We are seeing outdoor furniture becoming as quality driven as indoor furniture, with noble materials that will age and/or recycle well. People want to have outdoor living rooms, with sofas, rugs, desks, dining tables, kitchens--they want to be able to do everything they do inside, but outside. The outdoor space, even if it is just a balcony, a terrace or a porch, is now seen as an extension of the home. But we will see the idea of "home" evolving, to be more at home with nature. Right now outdoor furniture tends to focus inwardly, for example with chairs around a table, so that people face one another. In the future, as consumers get more comfortable with living closer to nature, I think that people will want to be more outwardly focused and want to face nature. In parks and public spaces for example, benches always face paths, so that people are looking at people. Benches should be facing trees and landscapes to help people connect better with nature.
Outdoor furniture will also be more nature friendly, the Norwegian outdoor furniture company Vestre is particularly interesting because some of their benches are designed to provide a habitat for animals and insects as well as people.