Don’t let your scheme down when it comes to styling your outdoor space. Pull up a few of BODE’s classic directors chairs, for that instant luxe look. Head to their showroom at interiors favourite Tan Boon Liat to customise deck and director’s chairs for your home, in only the trendiest of textiles. Perfect for lounging poolside, in your garden or on your balcony, the range has just been expanded to include two new collections in white and dark wood, alongside the already famous light-toned teak frames.
Select your frame and your specs (headrest, footstool or armrest?), and then settle down to flicking through fabric swatches for colours, plains, patterns and stripes. Allow double the time and half the willpower – such is the range of traditional thick cotton canvas covers from the Les Toiles du Soleil weavers in the French Pyrenees made using traditional weaving looms. Alternatively, be practical and plump for the more durable and sun-resistant Sunbrella outdoor fabric, so you can leave your seat in situ, even in Singapore’s humid climate.
Seating sorted, don’t leave without eyeing up BODE founder Jenny Lewis’ handpicked selection of contemporary fabric and wallpaper brands. Get touchy-feely with James Malone Fabrics’ whimsical, geometric designs, New Zealand brand Hemptech’s cool linen blends in earthy shades, Liberty Arts Fabrics’ signature style of detailed patterns and vivid colours, and many more. Okay, Timorous Beasties, Designs of the Time, Florence Broadhurst, Decortex Firenze, Neisha Crosland and Ian Sanderson, too, but now we’re just name-dropping.
Flick through the gallery of BODE’s stylish new showroom for even more temptation!
BODE can either recommend craftspeople in Singapore and beyond, or you can rope them in to managing your cushion-making, curtain-sewing, furniture-design, and upholstery (or re-upholstery) project. You can also commission the team to make bean bags, poofs, ottomans and cubes (or Bode Bags, as they call them), and their fabric-covered Books of BODE make excellent gifts.
Tan Boon Liat Building #05-10, 315 Outram Rd, 169074. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm; Saturdays 11am-3pm; Sundays and Public Holidays are by appointment.