Gazebos are small, freestanding pavilions that used to serve as follies and decorative features in the landscaped grounds of grand manor houses and estates. Nowadays, gazebos offer relaxation, and can be found in public parks, as well as gardens of private residences.
Dougan Clarke’s ‘Exuma Cabana’ for TUUCI is an example of a small gazebo with an aluminium frame, high quality marine-grade fabric walls and a decorative pagoda top. It can serve as a small changing room or a storage space for gardening equipment and toys. Another small gazebo is Staubach & Kuckertz’s ‘Horus’ for Metalco Home, a freestanding, hardwood deck-chair set within a stainless steel frame that supports a loose, sail canopy.
Unopiù’s ‘Atalia’ is an altogether larger gazebo made from powder-coated, galvanised iron structure, a decorative pinnacle roof and glass panes that protect the inside from elements. This gazebo can serve as a greenhouse as well. A more modernist version is the angular ‘Cristal Box’ by José A. Gandiá-Blasco, whose clean lines and precise proportions recall Philip Johnson’s Glass House.
Similarly angular, but more relaxed, Jirachai Tangkinjngamwong’s ‘Summer Cabana’ for Deesawat is an all-wood gazebo complete with a built-in table and benches. QZone Kitchen by ALL+ is a large aluminium frame within which a garden kitchen may be installed, while EGO Paris’s ‘Eden Canopy’ is a an almost ethereal gazebo, a nomadic canvas canopy loosely draped over an aluminium base.
Paola Lenti’s ‘Shaderplug’ is a modular shading structure where square and hexagonal canvas panels can be assembled to form more intimate, or conversely more sprawling, shaded shelters. Lastly, Flo Florian’s and Sascha Ackermann’s ‘Mikasi’ gazebo for Müller Werkstätten will surely spark any child’s imagination with its tepee like shape and entice any parent with its practical, folding design.