I’ve written about the love affair between fashion brand COS and Danish design brand HAY previously, when they presented a carefully curated collection of objects together back in autumn last year. Now, with summer finally approaching, they’ve added to that edited-down set of Scandi-style designs with garden furniture and accessories. From grey plant pots and glass bowls to minimal metal chairs and trays for summer entertaining, there’s plenty of easy ways to bring the simple, modern style of the two brands outside in the open air.
Central to the updated collection is a set of anthracite-shaded chairs and benches by the French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Developed over the course of two years, this Palissade collection is made from powder coated steel and includes a dining chair, low lounge chair, table, ottoman and bench. Classical in form yet simple in construction, the slatted designs are elegant and timeless while modern and light at the same time – I can equally see them in a overgrown floral garden in the countryside or a sleek modern terrace in the city, or even inside as a way to bring the outdoors in.
‘Since the beginning, it was very clear to me that this collection, these pieces, needed to have a particular aspect, something you could trust. The weight is part of this fact that you trust a piece like this, you let it in your garden, outside for all the years, you do not care to treat it in a fragile way. For me these are the types of pieces that stay for a while, and that maybe you would repaint after ten or twenty years’, says Ronan Bouroullec of the design.
I’ll be moving soon to my new house with a little garden and have definitely got my eyes on these to bring a bit of style to the unloved space. Like Bouroullec said, they’re sturdy pieces that look like they will stand the test of time, that you might have in the garden for years to come. In the meantime, let’s cross our fingers and hope for a bit of sunshine to enjoy them please!
And here is what else I’ve got my eye on from the collection…
The garden pieces are available in COS London High Street Kensington, Vienna Neubaugasse and Gothenburg as well as online across Europe. The chairs are exclusively sold at the High Street Ken store, priced at £175.