The Molson Amphitheatre. It is Tuesday. Alice in Chains is going to play. The crowd is predominantly male and dressed in rags, quite the zoo actually. When I was at my last rock concert 10 years back, I was dressed up like them: black t-shirt, leather jacket, tight pants, my hair – huge! Today, I feel like an outsider, looking way too clean, my outfit like a preppy. On the other hand, I am quite content, knowing that I have changed and become the person I am now. While most of the attendees still look like the same old rockers to me that we once were, just older. But this is not about me, it’s about the patio furniture – heavy metal style.
A couple of bands are already done deafening a few more apostles of the hard rock. Jane’s Addiction is coming on any minute and Alice in Chains will conclude the night. The weather is just gorgeous and warm, perfect to have a beer on a patio do some people watching while the band gets set up. As loyal AMEX customer, I am welcomed by the friendly staff at the AMEX lounge. They have installed a cool bar with all kinds of refreshments and snacks.
Holding my cold beer in hand, I notice there are 3 areas reserved. They all are open air and feature resin wicker outdoor furniture. One of the sections is against a wall, but the other one actually has a nice view on the harbour with a couple expensive yachts sitting right there. Not rebellious enough anymore to just sit down in the VIP area and cause a scene, I focus on taking a couple of shots of the furniture. That’s the part that interests me anyway.
They are modular designs and can be arranged in many different ways. Ideal for a restaurant or lounge, especially if you like to change things around frequently. The material on them is resin wicker, most likely a polyethylene in dark brown, handwoven over an aluminum frame. The modern design complements the style of the lounge setting, a great choice!
On the other side are the lime green wicker chairs. A trendy design, perfectly shaped so cushions are not necessary, the throw pillows are only decoration. The seats are extremely comfortable and made from the same material as the sectional. Exciting furniture, but the roaring sound of a bass is electrifying, Jane’s Addiction is playing their first song and I want to see them. Walking over to the theatre I realize, I have not seen any VIP’s in the lounge. Maybe I’ll go over again after this band to see who’s there. At least, I have been checking out the patio furniture for the mad and evil, the long haired and heavy drinking, the ROCK STARS!
For all the rest of us, check out Canada’s coolest – Velago Patio Furniture.