The Playful Curves of the South Outdoor Collection

When outdoor furniture is built using steel tubes or rods, it feels substantial without a visually overwhelming appearance – something I think many of us look for when outfitting a patio, garden, or balcony with furniture. As in their previous collaborations, innovative brand Magis encouraged its partner, designer Konstantin Grcic, to push beyond apparent possibilities to create a home furnishings solution that’s truly exciting. Grcic came up with the sinuous South outdoor collection, a family of minimal seating and tables that pull from his spot-on design sense and bold architectural silhouettes.

Grcic is also a lover of technology and carefully researched the materials used to guarantee that the outdoor pieces would be practical as well as playful. The cataphoresis-treated, powder-coated South collection consists of an armchair and bench in standard and low heights, four tables, and two coffee tables. Options for the tables include 200×120 cm with a teak slat tabletop, as well as 200×90, 160×90, and 90×90 cm with a steel sheet tabletop. Meanwhile, the coffee tables are available in 120×120 cm with a tabletop in either teak slats or lava stone enameled with recycled colored glass, and 90×90 cm with a tabletop in steel sheet.

While the thought of steel rod seating might not seem relaxing at first, the unconventional South outdoor collection offers the opposite, inviting you to experience high comfort in its curved lines. Add further pleasure with the optional woven matting that can be secured to the seats and backrests using Velcro. Chic and colorful, it’s a fun alternative to classic upholstered cushions that can feel de rigueur. Accessorize further with baskets and carpets that come in the same outdoor-friendly fabric as the mats. As for the frames, choose from a range of colors that include orange, bordeaux, light blue, and night blue. Let the relaxing commence.

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Kelly Beall is Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she's likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.