When Dedon debuted its 2011 outdoor furniture collections earlier this year, the German company went global: Transporting its handmade designs to some of the world’s most exotic destinations, Dedon created lavish alfresco living spaces in unlikely locations—from a lakefront setting surrounded by elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to the wintry slopes of Megève, France. "The idea was really that, without walls and ceilings, the possibilities for an outdoor living space are limitless," says Dedon CEO Hervé Lampert. "Whether in New York City or Seychelles or Kenya, we are creating a new way to live outdoors."
With this no-boundaries aesthetic in mind, Dedon has designed seven extensive new collections, including lines of furniture, rugs, and vases. Many of the pieces, priced from $380 to $16,160, can be customized to suit a client’s preferences for fabrics and colors; all are the result of the company’s collaborations with accomplished and up-and-coming designers.
Italy-based designer Toan Nguyen created the 18-piece collection Mu, whose highlights include extra-deep seats atop slim, almost delicate frames, with bases made of light gray or dark brown woven resin fibers. From American designer Richard Frinier—a longtime collaborator of Dedon’s—issues Tribeca, a collection of 14 minimalist pieces that sit on ultralight hydroformed metal legs and come in a dark coffee hue. The French design duo of Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety fashioned the teardrop-shaped NestRest hanging lounger, or "human cocoon," as Lampert describes it, drawing their inspiration from a bird’s nest found on the Philippine island of Cebu near Dedon’s weaving facility. And Philippe Starck’s Play series of chairs, tables, and light sources (the latter designed in conjunction with the Italian lighting company Flos) lends itself to customization with upwards of 100 material and color combinations.
Options available for all of Dedon’s new collections include three new fabrics—Silk, Tweed, and Curl (the last of which resembles a soft terry cloth)—that are designed to weather the elements yet still be inviting to the touch. A new waterproof and fade-resistant leather—a first for any outdoor furniture manufacturer, according to Lampert—is available in light beige and dark brown.
Lampert also notes that Dedon will even use fabrics from other manufacturers to fulfill a client’s personal vision, because variety, he says, is the key to creating the ultimate outdoor living room: "It was our aim to be diverse because we are not just creating products; we are creating a better lifestyle for people."