Danish outdoor furniture from Cane-line
I first discovered Danish furniture brand Cane-line at Clerkenwell Design Week a few years ago. If you're visiting this year they'll be back again in the beautiful Cloister Garden at the Museum of the Order of St John. The tranquil space provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle that surrounds Clerkenwell Design Week and it's always one of the highlights of the event for me.
Designed for comfortable outdoor living, their range includes outdoor chairs and tables for the patio and garden, lounge furniture, sunchairs and sunbeds as well as a range of cushions and accessories.
Aside from their style and quality, one of the things I love most about Cane-line's designs is that many of the pieces work just as well indoors as they do outdoors. After all if you're going to invest in lovely garden furniture you don't really want to only be able to use it for a few months and then have to leave it outside exposed to the elements or hidden away in a shed for the rest of the year. Our house is open plan with full width sliding doors that open out directly onto the garden from the living area, so this is something that works particularly well for us.
I teamed up with Cane-line to style a couple of their pieces, the Breeze lounge chair and the On the Move side table, which I am delighted to share with you today. These flexible lightweight pieces can be easily moved around from one space to another and from outdoors to indoors - multi-functional furniture like this will always work well in any urban home or garden where space is at a premium.
The lounge chair is from the Breeze collection designed by Strand+Hvass. The range also includes dining chairs, a highback sunchair with a matching footstool and a two seater lounge sofa.
Perfectly proportioned to sit alongside it is the On-the-Move side table. I love how practical and versatile this piece is. The handle allows it to be easily moved around and the top lifts off, allowing you to use it as a tray to carry food and drink out into the garden.
Since I shared some pictures of the garden on Instagram Stories the other day quite a few of you have asked me about the fencing and the decking. It was all designed and made by Graham. We thought long and hard about how we could extend the eye out into the garden and make the most of the space, which is small but sheltered and south facing. We spend a lot of time out here in the summer and even when we're not actually out in the garden we're often in the living room looking out at it. So yes, the horizontal fencing does line up exactly with the brickwork - a clever little detail which creates an interesting architectural perspective, drawing the gaze out towards the rear wall which we've painted in Farrow and Ball's Railings, a deep dark blue that looks almost black. I love this colour. It provides a perfect contrast for bright green foliage and really comes to life in May when the Ceanothus turns a vivid shade of blue. We opted for a contrasting lighter shade (Purbeck Stone) for the raised decking area to open up the centre of the garden and create a sense of space.
The Breeze lounge chair and On the Move side table are available at www.cane-line.co.uk and you can view some of the collection highlights in the Cloisters Garden at Detail, St John's House, 53-54 St John's Square, London EC1V 4JL during Clerkenwell Design Week later this month (23-25 May 2017).
Styling and photography by Design Hunter in collaboration with Cane-line.