August 21, 2017

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Perennial success at Southport Flower Show -

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Garden Bridge Trust announces the closure of the project -

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Kew Scientists sequence a whole genome on a Welsh mountainside to identify a plant species within hours -

Monday, August 21, 2017

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Christmas at Kew 2017 -

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Sky Heroes return to Kenley Airfield -

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The ‘On the Tools Awards’ shortlist is now live and voting is open to the public -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Relax in style this summer with iVY and iRIS -

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Permeable pathway for Bermondsey roof garden -

Friday, August 18, 2017

House of Fraser’s new department at Rushden Lakes features 48m2 Fytotextile living wall -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ventrac dealer network grows apace across the UK -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Green-tech out in force to attend a record number of industry events -

Friday, August 18, 2017

Meeting increased demand in tree protection -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

RHS Master of Horticulture award goes global this autumn -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Call for local groups to join new Epping Forest Consultative Committee -

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lucy Edge of Avanti Communications joins Eden Project board -

Thursday, August 17, 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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