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10 June 2021
Welcoming and functional furnishings to create a perfect reading corner, even outdoors
The reading corner is a reserved space, where you can comfortably take refuge with the pages of your heart, but also simply with your own reflections. Reading, in fact, is here intended as a place of thought, an interior reading as well as a literary one. In the garden, on the terrace, even in a small space, creating a corner of this type gives you moments of peace to take advantage of to regain balance and concentration.
What are the necessary furnishings and accessories? The most important element is certainly the seat which must be comfortable, designed for reading. Secondly, a side table can be useful: for books, magazines, electronic reading devices. Finally, to make the whole more welcoming and complete, we can insert an outdoor rug and a portable lamp to linger in our reading even after sunset.
Isla is a modular collection designed by Sebastian Herkner to compose ones own personal “archipelago”. Its large and irregularly shaped elements really look like islands and are perfect for creating a reading corner. In particular, the sofa, large and welcoming, also integrates a practical table on which to place the book of the moment.
For an even more relaxing reading corner, you can choose the Storm daybed by Norr11. Generous, padded and soft, it is designed to withstand both the sun and water. Designed with the harsh climates of Scandinavian winter in mind, it is ideal for an outdoor reading corner to be used in all seasons.
Suggestive and intimate, Nest is a real straw shell, suspended. Cozy, magical and playful, it is a seat in which it is easy to imagine long reading sessions away from everything. Hanging from a tree it is also a one-of-a-kind decorative element.
Another classic of the reading corner is of course the hammock and in a sophisticated outdoor space the advice is to focus on materials that integrate well in a natural context. The hand-woven rope is made from recycled PET obtained from the transformation of 102 plastic bottles. The material obtained is not only sustainable but also durable and easy to maintain and clean.
The rocking chair is a good idea if we want to let ourselves be lulled by its movement and perhaps share the reading space with someone. Swing is a collection by Patrick Norguet for Ethimo characterized by a balanced mix of teak and metal, with soft cushions and a practical parasol.
Hut is a lounge bed enclosed in a solid Siberian larch or Accoya® nest. It is designed for truly exclusive reading and relaxation corners and guarantees a total sense of isolation and protection. It can be moved and customized with a curtain for additional shade.
With this project, Patricia Urquiola managed to give the daybed the appearance of a cottage, creating a very special large and comfortable structure, perfect for a luxury reading corner. The awning is adjustable and the beams let the air circulate.
To refine the style of the reading corner and make it even more comfortable, you can insert a rug, designed especially for the outdoors. Spider by Cassina has a geometric decorative motif inspired by the spider’s web and helps to give the space a character of informal elegance.
As already mentioned, one or more tables are useful, in the reading corner, for storing books, magazines and electronic devices. The Borea collection by Piero Lissoni has the top in enamelled lava stone tiles and they are available in rectangular or round shape in easily matched neutral colors.
Finally, to extend our readings even at sunset, let’s get a contemporary lantern. Perfect and evocative is In Vitro Unplugged, designed by Philippe Starck for Flos. Rechargeable, it has a battery that lasts up to six hours.
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