Vincent Van Duysen Designs the Giro Outdoor Furniture Collection for Kettal

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Vincent Van Duysen Designs the Giro Outdoor Furniture Collection for Kettal

It all began with rope, and the idea of using the material in a different way – by sewing it together to create the shape of the product itself. That’s how the idea of Giro outdoor furniture collection started. Designed by Vincent Van Duysen for Kettal, a big source of inspiration was the Orkney Chair, a classic example of vernacular product design.

two boxy outdoor chairs sitting on a covered outside patio

Van Duysen pulled inspiration from the past with today’s technology in mind, for example using recycled polypropilente rope rather than traditional rope. With plenty of respect for the tradition and craftsmanship of the Orkney in mind, it was translated to a modern product, using Kettal’s technology and know-how. Using a natural, sustainable material that can face all types of weather, the armchair is comfortable and welcoming. Teak adds another authentic quality. The Giro collection is using the armchairs and coffee tables here as its jumping off point, with a larger versatile collection to come.

boxy outdoor armchair on outdoor patio with tv and firewood

This was our first collaboration with Kettal. It was a quite intense and efficient way of working together. The process of developing these new materials was really a challenge for them and for us and it seems that our mutual understanding resulted in a very nice collection, which expresses both Kettal’s and VVD’s vision.

– Vincent Van Duysen, Designer

You’ll see the attention to detail that’s paid throughout Giro. It’s in the pattern of the twisted rope, its thickness and stitching, and sewing details. The joinery details, edge radius and sections of teak. It’s a collection that blends into both interior and exterior environments thanks to clean lines and tactility. The Giro collection is available in four frame colors and a wide range of Terrain fabrics.

sketches of armchair

black and white image of two side by side hooded armchairs outside

Orkney Chairs

black and white image of an armchair indoors

Orkney Chair

beige boxy outdoor armchair on white background

grey boxy outdoor armchair on white background

angular grey outdoor tables

angular grey outdoor table

angular grey outdoor table

light-skinned bald man with facial hair wearing all black with three dogs by his feet

Vincent Van Duysen

To learn more about the Giro outdoor collection, visit

Kelly Beall is Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she's likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.