2020 brings an air of excitement for Indian Ocean. It is entering its 30th year of producing the kind of game-changing outdoor furniture and lighting that has transformed the way international luxurists think about designing their indoor/outdoor living spaces.
It all started in 1990 with Madagascan parasols, imported by co-founder and managing director Jamie Hobbs, who then added teak garden furniture to match. The company grew, and subsequently broadened and refined its repertoire. Indian Ocean’s offering now includes edgy, contemporary designs in a variety of higher-tech materials, though elegant teak ‘heritage’ pieces remain core to the collections. ‘We are positive about the returning trend for teak,’ says Hobbs of this year’s plans, ‘and we will be offering FSC Grade A plantation teak in the Marina Collection for 2020.’
A brand with an international outlook as part of its DNA, Indian Ocean has a broad customer base that encompasses the Caribbean and the Middle East, as well as Europe. This global exposure stands it in good stead, along with its practical experience in exporting worldwide. The company’s new website, launching in January 2020, is focusing on providing a smoother check-out for European and worldwide shipping, along with multi-currency options. The brand will also continue to exhibit twice a year at Maison & Objet in Paris and at the Monaco Yacht Show – platforms with not just a European but a global reach.
It all started in 1990 with Madagascan parasols, imported by Jamie Hobbs, who then added teak garden furniture to match