When news of Weylandts’ new outdoor collection landed on the DECO desk, we were stopped in our tracks. Bringing a bold look to this season’s patio pieces, Director Kim Smith gave DECO the exclusive low-down on the collection’s daring details.
Weylandts’ new, edgy black and white outdoor furniture collection has brought an unusually striking fashionista flair to patios this season. This is the first time that SA’s leading furniture retailer has released such a bold themed collection with on-trend patterns inspired by the Fall/Winter 2015 collections of fashion icons Balenciaga and Valentino.
‘The juxtaposition of black and white is a timeless trend in fashion and décor, but this year’s patterns are bigger and bolder than ever, unlike the monochromatic minimalism seen in the past,’ commented Chris Weylandt, MD of Weylandts. Handwoven in Indonesia out of materials such as polyratten over aluminium frames, these pieces of furniture are ideal for creating an aesthetically distinctive outdoor haven for relaxation.
Following fashion’s footsteps, the outdoor collection’s mix of striking prints fits in with this season’s ‘more is more’ rather than ‘less is more’ trend. Tribal prints have been combined with large gingham checks for a striking colour-blocked contrast.
Inspired, we just had to ask Weylandts Director, Kim Smith, to furnish us with all the details…
Why do you think bold monochrome has captured the design world this season?
In this age of technology and a world of options, its refreshing to have something simple and timeless. This combination of monochromatic black and white is contemporary, uncluttered and a nod to the modernist designers whose designs are enjoying a serious revival at the moment.
Do you have any styling tips to encourage readers to embrace such bold outdoor furniture?
Our environment, climate and lifestyle in South Africa celebrates outdoor living. This outdoor range combines perfectly with plants and creates maximum impact in both small and spacious outdoor areas. The collection also blends the use of artisanal handmade skills with more modern, new age materials – an interesting mix.
Are there any other Weylandts pieces that would make the perfect companions to the new range?
The Kai hanging pod chair in white, the contemporary firepit and our range of hurricane lanterns and Clinton Friedman scatter cushions in black and white.
How durable is polyrattan/aluminium – will they withstand our South African winter rains?
The range is most suitable for covered patio areas – remember that direct sunlight and hard rains decrease the lifespan of almost all outdoor products.
If we were only to invest in one piece from the collection, what should we choose and why?
The Seventies Occasional Chair. It’s my personal favourite. And it’s very comfortable.
Other than ‘more is more’, what other winter furniture trends should we look out for this season?
The ‘Arctic’ look – sheepskins, faux furs and Nordic influences, combined with natural wood. Also always keep a look out for any furniture with simple, clean lines and uncomplicated finishes.