September 4, 2011 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
“From sofas in the garden to chaise longues in the living room, from terrace showers to weatherproof rugs…the outdoor spirit is blowing through our homes in a joyous melting pot of nature, design, architecture and technology.”
Next week I’ll be reporting the latest trends in outdoor-indoor design from the Maison et Objet Outdoor/Indoor show in Paris. The international design fair, which runs September 9-13, attracts über cool brands and designers from across the globe who exhibit their latest creations while blurring the boundaries between indoors and out.
One of my favorite designers, David Rouyer, will be showing some new pieces from his collection of lightweight concrete furniture. Here’s a sneak peek:
The 100 holes chair, sofa, coffee table and “paraventuteur”–a screen that doubles as a vertical garden trellis–are all part of Rouyer’s 100 Trous collection of lightweight concrete furniture. Easy to assemble, move, and store, the chair, above, is composed of three pieces with the back of the chair serving as a vertical garden. Maybe more for show than seating? I’m not sure about leaning back onto the plants…perhaps the combination screen and planter, below, is a more functional piece.
Some of the 100 Trous line as it appears in the garden…
The Spline Chair: Concrete Ribbons
Rouyer’s Spline chair and ottoman are basically 2.5 cm thick concrete ribbons that can be easily arranged into different seating styles.
The Six Cylinders Lounge Chair’s curved concrete base supports the six cylinders in, either leather for indoors, or in a “faux leather” material for use outdoors.
David Rouyer will be exhibiting next week in Paris at the international design fair, Maison et Object: Outdoor/Indoor, where Urban Gardens will be scoping out and reporting back to you about new designs from thousands of cool brands, including some newcomers to this design sector. Stay tuned for show previews and news from the show floor!