October 17, 2017

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Support the launch of the Woodland Trust’s Charter for Trees, Woods and People -

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Diarmuid Gavin unveils plans for the largest container garden in the world -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Green Flag Award reveals the public’s favourite parks -

Friday, October 13, 2017

National infrastructure commsion reveals gallery of final design concepts for the Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition -

Friday, October 13, 2017

Proposals to improve council’s Streets and Open Spaces service -

Friday, October 13, 2017

idverde helps transform Shepton Mallet into ‘the Snowdrop Town’ -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Willmott Dixon lands £66m Midlands universities treble -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Designs for Manchester’s proposed new Peace Garden created by landscape architecture students -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Green-tech smash charity target for children’s charity Physcap -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Phase two of the Greening of Vauxhall Walk opens -

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Council granted order to acquire land for Waterside scheme -

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Inclusive outdoor learning and play area from Sutcliffe Play -

Wednesday, October 11, 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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