is full of top quality products, and our continued success in this market is down to our grasp of what people want and need from their garden furnishings.

In our opinion, there are three things that any outdoor seating product ought to have:

Durability – The ability to handle harsh weather conditions without falling apart or becoming degraded. Outdoor furniture must be able to cope with outdoor life!

Comfort – What good is an uncomfortable seat? A garden chair should be a pleasure to sit on, ideally offering the same level of comfort that you’d expect from your living room furniture.

Style – Gardens ought to look beautiful, and that extends to everything within the garden, too. You wouldn’t decorate your interiors with ugly objects – why not apply that same ethos to your outdoor space?

Our all-weather outdoor furniture passes these three tests with flying colours. The materials that we use are perfectly suited for outdoor use; our marine-reticulated cushions are comfortable and durable; and our unique designs never fail to inspire and delight. View our catalogue now!

Your Garden is Just Another Room to Decorate!

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outdoor furniture set

Everyone wants their living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to look good, but fewer people are prepared to spend time decorating the garden. Putting oodles of effort into an area that's so open to the elements may seem like a fool's errand. but fear not - with so many stunning, weather-resistant outdoor products available nowadays, it's easy to a) make your garden look beautiful, and b) keep it that way.

And if you're looking for weatherproof ways to beautify your garden, you may as well start with the best! Iola's stunning outdoor furniture is specifically designed for open-air use - our rattan products will make your garden feel just as luxurious as your living room, while simultaneously staying strong in the face of bad weather!

If you want to make the most of your home, it's important to start viewing the garden as another room of the house. You can decorate it, personalise it, and cherish it, and whether you turn it into an alfresco dining room or a snug retreat where you can curl up with a good book, the results are sure to be well worth the effort!

Download an Iola NZ catalogue to see the full range of products that we can offer you and your garden!

Stunning Commercial Outdoor Furniture

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Iola supplies commercial outdoor furniture of an exceptional quality to a number of commercial establishments. Our beautiful woven furniture can be found in hotels, spas, restaurants, bars and resorts belonging to a number of 5 star brands - Four Seasons, Le Meridien, Sofitel and Melia to name but a few.

Indeed, we are the number one supplier of rattan furniture to the commercial sector – one Melia Resort chose Iola from over 18 other vendors to handle a 10,000 piece delivery. But what is it that makes our commercial outdoor furniture products so successful?

Our bespoke furniture is made from commercial grade alloy (1.6-1.8mm), German rattan fibre, 316 marine grade stainless steel, solution dyed acrylics from Sunbrella™ and top quality marine foam. Our German fibre is certified to 50,000 cycles which is a fundamental requirement for any furniture in busy hotels and restaurants. Oh, and it’s not just the materials that are of a phenomenal quality, but also the look, comfort, build and style of our commercial outdoor furniture. Factor in the vast variety of bespoke designs that we offer, and it’s clear that Iola furniture is head and shoulders above the competition.

If you pop over to our commercial outdoor furniture page you can see some examples of our beautiful premium products. Of course, these images – and even the images found in the Iola catalogue – are just a small sample of what we have to offer! We specialise in bespoke designs and made-to-measure products, so just get in touch if you have something in mind.

Please note that the prices on this website reflect our retail prices. If you are interested in our commercial prices, please contact us

5 Things to Do In the Garden

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While we are primarily a luxury outdoor furniture company, we also believe you should get full enjoyment out of your back garden, regardless of what furniture you happen to possess.

To celebrate this notion, we’ve come up with a short list of 5 activities you can do in the garden in a bid to get more people enjoying their space!

1. Be More Green

Some of you may already be avid gardeners, but for those of you who aren’t, you just might be missing out on something! If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to your garden you can pick plants and flowers that require little maintaining. Better yet, why not turn your attention to growing herbs so you have some fruits for your labour?

2. Dine Alfresco

Eating outdoors should be done whenever possible. There is something undeniably pleasant about using nature as your backdrop when dining, especially when having a barbecue, which is in itself a primal occasion. Even if you don’t fancy getting the grill out, why not make yourself a mini picnic and get the whole family involved (weather permitting, of course)?

3. Wildlife

Encouraging some wildlife into your outdoor space is a great use of your garden. Of course, there is some wildlife which you definitely wouldn’t want wandering around your garden, but installing a bird bath or some feeders would lure a range of birds to your home – which makes for fascinating viewing.

4. Games

This is another broad category and especially applicable if you have children (though you don’t have to be a child to enjoy playing games). From sports and personal pursuits, to crafts and water fights, there is a lot more you can get away with when playing in the garden as opposed to the house, so why not take advantage and enjoy yourself?

5. Relax

You’ll like this one as it involves doing a whole lot of nothing. We know the weather and seasons are going to have a lot to say about this last one, but there are few better ways to spend an afternoon than sprawled out the back with a good book – serene, satisfying, and soothing.