5 Unique Hotel Designs

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Here at iola, many of our rattan furniture designs are inspired by nature or even beautiful buildings (note, our Rattan Sail Bed Lounger was inspired by the beautiful Sydney Opera House!). The most unusual of all our designs, however, is the stunning Hanging Egg Chair. This hanging dome chair is without a doubt an extremely unique design which stands out from the crowd, and has been the frequent recipient of interest in the design world. The gorgeous hanging dome design is truly unique and modern and can actually be found in some extremely executive hotels around the world. 

egg chair


We at iola are clearly fans of the unique and innovative when it comes to interior design, so we decided to bring you 5 of the most unique hotel designs from around the world, inspired by our innovative hanging egg chair! 


1. Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver Island, Canada 

These suspended tree houses are a truly magical design based in the rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada. 


2. The Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden 

Incredible hotel constructed entirely from ice. Every year 500 artists flock to Sweden to rebuild this phenomenal hotel, thus every year it is slightly different!


3. Kakslauttannen Glass Igloo Village Resort, Finland 

A stunning collection of glass igloos in Finland, perfect for viewing the Aurora Borealis Northern Lights in peak season. 


4. Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Africa 

A luxury hotel in Nairobi where giraffes roam freely, encouraged to pop their heads through the window for a head rub or some delicious treats! 


5. Poseidon Underwater Resort, Fiji

A luxury resort built entirely underwater with the most astonishing views of the depths of the ocean.


Which is your favourite unique hotel design? Do you prefer a more traditional establishment? Let us know @iola_NZ on Twitter. 

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 Places We'd Love To Dine!

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Here at Iola we're passionate about furniture. Our luxury rattan furniture is hand crafted for your comfort and pleasure, with each individual piece transforming your home or commercial property. Our dining sets in particular can be found in some of the most incredible hotel establishments in the world, and frequenting many a property. Our dining sets have been designed to heighten your outdoor dining experience by eating in luxury and comfort, but of course, a truly spectacular view can impact your dining experience in the most wonderful of ways. We've scoured the internet to find some locations we'd simply love to dine at with the most stunning views - before turning the focus on some of our own dining sets and how they can enhance your dining experience. 

1. This stunning location in Paris 

This beautiful view is the perfect mood setter for a stunning dinner in the heart of Paris - we'd love to be wined and dined here! 

2. A breathtaking cave restaurant in Jamaica

A truly phenomenal dining experience is when you experience something new and wonderful in an outstanding location. You can't get much more unique than this stunning cave setting, can you?

3. This absolutely breathtaking Bali beach paradise

If being in gorgeous Bali wasn't enough - imagine a culinary experience with this setting! Truly remarkable

3. Romance and culture from a balcony in Florence 

Watching the sun set as you dine in this stunning Italian location would be a true once in a lifetime experience 

5. Thrill-seeking on a cliff top in China 

Though perhaps not the most aesthetically beautiful of locations, it is undeniable that this dining experience would be out of this world for more reasons than one! The terrifying location in the incredible setting is an absolute must if ever possible! 

Though we may not always have the resources or the time to dine in this wonderful and wild locations, what we can do is purchase outdoor dining furniture so exquisite and beautiful that every meal enjoyed within the comfort of our own homes is an experience in itself! Our range of outdoor dining sets are hand crafted to perfection and all have unique designs and looks to complement a variety of interior design tastes and styles. The Folio Dining Set, for example, contains chairs carefully shaped and moulded to resemble leaves - a truly unique touch to your outdoor dining experience.  

rattan dining set

Folio Dining Set 

We have a dining set for every design taste and really believe that iola can transform your home or commercial property for the better. To view our gorgeous range of outdoor dining sets click here

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!

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. 

Spotlight: Hanging Egg Chair

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For this week's product spotlight we are talking about the wonderfully unique hanging egg chair! This stunning chair not only provides a heavenly hub of a retreat, but its uber-cool design also makes for an eye-catching piece in itself.



Hanging Egg Chair Dimensions:

Width: 82cm

Height: 115cm

Depth: 70cm


Rattan Options & Cushion Fabrics

Rattan colours and cushion patterns

The first thing that will grab you about our hanging egg chair is its unique appearance. This stylish piece of furniture resembles a hollowed-out egg and will make for a conversation piece to all who admire it. Once you are done ogling your beautiful rattan egg chair you'll be able to enjoy the next best thing about it - the comfort! The shape of this chair lends itself perfectly to luxurious lounging, and the egg-shape acts as a blissful cocoon away from stresses and strains of reality.


Other Key Information:

  • Designed for outdoor use
  • 5 year guarantee
  • Handcrafted by specialist weavers
  • Includes chain for hanging
  • Cushions and seat made using durable marine-grade foam
  • Made using weather-resistant German rattan
  • Comes in a variety of different colours

If you are looking for a quirky, contemporary piece of furniture that will carry on looking pristine for years to come, our hanging egg chair is up there with the best of them.

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.

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!

Spotlight: Folio Rattan Dining Set

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In the Spotlight this week is a dining set with a difference, the gorgeous Folio Rattan Dining Set. Read on to learn more about this stunning outdoor dining set from iola.


Folio Rattan Dining Set - The Essential Info:

Suni Table

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

Folio Chairs 

  • Height: 1200mm
  • Width: 600mm
  • Depth: 700mm
  • 5 year warranty as standard


Available Colours:

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


About the Folio Rattan Dining Set: 

As you can see from the image above, our Folio dining set is aesthetically phenomenal, standing out from the crowd with a truly unique level of superior craftsmanship. All our rattan furniture products are hand-woven by our expert team of Rattan weavers, and the complex shape of the Folio chairs showcases just how talented they really are. These exquisite chairs are designed to look like leaves, the designers having taken inspiration from nature. This means the chairs incorporate a striking arched backrest which not only looks incredible, but provides support and comfort for your back as you enjoy your outdoor space. The smooth curve of the chair perfectly compliments the circular Suni table, and the combination of the two makes quite the attractive dining set indeed! 


This close up of the Folio chair shows the undeniable talent of our Rattan weaving team who hand-produce every item of our Rattan furniture range. 

Prices may vary depending on what it is you seek, so please contact us if you'd like a Folio Rattan Dining Set to transform your outdoor space.

If you're a customer enquiring from within Europe, then call 01483 277 266 to discuss purchasing iola furniture in your area.