Rattan Furniture: Frequently Asked Questions

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Not sure what 'rattan' is? Wondering whether or not iola's ravishing rattan creations are a good choice for your space? Read on, and allow us to dispel your doubts...

Q: What is rattan?

A: Rattan is a type of palm tree found in tropical environments. Our furniture is made from rattan fibre; the core of the rattan tree is turned into wicker strands, and we weave those strands onto metal frames to create our beautiful rattan sofas, loungers, tables and chairs.

Q: Are rattan and wicker the same thing?

A: Not exactly. The word 'wicker' can refer to any kind of woven fibre - rattan wicker is only one type. Some wicker is even made entirely of plastic! While some manufacturers use the word indiscriminately, it isn't really 'rattan' unless it comes from a rattan palm tree.

Q: Do iola use real rattan?

A: Yes, although our rattan fibre is coated in recycled plastic for extra endurance. Natural rattan wicker would rot very quickly if left outdoors, and that's why we use PE rattan (natural rattan fibre with a polyethylene coating that toughens it up).

Now that you've learned about rattan furniture, return to iola's homepage and take a look at the beautiful rattan creations that we sell!

Iola's Hanging Egg Chair

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Pictured above is one of our most innovative and internationally sought after pieces of furniture: The Hanging Egg Chair. This beautiful chair is hand-crafted and designed specifically so that you can really make the most of your outdoor space by relaxing and swinging back and forth in your Iola Egg Chair. The chair comes with attached chain feature so you can swing to your heart's content whilst reading, relaxing or doing whatever you like in your garden! 

The beautiful egg shape is a delicious cocoon of warmth, the curve of the chair allowing plenty of room for you to curl up in a way which you see comfortable. The luxury chair includes a seat cushion and back cushion for optimum comfort at all times. The best part about our hanging egg chair? It's completely customisable: you can choose the colour of the beautiful woven rattan and take your pick of our exquisite range of fabric design options, all provided by internationally recognises brands. 

We are the only outdoor furniture company in New Zealand to use durable German fibre rattan in our outdoor furniture products, so you can rest assured that your Hanging Egg Chair from Iola will be of the highest quality possible. To begin customising your personal Hanging Egg Chair simply click here, and prepare for your journey to ultimate luxury. 

Commercial Furniture from Iola

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Iola is the number one supplier for rattan furniture in New Zealand, as well as a major supplier to the South Pacific, Africa and Europe. We have supplied hand-made rattan furniture to a number of 5 star hotel establishments, including Melia, Sofitel, Le Meridien and Four Seasons. However, if our sterling reputation and extensive list of clientele weren't enough to persuade you our commercial furniture is the best in the business, sit back, relax and let us convince you. 

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If you operate a commercial establishment and are looking for commercial furniture to enhance your business then you need look no further than iola. All our furniture is made from commercial grade alloy (1.6-1.8mm), 316 marine grade stainless steel and German rattan fibre. Our German fibre is certified to 50,000 cycles which of course is imperative in a hotel or restaurant environment. Combine this with our solution dyed acrylics from Sunbrella and top-quality marine foam and you have aesthetically beautiful and exceptionally comfortable commercial furniture of the highest standard. 

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We specialise in bespoke designs and made-to-measure furniture, so please bare in mind that the images you find in the iola catalogue and even on this website are only a snippet of what we have to offer - we can work with you to create some truly beautiful commercial furniture for your establishment.

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The prices found on our website reflect our retail prices, for commercial prices and to discuss how iola can help improve your business, contact us today. 

Iola's Luxury Sun Loungers

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There are several things we aim to achieve with our luxury sun loungers – comfort, relaxation, and a stylish quality that is unsurpassable!

Achieving all of this is no mean feat, but luckily we have the knowledge, skill, and commitment to building the most luxurious of luxury sun loungers. It all starts with the material we use: everything from the frame, to the fixtures and fittings, to the rattan itself has been chosen specifically for its durability and finish! We use only the finest quality German Rehau fibre, commercial grade alloy for the frame, marine reticulating foam, and even marine-grade stainless steel for the fittings.

Having such superior materials available is just one thing, making sure it is masterfully assembled is just as important. Luckily, we have a team of master weavers from Cebu – the Philippines – that are simply experts in their craft! All members of the weaving team are specialists in hand-crafting rattan furniture for commercial purposes, so you know you’re getting exceedingly exquisite furniture.

We have quite the range of luxury sun loungers, so whether you want to kit out a commercial establishment or simply adorn your own outdoor living area, the chances are we have something for you!

Our Seville Rattan Lounger is ideal for pool side reclining, and its contemporary design will add plenty of charm to any outdoor setting. Another stylish and contemporary choice is the Ambrato Adjustable lounger which is truly a thing of beauty. If you would prefer something a little more traditional our Lavanda Rattan Sun Lounger is packed with classic character. Or, if you’d like something a tad unorthodox and full of original design features, our Sail Bed Rattan Lounger offers all of this and more.

Come and take a look at our sumptuous selection of luxury sun loungers, and start planning a new level of relaxation today!

A Closer Look at Our Rattan Sofas

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Rattan sofas from iola

Rattan sofas really are the jewel in iola’s crown – our catalogue boasts more than a dozen distinctive outdoor seating designs, and each one is a cool, contemporary masterpiece in its own right. All of our chairs and sofas live up to iola’s usual high standards, and the durable materials from which they’re made will last for years in commercial and residential environments alike.

Here are some of our favourite items from iola’s Rattan Sofas section:

Fiori outdoor set

This is our Fioiri outdoor seating set, with a charming curved design and an attractive, modern look. The three-seater sofa – complete with an exquisitely comfortable marine foam cushion – is undoubtedly the centrepiece, but we do offer several other options that will allow you to flesh out your set, including a two-seater, a single-seater, and a coffee table.

Riviera chaise longue

The Riviera collection is another stunning set, and this astounding chaise longue design is right at its heart. It’s great for outdoor relaxation, and you can even lock two chaises longue together to create a spectacular corner sofa! Note that the product in the picture above was made with bronze-coloured rattan, but the Riviera sofa is available in several other colours, including slate and platinum.

Modular rattan sofas

Finally, we come to the most popular of our rattan sofa products – the best-selling Modular seating collection. This set takes customisation to its logical conclusion; buy several individual units and then link them together to create your perfect outdoor sofa! We have corner units, middle sections and individual armchairs, as well as coffee tables and ottomans to match.

This is just a taste of the beauty to be found in our rattan sofas collection. Click here to see the full range!

The Best Commercial Outdoor Furniture

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Iola is proud to be New Zealand’s top supplier of superior commercial furniture. It is this reputation that has seen us supply furniture for 5 star hotel brands like the Four Seasons, Melia, Le Meridien, Sofitel and the Hilton, to name a few.

The reason such reputable brands chose our commercial outdoor furniture is because of its resounding quality. The frames we use are made of 1.6-1.8mm commercial grade alloy; the stainless steel we use is 316 marine grade; and the German rattan we use is the highest quality available (so much so it is certified to 50,000 cycles – ideal for busy establishments). We have also thrown in some Sunbrella acrylics and water-resistant marine foam too.

Basically, every single material that goes into our luxurious rattan furniture has been carefully selected to not only to perfectly serve its purpose, but to do so for a long, long time – even the fixtures and fittings are made from marine grade stainless steel!

If you own a commercial establishment, you can take great comfort in knowing that you have made a careful investment; our furniture positively sings high quality. Even the weavers who make our outdoor furniture products have been hand-picked for their excellent craftsmanship, and they never rush their work.

Whether you own a bar, hotel, resort, restaurant, or spa, we have a selection of furniture that will cater to your commercial needs. Our extensive client base includes top architects, design professionals, and hotel specifiers, all of which were hugely impressed with the style and finesse of their finished furniture.

We can make bespoke made-to-measure furniture, so remember that what you see in our catalogue is only a glimpse of what we actually offer. Why not take a look at some the examples of furniture we have made for our customers, and start dreaming up your own rattan creations now!

The Best Outdoor Furniture in Auckland (and Elsewhere!)

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Iola’s products have been used all over the world, but the heart of our business will always lie here in New Zealand. We’ve been producing outdoor furniture in Auckland, NZ for many years now, and the City of Sails remains the base of our operations.

We feel truly privileged to live and work in a city like Auckland. The local climate is perfect for relaxing outdoors in a comfy rattan chair, enjoying a good book and a glass of wine – we could scarcely ask for a more perfect setting for our outdoor furniture business!

Map of Parnell, Auckland

We love it when Auckland residents drop in to see our furniture collections. If you’d like to have a firsthand look at the beautiful products we create, you’ll find the iola showroom in The Geyser Building at 100 Parnell Road. More details on our Contact page.

Luxury Bespoke Furniture for Your Needs

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We have supplied our luxury bespoke furniture to a number of high-end clients including Melia, Sofitel, Four Seasons and the Hilton. We won such clients over with our relentless pursuit for absolute quality and absolute craftsmanship.

If you take a look through our range of loungers, dining sets, and rattan sofas you will soon see the kind of beautiful bespoke luxury furniture we do as standard. All of the said furniture benefits from our superior alloy frame, marine grade stainless steel fixtures and fittings, and our quality German rattan which is all brought together by our master weavers. 

What you may not know is that we also do entirely bespoke pieces of our famous furniture too. If you have specific requirements that you want your rattan furniture needs to meet, we are more than happy to cater to those. We have crafted a multitude of completely unique pieces of furniture for our clients, and here are a few examples to give you a little taster.

 

This stunning outdoor rattan bed is the very epitome of luxurious lounging! Not only can this be used as a spacious outdoor bed, but each of the loungers is reclinable meaning you can relax in your desired seating position. 

This fetching egg chair makes for a beautiful place to sit, and comes with a handy chain should you want to gently lull yourself. Our clients took full advantage of our bespoke option and kitted out their premises with these luxurious chairs.

Another piece of bespoke commercial furniture we created was this sail bed lounger! Taking 27 days to construct these beds are true gems of craftsmanship, and this client enjoyed their bespoke weaving and sail colour options.

We go to extraordinary lengths to please our customers, and so when this client wanted a stackable chair in a slightly different design, we were more than happy to oblige! And doesn't it look great in this bold bronze colour?

Cushion Fabric Designs from Iola

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If you’re purchasing hand-crafted furniture for your garden, then you want the piece to transform your outdoor space and be the envy of your neighbours. That’s why as well as our beautiful rattan, we strive to offer a number of fashionable and stunning cushion fabric designs to match, so that you can customise your iola furniture to perfectly suit your needs. Our fabric is sourced from a number of internationally recognised high-end brands including Sunbrella™, Unique, Mokum, James Dunlop and Warwick, and it’s all UV resistant, stain resistant and durable.

Neutral

 1. Black

2. Canvas

3. Antique Beige

These are our favourite neutral canvas colours. These natural colours will work with any design scheme in your outdoor space, and provide a really classy finish. 

 

Stylish

 

1. Tuscan

2. Bridge Stripe

3. Frame

Our stylish choices are slightly bolder and are guaranteed to give your garden a bit of a boost. They look exquisite against the sleek rattan base.

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1. Villia

2. Relief

3. Shatter


Our most deliciously daring patterns will turn your outdoor furniture into works of art. These stunning designs will give your garden the edge, with the stunning and complex designs working perfectly against the smooth rattan weaving.

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!