As springtime temperatures climb into the 20s, Everything Under the Sun is stocked up and ready for the rush. The specialist in furniture and accessories for outdoor living knows that Easter traditionally signals the end of Hong Kong's hibernation. People are getting out again, around the pool and onto balconies and rooftops, making plans for barbeques and patio parties. And to make the most of lazy evenings and long weekends, they need a range of items, whether the priority is to relax with family, entertain friends or stretch out and soak up the sun. 'This is generally the time of the year we launch new products and keep a close eye on the latest trends,' says Craig Pallister, managing director of Everything Under the Sun. 'For outdoor furniture, we have noticed a major shift in preferences from synthetic rattan products to stainless steel and aluminium. And there are now a lot more 100 per cent waterproof fabrics to choose from, which means chairs and cushions can be left outside through the summer.' The company deals with well-known suppliers such as Cane-line, Tribu and Umbrosa but also has its own SunWeave brand. This allows for a judicious selection of styles and prices, plus the latest designs and concepts from manufacturers around the world. Items available at the ninth-floor showroom range from ceramic-topped tables, benches, modular sofas and sun loungers to the very latest energy-saving mood lighting and outdoor kitchens. These are set to replace the trusty barbeque, with fancier models able to cook pizza, paella, stir-fry or teppanyaki. 'It is a big change,' Pallister says. 'The European brands may come with Gaggenau skillets and appliances for outdoor grilling. They are made of weatherproof materials and the grills are designed to be put in a dishwasher.' Everything Under the Sun caters to the retail and commercial sectors in Hong Kong and has a special programme to work with architects and designers. With outdoor space very much an extension of any home's indoor areas, style and practical needs go hand in hand. 'Colours for the year are generally dictated by what is happening in the fashion industry,' Pallister says. 'A couple of years ago, it was all dark forest greens and navy blues. But now it is white with bright reds, greens and yellows.'