Retro, playful outdoor furniture from Haldane Martin to get excited about

The Cha-Cha tables and Hula Outdoor collection are sleek and sexy new additions from Haldane Martin

25 August 2019 - 00:03 By Julia Freemantle
The Hula Outdoor collection combines graphic lines and fruity colours.
The Hula Outdoor collection combines graphic lines and fruity colours.
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The quintessential designer, Haldane Martin straddles interiors and product seamlessly, and whether he's creating hospitality spaces (one of his fortes), engineering a new line of furniture, or creating a feature exhibition, his approach is always layered and considered - a merging of concept, aesthetic and function.

Martin's new Cha-Cha occasional tables and Hula Outdoor range demonstrate this ability to express multiple messages. Designed to stand on their own, they're also conceived as clever complementary pieces - the linear structure of both ranges means they look great when combined. Playing around with different sizes and colours will give the best results.

A striking balance is achieved in the Cha-Cha table between the optical effect created by the steel-rod base and the simple monochromatic laser-cut tabletops - the end result is a pared-back plinth. Its simplicity and hardiness make it endlessly versatile and it can segue easily from dynamic drinks table to sculptural garden accessory or contemporary coffee station.

But it is when paired with the tropical tones and striking silhouettes of the Hula chairs that it really comes to life. This range, a homage to the classic Salterini Hoop chairs of the 1950s, is both contemporary and retro, playful and simple and the complementary graphic lines and vibrant palette of both ranges make them perfect dance partners.

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