Sun loungers are a diverse product group comprising outdoors recliners, daybeds and chaises longues. Found in hotels, beaches and private gardens, they all have something in common: namely, they enable summer relaxation and symbolise carefree holidays.
One of the archetypal sun loungers is a folding armchair with a canvas seat, such as the colourful ‘Cabin Basic Sun Lounger’ by Weishäupl. Another near-ubiquitous variation is a daybed with a adaptable backrest and a pair of wheels included within the base. Philippe Starck’s pared-down ‘Rayn Beach chair’ sun lounger or Oxley’s Furniture’s delicately decorative and traditional ‘Luxor Double lounger’ are examples of this type. Alfonso Gallego’s ‘Arena sun bed’ by Point takes on a traditional form of a wicker-woven daybed with plump canvas cushions and rounded corners, but it is made from synthetic fibre to increase its lifespan.
Charlotte Perriand’s ‘522 Tokyo Outdoor’ sun lounger by Cassina reimagines the iconic, rocking LC4 chaise longue in bamboo, whereas Battista and Gino Giudici’s ‘Liegestuhl Lido’ by Edition Wohnbedarf transforms famous tubular steel cantilever chair into an elongated, yielding sun lounger. On the other hand, Moroso-manufactured ‘Meridienne | M’Afrique Collection’ by Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck and ‘Shadowy | M’Afrique Collection’ by Tord Boontje are richly patterned sun loungers woven from colourful polyethylene yarn. The former greatly exaggerates the armrests, while the latter features an oversized, curling canopy.
David Trubridge’s gestural ‘Sling’ is an exercise in simplicity; a curved seat made of wooden strips that can rock on the ground. Paola Navone’s ‘Low Lita’ for Slide is a robust sun lounger made from rotational-moulded polyethylene, while Qui est Paul?’s ‘Organic’ looks as though it has been sculpted from a rock and subsequently smoothed into a sleek chaise. And while Zanotta’s ‘Lama | 1005’ sun lounger, designed by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, is a strongly geometric design on a steel rod-base, featuring an armrest that extends into a privacy screen, Erik Nyberg’s and Gustav Ström’s ‘WAVE’ for Royal Botania is a self-supporting hammock with an arching canopy, all combined within an elliptical frame, mounted on a single foot.