Haldane outdoor furniture

The great outdoors

The ultimate run down of what’s cool when it’s hot, our outdoor lineup is where it’s at this summer.

We may have many gripes as South Africans, but the climate is not one of them. With more days of sunshine than most other countries could dream of, either side of year-end means hot poolside days, early supper in the garden – bistro lights overhead –, lazy lunches under the boughs of a tree and nights accompanied by a chorus of crickets.

It wasn’t long ago that outdoor style meant a limited offering of wire or clunky wooden furniture coated in paint and begging for a lifetime of maintenance. But times have (thankfully) changed. Our edit on what’s hot in the outdoor furniture landscape this season will ensure you do summer in style, armed with the latest and greatest in outdoor innovations. Not only are these items specifically geared to withstand the elements, but they look mighty fine whilst doing so.

Douglas & Douglas

Since releasing their Ananas collection a few years back, Douglas and Douglas have become a brand well worth looking to for outdoor furniture. One of our favourite local design studios and a fierce contender for homegrown outdoor furniture, their designs are playful, bold and original and infuse any space with a shot of vibrant colour and African-inspired sophistication.

New to the stable, their Woven dining chairs and barstools combine retro and current aesthetics with on-trend weaving and a powder-coated steel frame. Made from all-weather Fibre-cane, which is a locally manufactured tough wicker lookalike this breezy range of seating comes in a host of summery hues (think Olive and Spice) that we can’t keep our eyes off. Add to that the introduction of their ever-popular Ananas seating range now in Ebony and Olive and you’ve got yourself some very stylish patio perches.



With both locally produced and internationally sourced stock, this brand is a stalwart of quality and affordability. Distinctly modern and characteristically lean in form, their collections span the full outdoor spectrum from armchairs and tables to parasols and more. For founder Alon, it’s all about sourcing exceptionally beautiful furniture with the best quality elements (like rust-proof aluminium and soft-touch, all-weather acrylic), as well as offering pieces that are 100% geared for the outdoors, because “Furniture is made for living, not for being kept under covers,” he says.

Their Marina Sun Lounger gets our vote as the ultimate recliner for sunny days as well as their Loop Lounge Set of a table, chairs and a sofa for its chunky, upscaled woven finish which belies the set’s impressive endurance and readiness for the elements.



This Spanish brand has been leading the outdoor furniture market since 1966 with material advancements and design innovation being two of their selling points. Their collections cover a huge variety of design from homeware and lighting to architecture and outdoor furniture, which is arguably what they’re best known for. Designers for the brand include the likes of Doshi Levien, Rodolpho Dordoni, Patricia Urquiola and Jasper Morrison, among others. Thanks to their bent for experimentation and the extreme level of quality, their collections sit somewhere between art and furniture.

We currently have our eye on their new Giro chairs and tables for their built-for comfort proportions and generous curves (the result of recycled polypropylene) and their Il Colonnato table whose expressive columnated legs were loosely inspired by Stonehenge. Michael Anastassiades’ Ringer tables and chairs also caught our eye for their playful circular geometry and characteristic minimalist lines and lastly the Tou Club Chairs, whose embracing woven curves beg you to sink in and stay a while.



Having fine-tuned his design and manufacture of furniture (most famously, seating) Haldane Martin broadened his horizon a few years ago and amped up the outdoor furniture game here in SA. With such iconic local outdoor designs as Papa Sun, Hula and Polka, his premium pieces combine high-level manufacturing with sophisticated contemporary aesthetics and often nod to iconic classics. This, always in a range of the most fabulously powder-coated hues.

On our wishlist are his new Cha Cha tables and chairs, which take their cue from the Memphis movement with their stripped-back form and monochromatic colourways. Notice how the plinth-like bases of these clever tables “move” as the eye travels over them. In a range of heights and sizes, these nifty tables can be used anywhere, in any configuration.



Well-known for their incredible range of porcelain and ceramic tiles, Italtile has been bringing South Africans the best of international tile and sanitaryware styles since 1969. But pigeonholing them into the bathroom category will do you no good as their collections extend to the great outdoors too. 

From wood-look, stone-look and cement-look, to mosaics and large format porcelain, they have an extensive range of non-slip floor tiles for patios, alfresco kitchens and pool surrounds that we just love. Used on the floors or walls, their on-trend patchwork tiles will bring a boho-Mediterranean vibe to your outdoor area that’s both fresh and fun


The Urbanative

Loved for their homage to contemporary African aesthetics, The Urbanative has become a local design studio of note, weaving stories of heritage and tradition into their creations. Their furniture and homeware is distinctly contemporary with the inclusion of a rich cultural narrative, craft moments and collaborative elements.

Just launched, their new Outdoor Capsule Collection is everything we’ve been looking for in locally produced, African inspired alfresco living. In addition, we’re lusting after their planter collection, whose form has been inspired by traditional African hairstyles. Using geometry and subtle detailing to nod to tribal styles like that of the Oromo, Mangbetu and Fulani, their planters are made from rolled stainless steel and come in an array of sizes and earthy shades. There’s one to suit every patio.


Words: Mila Crewe-Brown
Production: J-P de la Chaumette
Photography: Supplied with hero and slider image courtesy of Haldane