June 25, 2017

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New play areas set to be approved -

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Design contest launched for €30M concert centre in Kaunas, Lithuania -

Sunday, June 25, 2017

‘Customers put price first’, according to new tradespeople study -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Well-known BBC gardener Bob Flowerdew to present talk on scented plants at Bishampton and District Gardening Club -

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Action needed on consistently poor planting rates -

Friday, June 23, 2017

ITV’S ‘Love your Garden’ features Addagrip’s Addaset resin bound surfacing for war veterans garden in Plymouth -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fullers Mill Garden awarded Visit England Quality Rose Marque -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Large or small, Victorian or traditional, Griffin Glasshouses has it all -

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Land Trust acquires new sites to protect and enhance valuable community green space across the UK -

Friday, June 23, 2017

Peak’s quirky cows hit the heights -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Public urged to nominate community groups for national awards -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wyevale Nurseries scoops six awards at HTA Show -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

New Scape paves the way with porcelain exterior tiling -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rolawn hit the mark at Gardeners’ World Live -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Show Garden success for St Albans based company at BBC Gardeners’ World Live -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rare hazel dormice reintroduced into a Warwickshire woodland -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Experience the mystery and romance of Galica’s ‘Pazo’ Gardens at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Landscape Watering Systems looks at how effective irrigation systems, technology and practice provide a major contribution to water conservation -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GoLandscape’s ‘Watch this Space’ build begins at Hampton Court -

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bradstone supports MS Society Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017 -

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Floating Bench/Design Guild Mark Awards

Renowned Dorset Furniture Maker, Simon Pirie has been recognised as one of Britain’s best designers having been awarded a Design Guild Mark for ‘Floating Bench’ by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. This award, only a handful of which are presented each year, is the most highly prized by furniture makers nationally. The panel of seven judges is drawn from the highest echelons of UK furniture design and judging took place at The Furniture Makers’ Hall in London during which Simon presented ‘Floating Bench’ and answered some gruelling questions.

The awards ceremony took place in a pavilion at Design Fields, part of Clerkenwell Design Week and James McLachlan, editor of Icon Magazine, presented the Guild Marks. Simon was thrilled to receive such recognition saying: “I feel truly honoured to receive a Design Guild Mark for Floating Bench, especially as very few pieces of outdoor furniture have received the award. It’s the ultimate accolade for what I do as a designer and, at the end of a long design, prototyping and manufacturing process, for the whole team at Simon Thomas Pirie Ltd.”

The judges recognised the beauty and innovation in the design of Floating Bench which is unique in the way the gently curved back rail appears to float, unsupported, whilst at the same time being robust and comfortable to sit against. The construction of the bench required a great deal of creativity and the team at Simon Thomas Pirie Ltd had not only to develop new techniques for steaming and scorching the timber but had to build their own equipment with which to do it.  One of the biggest challenges to overcome was to devise a method of scorching the timber for the seat whilst ensuring that there was no possibility of black ash stains on light-coloured clothing. Having successfully solved this problem, Simon Thomas Pirie Ltd is believed to be the first garden seat maker to combine these techniques in the construction of outdoor furniture.

The commitment to overcome the challenges faced by wooden furniture exposed to the elements was also acknowledged by the judges. Alex Gifford, chairman of the Design Guild Mark, commented: “Floating Bench is designed specifically as a garden bench and is not, as is often the case, a standard bench which can be put outside, setting it apart from other designs.”

Further examples of Simon’s work can be seen at the forthcoming Making Dorset exhibition on 1 & 2 July at Wolfeton Riding House, Wolfeton, Dorchester, DT2 9QN.

Floating Bench is available exclusively through Sitting Spiritually Ltd .

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