The highest quality rattan furniture...
Not all rattan fibre (the weaving material) is created equal. There are two brands recognised as market leaders; Rehau ™ and Hularo™. Both are German. We exclusively use Rehau Stressflex, which is five times more durable than other conventional fibres.
The Rehau Company is the recognised leader in polymer solutions and employs 15,000 staff in 170 countries. You can trust German engineering.
Contrast this material to that used by 90% of other rattan furniture suppliers. They use Chinese fibre which is mostly PVC. A cheap product which has a normal life expectancy of 12 months. Our quality rattan furniture originated in Australasia and we quickly realised that only a fibre resistant to high U.V. would last. Regardless, German rattan fibre as a raw material costs more than any other fibre on the market, three times the cost of Chinese fibre.
Quality outdoor furniture frames
A good quality outdoor furniture frame makes or breaks the integrity of quality rattan furniture. All rattan furniture uses alloy frames due to its relative weight and strength properties. However, as much of the frame is hidden the customer may wrongly assume all suppliers use the same specification. Our industry loves to roll out the quote ‘alloy with powder coating frame’ and customers often think it’s all the same. It most certainly is not. We feel the best gauge of alloy is 1.6-1.8mm round and square bar which is the spec used in high quality outdoor furniture. A lower quality product will use 1.2mm (because it’s the bare minimum). You will notice our quality rattan furniture weighs a bit more like for like due to the premium raw materials.
We have gone one step further and love to show off our frames and our manufacturing excellence.
What you are looking at is an over engineered welded and pointed frame, the likes of which you will not see anywhere else in our industry. Look at the bracing. The construction screams quality. What lurks under the fibre of other garden furniture?
(Above) Our logos are solid stainless and laser etched. Attention to detail!
(Left) A Fiordaliso chair in Bronze Rehau
This is a Modular corner piece. Please note the extra bracing on all corners for extra rigidity and the use of conventional sofa elastic to make the product more comfortable. We also fully weave under our frames to make them that much more attractive. Some of the lateral stringers are not woven because it is only possible to weave in one direction.
What you are looking at is a dining chair frame which is simply perfect. For a frame which is covered or hidden from view by a woven shell I think you will agree it is perfectly formed with almost no discernable weld lines or paint defects.
The very best fixtures and fittings
Where exposed metals are incorporated in our designs we only use Stainless Steel, 316 marine grade. This is rare in the market place. In fact we are aware of only one other quality rattan furniture supplier out of the 100s who operate globally that use marine grade. The vast majority of suppliers use aluminum. The reason we don't use alloy is because it corrodes. Please note an iola modular foot weighs in at an impressive 450 grams. Where fixings, gliders and plastic parts are used to protect floors from exposed feet we specify Moss products in Oxford, England. There are no corners cut at iola.
Of course all of our glass is tempered safety glass. It is also up to 1cm thick on some dining tables; at iola we over engineer everything.
A perfect mirror finish from our Modular feet. You usually only find 316 grade in medical instruments and yachts!
Here’s another reason why iola’s high quality outdoor furniture is simply the best. Iola is one of just two suppliers worldwide using 316 marine grade stainless.
We use all weather form
All weather furniture should use all weather foam. We do as standard.
Ordinary open cell foam sold by 99% of vendors in New Zealand
Iola's reticulated marine foam after living outside all year round