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Deck Update with Coast New Zealand | Part One


Following on from the first instalment of our Deck Update, I'm now excited to be collaborating with COAST New Zealand. While our new Outdure seating is underway, I've been busy choosing fabric for our COAST Luxury Beanbags, which are being custom-made through their bespoke fabric service. I've been sharing a few sneak peeks along the way on my Instagram stories, but before I get into the selection process in more depth, I wanted to share a little about the NZ brand. Synonymous with luxury, COAST are beautifully aligned with New Zealanders' love of the outdoors, and this has shaped their unique story from the very beginning, including their inspiring design process and incredible attention to detail. 

When COAST NZ founders Nicola and Alex Webster launched in 2003, they had a specific goal to establish a luxury brand that would reflect New Zealand's unique quality of life. From the outset they drew inspiration from the rewards and challenges of life by the sea - simple, relaxing and beautiful, but also rugged and unforgiving. COAST started out as a specialist supplier to super-yachts and this remains a significant part of the business. It also resulted in them borrowing many of the materials and methods that were previously the reserve of luxury yacht-building. Not only do contemporary ocean-going sailing yachts need to be comfortable, even opulent, they have to withstand the harshest conditions at sea, and this lead the way for their design process, which centres as much around materials and construction as on aesthetics and style. The result is a range of products that are not only enduring, but timeless. 

[Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC]
I visited the beautiful COAST Showroom to see and test out the Luxury Beanbags, which sit alongside the other COAST products including natural textile Throws and Beachtowels, Canvas Luggage and Leather Goods.

With rigorous and uncompromising attention to detail, COAST always use the most enduring fabrics and parts, including Sunbrella marine-grade fabrics. Furthermore, they hand-make the majority of their products to the highest possible standard right here in NZ, ensuring that they can maintain the strictest control over quality and workmanship.

Relaxing on a COAST luxury beanbag at home has been a dream for many years, especially since we built. And with summer fast approaching, it's the perfect time to be getting one for our deck. The first step was choosing from the range of COAST Luxury Beanbags. There are two collections on offer, the award-winning Marine Bean and Isla Collections, both of which can be found ashore in 5 star hotels and resorts from Queenstown to the Maldives, as well as private homes, villas and beach houses worldwide. Designed for relaxing on the deck, around the pool, out on the lawn or at the beach, the beanbags are tough enough to stay outdoors all year round, yet stylish enough to transition indoors. 

The Marine Beans feature nine precisely shaped panels, giving them their uniquely comfortable shape, while the Marine Bean chair offers a more structured seating alternative. The Isla Collection combines all the comfort of the Marine bean, with the flexibility of modular furniture. 

All COAST outdoor beanbags are designed and made in New Zealand from marine grade Sunbrella brand fabric and are guaranteed against fading and deterioration. Each beanbag includes a waterproof liner, allowing the Sunbrella shell to be removed for cleaning, airing or winter storage.

[Styling and photography by Michelle Halford for TDC]

Taking into account our relaxed lifestyle and the size of our deck, we decided on the Marine Bean XL and Marine Bean Ottoman. The next step was to choose the Sunbrella Fabric. COAST have a selection of stock fabric colours, but they also offer a bespoke service, where you can choose from an extensive range of colours and textural finishes. Amazed at the vast selection on offer, for this part of the process I took home some samples to see how they worked against our deck, and alongside the Outdure ResortDeck which will be used for the built in seating. My main goal was to stay in the realm of neutrals that I love, without going too light or too dark. In addition to fitting with the decking and black deck railing, I want the colour to compliment both the dark stained cedar exterior of our home, and our home's neutral interior, for a seamless connection between indoors and out. 

After narrowing down a shortlist of grey, beige and sage hues, the Sunbrella fabric I chose is Tresco Linen. A beautiful warm beige, I do believe I found the perfect colour! As with all the COAST beanbags, you can choose to match the piping fabric to the panel colour, or have it in a contrasting colour. I decided to keep ours all one colour, for a clean, streamlined look. 

COAST also offer a range of Sunbrella Outdoor Cushions and they sell the Sunbrella Fabric by the metre. I'm already looking at fabrics for Outdure seating squabs and I'm so excited to see the changes to our deck come together over the next couple of weeks. 

In the next instalment I'll share the Outdure seating, followed closely by the reveal of our COAST Beanbags!

For more information on the COAST showroom, products and bespoke services visit
COAST offer worldwide shipping.

This post was created in collaboration with COAST New Zealand. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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