At first glance, I thought this was a midcentury classic. But this is actually the Leopold garden seating at Habitat.
I think you know where I am coming from with that opening remark. The garden chair and sofa here are very reminiscent of the classic 1950s Bertoia seating range. In fact, Habitat almost admits it by saying the seats are ‘influenced by modernist designs’.
As you probably know, the Bertoia range is an icon of midcentury modern design, a chair made of ‘wire’, which is, in reality, a mix of welded steel rods.
You can buy outdoor versions of those originals and the dark finish isn’t a million miles away from this seat. But they cost a lot of money. A reissue of a Knoll Bertoia chair will set you back over £850. Which is why we are talking about these Habitat chairs.
They have the look and at a short distance, they would pass as those 1950s classics. But obviously these are far, far cheaper. Take your pick from a chair or a sofa, ‘each with the wire finish made of ‘durable, powder-coated metal’ and good for outside or in. Or in-between if you have a conservatory.
The design is exclusive to Habitat and is available online. £125 is the price of the chair and £195 for the sofa / bench. Guessing you might need to invest in some kind of pad or cushion if you are sitting in one of those for the long haul too.
No chair for kids here, but you can buy mini versions of this kind of design elsewhere if you have little people demanding their own seating this summer.