Founded more than 50 years ago, exterior furniture manufacturer Tribù was one of the first brands to consider the outdoor area of the home an extension of the interior of the house, and deserving of the same care and attention in design. The Belgian company has been producing high-end outdoor furniture ever since, growing into a respected global brand that distributes its products in more than 60 countries, supplying for private homes and hotels as well as superyachts.
Strengthened by its years of experience, the family-run design house is able to offer luxury contemporary products that balance functionality, durability, comfort and style. Tribù’s range of seating, tables and accessories for exterior spaces are both timeless in design and elegantly modern: from the covetable Tosca collection, designed by Monica Armani and characterised by elegant tapered legs, a rounded form and a braided frame, to the teak Vis à Vis adjustable lounger by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, which has an integrated side table designed so that two loungers can slot perfectly together.
With a strong engineering background, Tribù takes pride in its research and development department. Only durable materials of the highest quality are selected and new techniques are continually being developed to ensure products are made from the very latest materials, capable of withstanding all weather conditions, including the harsh marine environments to which superyachts are subjected. The Mood collection, designed by Studio Segers, for instance, is characterised by its solid teak frame and soft seatback created from a specially formulated handwoven weatherproof yarn, known as Tricord. The result is a very natural looking form that offers ultimate comfort but also withstands the elements.
Tribù has also developed an innovative way to make its cushions waterproof. As well as using water-repellent filling and adding an extra layer of protection on the inside of the cover, seams are stitched using a thread that expands when it comes into contact with water, preventing any liquids from seeping into the cushion. All materials are thoroughly tested in different climates, including environments with a high degree of humidity, before being used. All hardware is of marine quality and is electropolished, making the surface smooth and sterile. Essentially, no stone is left unturned in ensuring the production of durable, high-quality pieces.
This year, new product launches for Tribù will undoubtedly appeal to superyacht owners, and include Regista, a stylish re-interpretation of the classic director’s chair by Monica Armani. The powder-coated stainless steel and aluminium framed chair features a lattice back that appears like and has the tactile texture of rope, but is actually created using an innovative weather-resistant fibre. A locking system keeps the chair closed when folded, making it easier to carry around the deck.
Tribù has also added three new designs to its popular CTR collection, conceived by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga, which include a chaise longue, a lounge bed and a barstool. Adding Italian flair to Belgian ingenuity, the new pieces feature flowing lines and rounded angles constructed from a coated stainless steel frame, as well as a woven, flexible and seemingly floating back. The collection already includes a club chair, a sofa and an armchair for those who would like the full set. One can’t imagine why you wouldn’t.