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You'll enjoy the current sunny weather much more with good quality garden furniture. Here's our guide to the outstanding brands of outdoor furniture and their products including seating, tables, chairs and loungers.
Barlow Tyrie use teak extensively in addition to wicker and stainless steel in their large range that includes benches, chairs, various sizes tables and loungers.You can be transported to upstate New York mountains by their 'Adirondack' rocking chair, foot rest and side table; the sun drenched isle of Capri on a relaxing lounger; or be brought back home sitting on a 'London' or 'Sissinghurst' bench.
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. 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. Their collections also utilise other materials such as stainless steel, aluminium, leather and teak to great effect, for furniture that's sleek, shiny, streamlined and full of contemporary dynamism.
Alexander Rose produce an extensive range of designs using modern as well as traditional materials. There's 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 intriguing angular styles and the classic furniture of the 'Roble' range.
Relax in the deep seating and comfortable cushions from Gloster and you will be enjoying a new concept in outdoor upholstery. 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, you can find a fabulous choice of outdoor furniture on Gardensite, sourced from the best manufacturers, and just perfect to transform your garden into an enticing area in which to relax and entertain.
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