The pandemic prompted us to reevaluate and, ultimately, redefine our relationship with outdoor spaces. Here in Miami, our day to day experiences are tied to the open air: on breeze brushed evenings we eat outside, stroll along the harbors, and walk through the city streets with a profound appreciation for our home and on the skin-meltingly humid days we cower in air conditioned buildings and resent the moments we have to dash under the sun. Further North, we cherished the time set aside for engagement with nature—from rustic walks through pastures and hikes up mountains, to inlet river rows and open-ocean sailing—but we generally ignored our surrounding environment unless it was actively threatening us with bitter winds or torrential rains. With the arrival of the pandemic, we as a society simultaneously found ourselves looking for ways to congregate in the virally-unsaturated open air and seeking safety in the confines of our homes. On one hand, cities across the globe embraced outdoor dining and alfresco markets as alternatives to indoor experiences. On the other hand, many of us were bound to apartments without gardens where we could only dream about easy access to the outdoors.
So this holiday, we're gifting our loved ones items that can enliven their exterior spaces or bring moments of natural magic into their urban abodes: hammocks!
Nothing evokes a sense of being in a mystical garden getaway like a perfectly formed hammock that, when used, cocoons us in beautiful textiles and, when not in use, lies as an invitation for uninterrupted relaxation. Hammocks have a storied history that winds through time as far back as humans have wanted to find restful, protected sleep away from ground dwelling dangers. As such, it should come as no surprise that hammocks are as diverse as humankind itself, ranging from nuzzling fur pelts to supportive and sculptural rattan pods.
Speaking of rattan pods, we begin in Marbella—one of our favorite cities—at George el Greco Interiors—one of our favorite houseware boutiques!—where we suspend ourselves above the lucid waves, gently lapping over the salt sparkling gold coast of the Mediterranean, in the rattan ribbon of the Jamaican Handwoven Rattan Hammock. Smooth palms are woven like tapestry into an elegant curve that gently cradles our bodies as we basque in the Spanish sun that once nourished the genius of Picasso. The hammock is as much a sculptural installation as it is a chaise, making it a sophisticated accent for any romantic garden and the perfect gift for everyone on your list.
The honeyed fawn palette of the palms is mirrored by the natural fibers of the hand-woven Garden Hammock from OR.CA, a magnificent manifestation of the design studio's intention to "create conceptual landscapes honoring a life without walls...[working] to bring a deeper connection between nature and the people that inhabit a space" (1). Strands of auric maple coloured fibers are spun to form rustic threads that are woven together to create a supple bark-like net that drapes softly, ready to support you as you rest. The Hammock is itself a peaceful embodiment of the natural world; suspended in the dappled shadows of sun kissed trees, the Garden Hammock seems to emerge from the earth as naturally as the plants it sways beside. It's an accent piece that will effortlessly integrate into your landscapes.