5 Amazing Outdoor Seating Designs

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These garden chairs will put your living room chairs to shame!

Wing Chair

Rattan Wing Chair

How comfortable does this chair look? It’s a contemporary twist on the classic wingback design, and it looks like a great place to unwind at the end of the day.

 canella rattan chairs

Circular Chairs

These cute cushioned seats look good on their own, but as the photograph above shows, they’re even more gorgeous in groups. We love the assorted cushion colours!

 hanging egg chair

Egg Chairs

Egg chairs are made for curling up and relaxing. And these chairs are even more relaxing than usual – they hang down from the ceiling, so you can swing the afternoon away with a book and a glass of wine!

Chunky Rattan Sofas

These large seats have a distinctly 'retro' flavour to them - you have to love the jumbo-sized look and the slightly slanted design.

modular seat

Modular Seats

This design is perhaps the coolest of all. You can use the modular design to effectively create your own sofa; take two end pieces and a middle piece, and you’ve got the ultimate outdoor seat!

5 Spectacular Outdoor Sofas

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Your sofa is the cornerstone of your living room. It's where you sit with your family to enjoy some good quality time - to watch TV together, to pop a movie on, or simply to sit and chat about the days you've had. Needless to say, the sofa needs to be comfortable, but since it takes up such a large portion of your living room's real estate, it also needs to look good. A nasty-looking sofa can ruin even the most stylish interior!

All of this applies when you move the sofa outside, too. Granted, an outdoor sofa is used for slightly different purposes (you'll be enjoying the sunset or keeping an eye on the barbecue, as opposed to watching a DVD), but it still has to be comfy and good-looking.

With that in mind, here are five of iola's very best outdoor sofas. Click on each image for more information about that product.

outdoor sofas

Fiordaliso Sofa

 modular outdoor seating

Modular Sofa

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Lavita Seats

Riviera Rattan Seating

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Siena Outdoor Sofas

Visit our Seating section for more stunning sofas!

Using iola Furniture in Your Garden

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Wingback chairs

A few beautiful items don’t necessarily add up to create a beautiful garden. Our outdoor furniture – any outdoor furniture, really – is at its best when properly incorporated into a well-planned garden design; that rattan sofa will look lovely no matter where you put it, but it will look even better if you’ve put some thought into the space around it!

With that in mind, here are some great ways to use iola furniture in your outdoor space:

outdoor dining chairs

Dining Sets

If you’re thinking of adding a dining table to your back garden, be sure to put it right in the middle. Make it the centre of your outdoor space, instead of placing it to one side or tucking it away in a corner; this will ensure that everyone around the table has plenty of room to breathe, and to move around.

To make your dining set look extra-special, we suggest placing a couple of potted plants around the table, as in this image:

rattan dining chair

We can even provide rattan tables on which to display those plants. This will help to make everything feel consistent.

rattan sun lounger


Sun loungers are designed for the poolside. If you’re lucky enough to have your own swimming pool, adding a couple of loungers should be a no-brainer – place them alongside the edge, or have them facing the pool so that you can enjoy the sight of the sun on the water.

rattan sunbed

Of course, you don’t need a pool to benefit from a lounger – they’re perfect for sunbathing and for general outdoor relaxation. They look great in pairs, and this allows you to lounge in the garden with the one you love (what better way to spend an evening?) When you’re trying to work out which way those sun beds should face, simply look at your garden and decide which direction will afford the best view. Luxurious lounging should be accompanied by stunning scenery!

rattan seats


Adding a three-piece suite to your garden is a quick and easy way to turn an unwelcoming outdoor space into a stunning open-air living room. As with our dining furniture, sofas and chairs look better when they’re slap-bang in the middle of the garden, perhaps arranged around a central coffee table.

rattan chair

Mind you, our Canella chairs (above) are something of an exception. They look great when they’re scattered around the place, and this approach is great if you’re planning to have a big garden party – it’s better to let people move around and mingle than to force them all around a central point.

We hope to have given you some inspiration – no matter what you do with your rattan furniture, we’re sure that it will look fantastic! Click here to download a copy of the complete iola NZ catalogue.

Spotlight: Canella Rattan Chair

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This week’s Product Spotlight focuses on our Canella Chair, a stunning rattan seat that offers a modern look and unbeatable comfort. Read on to find out more...

canella rattan chairs

Canella Rattan Chair - The Essential Info:

  • Height: 810mm
  • Width: 730mm
  • Depth: 730mm
  • Price: $999 per chair
  • Looks great alongside the Fiordaliso side table ($500)
  • Available in a variety of colours and styles (see below)
  • Mix and match rattan colours and cushion designs for a unique look
  • Made using high-quality German rattan
  • Commercial grade frame
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Comes with a 5 year warranty as standard

Available rattan colours:

Available rattan colours

From left: White Wash, Stone, Platinum, Bronze, Slate, Carbon Black

Available cushion designs: 

Available cushion styles

Top row (from left): Natural, Canvas, Taupe, Tuscan, Coal, Antique Beige
Bottom row (from left): Vice Versa, Palm, Pewter, Peacock, Shinto, Mediterranean

About the Canella:

The canella is a tree found in the Caribbean. Its bark is used as a spice – not unlike cinnamon – and we think that it’s the perfect name for our sweet, striking rattan chair design. It’s an occasional chair, which means that it’s ideal for special occasions when you need a few extra seats for your guests.

Let’s talk about the design. The Canella chair boasts a circular, rounded design that’s quite rare in the rattan business – it’s not easy to weave such a smooth curve, but if anyone’s up to the task, it’s our team of master craftsmen from Cebu!

rattan chairs

While the Canella chair looks fabulous on its own, we think that these items look even better in groups. You could use an array of different styles (see the swatches above) to turn your patio into a multicoloured cornucopia of cool, contemporary Canella chairs – ideal for hotels and private residences alike!

occasional chair

If you’d like a Canella chair of your very own, get in touch! You can also opt to download our catalogue, which has more information about this and all of our other products. We look forward to hearing from you!

Iola's Hanging Egg Chair

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egg chair

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. 

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.


 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. 




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.




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.

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!