Massimo Vitali interprets the latest outdoor furniture for Wallpaper*

Join us for a trip to Italy's Le Vaschette (or at least watch the behind-the-scenes video of our shoot), where photographer Massimo Vitali took the latest outdoor furniture for a spin

Outdoor furniture photographed on rocks
(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

From left, ‘Kasbah’ sofa, price on request, by David Lopez Quincoces, for Living Divani. ‘Sedia 1938’ chair, from €2,650, by Franco Albini, for Exteta. Executive Producer : Kate Collins. Photo assistants: Giovanni Romboni and Andrea dalle Luche. Interiors Assistant: Markos Ioannides. Assistant + backstage: Flora del Debbio. Retouching: Vitali Studio. Special Thanks to: Ufficio Demanio, Comune di Livorno and Simone Lenzi Assessore alla Cultura, Livorno

For the May 2022 issue of Wallpaper*, we invited legendary photographer Massimo Vitali to interpret this season's best outdoor furniture. Based in Lucca, Tuscany, Vitali is best known for his Italian beach panoramas and photographs of crowded public spaces defined by saturated pastel palettes. Although it is rare to see Vitali take on still-life assignments, is the second time the photographer has collaborated with Wallpaper*, following an outdoor shoot in 2019.

Styled by our head of interiors Olly Mason, our 2022 outdoor space story was shot on location in Italy at Le Vaschette, a 2km-long rocky sandstone cliff that extends along the ancient Etruscan coast, south of Livorno. Excavated by the Etruscans, the quarry produced dark pietra serena and yellowish pietra ruspa stone, with sponge-like textures caused by alveolar erosion. The seafront location made it easier to transport the materials by sea. Over the years, the quarry’s geometrical-shaped cavities have been partly submerged due to rising sea levels, which make them look like little pools (vaschine), making it a popular spot for locals in search of a refreshing summer dip.

Take a peek at the season's best outdoor furniture, and enjoy the views – plus watch our behind-the-scenes video, below. 

White outdoor furniture on cliffs, photographed by Massimo Vitali for Wallpaper*

Sling’ chair, from £833; footstool, from £541, both by Studiopepe, for Ethimo

(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

outdoor chair on rocks, photographed by Massimo Vitali

Cuba’ chair in sesame, £572, by Morten Gøttler, for Carl Hansen & Søn

(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

outdoor chairs and tables on rocks, photographed by Massimo Vitali for Wallpaper*

From left, ‘Nido’ stackable armchair, €922, by Javier Pastor, for Expormim. ‘Satellite’ dining table, €1,450, by Jean-Marie Massaud, for Dedon. ‘Thor’ barstool with teak seat, €341, by Chiaramonte Marin, for Emu. ‘Trampoline’ armchair, £2,025, by Patricia Urquiola, for Cassina

(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

white garden furniture on rocks

From left, ‘Pacha Outdoor’ lounge chair, from £1,999, by Pierre Paulin; ‘Obello’ lamp, £249, by Bill Curry, both for Gubi. ‘Pablo Outdoor’ armchair, price on request, by Vincent Van Duysen, for B&B Italia

(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

outdoor furniture on rocks

Mini Clay’ table, from €1,232, by Marc Krusin, for Desalto. ‘Torii Nest Outdoor’ armchair, £6,860, by Nendo, for Minotti. ‘Eaunophe’ lamp, 225, by Patrick Paris, for Serax

(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

garden chair on cliff

Echoes Outdoor’ lounge chair, £3,441, by Christophe Pillet, for Flexform

(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

Sun lounger and coffee table on rocks by the sea

From left, ‘Aspic’ table, from €890, by Gordon Guillaumier, for Roda. ‘August’ lounger, €1,350, by Vincent Van Duysen, for Serax. ‘Ringer’ armchair, from €795, by Michael Anastassiades, for Kettal. ‘Love’ chair, £104, by Eugeni Quitllet, for Vondom. ‘Nui’ portable lamp, £498, by Meneghello Paolelli, for Luceplan

(Image credit: Massimo Vitali)

Behind the scenes: Massimo Vitali on set at Le Vaschette

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.