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!

Photos from Recent Projects

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Our outdoor furniture designs have been used in all kinds of settings all over the world, and we're very proud of this fact. From five-star luxury resorts to laid-back beach bars, our stunning rattan creations fit in almost anywhere; to prove it, here are some photos from our most recent projects...

 

Outdoor dining sets

Our dining sets look amazing in the shadow of this lovely-looking hotel!

 

Sun loungers on the beach

These bespoke sun loungers are perfect for a quick (or not-so-quick) sunbathing session.

 

Dining area

More dining sets, though this time they're set against a leafy green backdrop. Who wouldn't love to enjoy a late breakfast here?

 

Rattan furniture by the beach

 And if you'd prefer a cool drink by the beach, you'll love this final photo. Our rattan chairs provide an exquisite place to relax after a dip in the sea!

If you are interested in using iola NZ's rattan furniture products for your projects, please contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

5 Luxurious Loungers

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What do you think of when you think of outdoor furniture? We imagine loungers come pretty high on your list, and we've always found them particularly special as they have no indoor equivalents - making them undeniably unique and unapologetically outdoorsy.

To celebrate the wondrous piece of furniture that is the lounger, we've compiled a list of some lavish and luxurious loungers - perfect for long luscious lazing (is that enough 'L's' for you?).

Without further ado, here is our offering of high-quality rattan sun loungers:

1. Sail Bed Lounger 

2. Seville Rattan Lounger 

3. Lavanda Rattan Lounger 

4. Ambrato Rattan Lounger

5. Lavita Rattan Lounger

Come Dine with Iola

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You are cordially invited to join Iola furniture for dinner, along with a whirlwind tour of their stunning, bespoke rattan dining sets!

If you are looking to grace your outdoor area with a sumptuous dining set, here are 5 of our best:

Suni Dining Set

Blending style and comfort, our Suni set uses large seats and soft fibre for some seriously laid-back lounging.

 

Nova Bench Dining Set

This contemporary bench dining set is perfect for minimalist tastes, and for those who appreciate true style with added substance.

 

Nova Dining Set

Simple, elegant, and classy, the Nova dining set still boasts comfort, only in the stylish guise of our ravishing rattan!

 

Folio Dining Set

The folio is one our favourite pieces - we love the leaf-like design of the backs and chairs, and how the striking silhouette enhances any space.

 

Azzuro Dining Set

This bar-like Azzuro set is perfect for gracing any patio, and enjoying cocktails and canapes in certain luxury!

5 Heavenly Hideaways!

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For this week's blog, we want to show you some heavenly hideaways in the form of some luxurious seating! Sometimes there is nothing better than just sitting on a good bench, chair, or lounger and relaxing while soaking up your surroundings. We're firm believers that the better the seat, the better the haven; and the following 5 are some of our favourites:

This simple, comfortable seating arrangement is purposely neutral - the seating is understated to allow the epic view to take centre-stage. Having said that, it still looks mightily inviting and suitably elegant too.

The Hanging Egg Chair is definitely a more alternative place to sit, but that's good! We love the simple yet striking design, and how you can comfortably swing yourself into serenity.

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Another great way to create a heavenly hideaway is with the addition of a fire pit! We love fire pits because they make gardens more accessible for more of the year, and they make for stunning conversation points as well.

This Sail Bed Lounger is unique in its design and concept - made to resemble the famous Sydney Opera House, this outdoor bed can be used as a super-comfy place to soak up some sun, or as a shady little retreat from the heat.

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Our final hideaway has been created using nothing more than an old pallet and some chains! With the addition of some home comforts this dreamy little retreat really is a perfect way to enjoy your outdoor space in luxury.

Inspiration: Gorgeous Garden Designs

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We're pretty big Pinterest addicts here at iola NZ. When we're not pinning spectacular images to our own boards, we're gazing in admiration at everybody else's - we follow a huge variety of people, from interior decorators and product designers to nature photographers and fellow New Zealanders.

Still, as you'd probably expect, our main area of (P)interest is outdoor design. Many's the afternoon that we've spent scrolling through stunning gardens and amazing outdoor ideas. In fact, we've seen so many great garden designs that we thought we'd share a few of the best with you guys - feast your eyes on these:

We love a good two-tier garden, and this design pulls it off perfectly, making the most of a relatively small space. The black and red chairs are interesting, but we personally think that the whole space would look a lot more 'zen' with a Nova Bench Set on the patio instead.

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Another small space with big appeal. That circular lawn looks lovely, especially framed with those bricks. Still, it does seem a little bare - we think that our Folio Dining Set would be a great way to fill the gap. Who wouldn't love to have their dinner in this garden?

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We'll finish with another two-tier design, although this space is a little more contemporary than the first. We actually love the bold, modern furniture designs in this garden, although that upper platform does seem like the perfect place to put a Sail Bed Lounger.

If you enjoyed this post, why not follow iola NZ on Pinterest? We've got loads of beautiful pins like these!

Perfect Pairings

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These outdoor accessories would look great with our rattan furniture!

If you're putting together a truly beautiful garden, you need more than just furniture. Our rattan products are a good start, of course, and an outdoor dining set or a couple of sun loungers can go a very long way indeed.

But that isn't the be-all and end-all. In fact, a handful of shrewdly-chosen garden accessories can make your rattan furniture set look even more beautiful! Here are three great products for your garden, each paired with an iola furniture design for maximum impact:

 

 Leaf-Shaped Planters
(California Gardens, Miramar)

These incredible-looking designs are more than mere flower pots! They're contemporary, yet natural-looking, and we think they'd look great with our Folio chairs (also leaf-shaped!)

 

Sculptural Firebowl
(John T. Unger, New York)

 That stunning firebowl was made by an NY-based artist called John Unger. We think it looks great by the pool (see image), and so it would be the perfect companion for our Seville Lounger!

 

Waterfall Water Feature
(Stone & Water World, Auckland)

Ever wanted a miniature waterfall in your own back garden? You can have one, and we love the idea of watching the water babble away whilst swinging gently in a hanging egg chair.

Outdoor Furniture Inspiration

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If we were asked to describe Iola's furniture in 3 words, we would struggle; luckily for us, a picture says more than a thousand words, and so here are some pictures of 3 of our most prized products to give you a flavour of what we're all about.

Hanging Egg Chair

Available with or without the stand, this Hanging Egg Chair is a stunning little pod that you can feel free to retreat to at any time.

 

Sail Bed Lounger

The unique design and shape of our Sail Bed Lounger is based on the Sydney Opera House, and so would make quite the landmark in your garden!

 

Lily Armchair

The Lily Armchairs represent all Iola are about: cutting edge design, expert craftsmanship, and a guarantee of certified luxury.

Iola's Promise of True Luxury Furniture

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Iola's range of stunning hand-made rattan furniture is truly what you would class as luxury. We are proud to state the fact we produce only luxury furniture with the knowledge that we are true to our word, providing only the highest quality furniture to our customers. 

sail bed

Unfortunately, in the outdoor furniture market there are many companies who claim to offer luxury products to their consumers, when in actual fact the quality of their products is anything but luxurious. However, spotting these poor quality furniture companies is easy when you know what to look for! Here are our top 3 tips for spotting low-quality furniture companies:

1. Avoid any complicated and exclusion-heavy warranties. The vendor should be confident in the quality and longevity of their products and therefore a straightforward, comprehensive warranty should always be on offer from true luxury furniture companies. 

2. Avoid evasive companies - if they can't or won't tell you about the true quality and origin of each of their materials then walk away. Don't be afraid to ask questions, as a luxury furniture customer you are entitled to know the details of the furniture you're looking to purchase. 

3. Avoid suspiciously low prices. We all love a bargain, but when you consider that each one of our prices is hand-made by our expert team members it is understandable that iola NZ's luxury furniture must come at a price. Exceptional quality furniture will never come from bottom prices.

rattan chair

When we tell our customers that our products are luxury - we really are being honest. If you browse our website you'll see in-depth details about all the individual products we use to hand make our luxury outdoor furniture. If you want to transform your outdoor space with luxury furniture then why not order our catalogue to see why we are the leading supplier of rattan furniture in New Zealand. 

Our Rattan Colours

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Indoors or out, colour is a crucial consideration. All of iola’s rattan furniture creations – from our loungers to our egg chairs – are available in the same six colours, and selecting the right colour can make all the difference in your outdoor space.

Rattan colour swatches

 Top row (from left): White Wash, Stone, Platinum
Bottom row (from left): Bronze, Slate, Carbon Black

Of course, our products look beautiful in any colour, but they’re even better when they match their surroundings! The best colour for you will depend on the look that you’re aiming to achieve; here’s some inspiration from the iola catalogue:

rattan sun lounger

This is our Lavanda Lounger, pictured here in splendid White Wash rattan. If you’re looking to create a breezy, summery atmosphere in your outdoor space, White Wash is an excellent choice, effortlessly walking the line between traditional beauty and contemporary chic.

dining outdoors

This Nova Dining Set looks absolutely magnificent! Bronze rattan (seen in the photo above) is an extremely elegant option, able to add a little elegance to any outdoor area. If you want your outdoor furniture to look just as good as your indoor furniture, this could be the colour for you.

wing chair

As you can see, these Aura Wing Chairs use two different rattan colours: White Wash and Carbon Black. Using two different colours in your furniture set will give extremely eye-catching results – we love the modern-looking light/dark combo in this photograph!

Furniture from iola can be configured into all kinds of different styles. For more information, download a catalogue or contact us today.

Spotlight: Veneto Dining Set

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This week's Product Spotlight focuses on the beautiful Veneto Dining Set, a smooth and stylish dining set that will add a truly sophisticated element to your outdoor space. Continue reading to find out more... 

contemporary dining sets

Veneto Dining Set - The Essential Info:

Veneto Dining Table:

  • Height: 750mm
  • Width: 1000mm
  • Depth: 2400mm
  • Hand-woven German rattan fibre 
  • 5 year warranty as standard

Veneto Chair:

  • Height: 940mm
  • Width: 560mm
  • Depth: 620mm
  • Hand-woven German rattan fibre 
  • 5 year warranty as standard

Suni Table: 

  • Height: 750mm
  • Width: 1200mm
  • Depth: 1200mm
  • Hand-woven German rattan fibre 
  • 5 year warranty as standard

Our Veneto Dining Set is extremely customisable, and you can choose from one of the following beautiful rattan colours to base your furniture design on:

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

About the Veneto Dining Set:


This stunning and stylish dining set has the power to transform every outdoor space with its sleek curved rattan design. The table is a gorgeous centrepiece with glass in the middle, and our beautiful matching Veneto Rattan Chairs feature a gorgeous wave design to support your back and provide you with the ultimate comfort as you enjoy the calm of your beautiful garden. You can choose from a stunning array of rattan colours featured above, and we offer a wide range of cushion fabrics for you to choose from too! 

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

Our Veneto Dining Set is perfect for outdoor use and will remain sturdy and impressive whilst standing the test of time due to the weather-resistant rattan fibre and Sunbrella fabrics. All of our rattan furniture pieces are carefully hand-made, so you can rest assured that you are receiving a personal and quality item to finish your outdoor space. 

Pictured below is our beautiful Veneto Dining Chair: 

contemporary dining set

Our Suni Dining Table weaves its way into many of our dining sets, but we think that the beautiful curve of this round table is a perfect juxtaposition to the straight and smooth lines of our Veneto Dining Table. Pictured below is the Suni Dining Table.

outdoor dining tables

To order any of our Veneto Dining Products, simply contact iola for more details. 

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

Loungers

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

Seating

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.