Some of the best moments spent as a designer are in the traveling we do. Whether for a family affair or a mini vacation, it is so refreshing to get out of our own work bubble to enjoy the spaces that inspire others. Last week, Kim traveled to Santa Cruz for a friend’s wedding. While there, she had the supreme luxury of sleeping in a tree. Yes, an actual tree with branches, open air, birds and bunnies; the whole thing. The location wasn’t too deep into a Redwood forest, nestled into a lovely clearing where the wedding took place. For the less adventurous, there were indoor cabins as well that could have been used, but what’s the fun there? She ended up having a fantastic time doing what she has so accurately described as “Glamping” (glam + camping) and came back to Cardiff refreshed, rejuvenated, and even more in love with what nature has to offer.
So this got us thinking – what are some other less than cliché ways that nature can be incorporated into the furniture and spaces we love, while still providing the comfort and luxury we all strive for? While not everyone can build a bed directly into their backyard Cyprus, surely there are other equally innovative ways to enjoy a little fresh air. For a society that is becoming more and more enamored with the connection between nature, personal health, the earth, and the infamous California sunshine, here are some really fabulous (and green) ways to redefine your outdoor experience.
Kodama Zome Hanging Bed
Inspired by designs in the 1940’s from American architect Buckminster Fuller, this geodesic dome is an absolute dream. Softly swinging you back and forth, it gives you the impression of complete envelopment of nature. If you don’t have something large and sturdy to swing it from, the alternative is a curved tripod stand that makes it suitable for any poolside, beach-front, or high-ceilinged patio deck.
Sunbrella upholstery in several color options and powder-coated steel allow for weather resilience and long life-spans.
B&B Italia – Crinoline collection
Sensationally elegant, this high backed, hand carved chair and matching pieces pair for a unique, first-of-its-kind collection. Designer Patricia Urquiola used Abaca fibers, a natural material, to make it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
We love the whimsical detailing of the high back that surrounds the user, providing a cozy feeling of being surrounded by nature.
Kettal’s Maia Collection
Also by powerhouse designer Patricia Urquiola, the Maia hanging chair exudes elegance and poise. Artisan braiding meets an aluminum frame and chenille fabric to create an awe-inspiring collection that makes you feel as if you are suspended in nature.
Kettal’s Bitta Collection
Italian designer Rodolfo Dordoni created this dreamy settee with dense braiding to look lightweight and to allow air to pass through. Sturdy enough to be reminiscent of the braiding used to moor boats, the designer’s inspiration was also formed by wanting to create cozy, nest-like pieces that were inviting and relaxing.