Seeing as the sun is out, it seems like the perfect time to compile a top 10 of the best retro garden chairs and sofas.
Of course, the heatwave might be over by the time they arrive, but the summer still has a long time to run and with that in mind – and considering some are in the sale – it might be a good time to buy.
Hopefully, there is something here to suit your budget and your garden. I’ve tried my best to mix things up to cover both. So here we go and in no particular order…
1. Marina garden seating and furniture at West Elm
How does the idea of taking some midcentury modern furniture into the garden grab you? That’s pretty much what you have here.
The Marina range is the perfect set-up for taking a retro living room outside. The angles and the tapered mahogany legs give a look of the 1950s and 1960s, while the all-weather wicker covering should keep the elements out if the rain does come. The cushions are weather-resistant too.
All in the sale right now, but still a little pricey, with a sofa at £1,139.95 and a lounge chair at £539.95.
2. Yuri target garden lounge chair at Made
This was very popular when I featured it a while back and right now it’s in the clearance.
A take on the classic Acapulco chair from the 1950s, Made has added in various finishes (and a sofa option) for its own range, but the target design is the one for me. Perfect as a talking point and for a 1960s vibe in the garden.
In the clearance, this goes for £149.
3. John Lewis & Partners Dante Pod hanging chair
If the 1970s is more your scene, check out the Dante Pod hanging chair.
1960s or 1970s, as this kind of swinging chair was popular in both decades. But for some reason, perhaps the woven finish, this one has more of a 1970s feel about it.
A steel frame supports the wicker chair, which is the perfect place to sit, lounge or read when the temperatures rise. Or just watch the world go by.
£399 is the price if you want to hang out in this particular hanging chair.
4. Retro Roy Cocoon Chair at Heal’s
Part of a range of designs by Vincent Sheppard, the Roy Cocoon Chair at Heal’s is the standout for me.
This one is a nostalgic take on the ‘basket chair’ of the past, with a couple of colour options, an eye-catching weave and some hip[ hairpin legs finishing things off.
Another one in the sale, but not cheap even at the reduced price of £595.
5. Eames outdoor DKR Wire Chair by Vitra
It wasn’t designed as an outdoor chair, but it has been adapted as one.
As you probably know, this was created in 1951 when Charles and Ray Eames decided to produce a light and durable chair with as small an amount of materials as possible. It became a classic for the home, not least as a dining chair.
But fast forward to the 21st century and a powder coating adapts it for the outdoors as well, keeping the elements at bay.
£360 each if you want one, which will mount up if you need a few.
6. Copacabana garden bench at Maisons Du Monde
As you can see from the image, this is also available as a chair. But the sofa is the thing that catches my eye.
The ‘Acapulco’ design is often seen around (see higher up this article for my favourite take on it) but the bench is less seen and for me, it’s a lovely thing to have in the garden.
The one at Maisons Du Monde is a wonderful retro design in various colours and with matching chairs and accessories if you want them too.
But if you just want the bench, that sells for £215.50.
7. David Bowie lightning bolt deckchair at Society 6
There’s an entire range built around this design, but for the purpose of this round-up, I’m going for David Bowie lightning bolt deckchair.
If you aren’t familiar with Society 6, it’s a company that gives designers and artists the opportunity to get their designs printed onto domestic items. Everything from framed artwork to duvet covers and now, garden furniture too.
The David Bowie lightning bolt is just one design, but check out the site for more quirky deckchair designs as well. If you like this one, the cost is $149 and I believe they ship worldwide.
8. Drohan retro occasional chairs at Habitat
This is such a cool design. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I would have this down as a 1960s original.
But it’s actually a modern-era Habitat original, available in three colours and now in the sale too. An interesting round seat matched up with oversized ski legs to great effect. Great for sitting in, but great just for looking at too.
Now reduced, they sell for £100 each while stock lasts.
9. Ikea PS Vago easy chair
I can’t really do a round-up like this without mentioning this timeless gem from the Ikea range.
If you want something retro and plastic, this is, without doubt, the most affordable option. A UV-resistant plastic chair designed for lounging in the sun. They can be stacked and the drain hole keeps the water off.
£22 for each one in various colours (but not an orange one sadly, which would be the ideal shade for me), with kids-size chairs also available (Bunso and Vago) if your little ones don’t want to miss out on the fun.
10. Midcentury modern-style garden seating at Aldi
This one comes and goes out of the range, so you might need to keep checking for this midcentury modern-style garden seating at Aldi.
Yes, I did say Aldi. This tends to come up in its ‘special buys’ range and at this time of year. When it does, it sells quickly as it offers a lot of style and a lot of value.
It sells as a set, with two armchair and a sofa, as well as a coffee table, all with tapered wooden legs supporting the wicker body. More on it here and when it does appear, it goes for around £299.99 for the full set.
Of course, if it was still available I would have featured the 1960s Garden Egg Chair by Peter Ghyczy in this round-up of retro garden chairs and sofas. But it’s only available as ‘vintage’ these days. If you want to know more on that, I featured one on eBay some time back.