patrick jouin designs pedrali furniture to help maximize life outdoors
“We have to design to better fit our nature,” explains Patrick Jouin Designboom, while designing with Pedrali to maximize outdoor life. In the minds of long-time employees, this is due to two main reasons arising from the pandemic: new social distancing rules and the attractiveness of nature during and after the quarantine. Our homes are being redesigned to welcome us for extended periods of time, while the only escapes are literally to step outside into our gardens, patios or balconies. In terms of character, comfort and well-being, these outdoor areas are as valued – or even more – than our interiors. Our garden furniture has to meet these new demands at home, outdoors and even at work.
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The transition to outdoor furniture is not new to Pedrali. This is where their roots lie. mario pedrali founded his workshop in the 1960s when he started making wrought iron garden furniture. To this day, the Italian brand creates oases of comfort outdoors with collections for gardens, terraces and balconies. These balance personality with functionality and beauty with durability like them Transform nature into relaxing retreats.
introduced in 2017, the pedrali reva family – designed by patrick jouin – combines versatility and practicality with elegance. Smooth lines shape the thin, clean frames of a three-seater sofa and lounge chair. Generous cushions, which can be removed or placed freely, embellish the structure with a soft touch. The family then grew around an equally elegant sun lounger.
“The idea of reva was to restore the comfort of a pillow bed to sit on,” explains Patrick. ‘It refers to an Indian bed in which it has only one frame with chords. Our design has a super light and simple cast aluminum frame that gives it a sleek appearance. The suspension system is then made of weatherproof polypropylene to create a solid, yet stretchy, comfortable feel. Super puffy, removable pillows make the picture softer and add even more comfort. ‘
The elegance and comfort of the collection have been transformed into a more natural edition with the Reva twist, again designed by Patrick Jouin. With continued use of polypropylene, the chords will now wrap around the steel back and armrests. It emphasizes the soft, light lines of the design, as well as the ample use of pillows. This more refined, more open touch helps the design adapt even better to the urban outdoor environment.
‘The Reva Twist wraps the support chords around the arm and backrest as well as under the soft cushions. The design makes it look more relaxed and natural, which I really like, ”notes Patrick. ‘This variation gives the family two personalities: one appears stricter and more modern; the second looks a little more natural. ‘
The use of materials – polyurethane accords with die-cast aluminum – ensures that the thin structure is light, easy to move and stackable even when not in use. The selection also offers great durability to withstand the weather and maintain its elegant image. They are easy to clean, maintain, and maintain to suit today’s times. This attention to detail makes the new design a perfect companion to enrich your open-air rooms.
“You have to play with garden furniture,” confirms the designer. ‘The Reva can be brought near the swimming pool to follow the sun or for storage. The simple structure means less material and easy maneuverability. All materials are also suitable for outdoor use. I wouldn’t call it an object; It is a design that enables comfortable situations and moments. The pillows can be placed in three seconds and then removed to suit your needs. ‘
The balance between functionality, versatility and an elegant appearance can also be found in the Elliot tables by Patrick Jouin. The surfaces are available in different finishes and bright colors to suit any interior or exterior setting. They show an architectural and natural design that looks solid yet is lightweight to move around freely.
‘The Elliot is a very simple product, but made in detail. it appears minimalist at first, but then the viewer notices the many legs that extend from its central foot. If you inverted its shape, it would love to have a tree. In Parisian parks, for example, garden furniture is historically inspired by nature. Elliot continues this story, ”concludes Patrick Jouin.