There was a time when entertaining outside meant firing up a modest garden barbecue, but that's all going to change with the introduction of a fabulous range of outdoor kitchens from those Aussie BBQ specialists, Beefeater.
In these uncertain times it's reassuring to know that Barlow Tyrie have been designing and manufacturing top quality teak furniture for nearly a century, and they have announced several new ranges to coincide with their one hundredth birthday.
Established in east London in 1920, Barlow Tyrie products are now renowned all over the world. All their designs manage to blend style with comfort and the teak, that was originally sourced from ships' timbers, is now grown sustainably on Indonesian plantations before being handcrafted locally using traditional skills.
Teak has a high oil content and dense grain, so the natural qualities of this tropical hardwood, including rot resistance and the ability to withstand various climatic conditions, make it perfect for top class outdoor furniture.
The timber also has a lovely colour that over time will weather beautifully to a distinguished silvery-grey. It combines wonderfully well with other newer fabrics and materials such as stainless steel and aluminium that are used in their award winning designs.
This blend of the classic and modern is exemplified by the new outdoor furniture collections that are being introduced to mark the company's centenary, enhancing the already impressive Barlow Tyrie range.
The Atom collection features two armchairs that take advantage of Sunbrella cushioning on their sloping back rests and generously wide seats. The ottoman similarly benefits from this innovative fabric that is UV and stain resistant, and available in a huge selection of colours.
Contemporary modular deep seating from the new Layout range allows you to compose fabulous arrangements for large outdoor gatherings or create a more intimate atmosphere using interchangeable elements from a wide selection of tables, sofas, loungers and seating.
Upholstered seats again make use of Sunbrella while frames are constructed from 316 marine grade stainless steel that has been powder coated in a choice of two colours that contrast so well with the teak.
Several styles of outdoor furniture are represented in the Aura range, lightweight aluminium dining tables in different heights and lengths topped in teak, occasional furniture also In aluminium, and modular deep seating upholstered in Textilene which is exceptionally durable woven polyester.
Finally, for now, the stunningly attractive dining tables in the Monterey collection match teak frames with Italian high fired ceramic tops, and the chairs, with braided all weather cord seat and back rests made from Olefin and Textilene, successfully integrate all the great characteristics of teak with these fantastic new materials.
For a comprehensive history of the world's oldest teak outdoor furniture maker, please refer to our blog Barlow Tyrie – A Family History.
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