As successive lockdowns turned up the heat and kept the nation under house arrest, many of us turned our attention to the only outdoor space available – patios and gardens. In June's issue, Furniture News looks at how the demand for outdoor furniture and furnishings has shifted since those first sun-drenched months of captivity, and what the longer-term outlook might be …?

When weather permits, it’s hard to beat spending time outdoors. The pandemic demonstrated just how important having a place in which to escape, socialise, relax or play could be.

From home schooling and outdoor gatherings, to full lockdowns and the more permanent implications of working from home, myriad social developments led consumers to value their outdoor spaces more highly – and the suppliers and retailers of outdoor furniture are among the beneficiaries.

In June's issue, Furniture News presents a snapshot of the outdoor sector, with thoughts from some of the more prominent suppliers and retailers on new trends, changing consumer demands, and the sector’s likely future now the days of lockdown appear to be behind us.

Thanks to this month’s panel, which comprises: James Brown, director, Daro; Carole Nolan, garden furniture buyer, Gallery Direct; Marc Rogers, MD, Home Junction; Ella Broughton, head of product, Moda Furnishings; Samantha Jackson, commercial director, Bluebone Imports; and Andy Baxter, MD, Maze.

REad the feature in this month's issue.

Pictured: Monterray dining set, Bluebone Imports