Attending Glee, the leading garden and leisure industry show, was a great opportunity for Nathan Dodd to spot trends and anticipate products that will come onto the market in the near future.
You have the lawn or patio, you have the sun, what you need now is some garden furniture to enjoy the summer, and here Nathan James Dodd reviews the best available.
Barlow Tyrie use teak extensively in addition to wicker and stainless steel in their vast range that includes benches, chairs, various sizes tables and loungers. Attention to style and comfort is apparent throughout their practical and stylish collections.
Synthetic woven wicker is used to create several Barlow Tyrie collections, from contemporary to more traditional styles, this is an all weather material crafted over a lightweight metal frame.
The Mercury Deep Sofa, the Sissinghurst Garden Seat and the Savannah Deep Seating 3 Seater Settee are three stunning summer garden furniture.
All these pieces and much of their other furniture, including the extensive steel and aluminium collection, are equally at home indoors or outside.
Similar woven material is used by Westminster whose garden furniture has earned a reputation for elegance and style. Collections including the ‘Trespa’, ‘Marina’, ‘Concept’ utilise modern materials to great effect, it’s sleek, shiny, streamlined and full of contemporary dynamism. This styling will transform any area and take it to the cutting edge.
Alexander Rose produce an extensive range of designs using modern as well as traditional materials. There’s is a large and eclectic collection ranging from ‘Colonial’ and ‘San Marino’ styles that ooze comfort and charm, the ‘Avant’ selection that consists of up to the minute designs and reworked classics to the ‘Ocean’ collection of modern angular styles and the classic furniture of the ‘Roble’ range which is shown on the left.
Relax in the deep seating and comfortable cushions that Gloster introduced for the 2013 season and you will be enjoying a new concept in outdoor upholstery. Their ‘Source’ range has Interwoven polyester straps crafted over robust powder coated frames to produce a collection of garden furniture that has looks like no other.
Pioneering the outdoors lounge trend, Gloster offer modular seating with coffee tables and scatter cushions, that incorporates outdoor cushion technology to ensure flawless performance in any environment. If you’re not quite ready to move your lounge outside, there are more traditional styles alongside modernist multi-material and multi-colour designs that consign monochrome to the museum.
Whether it’s practicality you require or impressive design, there will be something from these outstanding collections, sourced from the best manufacturers, that will be just perfect to transform your garden into an enticing area in which to relax and entertain.
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