Weltevree Backyard Adventures

What makes an empty space more than just a space? That question was the theme of last Friday's Weltevree Backyard Adventures event. We brought together designers, architects, resellers and press to celebrate the opening of our new brandstore as well as the launch of our new collection. For this event, we transformed the location of our brandstore from a rough industrial environment to an adventurous playground by the waters of the Eem. 

The new collection, consisting of seven designs in which typical Dutch Design meets classic Weltevree values, was received with enthusiasm. In addition to the new collection, the guests in attendance were also the first to see the never-before-seen Sticklight by award-winning designer Thor ter Kulve. The Sticklight is a product that is all about claiming a place. Stick the modern day torch into the ground and you create your own personal place in the great outdoors, a place that is all yours. With the Sticklight, you can turn any outdoor space into a place that feels like home. 

Additionally, Weltevree CEO Bülent Yokus sat down with Oep Schilling, founder of established construction studio Fiction Factory and creator of the ingenious Wikkelhouse. In collaboration with Weltevree, Schilling presented the Wikkeltent during the event: a fusion between a small cabin and a tent. With the Wikkeltent, both Weltevree and Fiction Factory go back to their core: back to basics, off the grid, and on to adventure. 

Here’s an impression of the celebration.
The much-appreciated Dutch designer Bertjan Pot proves himself again (and again) with this redesign of the Weltevree Patiobench and Patiobench High. It is the particular angle of the seat and back of the bench that makes a seemingly rough looking bench actually comfortable and relaxing to sit in. With the Patiobench, designer Bertjan Pot wanted to offer comfort with little means. ‘The challenge was to create highly comfortable furniture without adding soft materials.’ The seating angles of the Patiobench are adjusted very precisely to follow the exact shape of the body in order to provide comfort without needing pillows. The powder-coated steel frame provides a sturdy base for the eucalyptus wood seating. The bench is comfortable for two and snug for a company of three. It comes in three colors: Oxide Red, Gray Blue and Cement Gray.

When designer Bertjan Pot designed the Patiobench High, he had been searching for garden furniture that offers both comfort and privacy, but found it a combination that’s hard to find. It led him to design a garden bench that creates a true patio feeling and provides privacy to a garden or an office. Hide away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a moment of true peace and quiet. The Patiobench High has the same clever design that makes this hardwooden bench actually comfortable and relaxing to sit in, without needing garden pillows. The slats are placed in a particular angle, following the lines of the body to provide optimal softness and support. The Patiobench High will be available in Oxide Red, Gray Blue and Cement Gray.

The sofabed by designer Hade Steenwinkel is inspired by the idea of having a place to both sit and sleep comfortably on the same sofa. The sloping angle of the mattress creates a relaxing seating position. Because the frame has an equal sloping angle, the mattress becomes flat when you rotate it 180 degrees. With just one quick turn, you’ll have a comfortable spot for an afternoon nap in the open air. The two-in-one sofabed is perfect for smaller spaces like a balcony or an urban garden.   Both the mattress as well as the pillows are made from a durable waterproof material called Olefin and have a ventilating underside. The fabric is nearly impenetrable by water, making it well suited for outdoor use. Even a rain soaked mattress will dry quickly due to this ventilation system. The Sofabed frame will be available in Agate Gray and the mattress and pillows will be available in Light Gray and Faded Orange.

Unwind with the Woodlounger - which offers the comfort of a hammock but can be placed anywhere. The archetypal basis of the Belizean classic has been transformed into a delightful lounger by furniture maker and designer Georg Wasensteiner. For total relaxation, the Woodlounger comes with a plush mattress and pillow set - adjustable in height to fit everyone, big or small. Put your feet up, grab a book, or simply turn your face to the sun (also perfect for stargazing at night). The Woodlounger is made of sustainable larch wood, which with a little maintenance will last for years and gives the lounger an elegant natural look. The clever design makes it not only comfortable to relax in but also easy to store. Simply fold the chair in half and store it upright when not in use. The Woodlounger comes with a pillowset in silver blue with terra red color.