What’s so special about iola’s white rattan furniture?

White is not usually considered a practical colour choice for furniture, let alone garden furniture. Yet in natural garden surroundings, white rattan furniture can look absolutely stunning. The contrast between the natural world and sleek, white, minimalistic designs has real visual impact and is becoming an increasingly popular contemporary garden choice.

So how can you enjoy the beauty of white garden furniture without paying the price of reduced practicality? It’s all very well having a stunning exterior design, but if you can’t use it for fear of sullying it, what’s the point?

All too often the iola team come across the belief that garden furniture can be either stylish or practical. Yet we do not believe that this is the case.  We believe that outdoors furniture not only can be both, but should be both. We strive to create innovative, beautiful designs which don’t force clients to choose between the look they want and the performance they need.

The badly kept secret to our success lies with the materials we use in our white rattan chairs and other white rattan furniture designs. We use German-engineered, white wash Stressflex ™ polymer fibres to create stunning white rattan chairs, sofas and tables which perform perfectly and look simply stunning.

iola’s white rattan range is categorised by a random blend of light and dark whites to ensure a softer, more natural look and feel. No other vendors in the UK sell white rattan furniture of this calibre. Our contemporary white rattan chairs start from £239 and include a cushion made from weather-proof, marine grade reticulated foam and Sunbrella fabrics.

By using the very best materials in our white rattan chair and sofa products, we ensure that our chic, eye-catching designs hold up to the weather as well as they hold up under a stylist’s scrutiny!  The polymer fibres we use are expertly engineered to last, combining impressive flexibility, strength and resilience with almost perfect weather proofing.

If you’d like to learn more about iola’s signature white rattan chairs, or about any other piece in our white rattan furniture collection, please view the rest of the website or contact a member of our helpful team on 01483 277 266 today.


Rattan effect garden furniture: The beauty of rattan, but durable

When people talk about rattan effect garden furniture, what they mean is synthetic rattan. The materials used in rattan effect garden furniture are generally PE rattan, poly rattan or man-made versions of the natural vine which used to be harvested to make rattan furniture. The synthetic side of the business came about because the natural product cannot withstand rain, UV or high moisture conditions. In short, natural rattan will rot if left outside.

This is where rattan effect garden furniture, and iola, come in! Our rattan effect garden furniture is not traditional rattan, yet it is also not a cheap substitute. Some strains of rattan effect garden furniture are made from very low-quality, ‘plastic-y’ man-made materials which look dreadful and perform badly too.

This is not the case at iola. We use the very best, German-engineered synthetic rattan which has been expertly developed to look just like the real thing but offer incredible durability, weather resistance and flexibility. We’ve kept the gorgeous soul of real rattan but given it a smart, modern twist.

The fibres we use in our rattan effect garden furniture are five times more durable than conventional synthetics and sourced from leading German manufacturers. 90% of rattan effect garden furniture suppliers source their materials from Chinese providers. These Chinese fibres are typically made of PVC which has a normal life span of just 12 months. When you choose iola furniture you are buying beautifully designed furniture which will look chic and last perfectly for years and years – whatever the weather!

The quality of the materials behind our rattan effect garden furniture allows us to create impressive and innovative contemporary designs. Our fibres have increased flexibility, allowing our talented Cebu weavers and leading designers to take rattan to places it has never been before!

If you’d like to learn more about our rattan effect garden furniture, please take a look at exactly what we can do in our online collection. Alternatively, please get in touch with our team on 01483 277 266 today.


iola supplies Virgin Active

iola is proud to supply the UK's leading health club chain, Virgin Active. Virgins management came to us with a requirement for a high quality materials and a commercial grade specification, coupled with furniture that was in keeping with their exclusive spas.


Rattan Settee

Stay tuned for the release our our 2012 collection of rattan settee, sofa and dining sets, all constructed to commercial standards not found anywhere else. Download our catalogue or drop into our Showroom at Smith Brook Kilns in Cranleigh, Surrey


Bespoke Rattan Garden Furniture

Ever notice how 99% of all internet based rattan furniture dealers sell the same furniture? It is a fact that 75% of all of the UK rattan furniture comes from 10 factories in China. These factories use identical materials, the weaving staff do the rounds and they copy each other to the point that the industry is commoditised at the low end of the market. 


It is not hype or puffery when we say that iola are the ONLY rattan furniture dealer who can create true bespoke rattan furniture. One off iterations from our collection. We get asked regularly to copy something a customer has seen in a book or at a hotel. We politely decline. All of our work is original. The point we are trying to make is that all good quality manufacturers focus on particular themes and colourways and it is very difficult to obtain a small number of units to suit a retail customer (volume is the norm). But at iola we realised that our customers are as individual as our furniture and we do our best to accommodate.

Take a dining table. Ever seen a 12 seater rattan dining table? We mean a proper 12 seater that allows generous space between the chairs as opposed to something similar to a sardine can. Our 12 seater tables are 3M long! One piece and in any one of our colour ways. Bronze, White Wash etc. The reason we can do this is that we own our factory. No other UK supplier is in this position. We control what we make and can alter dimensions to suit our customers needs.


iola is a high end quality garden furniture dealer who only uses the very best raw materials in the industry. iola means luxury rattan furniture that lasts


Rattan industry news

Christmas is almost upon us and we thought it time to reflect on last season. The internet proved to be a strong marketing tool for all of us in the industry. It is also a place where wild claims and down right falsehoods are promulgated.

In 2011 a new supplier hit the internet claiming 100 years in the industry(a bit rich when they had 2 months experience). Sure they didn't say what industry exactly but the inference was clear. To cut a long story short they were short on the truth and long on claims. Eights months on they are out of the retail business. Why? Many reasons. They thought they could copy our format, claim to be experts and the public would flock. I personally inspected their furniture at the earls court show. It was terribly woven. This was furniture on display! It showing large gaps, frame exposed, missing paint from the frame (you shouldn't even see the frame). They were very good at using quality materials but their weavers were low end and unskilled. They are still showing photo's on their site which show very poor workmanship. The irony is their USP is that they sell a premium product. They proudly display these images and they are quite poor-they cant spot it. 

What is our point? Believe nothing you read on the internet. Go and inspect what you are buying. Talk to the vendor and gauge for yourself whether they know their onions. There is a lot more to quality rattan furniture than simply using decent raw materials.

In New Zealand we pioneered the use of marine grade stainless steel in our Modular feet. On an average furniture piece there is 1500g of stainless steel which has been integrated into certain parts of the furniture. It is a substantial and costly choice of raw material. So when a competitor also claims to use these materials but it transpires the stainless steel is limited to a few screws we do have a bit of a chuckle. They think the public are stupid. Our customers ask a lot of questions and when they turn up at our showroom they have read much of our site content. 

At iola we are used to other vendors misappropriating our ideas. They can go right ahead as we know they will never replicate our quality, our design or our workmanship. It amazes me how many sellers there are on the internet selling some pretty rotten furniture. Most of them also sell on Ebay. Not everyone can afford better quality furniture. There is nothing wrong with that. But to call it the best made product on the market is laughable.

iola is a rattan furniture specialist catering for discerning buyers. Our furniture is exceptional. We have not come across any other retailer in the UK selling a product equal to ours. In New Zealand we are the market leaders in retail and commercial woven furniture. There is a very good reason why this is. We are passionate about what we do and we are rattan rattan furniture experts.



iola supplies Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

We are proud to announce that the Sofitel Resort & Spa, Fiji's most exclusive hotel have chosen iola furniture for their extensive renovation project. Hotel management approached us with a high specification being German fibre and top end marine fabrics, reticulated foam and a commercial quality frame. As all of our furniture sold in the commercial and retail markets conform to this specification, it was the perfect match. iola is proud to help the Sofitel maintain its number one position in the Fiji hotel market.

If you are looking for a furniture supplier with experience delivering on discerning client commercial projects please get in touch today.


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Make a Design Statement with iola's White Garden Furniture Collection

White garden furniture has never been more in vogue. When it comes to outdoor furniture trends, white garden furniture is very much the new black. The white garden furniture look really took off in 2011 and this outdoor style statement is set to continue well into 2012. Here at iola we love the look so much that we have been working on our stunning white garden furniture designs so that we can offer you the most beautiful white rattan creations in our speciality Rehau rattan fibres.

The beauty of our high-quality, advanced rattan is that, even in white garden furniture designs, it does not tarnish, warp, rot or lose its looks in wind, rain or sun. All year round the iola blend of industry-leading materials and the very best hand-weaving ensures that the white garden furniture we create looks immaculate and absolutely gorgeous.

We love the way that white garden furniture looks in a huge range of environments. Whether your outdoor area is sleek and minimalist or a verdant jungle paradise, white garden furniture adds a truly sophisticated designer edge.

Excitingly, our entire rattan furniture collection is now available in our signature White Wash rattan fibre. This white garden furniture option has been snapped up by style-conscious customers and garden designers both in the UK and across Australasia. No other vendor in the UK supplies a greater range of premium white garden furniture and, if you have any unique requirements, we can even create bespoke white garden furniture especially for you.

Our white garden furniture collection has been especially popular with leading hotels and businesses. The striking, clean, minimalist look of white garden furniture gives hotels, bars, restaurants and other businesses a real style edge which impresses and entices clientèle. If you are interested in using our white garden furniture to help you stand out from the competition you may be pleased to know that all of our white garden furniture can be supplied on a contract basis.

To view our white garden furniture collection please explore the rest of the iola site or order a catalogue today. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of our team regarding your white garden furniture requirements please call 01483 277 266  today.


Indian Ocean Furniture

Countries in the Indian Ocean are per capita the biggest users of rattan garden furniture. In fact all types of outdoor furniture. Countries such as the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and the Seychelles. If you are looking for Indian Ocean furniture please take a look at our quality guide to discover why our 316 marine grade stainless steel is ideal for Coastal properties. If you are looking for premium quality Indian Ocean Furniture contact iola today


What Makes Truly All Weather Garden Furniture?

All sorts of vendors claim that their items are 'all weather garden furniture’. Unfortunately, the pieces this claim refers to usually can be used in all weathers but probably won’t survive the ordeal!

For the most part, items which claim to be ‘all weather garden furniture’ are usually cut out for low rain climates but very little else. They simply do not hold up under English summer rain, let alone British Autumn, Spring and Winter downpours…

Truly all weather garden furniture simply doesn’t exist because there’s no such thing as a waterproof cushion! Here at iola we’ve almost cracked the problem – this means that our pieces are as close to all weather garden furniture as you’re going to get!

It’s impossible to water-proof a cushion, but you can design a cushion which will not be affected by water. By using this idea, iola have created cushions which let water pass very quickly through them. This means that they dry very quickly and do not have prolonged contact with water which could cause them to rot or mould.

To achieve this we use the very best performance Sunbrella marine grade fabrics in our (very nearly) all weather garden furniture. These fabrics allow water to pass through them quickly, minimising weather damage, and keeping your furniture dry and usable when you need it!

The foam used in our (nearly) all weather garden furniture is also specially designed to allow water to seep through without causing harm. The foam which pads our cushions is made from marine reticulated foam – designed for use on the water – perfect for garden furniture in rainier climes!

We won’t tell a lie though, there are some weather phenomena which out ‘all weather’ garden furniture won’t survive. Tornadoes, hurricanes, a direct lightening hit and another ice age are probably not going to do beautiful iola designs any favours – any other conditions our sturdy, yet stunning, well designed pieces can handle with aplomb!

To learn more about iola all weather garden furniture, explore our range today, or speak with our team on 01483 277 266 today.

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