Last week was Chelsea Flower Show and this year I was very privileged to be asked by English Garden Joinery to design their show stand. English Garden Joinery have been involved with Chelsea for the last 3 years, supplying furniture and bespoke timber work to show gardens including the Laurent Perrier garden designed by Luciano Giubbilei and Jo Thompson's garden for the garden charity, Thrive. Both won gold medals.
They made a decision this year that it was time to show case their work and over the past 6 months they have been working on some new furniture that they wanted to launch. The star of the show by far was the rocking sunlounger which was designed by director of English Garden Joinery, Rob Horton.
I think you'll agree that it is elegant and beautiful and it wouldn't look out of place in any garden. Imagine looking out of your window at it on a sunny day, it wouldn't fail to lure you outside. What's particularly fabulous is that the sunlounger also rocks. By removing 2 pegs that hold the lounger in a static position, the rocking mechanism works in a similar way to a conventional rocking chair. It's amazingly comfortable!
The lounger in the pictures is made from Iroko, a sustainable timber from the west coast of Africa and is one of the most stable woods to use outside. The natural oils in the timber provide protection from the elements so it can be left outside all year round. It can also be made in Oak as this has the same properties and will last for years without the need for protection.
Many people cover up or put their furniture away in the winter, but I think it's a significant part of any garden and should be visible all the time. Even if you can't sit outside in winter, you still need to feel connected to the garden and I'm sure the last thing you want to be looking at is an ugly piece of tarpaulin for 6 months of the year.
All products and timber work created by English Garden Joinery is truly bespoke and this means that they can make any adjustments to suit your needs. So with the sunlounger, for example, if you wanted it to be made wider, narrower, longer or to sit higher off the ground then this is absolutely possible.
Rob Horton in particular loves a challenge and he's also really creative so, when I go to him with a design idea, we are able to work through the construction details together and often he pushes my ideas to the next level. If it's made from timber he can create it, all you need to do is plant the seed!