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The right fabrics for outdoor spaces

| Designbest editorial staff


 oft to the touch, colorful, technical and high-performing. The new fabrics for outdoor furniture perfectly combine aesthetics and functionality to ensure the longest-lasting décor. Specially researched in order to endure in the open air, these outdoor fabrics do not fear rain, humidity and mold. Plus, their colors do not fade in the sun and they are not easily stained. But how does one know what to choose?

Generally, the materials used are polypropylene, polyester or acrylic, which get specific treatments for the outdoors and are combined to create extremely resistant and refined fabrics. Today, armchairs, chairs, sunbeds, as well as cushions and carpets, have been studied to be left outdoors 24/7 without being affected by the climate.

For example, Talenti proposes chairs, sofas and armchairs made in synthetic woven ropes with a polyester core and a waterproof/anti-UV polyproline cover, combined with PP water-resistant, stainproof and anti-mold yarns.

Instead, Royal Botania focuses on the Batyline fiber, a woven polyester fiber that is protected by a PVC coating, which makes it resistant to humidity and the sun, stainproof and simple to clean.

For those who don’t want to run for cover as soon as it starts to storm, the Waterproof fabrics by Ethimo are perfect. They are coated with a PVC film that makes them 100% waterproof despite being particularly soft to the touch: cushions, armchairs and sofas can easily remain exposed to the rain for a long time.

The director’s chairs in Canatex by Unopiù also are extremely resistant to atmospheric agents. They have a canvas, PVC and polyester yarn and are perfect for beach houses and pool furniture because they are particularly resistant to salt water and chlorine.

The same goes for vinyl yarn carpets by Dickson, which are able to withstand the impacts of the sun, moon, dust, dirt and elements and can be placed beside the pool.

While looking for resistant, stainproof and easy-to-clean fabrics, one does not need to give up on comfort. Among the best new releases there is the innovative SoloSoff® material that Cassina has proposed in its new sofa and outdoor seating collection.  Made with blown polyester fiber and memory foam, it is elastic and crushproof and guarantees the same comfort of down by ensuring the highest comfort even outdoors.

Lastly, Dedar thinks of comfort in terms of wellness and proposes the Cabas fabric in dyed propylene. It not only ensures the highest resistance to light, atmospheric agents, mold and chafing, but is also antibacterial and hypoallergenic.



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