This is the Bloc Outdoor Newsletter which is written monthly by Peter Raffin. I am available to be contacted on  for any further information written on the topics below.


July saw the launch of a number of new products to the Bloc Outdoor existing ranges. Two exciting new dining chairs to add to the Nautical and the Sandcastle ranges have been launched. With their solid structure and minimalistic design, the two new dining chairs offer flexibility to join the Chunky or Miami tables. Following the trend for the demand for vertical gardens, Bloc has launched a Freestanding as well as a Fixed vertical screen with matching planter boxes. The Screens and Boxes have been created in Iroko Timber and are a perfect answer to gardens on small balconies as well as those large gardens where a partitioning is required.


Bloc Outdoor has been involved in a number of hospitality projects within the last 6 months. Three of our best projects have  been as follows: The Alphen hotel in Constantia, The Bungalow restaurant in Clifton and Buitenverwachting wine farm.

The Alphen hotel, Constantia, Cape Town

With the rejuvenation of the Alphen Hotel in Constantia, Bloc Outdoor was chosen to facilitate the Outdoor Furniture. The two areas that Bloc was asked to facilitate were La Belle, the Delicatessen and the Rose Bar at the back of the Alphen hotel. For La Belle, the Barcelona table and chair were chosen for outdoor area. For the Rose Bar a brand new Sun Lounger was created by Bloc and designed for the Rose Bar. The Madrid Lounger with its clean lines and practical design now adorn the back lawns of the rejuvenated, historic Alphen Hotel in Constantia.


The Bungalow Restaurant, Clifton , Cape Town

The well known sundowner, cocktail bar of Lamed in Clifton, Cape Town has also been the scene of a recent facelift and Bloc Outdoor once again was chosen to supply outdoor furniture for this popular night spot. Lamed took on a name change to that of the Bungalow and also experienced a serious interior and exterior revival with two new restaurants and bars. A variety of chairs were chosen for the venue including the Chunky, the Miami and the Barcelona chairs.


Buitenverwachting, Constantia, Cape Town


Bloc Outdoor has always been a strong supporter of the South African furniture manufacture and design industry. The designer of the current Bloc Outdoor range is Jacques Drake, the director of the company and all the furniture is manufactured here in Cape Town, South Africa. Bloc Outdoor believes in collaboration with local designers and manufacturers to support local industry and is embarking on its first collaboration initiative with Cape Town Furniture Designer, Liam Mooney. The collaboration will be a combination of inspired, practical knowledge from that of Jacques Drake in the timber manufacturing industry and simple, innovative thinking from Liam Mooney in the furniture design industry. Such an exciting combination is bound to produce some fantastic results.