Minimalist outdoor furniture is trending – our Editor has picked 15 pieces to style a relaxed backyard

Minimalist, modern and organic outdoor furniture shapes and colors are trending - here are the 15 best pieces for a relaxed backyard

minimalist outdoor furniture on a shaded patio
(Image credit: Hotel Tenuta Negroamaro)

Just like with interiors, the minimalist mood of pared back palettes, soft shapes and modern-organic materials is trending in outdoor furniture. It's a look that creates relaxed spaces to linger on for hours, is ideal for informal entertaining and ultimately fits the mood we all want now, of peace and calm.

'Organic shapes are just very inviting,' says the interior designer Bryan O'Sullivan, known for working on wonderful hotels like the Maybourne Beverly Hills with its perfect terraces and poolsides. 'Curved sofas are more suitable for entertaining, a cocktail space with little end tables to put your drinks on.'

The British based designer Olga Ashby has used this aesthetic for the newly opened Hotel Tenuta Negroamaro in Puglia, shown above. Rounded edges and linens in natural colors contrast with wood, stone and wicker, perfecting the minimalist backyard vibe. And here are the most wonderul pieces from the best outdoor furniture brands with which to get the look.

The best minimalist outdoor furniture

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Modern-organic outdoor chairs

Round outdoor table in smooth finishes

Portable lamps for warming, evening glows

Side tables and stools

And the finishing touches

Pip Rich

The editor of Livingetc, Pip Rich (formerly Pip McCormac) is a lifestyle journalist of almost 20 years experience working for some of the UK's biggest titles. As well as holding staff positions at Sunday Times Style, Red and Grazia he has written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and ES Magazine. The host of Livingetc's podcast Home Truths, Pip has also published three books - his most recent, A New Leaf, was released in December 2021 and is about the homes of architects who have filled their spaces with houseplants.  He has recently moved out of London - and a home that ELLE Decoration called one of the ten best small spaces in the world - to start a new renovation project in Somerset.