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The best outdoor fabrics for garden furniture

Hardwearing enough to survive a British summer, but beautiful enough to step up your al fresco style

young  lovely outdoor fabric by dedar on deckchairs
Andrea Ferrari

Once upon a time, you could easily differentiate between outdoor ‘performance’ fabrics designed to withstand the elements and indoor upholstery fabrics, but no longer.

Technical innovation by leading textile brands means outdoor options have grown softer and more pliable, while still maintaining durability. They're now a great option for inside as well as out.

‘Using our solution-dyed acrylic fibres, we can warp our yarns into textiles that mimic natural fibres; from velvets to linens,’ explains Ann Sutherland of Perennials Fabrics. So outdoor pieces can become far grander. ‘Clients love using our luxe velvets for statement pieces – think dining chairs, white sofas and breakfast banquettes.’

‘Beauty and functionality can coexist’

‘People wish to move freely from their garden to the comfort of their living rooms,’ says Raffaele Fabrizio, creative director of luxury Italian textile brand Dedar. ‘Having fabrics that work in both environments allows flexibility. And, if people have pets or children, the fact they are more hardwearing is a bonus. Beauty and functionality can coexist.’

For our garden spaces that’s the best news yet. To make your garden look as stylish as your living room, we've created our edit…
Pictured above: ‘Young and Lovely’ fabric by Dedar

The best outdoor fabrics of 2020

zeste outdoor fabric by nobilis
‘Zeste‘ in ‘Mustard’, £126 per m, Nobilis (nobilis.fr)

pigna outdoor fabric by casamance
‘Pigna’ from the ‘Maupiti’ collection, £87.10 per m, Casamance (casamance.com)

rua fiesta outdoor fabric by cc milan
‘Rua Fiesta’ in ‘Natural/Blue’ from the ‘Gallery’ collection, £100 per m, C&C Milan (cec-milano.com)
C&C Milano

lapaz perennials performance outdoor fabric by christopher farr cloth
‘Lapaz Perennials Performance’ in ‘Nero’, £145 per m, Christopher Farr Cloth (christopherfarrcloth.com)
Christopher Farr Cloth
komo outdoor fabric by sunbrella
‘Komo‘ from the ‘Odyssey’ collection, price on application, Sunbrella (sunbrella.com)
diecielode outdoor fabric by rubelli
‘Diecielode’ in blue, £134 per m, Rubelli (rubelli.com)
burkina outdoor fabric by studiotex
‘Burkina’ from the ‘Invicta’ collection, £162 per m, Studiotex (studiotex.co.uk)
zebrina outdoor fabric by osborne  little
‘Zebrina’ in ‘F7447-01’, £65 per m, Osborne & Little (osborneandlittle.com)
Osborne & Little

This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration July 2020

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