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Lockdown-Inspired Woven Outdoor Picnic Mats, From One Of Our Fave Local Stylists!

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When an acclaimed local stylist designs a new product, you know the result is going to be good. When it’s Nat Turnbull, you know it’s going to be even better!

Founded by multi-talented creative extraordinaire (and TDF alumnus!), Nat Turnbull, Laze is a new brand making colourful recycled plastic mats for all kinds of outdoor activity. She enlisted longtime friend and collaborator Alice Oehr to lend her colourful eye to the designs, and photographers Sam Wong and Victoria Zschommler to capture the collection in-situ. Coupled with Nat’s expert styling eye and… voilà! It’s a meeting of minds we just can’t look away from.

Get ready to relax, recline and socialise al fresco… in style!

2nd March, 2021

In a post-pandemic world, outdoor dining is key. Photo – Victoria Zschommler.

Neither a picnic rug nor a beach towel, these outdoor mats are waterproof, durable and easy to clean. Photo – Victoria Zschommler.

Each piece is woven from recycled plastic. Photo – Victoria Zschommler.

The founder of Laze is stylist Nat Turnbull, who collaborated with her longtime friend Alice Oehr on the colourful designs! Photo – Victoria Zschommler.

So many colours and designs to choose from! Photo – Victoria Zschommler.

Nat plans to release two collections of new designs per year. Photo – Victoria Zschommler.

Perfect for a park picnic AND the beach! Photo – Victoria Zschommler.

Sasha Gattermayr
Tuesday 2nd March 2021

Who knew that the summer of 2020 would bring back the humble picnic? In accordance with pandemic protocols, park picnics are the new clubs. And we are so okay with that!

Stylist Nat Turnbull is totally fine with that too, leaning into the recent fashion for outdoor gatherings in a post-lockdown world by launching Laze – a new range of outdoor mats designed for perfect picnic style. 

‘The idea came to me after our long lockdown in Melbourne,’ Nat says. ‘Outdoor time became so important, and picnics or outdoor outings became more and more popular with restrictions still in place.’ The dearth of design-led options for picnic gear spurred her to create Laze.

Nat collaborated with illustrator and friend, Alice Oehr, who brought her signature flair for colour to the designs. Woven from recycled plastic, the outdoor mats are easy to clean and perfectly durable for every environment – from sandy beaches to social park outings.

Nat is planning to release two collections with new designs per year. 

Keen to laze around on one of these? Buy the designs here now!

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