March 30, 2023

Being stuck at home during the pandemic really did teach us a few lessons. One, being, that you can actually do a lot at home, especially in your backyard! It definitely made us realize we shouldn’t underestimate our backyards, they can be locations of major fun, recreation, and relaxation…depending on how we do them up. You can turn your backyard into an ideal date spot for you and your partner, or host a barbecue party! We’ve curated a collection of furniture designs to help you transform these exciting ideas into a reality. These designs will turn your yard into the ultimate relaxation destination. We bet you won’t want to step out of your yard, once you introduce these furniture pieces to it. From outdoor furniture that is made from recycled plastic, but feels and looks like wood to a minimal Scandinavian outdoor chair that will weather over time – these furniture pieces will majorly transform your humble backyard.

1. The Bungalow Luggage

Whether you’re backpacking, planning on fishing, or want to spend time at the lake, foldable and easy-to-carry furniture is definitely going to be on your top priority list. A collapsible furniture range that is relatively luxurious, ultra-lightweight, and packs up into a travel trolley you can tote after you; the Bungalow Luggage by designer Eunsol Lee sets the stage for unique camping experiences.

Why is it noteworthy?

There is no shortage of foldable camping chairs and tables out there. You could even pick a set of tables and chairs off the shelf but this idea of a portable furniture set has its own merits. Unlike the other metal rod collapsible furniture for the outdoors, this one designed for National Geographic is convenient to transport. Just fold up the two chairs and the table into their bags and the trio sits evenly inside a suitcase you can lug along. This ease of portability also comes in handy when you want to fit the furniture in the car’s boot.

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What we like

  • Packed in a travel trolley-style sturdy case
  • The metal spokes aligned as hollow table legs become the base for a wooden plank tabletop

What we dislike

  • Doesn’t look too comfy to sit for long hours

2. Stack Stool and Combo Table

A stool and table collection that recently grabbed my attention is Nardi’s Stack stool and Combo table. Designed by Raffaello Galiotto, Italian furniture brand Nardi launched a stool and table collection that features a linear design complemented by strips of wood.

Why is it noteworthy?

Crafted from 100 percent recyclable regenerated polypropylene, the furniture collection has been designed to look like traditional timber furniture. Lightweight and sturdy, both the stool and table can be easily lifted, handled, and transported from one location to another. And the fact that it has the appearance of wooden furniture only adds to its list of pros!

What we like

  • Looks like it’s been made from wood
  • Occupy minimal space once they have been set aside and stored

What we dislike

  • The aesthetics of the collection are quite dull and boring

3. The Böste Lounge Chair

Designed by Stefan Borselius for the Swedish furniture company Skargaarden, the Böste lounge chair is a minimal and sturdy lounge chair that is designed to weather over time

Why is it noteworthy?

The lounge chair is named after the designer’s hometown in Southern Sweden. It is inspired by the classic Westport Chair and is in fact, a Scandinavian version of it. The form of the chair is pretty unique, with the back and seat meeting at an interesting angle, which invites and welcomes users to sit in a gently reclined pose which is great for relaxing and socializing with family and friends.

What we like

  • Features a separate footrest that allows users to lie down fully and comfortably
  • Built using sustainably sourced teak

What we dislike

  • Aesthetically quite similar to other outdoor chairs on the market

4. Plint

Italian design studio Pastina created Plint, a collection of urban furniture for Punto Design. Pastina describes Plint as “more than just a street bench”, and I wholeheartedly agree. The colorful and quirky pieces of this collection are a far cry from the dreary brown benches, we often see scattered around cities.

Why is it noteworthy?

Plint plays with diverse materials, geometrics, and visual perceptions, highlighting the interesting contrasts between them. This makes Plint anything but boring!

What we like

  • The base is modular, hence allowing each piece to be used individually, or to be combined with other pieces to create compositions of various lengths
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What we dislike

  • Not ideal for small backyards/outdoor spaces

5. Make.Work.Spaces

This specific micro office is a pretty versatile one! It can be placed in your home, at a corporate office, or even out in public. You can position multiple Make.Work.Spaces in your office, create spaces for employees to gain some privacy away from the office chaos, or for you to work in peace in your backyard.

Why is it noteworthy?

When it comes to working from home – the Make.Work.Space functions as the ideal home office! Besides serving as a home office, it could also be used as a quiet space to simply relax and unwind in as well. Sometimes we do need privacy in our own homes, especially if we’re living with family, friends, or roommates. It’s an economical and efficient way to maximize your living space!

What we like

  • Comes in three different modules to meet the diverse needs of diverse people

What we dislike

  • The option to use the micro-office in public spaces may be difficult to put into reality

6. Gravitas

This new line of outdoor furniture is called Gravitas and the look and design is basically “grated”.

Why is it noteworthy?

It looks sturdy enough to survive strong winds, rains, and snow, although the steel material might make it a little too hot for when the sun is well and truly up during summer. The galvanized grating design for these “all-weather all-rounder” pieces of furniture is perfect for a garden, a patio, or the backyard outdoor seating for a cafe or restaurant with an industrial look or theme.

What we like

  • Sturdy and foolproof body
  • Weatherproof

What we dislike

  • Not the most aesthetically pleasing design

7. Stump

Called Stump, the lighting design is a sturdy light designed to illuminate and light up the outside areas of the Island of Møn, although it would look great in your backyard as well!

Why is it noteworthy?

The light was designed specially to combat and reduce light pollution. Featuring the shape of a bollard, the lighting design features an oxidized cast iron body and a transparent cap.

What we like

  • Includes a warm-toned and low-energy lighting fixture that emits a soft and radiant light
  • Its sturdy structure can be used as a stool for people to lean on

What we dislike

  • Not the best option, if you want a lighting design that provides more illumination

8. The Tripster

Dubbed the Tripster, this unique portable chair from Trippy Outdoor is a convenient little piece that you can stash in your garage or the back of your car and pop out whenever you need it!

Why is it noteworthy?

I had to stop myself from calling the Tripster a foldable chair because honestly, it doesn’t really fold. Built with a unique yet incredibly simple assembly mechanism, the Tripster effectively plugs in and out, going between what’s essentially a comfortable high-back outdoor chair, and two easy-to-store pieces of wood.

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What we like

  • Creates a seating device that travels exceptionally well, and is a breeze to set up
  • Lightweight form

What we dislike

  • Doesn’t look very sturdy, especially for a slippery sand surface

9. Aeri

Meet Aeri, an inflatable canopy that you can carry anywhere inside a backpack, and inflate in 3 minutes with the press of just one single button. Aeri helps you effortlessly set up a canopy or an outdoor shelter in an instant. Designed to be used for recreational outdoor use, Aeri can easily be carried to the beach, campsites, the park, or even your backyard. It uses a four-pillar arch design that provides the perfect shelter against sun, wind, and rain, and its entirely inflatable design runs on a rechargeable air pump that can be operated independently by a single person with zero assistance.

Why is it noteworthy?

The patent-pending inflatable shelter fits into a moderately sized backpack, and when unfolded, can comfortably provide a 10ft x 10ft shelter to an entire family or a group of 5-6 people. Its UV-blocking fabric works wonderfully against the sun, creating a shaded sanctuary against harsh sunlight, and the fabric’s even waterproof, making Aeri ideal for rainy weather too. While Aeri doesn’t come with metal supports like traditional tents or canopies, it makes up for that with clever arched architecture. The arched pillars create a rigid support structure that stays stable even in windy conditions, and if things get too out of hand, Aeri’s built-in tether system lets you hook it to the ground.

What we like

  • Ultra-light
  • Easily portable

What we dislike

  • Unsuitable for extreme weather conditions

10 Convivium Mobile Bar

This modular outdoor kitchen – that includes a bar – is made from weather-resistant corten steel, similar to the brand’s other products for home and garden.

Why is it noteworthy?

Laid out beautifully for cooking and serving cocktails al fresco, this outdoor kitchen setup is equipped with an electric, gas, or charcoal grill and wooden cutting board to cater to the cooking needs. A kitchen is not complete without its washing area –Convivium Mobile Bar is fitted with a stainless steel sink that features pull-out taps, so the outright appeal and distinctive appearances of the design are maintained.

What we like

  • You have the choice to choose different modules of Convivium Mobile Bar – you can select from the two sizes – the entire kitchen and bar setup or simply the kitchen area complete with the steel sink

What we dislike

  • Extremely bulky and space-consuming design