Take the air!



 Cornac 2016

 Fontaines, buses subaquatiques, nage à contre-courant... les piscines passent en mode balnéo (modèle Cornac).


  • Lifestyle


Swimming, barbecue, lazing...the return of the fine weather presages memorable moments shared with family or friends. Stylishly of course!


Hollywoodian and natural pools have had their day. Over the last few years the trend has turned sober, and although infinity pools are still the must for panoramic views, compact design models are now the stars of the season. The mega-contemporary mirror pool (infinity edge right round the perimeter) invites you to dive in style into the 2017 trend, while the more delicate among you will opt for a partitioned indoor/outdoor model so you can swim outside when it's fine and inside in bad weather. The athlete's favourite, the lap pool, combines practicality with aesthetics and these days can be skilfully installed in the narrowest garden, or even on a terrace or balcony! The same goes for the Ixess, which fits into the most restricted spaces. Launched in 2010 by Diffazur, Europe's leading constructor of reinforced concrete swimming pools, the mini-pool conceived for the space-challenged can now be found in the most stylish gardens. Everywhere in fact – or almost – including rooftops and courtyards. “We brought out Ixess for small gardens but it has won favour with owners of even the largest properties,” explains Diffazur founder Monique Benielli. The compact hi-design model has all the advantages of a large pool without the heavy maintenance. An aesthetic little gem delivering a new waterside lifestyle, complete with contraflow, balneotherapy and underwater music.


Hi-tech kitchen or barbie?
Poolside living naturally implies eating with friends, so from mega-design outdoor kitchens to chic portable cooking appliances, the watchword is conviviality. The Italian Boffi brand reputed for its pared-back styling is ever a reference in outdoor kitchens.
The Norbert Wangen K2 is ideal for small spaces as it packs all the necessary gear into a single island. Even more compact is the outdoor version of the Minikitchen thought up by Joe Colombo in 1963, which slots into the narrowest garden. For his Open model designer Piero Lissoni imagined an open-faced structure with steel frame, glass shelves and oak work surface – perfect if you've loads of room. Along the same lines, Alessandro Andreucci and Christian Hoisl came up with the AH1, a huge monobloc comprising cooking unit, stainless steel sink and big solid-wood work surface. More authentic, and more convivial too, a barbecue is still a must for summer. German manufacturer Konstantin Slawinski gives your pool parties a chic nomadic feel with two new portable hi-design fire pits. The Barrow barbecue, part wheelbarrow part grill, will be completely at home beside your pool, allowing you to watch your food cook with your feet dangling in the water! What's more the grill turns into a fire bowl so you can spend the evening singing around the camp fire!


Design sunbathing
When the sun's out a siesta is vital, be it stretched out on a sunbed or ensconced in a comfy chair. Something Alexander Rose understands completely. This year the designer imagined the woven-fibre Ocean Relax hut for you to chill out in, sheltered from sun and wind. While pool sirens top up their tan on Charlotte Esquenet's scale-patterned sunbeds for Exsud, comfort seekers will prefer easing their bones on the Vallarta lounger by Boqa. Ergonomic and articulated, this singularly-styled model imagined by Julien Adam delivers unparalleled comfort. In a more bohemian spirit, Ethimo offers its Swing seat in metal topped by a detachable curtain; the stand-out piece in the new collection by Patrick Norguet, this great classic of the 80s has been reinterpreted in a modern version inviting us to indolence.


By Marjorie Modi