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February 20, 2018

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Kubota UK launches new B Series compact tractors -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Registration opens for The Chelsea Fringe 2018 -

Monday, February 19, 2018

New directors appointed as Glendale announces restructure -

Monday, February 19, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh teams up with Beth Chatto Educational Trust for charity fundraiser -

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Cheltenham High Street improvements begin this summer -

Saturday, February 17, 2018

LDA Design to deliver a Big Town Plan for Shrewsbury -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mayor’s £6m fund to boost green spaces & reduce plastic waste -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Get your hands dirty with an RHS apprenticeship -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kubota UK launches new zero turn ride-on mower -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Piet Oudolf at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

RAF100 Centenary Garden seeks sponsors -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Show of resilience from invasives experts at industry conference -

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Celebrating business success: The Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Palmstead Nurseries launches new staff training academy -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Seminars introduce new guidance on tree selection for green infrastructure projects -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

30th birthday celebrations for Holland Landscapes -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New GreenMech sub 750kg QuadChip 160 takes over 70% of tree surgeon Kevin Patton’s work -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Green-tech wins Supplier category in Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2017 -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Conservation apprenticeships available in the Yorkshire Dales -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Alan Titchmarsh to open new exhibition at Woburn Abbey marking the bicentenary of Humphry Repton -

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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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