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Outdoor furniture can get a battering by the New Zealand climate, so when searching for the perfect outdoor lounge or dining set it’s crucial to choose pieces made of high quality materials that are specifically designed to withstand the elements. From teak, to aluminium and even plastic, we’re bringing you a series of blogs that will guide you through the different options and help you find the best type of material for your outdoor space.


Kartell Masters Chair & Kartell Masters Barstool

This week’s blog focuses on plastic and its many forms. Plastic is one of the newer materials on the outdoor market, having only been developed for furniture use in the 1960’s. The advancement of plastic technologies coincided with the post war period where furniture designers were experimenting with new materials. It was valued and used by some of the most celebrated designers of the modernist period.

Today, top design houses utilise this incredible technology and continue to create innovative and forward thinking designs. Ongoing research has introduced a wide range of properties to plastic. It can be shaped, moulded, and coloured into nearly any design. Plastic has truly transcended its merely practical function


Kartell Bubble Club Armchair

Plastic furniture can often be used both indoors and out. It has a contemporary look outdoors and if you’re after an injection of colour in your outdoor space then plastic is for you! Plastic lends itself to more creative pieces of furniture such as the Kartell Masters Chair. The nature of plastic though allows it to be used in countless designs and the possibilities are truly endless. Take for example the Calligaris Skin Dining Chair which features contemporary and modern lines compared to the rounded aspect of the Kartell Bubble Club Armchair.

The weather resistant properties of plastic means that it is virtually indestructible and can be left outside without risk of deterioration. It is lightweight and easily stackable for the winter months. Despite this lightweight aspect the McKenzie & Willis range of plastic furniture is characterised by a surprising sturdiness and strength. They are developed with advanced technologies, and the end products display this investment in the design process.


Calligaris Skin Dining Chair and Calligaris Gamera Dining Chair

Plastic outdoor furniture is also very easy to maintain. No extra care products are required and a wipe down every so often will keep your furniture looking great. Storage is easy – just stack chairs away when not in use.

Plastic has many advantages, most notable its ability to add a design element to your outdoor space. This combined with its outstanding durability make it a great choice for the outdoor spaces. At McKenzie & Willis we have a wide range of outdoor furniture including lots of designer options made with plastic. Browse our collection online or pop into any of our stores to view the entire range.

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