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Catch the Breeze While Relaxing in the Zephyr Lounger
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The Zephyr Lounger takes it name from the sailing term, when a yacht catches a gentle breeze. Designed by Charles Wilson for Australian outdoor furniture manufacturer Tait, the chair’s graceful lines create a parallel in comparison. The Zephyr Lounger brings the designer’s distinctive fluid forms and ergonomic finesse, the seat and backrest creating a sail-like form for the framework’s form-fitting upholstery. Wilson’s debut for the brand beckons you to sit, get comfortable, and laze the day away.

“I thought it would be a good idea to explore designing a modern sling-style lounger, in principle not too different from your classic camping chairs (which are very comfortable), though something a little more elegant,” explains Wilson. “There’s undoubtedly a strong nautical connection with the piece, it was intentional. Even down to the way the woven rope detail provides tension to the seat and backrest, it reminds me of the rigging on a yacht.”

olive green lounge chair in outdoor space

Intuitive and forgiving, the Zephyr Lounger provides elevated, ergonomic comfort in the outdoors. A slight recline and sling-style structure supports the lower back and upper neck, while breathable marine-grade canvas allows for air circulation. The die-cast stainless steel armrests ground the piece visually and physically, thanks to their hefty weight. They also provide added support for users who might require assistance in standing up from the lounger.

“We spent a considerable amount of time getting the upholstery just right. We’ve used the highest performing marine-grade canvas available on the market, with a proven track record for use in extreme marine applications (predominantly for ocean vessels, not coincidently). A lot of the outdoor fabrics of this grade can be very plastic-y and rigid, so it was imperative that the canvas offered breathability, malleability and softness to the touch,” discusses Tait’s Creative Director, Susan Tait. “We’re really loving the matched tonal pairings of the canvas with our textured powder coat finishes. As always, we’ve drawn a lot of our color inspiration from Australian nature. We’ve focused the offering on three colorways: Blue-gum, Dunes and Grevillea.”

back of olive green lounge chair next to pool

The Zephyr Lounger is offered in four options, low-back or high-back, and with or without arms. Featuring high-performance materials ready to withstand extreme conditions, the frame is formed from stainless steel extrusion, the arms are manufactured with solid die-cast stainless steel, and the canvas is marine-grade. The frame can be finished in your choice of hard-wearing, exterior-grade, and UV stable textured powder coat.

olive green and tan lounge chairs with side table

tan lounge chair outdoors

closeup of tan lounge chair

tan lounge chair and red lounge chair

black lounge chair

detail of olive green lounge chair

detail of olive green lounge chair

detail of olive green lounge chair

detail of olive green lounge chair

black and white portrait of light-skinned man with dark hair wearing a button down shirt

Charles Wilson

To learn more about the Zephyr Lounger, visit madebytait.com.au.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.