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14 of the best outdoor armchairs for summer 2022

Upgrade from the deckchair this year and give your garden an upgrade with this lounging essential

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Gubi

Your garden should be an extension of your home, treated to the same luxuries and comforts. That’s why outdoor armchairs are this year’s must have for summer relaxation. Some of the most recognisable chairs – think the ‘Pacha’ by Pierre Paulin for starters! – have been given a hardy makeover and are now ready for any weather. Catching a tan just got a lot more cosy…

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1 ‘Amaya’ outdoor armchair, Soho Home
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Soho Home

Get the look of the Soho Beach House Canouan with this chair that conjures long nights outdoors sipping cocktails. Made using a metal frame that is then covered in on-trend rattan, it’s a robust piece with a deeply cushioned seat upholstered in weather-proof Sunbrella fabric. £949, sohohome.com

2 ‘Fold’ outdoor armchair, The Conran Shop
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The Conran Shop

British designer Samuel Wilkinson’s design, created exclusively for The Conran Shop, has been given an update this year with a new cinnamon-coloured metal frame (treated with rust-proofing to keep it looking tip-top). It’s the height of comfort for the outdoors, thanks to the fold-over armrests that gave it its name. £2,845, conranshop.co.uk

3 ‘Rotin’ outdoor chair, Ethimo
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BERNARD TOUILLON

Inject a bit of tropical fun into your garden with these designs (there’s a sofa and ottoman as well as the armchair) by Zanellato/Bortotto for Ethimo. The upholstery colours used are unapologetically sunny and the frame, made from pickled teak, has been designed to look like bamboo. £3,500, ethimo.com

4 ‘Rock n Roll’ outdoor armchair, Fatboy
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Fatboy

Think a rocking chair is something your grandmother used to sit in while sipping iced tea? You haven’t seen this joyous seat by Fatboy. Emblazoned with the phrases ‘Rock this way’ and ‘Don’t rock me now’ it’s a tongue-in-cheek piece for modern gardens. Top with one of the brand’s oversized beanbags for extra comfort. £299, fatboy.com

5 ‘Pacha’ outdoor armchair, Gubi
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Gubi

This design by Pierre Paulin can be spotted in some of the most stylish homes in the world, and now it will soon be popping up in gardens too! Designed by Pierre Paulin back in 1975 it’s as covetable now as it was then, placing it at the top of many an interior design fan’s wish list in 2022. £2,299, finnishdesignshop.com

6 ‘Angel’ outdoor armchair, Roche Bobois
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Roche Bobois

Designers Silvana Angeletti and Daniele Ruzza have created a modern outdoor classic that is ideal for contemporary courtyard gardens and patios. Its aluminium metal frame is available in three colours – blue, white and anthracite grey. £2,420, roche-bobois.com

7 ‘Carlotta’ outdoor armchair, Cassina
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Cassina

When Afra and Tobia Scarpa first designed this chair back in 1967, their aim was to create a piece that would appeal to a new dynamic tribe of young people. Today, reissued by Cassina, it’s ready to inspire a whole new generation to spend more time outdoors. £2,710, cassina.com

8 ‘Cuba’ outdoor chair, Carl Hansen & Søn
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Carl Hansen & Son

Easy to fold up and store, this design by Morten Gøttler is ideal for smaller homes. Crafted from untreated teak with a waterproof flat rope seat, it’s a weather-proof version of a Carl Hansen & Søn favourite. £686, twentytwentyone.com

9 ‘Daiki’ outdoor armchair, Minotti
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Minotti

Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan was inspired by the importance Japanese culture places on spending time in nature when designing this future garden classic. Its curved teak shell also brings to mind the forms of mid-century furniture. A winning combination. £7,890, minotti.com

10 ‘Frida’ outdoor chair, Vincent Sheppard
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Vincent Sheppard

The compact circular silhouette of this teak chair is perfect for terraces and patios. It may look sculptural, but this design is surprisingly spacious and comfortable. Plus, the teak frame will age gracefully over time, fading to a light grey. £1,030, heals.com

11 ‘Marenco’ outdoor armchair, Arflex
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Arflex

Summer afternoons in the sun can never be more comfortable than when spent lounging on this design by Mario Marenco, originally launched 50 years ago and recreated for the outdoors in 2022. Generously plump, it typifies the trend for making iconic pieces garden party ready. From £3,470, arflex.it

12 ‘Lee’ outdoor armchair, Flexform
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Flexform

Two simple materials – iroko wood and cord – have been elevated by designer Antonio Citterio to create an outdoor chair that has a timeless quality. The design is made using traditional methods, with the cord for the seat and back woven by hand. Price on application, fcilondon.co.uk

13 ‘Pablo’ outdoor armchair, B&B Italia
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B&B Italia

Easy maintenance was in the forefront of designer Vincent Van Duysen’s mind when creating this chair for the Italian furniture house. Its sleek geometric frame makes the teak wood simple to treat, while the extra-deep seat means you can curl up in it when reading a book in the sun. £4,261, bebitalia.com

14 ‘Secret Garden’ outdoor armchair, Poltrona Frau
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Poltrona Frau

It may be named after Frances Hodgson Burnett’s famous novel, but there’s no secret to what makes Roberto Lazzeroni’s design so successful. It’s the pleasing combination of curved teak frame and two-toned cotton webbing. Price on application, poltronafrau.com

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