Whenever you see wicker formations on our interior designs, we use natural rattan or Lloyd Loom. For our outdoor collections though, we prefer to use a material that we call ‘all-weather wicker’. A resin fibre, it’s tougher and more durable than natural rattan and won’t flake or peel over time. We’ve developed two finishes for this specific material – the darkest colour and smoothest texture being on the Toulston, Tuscany and Harrington chairs, the mid-tone and more rustic texture on Pesaro, Cadiz and Murano.
The only exceptions are Asthall and Chatto – new to our spring/summer 2017 collection. Asthall’s weave is Swiss-made polyethylene whereas Chatto uses the great British craft of Lloyd Loom.
Living with weave
Because we’ve chosen a resin wicker over a natural rattan, it makes this collection hardy and reliable. It will withstand sunshine and showers for years and years to come. The weave is done over the top of powder coated aluminium frames which are lightweight, strong and won’t rust either. Just be sure to bring the cushions in, because they’re weather-resistant rather than weatherproof.
Asthall goes one step further. Its frame is made from hot-dipped galvanised steel, while the weave is Swiss-made polyethylene, which is the same material used on the soles of skis. It’s a combination of materials that means it can be left outside, uncovered, whatever the weather.
Chatto has a more delicate nature in comparison. While it isn’t imperative to bring in, or cover, our other outdoor designs during bad weather (they’ll be thankful if you do, and will be better for it, but they can survive if you choose not to), Chatto really does need some protection and shouldn’t be left outdoors all year long.