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.

Dream Gardens, Dream Furniture

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It's all very well us showing you beautiful pictures of our furniture, but for you to really envision its presence you need to see the kind of gardens that would house it perfectly. For an even more alternative view, we've found some stunning garden designs at night-time - because our furniture can be enjoyed just as much when the sun goes down!

Here are some beautiful gardens at night, and the furniture we'd pick to make them even more luxurious:

We love this modern and sleek garden design, and especially how the addition of that fire turns it into a haven come nightfall. Though we see what they've tried to do with these black tables and chairs, we think our Nova Bench dining set would look far less clunky and obtrusive, as well as complement the cutting-edge design much more!

This next design again shows a stunning garden design that looks equally inviting at night! We love the mood lighting and oasis-esque design of the space, but what we think this space could benefit from is some of our long, luxurious Siena seating sofas - not only would their elegant and lenghty structure make for a perfect viewing point, but their superior quality would feel right at home in such a desirable environment.

Our final night-time nirvana again utilises under-water lighting and the clever use of plants! This design incorporates a deck that overlooks the beautiful water, but the loungers shown are just not worthy of their surroundings! We'd instead use our Ambrato sun loungers in Carbon Black - the contemporary design of these loungers is a much better fit to this stylish space, and the cool carbon colour looks striking day or night time.

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!

More Perfect Pairings

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Last week, we did a blog post about some of our favourite outdoor accessories (and the iola furniture designs that best complemented them). That blog was so well-received that we’ve decided to do it again – here are three more products that would look absolutely perfect with our hand-crafted rattan furniture:

 

Fire Table
(Alfresco NZ, Christchurch)

Alfresco NZ specialise in customised heating products, and the fire table is their pièce de résistance. We really like the table in the photo above – the modern look is very much in-keeping with the iola approach to furniture design, and the built-in firepit would be perfect for an evening outdoors.

We think that the fire table would be a great match for our Azzuro bar stools.

 

Bonsai Trees
(California Gardens, Miramar)

We mentioned California Gardens in the previous ‘Perfect Pairings’ blog, but we couldn’t resist a second visit to their wonderful catalogue. As you can see, their Bonsai trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes – we’re sure that any of the plants in the photo above would make a fine addition to your outdoor space.

We’d love to see a few Bonsai trees scattered amongst our Riviera furniture set.

 

Pebble Pillar
(The Water Garden, Christchurch)

We'll finish, as we did last time, with a water feature. As their name suggests, The Water Garden are all about water-based beauty, and this pebbly pillar is the perfect example. We particularly love the copper insert towards the top!

For a relaxing afternoon in the garden, we’d love to watch the water cascade down the Pebble Pillar while we lounge in our Aura Wing Chairs.

 

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.

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. 

5 Ways Outdoor Furniture Can Change Your Life

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To say our outdoor furniture can actually change your life is a big claim, we know this, but we also truly believe it. It is not so much that our rattan outdoor furniture physically heals or mends you in any sense, but more about the opportunities and lifestyle it opens up for you.

To try and show you just how we believe our furniture can help you achieve a more fulfilled existence, here are 5 quick reasons:

Luxury

Whether you believe it or not, we all enjoy a bit of luxury somewhere in our lives – think of it as a reward for all that hard work you have been doing. Our outdoor furniture is most definitely luxurious, and sometimes it’s just nice to own something desirable and of quality.

Comfort

As well as luxury, our rattan furniture offers you a level of comfort that is truly delectable! Though quality features very highly on our agenda, it would all be in vain if our furniture wasn’t a comfortable and caressing place to sit.

Quality

We understand that when you purchase something you want to feel like you’ve had a fair purchase, and so our outdoor furniture has an unmatched level of quality. Everything from the materials used to the craftsmanship is of a superior class – this all means that your furniture will keep on amazing you for a lifetime!

Garden Gracing

If you take pride in your garden, you want the kind of outdoor furniture that reflects this passion. You wouldn’t accept cheap imitations in your favourite room in your house, so if your garden happens to be that you need Iola-quality furniture to reflect this!

Outdoor Living

This last one is a big one. You see Iola’s furniture is luxurious, comfortable, of a high quality, and perfect for gracing gardens but its biggest accolade is how it opens up a world of outdoor living to you! You may not use your outdoor space much at the moment and feel like you’re missing out – all you need to rectify this is the kind of furniture that makes you want to sit outside!

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.

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.

Patterned

 

 








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.

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!

Madras
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!

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.