Craig Tabor-Raeside, owner of CRÉMA Design, talks to us about the latest outdoor décor trends.

Tell us more about the latest spring/summer outdoor decor trends.

We think there’s a definitive reconnection to nature this season. In an attempt to disconnect from technology, it will play a key role in providing balance in our lives.

In terms of decor, nature will influence everything, from colour and texture to incorporating traditional handcrafting. This return to nature is more luxurious, and less Bohemian, than in the past.

In terms of outdoor furniture, is the clean-lined mid-century modern look still on trend?

Despite its name, the mid-century modern movement is not limited to a specific era, proving that it stands the test of time.

Mid-century design continues to have a powerful influence today. Respected international brands such as Muuto and Hay are very much guided by its principles, within a contemporary context.

What can we expect in terms of colour?

Largely, we’ll see different hues of the same current colour trends – minimalist pastels, new shades of pink, orange and yellow, plus neutral metallics.

I think colour combinations will be a strong trend; look out for interesting permutations.

Any ideas on how to replicate current general trends outdoors, or on the patio or veranda?

Use colour for accent pieces, while maintaining a neutral palette for the foundation of your exterior. A simple way to update your outdoor spaces is by introducing less expensive decorative accessories such as scatter cushions and outdoor rugs.

Painting a feature wall in the latest shade is also an easy way to introduce a trending colour onto your patio.

What is the greatest inspiration behind CRÉMA’s latest ranges?

Since we retail mostly European contemporary design, we’re guided by trends from the continent. Regular visits to the European design and furniture fairs ensures we’re as up-to-date with the latest ranges as the rest of the globe.

Internationally, there’s a subtle shift from Scandinavian design to an Italian aesthetic – especially the Memphis movement. Can we see this trend locally?

This was an obvious theme at this year’s design shows in Milan. There is a strong influence from the Memphis movement of the 1980s, which incorporates more colour and quirkiness.

By using clashing colours, geometric shapes and bold pattern, this design style amps up certain elements that were originally established by the mid-century style. Good examples of this aesthetic can be found in many new fabric collections.

Although the Memphis style probably made its reappearance about three years ago, it’s only now starting to properly infiltrate the mainstream design scene, and we’re already seeing it in South Africa.

A round-up of CRÉMA’s must-have alfresco furniture:

Hay Terrazzo table

Hay Palissade lounge chair and ottoman

Hay Hee barstool

Nanimarquina shade rug

Hay Palissade lounge sofa in Cream White Antwerp