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The search for the perfect outdoor lounge set

Lounging is the latest trend in outdoor furniture. When you heard about it, you probably had lots of questions about different design options and buying your own. To make life that bit easier, I have taken a look at different types of outdoor sofas and listed the pros and cons for each.

Tried and tested but still bang on-trend: The outdoor wooden lounge set

Outdoor sofas crafted from water-resistant hardwood are a clear trend at the moment. If you want something that is close to nature, you can’t go wrong with wooden furniture. As well as teak, there are now quite a few good alternatives. Acacia and eucalyptus wood are the main ones. But even with those types of wood you need to make sure you look for quality seals like FSC. It goes without saying that wooden furniture is better on covered terraces than open spaces. Although that doesn’t mean the furniture isn’t water-resistant. If you don’t mind putting in a bit of effort with maintenance products, you can enjoy your wooden furniture for years to come.

Pros:

  • Warm, appealing look
  • Natural
  • On-trend

Cons:

  • Only water-resistant to an extent (depending on the type of wood, you have to oil the furniture once a year)
  • Yale (Light grey, Acacia)
  • Yale (Light grey, Acacia)
  • Yale (Light grey, Acacia)
Giardimo Yale (Light grey, Acacia)
2

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  • Samui (seating area, Acacia)
  • Samui (seating area, Acacia)
  • Samui (seating area, Acacia)
CHF 549.–
Giardimo Samui (seating area, Acacia)
4-part dwelling made of FSC-certified acacia wood. Including seat cushion set and covers in light and dark grey.
7

Availability

Heavy product: Delivery to place of use (e.g. cellar, living room) available. Please note: General cargo delivery. Arranged by phone, generally within 1 to 2 days. Delivery to place of use, generally within 2 to 3 days.

  • More than 3 months

If ordered immediately.
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The robust solution: The poly rattan wicker lounge set

Wicker lounge sets made of poly rattan are perfect if you’re looking for weatherproof furniture and design that won’t date. This type of material is known for its resistance to light and weather, meaning you can leave the seating outside all year round. As well as this, poly rattan is UV-resistant, the colours don’t fade and it is hard-wearing against dirt. But if you’re looking for something more unique, you may be struggling as these types of outdoor sofas are now ten a penny.

Pros:

  • Weatherproof
  • Made to last
  • UV-resistant
  • Low maintenance

Cons:

  • Not particularly unique
  • Can lack elegance
  • Ibiza (Charcoal, Grey)
  • Ibiza (Charcoal, Grey)
  • Ibiza (Charcoal, Grey)
Giardimo Classic Ibiza (Charcoal, Grey)
3

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  • Currently unavailable. Delivery date unknown.

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  • Cebu (seating area, Grey)
  • Cebu (seating area, Grey)
  • Cebu (seating area, Grey)
Acamp Cebu (seating area, Grey)
Beautiful corner lounge with practical garden box
2

Availability

  • Currently unavailable. Delivery date unknown.

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  • Sardinia (Corner sofa, anthracite mottled, Sand grey mottled)
  • Sardinia (Corner sofa, anthracite mottled, Sand grey mottled)
  • Sardinia (Corner sofa, anthracite mottled, Sand grey mottled)
Acamp Sardinia (Corner sofa, anthracite mottled, Sand grey mottled)
2

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  • Currently unavailable. Delivery date unknown.

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Wear-resistant: The stainless steel lounge set

Metal outdoor seating sets are particularly popular at the moment. In fact, the stainless steel version is considered the Rolls Royce of lounge sets. It has the advantage of being rust-proof and easy to maintain. Stainless steel is a modern look, making it the perfect choice for fans of cool, minimalist design. This material even allows delicate shapes and basic workmanship to be incorporated.

Pros:

  • Low maintenance
  • Made to last
  • Elegant look
  • Rust-proof

Cons:

  • Can seem cold
  • Has a price tag to match the pros
  • Fantasy (Corner sofa, light grey)
  • Fantasy (Corner sofa, light grey)
  • Fantasy (Corner sofa, light grey)
CHF 1100.–
Giardimo Fantasy (Corner sofa, light grey)
This modern and modular garden lounge is as comfortable as it is stylish. The cushions are removable and washable at 30°C. Includes coffee table with glass top.

Availability

Heavy product: Delivery to place of use (e.g. cellar, living room) available. Please note: General cargo delivery. Arranged by phone, generally within 1 to 2 days. Delivery to place of use, generally within 2 to 3 days.

  • Currently unavailable. Delivery date unknown.

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  • Inox (seating area, Charcoal)
  • Inox (seating area, Charcoal)
  • Inox (seating area, Charcoal)
CHF 2290.–
Ellems Inox (seating area, Charcoal)

Availability

  • approx. 2 weeks

If ordered immediately.
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  • Inox (seating area, Taupe)
  • Inox (seating area, Taupe)
  • Inox (seating area, Taupe)
CHF 2690.–
Ellems Inox (seating area, Taupe)
1

Availability

  • approx. 2 weeks

If ordered immediately.
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New and on-trend: The lacquered aluminium lounge set

If you opt for a lacquered lounge set, it’s always best to check that it has been made from aluminium – especially if it’s going to see a lot of rain. However, the lounge set is much less likely to get rusty on a covered terrace or balcony. If that sounds like your set-up at home, you could go for the much cheaper type of steel. Generally speaking, a good powder coating provides long-lasting protection. Metal lounge sets are definitely top of the class when it comes to cool. You can count on them to turn up the modern, trendy look in your outdoor living space. The only disadvantage is an obvious one, namely that dark metal gets hot when in the sun.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • On-trend
  • Lightweight
  • Rust-proof

Cons:

  • Can get hot when in the sun
  • Silke (seating area, sage green, Taupe)
  • Silke (seating area, sage green, Taupe)
  • Silke (seating area, sage green, Taupe)
Giardimo Silke (seating area, sage green, Taupe)
2

Availability

  • Currently unavailable. Delivery date unknown.

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  • Urban (Corner sofa, White)
  • Urban (Corner sofa, White)
  • Urban (Corner sofa, White)
CHF 890.–
Giardimo Urban (Corner sofa, White)
The garden lounge for high design demands. The 10 cm thick lounge cushions offer special seating comfort.
3

Availability

Mail delivery

  • Only 4 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Heavy product: Delivery to place of use (e.g. cellar, living room) available. Please note: General cargo delivery. Arranged by phone, generally within 1 to 2 days. Delivery to place of use, generally within 2 to 3 days.

Collection

  • Delivery option Collection not available for this product due to its heavy weight.

If ordered immediately.
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  • Rio (Corner sofa, Anthracite and Grey)
  • Rio (Corner sofa, Anthracite and Grey)
  • Rio (Corner sofa, Anthracite and Grey)
CHF 1499.–
Cinas Rio (Corner sofa, Anthracite and Grey)
2 garden sofas that can be individually configured and combined.

Availability

Heavy product: Delivery to place of use (e.g. cellar, living room) available. Please note: General cargo delivery. Arranged by phone, generally within 1 to 2 days. Delivery to place of use, generally within 2 to 3 days.

  • approx. 4–6 weeks
    Currently 5 piece(s) in stock at the supplier

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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Plastic is fantastic: The synthetic lounge set

The synthetic lounge set is the most steadfast and low maintenance of the lot. Prices vary a lot from model to model, so you can choose from entry-level lounges to designer models. There is something for everyone, as long as you like the base material. If you want to leave your outdoor furniture in the hands of mother nature all year round but don’t want the hassle of a cover or any kind of maintenance, a synthetic lounge is the best option for you.

Pros:

  • Weatherproof
  • So low maintenance it practically takes care of itself

Cons:

  • None
Delano Balcony Set (Graphite)
Allibert Delano Balcony Set (Graphite)

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  • Chicago Lounge-Set (seating area, graphites)
  • Chicago Lounge-Set (seating area, graphites)
  • Chicago Lounge-Set (seating area, graphites)
CHF 324.–
Allibert Chicago Lounge-Set (seating area, graphites)
1

Availability

Mail delivery

  • approx. 1 – 3 days
    > 5 item(s) ready for shipment from external warehouse

Collection

  • Unfortunately, this product cannot be collected.

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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  • Bubble Club (Light green)
  • Bubble Club (Light green)
  • Bubble Club (Light green)
Kartell Bubble Club (Light green)

Availability

  • Currently unavailable. Delivery date unknown.

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Forever changing: Modular lounge furniture

If you like change and don’t want to be stuck with a fixed outdoor furniture set, you should have a look at modular options. The big advantage here is that you can add to your seating area. You can also rearrange sections of it any time you like. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, you can attach individual pieces – such as a garden sofa and a stool ¬– to create a small, unique lounge corner.

Pros:

  • Can be expanded
  • Unique

Con:

  • You have to factor in more time for designing and putting together
  • New York (single element, Light grey, Dark grey, Acacia)
  • New York (single element, Light grey, Dark grey, Acacia)
  • New York (single element, Light grey, Dark grey, Acacia)
CHF 239.–
Giardimo New York (single element, Light grey, Dark grey, Acacia)
15

Availability

Heavy product: Delivery to place of use (e.g. cellar, living room) available. Please note: General cargo delivery. Arranged by phone, generally within 1 to 2 days. Delivery to place of use, generally within 2 to 3 days.

  • More than 3 months

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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  • New York (single element, acacia)
  • New York (single element, acacia)
  • New York (single element, acacia)
CHF 79.–
Giardimo New York (single element, acacia)
Lounge table made of acacia wood. Fits the lounge elements of the "New York" line.
15

Availability

Mail delivery

  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Unfortunately, this product cannot be collected.

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Information subject to change.

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From a natural source: Rattan outdoor furniture

Rattan is a natural material that is sourced from the woody shoots of the rattan palm Calamus. The only advantage of furniture made of natural wicker is that it looks great. Real rattan pieces should only be used in a conservatory or an outside area that is covered. This kind of material is not weatherproof and the colour can quickly fade or the furniture can even become brittle in strong sunlight.

Pros:

  • Looks great
  • Natural

Con:

  • Not weatherproof
  • Embrace
  • Embrace
  • Embrace
CHF 490.–
Jimsch Embrace

Availability

  • approx. 4–6 weeks
    Currently > 5 piece(s) in stock at the supplier

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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  • Orinoco
  • Orinoco
  • Orinoco
CHF 439.–
Bloomingville Orinoco
1

Availability

Heavy product: Delivery to place of use (e.g. cellar, living room) available. Please note: General cargo delivery. Arranged by phone, generally within 1 to 2 days. Delivery to place of use, generally within 2 to 3 days.

  • approx. 2–3 weeks
    Currently > 5 piece(s) in stock at the supplier

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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  • Lounge Colony
  • Lounge Colony
CHF 430.–
house doctor Lounge Colony

Availability

  • approx. 2–3 weeks

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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A brief note on weatherproof outdoor furniture

Lounge set covers

Even if your lounge set is weatherproof, you should still protect it from sun, hail and rain when you’re not using it. With the right cover, it’s ready for whatever our erratic Swiss weather throws at us. What is a real deal-breaker is being able to use the lounge set right after a downpour. Wooden furniture in particular needs protection from the weather. This maintains its beautiful colours and means you don’t have to oil it as often.

Outdoor seat cushions

The best cushions for a lounge set are weatherproof and non-fade. There are, of course, a number of innovative new options available but they are much more costly. Make sure you choose a cushion with 8–10 cm thickness so that you get something that is comfortable. Ideally, you should opt for cushions with removable and washable covers. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to store your cushions in a garden box when they’re not in use to help protect them from damp. But if there is no risk of your lounge set getting rained on that’s not absolutely necessary.

  • Pallet Seat Cushion (80 x 120 cm)
  • Pallet Seat Cushion (80 x 120 cm)
  • Pallet Seat Cushion (80 x 120 cm)
CHF 75.–
Acamp Pallet Seat Cushion (80 x 120 cm)
Pallet back cushions for the self-built pallet lounge.
18

Availability

Mail delivery

  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: today at 17:00
  • Dietikon: today at 17:15
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: today at 16:00
  • Zurich: today at 17:15

If ordered immediately.
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  • Ave
  • Ave
  • Ave
CHF 299.–
Envy Nordic Ave
The garden box provides plenty of space for lounge cushions, blankets and accessories and protects them against the rain. Made of weatherproof, natural-looking poly rattan.
7

Availability

Mail delivery

  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Unfortunately, this product cannot be collected.

If ordered immediately.
Information subject to change.

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  • L-Form (corner lounge)
  • L-Form (corner lounge)
  • L-Form (corner lounge)
CHF 109.–
AeroCover L-Form (corner lounge)
3

Availability

Mail delivery

  • More than 10 piece(s)
    in our warehouse

Collection

  • Basel: tomorrow at 12:30
  • Bern: today at 17:00
  • Dietikon: today at 17:15
  • Geneva: tomorrow at 14:00
  • Kriens: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Lausanne: tomorrow at 12:30
  • St Gallen: tomorrow at 13:00
  • Winterthur: tomorrow at 12:00
  • Wohlen: today at 16:00
  • Zurich: today at 17:15

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Ich bin immer auf der Suche nach neuen Trends, ganz nach dem Motto: „Hier wird dekoriert, was Sie morgen interessiert“. Da ich mich im Job etwas bremsen muss und stets um eine kommerzielle Umsetzung bemüht bin, lebe ich mich in meinem Eigenheim aus. Denn meine Begeisterung für die Inneneinrichtung bleibt auch nach dem Feierabend erhalten. So gehen Kuriositäten, Gesammeltes aus fernen Ländern und Selbstgemachtes Hand in Hand. Einen eindeutigen Stil gibt es bei mir zu Hause nicht und wird bewusst nicht in den Fokus gestellt. Eine Einrichtung soll immer persönlich und authentisch sein wie die Person selbst.

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