David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.
When you're an award winning furniture company, it's only natural to employ world renowned designers. Nathan James Dodd reports on a Barlow Tyrie appointment.
Tim Fenby formed his own design consultancy in 2006 after leading the design function at some leading UK furniture brands. During this time he also travelled the world developing new collections.
'I want to create furniture that is truly aspirational, I love creating, I love designing and I am passionate about what I do.'
Working with Barlow Tyrie is therefore a natural progression and last year saw the launch of the stunning Avon dining table and chairs range.
It was a sensitive design process with Barlow Tyrie taking the lead stipulating proportion, detail, material choice and the quality fixtures and fittings expected by their consumer base.
This range has now been extended with new deep-seating – a three-seat settee, armchair and ottoman; a Swivel Rocker (that rotates 360 degrees and rocks at same time) along with square and rectangular coffee tables, plus two circular dining tables, all in high grade solid teak.
As Tim says, 'We are increasingly treating our outside spaces as a logical extension of the home. These spaces are being afforded the same care and attention as our interior rooms, with thoughtful consideration given to the design.'
'Mirroring our approach to interiors, we are seeking out exterior furniture that reflects our personal sense of style; reflects who we are and what we aspire to be – furniture that adds emotional value to our lives.'
The designer reasons that as the use of outdoor rooms is increasing, for relaxation and entertaining, people will therefore seek out quality items that are fashionable and will last, with the option to add new pieces.
With the Barlow Tyrie range, Fenby is offering the type of style and material that historically has been the reserve of interior design, and it reflects an increased desire for comfort together with practical considerations such as the ability to store or reduce the size of their outdoor furniture when not in use.
'We all have aspirations to improve our living standards and create ever more beautiful homes. It’s the role of the designer and manufacturer to inspire, whilst producing quality through every aspect of what they do'.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
With Storm Caroline reeking havoc many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.