March 26, 2018

Sleek Design and Smart Materiality Elevate New Outdoor Collections

“Danish design is about the sensibility toward materiality,” Cecilie Manz explained to Interior Design. “Which material goes where, and why? It’s not so much just to say, ‘Let’s use brass now because it’s trendy,’ but to use the right material in the right place.”

That ethos is certainly true for her Atmosphere collection for Gloster. Simple and supple, Atmosphere is a study in how to create an intimate outdoor space through a careful application of materials. Powder-coated aluminum frames and sizeable slabs of Gloster’s signature wood produces pieces that feel at once familiar and gracious. According to Manz, the teak is a great material for outdoor spaces because of its strength and the enchanting gray patina that emerges over time.

Cecilie Manz’s Atmosphere dining table, bench, and chairs for Gloster. Photography courtesy of Gloster. 

That material is what has made the company a mainstay in the luxury outdoor furniture market. Sustainably sourced in Indonesia, the teak, which Gloster plants and harvests itself, comes with the assurance of some of the most environmentally friendly practices in the industry.

“We believe in better design via craftsmanship, sustainability, and innovation,” says Gloster CEO Svend Loevbjerg. “Our customers must be able to trust us, so it’s important that we treat the world and its resources with respect.”

Loop, designed by Henrik Pedersen, features cushions upholstered in fabric by Sunbrella, and comes with sofa, lounge chair, ottoman, and table offerings. Photography courtesy of Gloster.

Gloster has even found a way to make use of teak off-cuts and the sawdust created during manufacturing in order to optimize material usage. Additionally, Gloster partners exclusively with Sunbrella on its collections, not only for the excellent quality of the material but also because in Sunbrella they recognize a mutual dedication to sustainability as a way of life.

“In an ideal world, things would be made to last and outlive trend,” says Loevbjerg. “It’s important for companies to take steps, however small, to move towards a more ecologically friendly output. Gloster continues to strive for further achievements and will never stop progressing towards a goal of zero waste in the production cycle.”

Early days at Gloster, circa 1960. Photography courtesy of Gloster.

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