Trent Jansen designs Tait's Tidal sunlounger to suit Australian summers

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Trent Jansen designs Tidal sunlounger to capture the mood of a 1970s Australian summer

Sydney designer Trent Jansen referenced the aesthetics of Australia in the 1970s to create this sunlounger for outdoor furniture brand Tait (+ movie).

Made from stainless-steel wire, the Tidal sunlounger is based on the shape of vintage metal daybeds, once a common sight on Australian poolsides.

Jansen created a contemporary version of the design by adding curves to the frame, which comes in either an electro polish or powder coat finish.

Tidal sunlounger by Trent Jansen

"When developing ideas, I was considering that it should perhaps be reminiscent of the summertime, and in particular the 1970s and summer holidays in that sort of period of Australia's history," said Jansen.

Designed to be used with a cushion on top, the sunlounger is part of a wider collection of chairs and tables created by Jansen for Australian company Tait.

Tidal sunlounger by Trent Jansen

The pieces are all made from similarly bent 12-millimetre stainless-steel rods. Jansen found inspiration for these curves in different types of wave formations.

"The wave that forms at the back of the break is quite laid back, and then as it curls it becomes a different wave type until it closes out on the shore," said Jansen.

Tidal sunlounger by Trent Jansen

"I found all of these wave diagrams, and it was really those sketches and that line work that began to give me the formal inspiration for developing the Tidal range," he said.

Jansen chose stainless steel for its aesthetic, recyclability and durability in scenarios where it would be exposed to UV light, chlorine and salt water. The furniture can be powder coated in one of a range of colours, including black, white or navy.

Tidal sunlounger by Trent Jansen

Tidal is Jansen's first collection for Tait. The designer has previously worked with Moooi, creating the brand's 2008 Pregnant Chair. The timber-framed design features a smaller child's chair stored in the frame under its seat.


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Belgian design studio Muller van Severen has also recently designed metal-wire loungers. Its series of rocking daybeds were created as part of a furniture commission for one of the Solo Houses – a series of architect-designed dream homes in Spain.