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Design Ideas for Smaller Terraces

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Smaller terraces and patios may require more thought than a larger garden, but a little care and attention can transform even the tiniest of spaces into an outdoor haven, providing you with a little bit of respite where you can escape and unwind. It often comes down to the small details and how you use every inch of space to its full potential - taking care still to avoid over-cluttering.

Think about multi-functional furniture that can be used both indoors and outdoors, as this will help save on storage space in the winter months. Danish brand Cane-line offers a great selection of furniture that can be used both inside and out, making sure you get the full use of your purchase all year round. Or keep some oversized floor cushions stored away in an outdoor container that you can scatter on the ground for additional seating for the children.

Cane-line Chill Out Coffee Table   Wonderwall Vertical Planting Kit by Crocus

Pictured above: Cane-line's Chill Out Coffee Table with Moments Corner Sofa, and Crocus'  Wonderwall Vertical Planting Starter Kit 

Even in a small outdoor space, you can still enjoy alfresco dining. Invest in expandable dining tables such as the Copenhagen Teak by Cane-line - simply open up the collapsable ends when guests come over and place them back down for a space-saving solution once they're gone. Or embrace innovative designs with multifunctional features such as the Chill Out coffee table with a height-adjustable table top, transforming it from a coffee table into a sofa work zone or dining surface in an instant.

Corner seating such as the Horizon Corner Sofa will also make the most of space in a small garden. Place it at the edge of a courtyard garden to keep all your seating confined to one area, with plenty of room for family and friends to relax. Add an outdoor rug to help zone the space, clearly defining the purpose of each area.

Build raised flower beds surrounded by thick walls that can double up as additional seating for when guests come over. Keep some cushions to hand that you can easily pop on top for comfort and plant flowers and shrubs of varying heights for a layered effect that will draw the eye up, creating the illusion of extra height and space.

And if you don’t have the space for flower beds but want to introduce greenery alongside seating, consider creating a living wall by fitting a horizontal fence panel on the side of a fence or wall. The Wonderwall Vertical Planting Starter Kit by Crocus is ideal if you’re a green-fingered novice. Or place a planter under a window alongside hanging baskets and potted plants that can easily be moved if you need to add additional seating when entertaining.


Outdoor Furniture by Cane-line - A Sensible Investment

Friday, 20 March 2020

Sometimes in the UK, we can be reluctant to splash out on outdoor furniture due to the wear and tear we expect during the winter months. But when it comes to Danish outdoor furniture company Cane-line, any investment is met by the materials used, the durability of the products and the multi-functionality of their designs.

Designed for comfortable outdoor living,  Cane-line have produced contemporary garden furniture for more than 30 years, taking care to research the best quality materials to suit all types of weather. One result is QuickDry foam cushion inners, a unique composition with a rapid drainage system and easy air circulation. This gives us cushions that dry within around an hour after heavy rainfall, with no risk of mildew build-up - an ideal solution for British weather.

Cane-line seat cushion in rain   Cane-line teak and powder coated aluminium seen on Core table

Pictured above: QuickDry seat cushions and the teak-topped Core outdoor dining table

Alongside this innovative technology are the high-quality materials. Popular in the Cane-line range is their stylish Weave finish, featured on the Peacock Weave lounge chair - a high-tech and UV-resistant polypropylene material designed to withstand all types of climates, and easy to clean. The craftsmanship is based on traditional weaving techniques that have been passed down over many generations in Indonesia - the home to Cane-line’s production facilities. Here, weavers and designers meet to create new and innovative products, aesthetically pleasing designs combining maximum comfort with a long lifespan. The time spent crafting these high-quality pieces results in long-lasting furniture for your outdoor space.

All Cane-line outdoor fabrics and weaves are 'solution dyed' rather than 'surface dyed', meaning colour is locked in through the entire fibre and cannot fade in the sun. Cane-line's coated aluminiums are strengthened with a hot dip galvanisation technique resulting in up to 10x the durability compared to more common techniques, and their slim ceramic table tops feature a hidden metal layer to distribute warmth evenly in hot sun - avoiding cracking. For wood elements, teak is ideal for outdoors due to a high oil content, and Cane-line use a certified Indonesian Teak for theirs that is approved and forested under the SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu) certification system. 

Cane-line Horizon Sofa   

Pictured above: Horizon Sofa and Twist Coffee Tables

Cane-line also have a strong ethical practice and have been certified in accordance with International standards, guaranteeing that the furniture you buy has been manufactured with respect for both the employees and the environment. They strive to be a very conscious company with regards to waste, recycling and working conditions.

Not only do Cane-line excel in high-quality materials, ethical standards and stylish designs, but they create adaptable furniture that can be used both outdoors and indoors - ensuring you'll get the most out of your purchase. After all, if you’re going to invest a little more in outdoor furniture, why not make the most of it all year round. 

With all-weather products that promise a long lifespan, low maintenance, optimal durability, high comfort and a company that goes above and beyond to meet ethical standards - why not?

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Get Ready For Summer - New Releases From Cane-line

Friday, 13 March 2020

There’s no doubt we are all dreaming about warmer weather with no rain in sight, and that certainly makes us think about heading outside and enjoying our outdoor space. And the start of the year is the ideal time to begin planning what furniture you need to create your dream alfresco space.

Cane-line is an elegant outdoor Danish brand that has been producing a wide range of high-end garden furniture for 30 years – from streamlined tables to stylish garden sofas. Cane-line uses innovative technologies to ensure its all-weather collection is sleek, comfortable, durable and easy to clean. And its new summer range for 2020 offers some show-stopping designs. 

Cane-line Aspect Dining Table   Cane-line Horizon Sofa

Pictured above: Aspect Table with Peacock Chair Wood Legs, Horizon Corner Sofa with Twist Coffee Table

If you’re a keen entertainer, then the contemporary Aspect dining table is the ideal choice to cater for all those family gatherings. Its tapered teak wood legs are a discreet nod to its outdoor surroundings, while the black Fossil Ceramic top lends a smooth streamlined finish for a modern appeal. And not only does it provide that designer aesthetic, but the ceramic tabletop means it can be left outdoors all year round and the teak legs are ideal for exterior settings. 

Alternatively, if you’re looking to create somewhere you can relax with a good book, consider the Horizon sofa. Its modular design comes in an array of compositions so you can choose the perfect layout for your space and needs, while its fade-resistant sink-in-and-drift-away cushions are finished with QuickDry foam, to withstand outdoor climates while providing maximum comfort. Every now and again, the cushions can be easily cleaned using the garden hose and a soft brush.

To complete the look, invest in the minimalist ceramic Twist coffee table so your morning coffee is only a short reach away. The design is available in three circular sizes, so you could even create a feature point by staggering three next to one another for a layered look. These can easily be moved around when guests come over, ensuring there is always a surface close by for people to place their drinks and nibbles.

All we need now is for the rain to stop and summer to arrive so we can head outdoors and relax in comfort and style with friends and family.

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Foscarini Lighting - New Releases

Saturday, 7 March 2020

At Euroluce 2019 Foscarini launched new products set to a backdrop designed by architect Ferruccio Laviani. The new range is dramatic and contemporary, ranging from large colourful floor lamps to modern classic table lamps. The collection is stylish and versatile, adding a touch of interest even when not in use.

Foscarini Tobia lamp   Foscarini Palomar Floor Lamp

Pictured above: Tobia and Palomar Floor Lamps

The Tobia is a contemporary feature floor lamp. It features a sculptural loop design and is available in a range of coated metal colours, projecting light upwards from its top end for a stylish showpiece.

The sleek Palomar offers two different types of lighting, with separate controls: intense light aimed at the ceiling, and a softer light sent downward, spreading through the cylinders that form the base of the lamp.

Foscarini Madre Table Lamp   Foscarini Beep Wall Light

Pictured above: Madre Table Lamp and Beep Wall Light

The Madre table lamp is a handcrafted modern light with a twist. Madre's etched glass surface softly diffuses light, but features a circular opening from which a bolder spot of light is glimpsed. This opening also frames the vase element of the light - a cylindrical inner compartment perfect for dried flowers and greenery.

The Beep is a contemporary wall light which projects a diffused glow onto the wall behind. The 360° rotation of its base allows almost endless adjustment in the direction and quantity of light. 

 

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