Vincent Van Duysen designs the Giro outdoor furniture collection for Kettal


It all started with the rope and the idea of ​​using the material in a different way – sewing it together to create the shape of the product itself. This is how the idea of Giro the collection of outdoor furniture has started. Conceived by Vincent Van Duysen for Kettal, a great source of inspiration was the Orkney chair, a classic example of vernacular product design.

Van Duysen drew inspiration from the past with today’s technology in mind, for example using a recycled polypropylene rope rather than a traditional rope. With great respect for Orkney tradition and craftsmanship, it has been translated into a modern product, using Kettal technology and craftsmanship. Using a natural and durable material that can withstand all types of weather, the chair is comfortable and welcoming. Teak adds another authentic quality. The Giro collection here uses armchairs and coffee tables as a starting point, with a larger versatile collection to come.

boxy outdoor armchair on outdoor terrace with TV and firewood

It was our first collaboration with Kettal. It was a pretty intense and effective 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 will see the attention to detail throughout the Giro. It’s in the twisted rope pattern, its thickness and stitching, and stitching details. Carpentry details, edge radius and teak sections. It is a collection that blends into indoor and outdoor environments thanks to clean lines and tactility. The Giro collection is available in four frame colors and a wide range of Terrain fabrics.

armchair sketch

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

Orkney chairs

black and white image of an armchair in the interior

Orkney chair

beige boxy outdoor armchair on white background

Gray boxy outdoor armchair on white background

angular gray outdoor tables

angular gray outdoor table

angular gray outdoor table

bald fair-skinned man with facial hair dressed in black with three dogs at his feet

Vincent Van Duysen

To find out more about the Giro outdoor collection, visit kettal.com.

Kelly Beall is Editor-in-Chief at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love for art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When not distracted by great art and design, she can be found wreaking havoc in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social media.


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