Gaze Burvill Enters Levity for a Design Guild Mark


We’re excited to announce Levity, our contemporary dining chair and series of tables, is entered for a Design Guild Mark, awarded by the Furniture Makers’ Company. A Design Guild Mark is one of the more notable ways a furniture designer/maker can be acknowledge for the quality of their work.

The prestigious Design Guild Mark is awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, in order to drive excellence and raise the profile of British design and innovation.

The Mark has traditionally recognised the highest standards in the design of furniture for volume production, by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad. The judges are renowned experts in their respective fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the process.

Gaze Burvill has been honoured with two Design Guild Marks previously for their Oak sunlounger the Lizard Lounger. In addition, Gaze Burvill designer Charles Dedman won a Design Guild Mark in 2017 for his Turner Carver.

 Gaze Burvill's King Lizard Lounger and Lizard Lounger won a Design Guild Mark in 2005

Gaze Burvill's King Lizard Lounger and Lizard Lounger won a Design Guild Mark in 2005

 A pair of Lizard Loungers at a private residence in Menorca

A pair of Lizard Loungers at a private residence in Menorca

Levity is designed by Katie Walker in response to a brief written by Simon Burvill to meeting the growing trend for furniture which suits transitional spaces between house and garden. Levity is perfectly suited to Terraces, Balconies and Veranda's or intimate gardens.

This is an award which we’ve been so proud of achieving in the past and my fingers are crossed we’ll get through to the next stage with Katie’s fabulous design. She’s captured the essence of the company in a number of elements which are not only functional but have a touch of joy and life to them.
— Simon Burvill, Managing Director, Gaze Burvill

The judging panel for 2018’s Design Guild Mark comprises of Simon Alderson - twentytwentyone, Joanna Biggs - GA Design, Barbara Chandler - Evening Standard, Diana Monkhouse - SpaceInvader Design Ltd, Jeremy Myerson - Helen Hamlyn Professor of Design Royal College of Art, Thomas Pearce - Sebastian Conran Associates, Philippa Prinsloo - John Lewis, Pernille Stafford - Resonate Interiors, Jason Wilary-Attew - The Conran Shop and Terence Woodgate - Terence Woodgate Design and the award is sponsored by John Lewis.

Ascot Spring Garden Show

This April sees the launch of a fantastic new event at Ascot Racecourse, the Ascot Spring Garden Show. This event, set in the fabulous setting of the racecourse grandstands, will be the home of six show gardens designed by Britain’s leading horticultural experts with a lovely balance of some well-known faces and emerging talent.

Gaze Burvill are delighted to be asked to furnish Catherine MacDonald’s Landform Garden. Catherine is the senior landscape designer at Landform Consultants Ltd. As well as creating interesting award-winning show gardens, Catherine designs beautifully balanced gardens and landscapes for domestic and commercial clients.

Her garden is designed to a colour palette of white, blue and pale yellows set against a backdrop of greens built up across clipped hedges, flowering trees and a relaxed lawn.

Under the louvered canopy in the garden is a dining arrangement set for six from Gaze Burvill’s Levity collection. Levity showcases state-of-the-art furniture manufacturing techniques blending Computer Controlled Machining with traditional craft techniques, such as dovetail joints, and Gaze Burvill’s signature steam bent curves.

Levity brings together two materials, Oak and Dekton®. The Oak is sustainably sourced from Europe while Dekton® is an man-made stone, formed by a high-tech process which represents an accelerated version of the metamorphic change that natural stone undergoes over thousands of years. Gaze Burvill use Dekton® on their Levity dining tables due to it being highly UV resistant (the surface will not fade in the sun).

 A watercolour of the Landform Garden by Catherine MacDonald

A watercolour of the Landform Garden by Catherine MacDonald

With the trend of gardens, in particular town gardens and smaller country gardens, to be treated as an additional ‘outdoor room’ in modern living, Catherine’s garden showcases how to get both function and beauty into a smaller space. The shaded area offers defined area for dining while providing a perfect spot to absorb the views punctuated with elegant planting. A piece of sculpture provides the focal point back across to the other side of the garden.

Catherine has over ten years’ experience at shows. Early in her career she planted, detailed and project managed for several top designers. Since joining Landform in 2010, Catherine has project managed all RHS Chelsea Flower Show build projects, alongside Mark Gregory, Managing Director of Landform, whilst also designing many show gardens and exhibits herself.

 Catherine MacDonald

Catherine MacDonald

The Walpole - British Luxury Brand alliance


A unique alliance of 200 of Britain’s finest luxury brands, Walpole promotes, protects and develops the qualities of UK luxury.

In December 2017 Gaze Burvill were delighted to be welcomed as a Core member of the Walpole membership. It marks the first step in a year of celebrations as we mark our 25 years in business. As Gaze Burvill grows it is reassuring to know we can speak with established players in the industry to ask for their advice, get behind the scenes access and get firsthand information on lessons learned.

Dedicated to nurturing the next generation of luxury brands, craftsmen and leaders, Walpole connects Britain’s best up-and-coming talent with a network of senior mentors from within the established membership. Its programme of events, thought leadership activities and political and media engagement furthers the collective interests of Walpole’s members, ensuring the continued and future success of British luxury on an international stage.

Walpole is a not-for-profit organisation, funded entirely by a combination of annual member fees and corporate sponsorship.

Formed in 1990 as ‘The Churchill Group’ by top-tier British companies, including British Airways, Chewton Glen, Coutts & Co, DAKS Simpson, the Financial Times, The Savoy Group and William Grant & Sons, the aim of the organisation was to promote British excellence, providing a community for the exchange of best practice ideas to drive business development. In 1992, The Churchill Group became Walpole.

At the end of 2017 the Walpole held its annual awards night where Catherine Zeta-Jones hosted and the best of British luxury brands were celebrated. While they are ambitious aims, perhaps in 2018 we'll see Simon receive an award?!

 Michael Ward, Managing Director, Harrods, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole

Michael Ward, Managing Director, Harrods, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Helen Brocklebank, CEO, Walpole

Butter Wakefield to design Gaze Burvill garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Gaze Burvill is thrilled to announce that Butter Wakefield will be designing its 25th anniversary garden stand at next year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

RHS gold medal winning garden designer Butter has been featured on the BBC’s Gardeners' World and has long been a fan of Gaze Burvill’s outdoor furniture. A particular favourite of hers is Gaze Burvill’s original Splash Sofa, which she is bringing back as a showstopper piece to nestle among a sumptuous garden of pinks, oranges and purples.

You don’t get much bigger than designing a garden trade stand on Main Avenue at the Chelsea Flower Show
— Butter Wakefield

“It is the premiere flower show in the world and also the 25th anniversary of Gaze Burvill garden furniture, so we have a lot to celebrate. The planting will be luxurious and vibrant. We are going to push the boat out with some crazy, clashing colours such as Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, which is this fabulous bright orange, next to a really dark purple Salvia caradonna and maybe, depending on how the roses are looking – a bright, garish pink rose called Gertrude Jekyll to give it that special wow factor.”

Having used Gaze Burvill furniture in many of her garden designs, Butter says it is her love for comfy seating that led to her to include the Splash Sofa for the upcoming Chelsea Flower Show.

Butter originally trained as an interior designer, so it is no surprise that she is paying close attention to the soft furnishings to create an all-round outdoor living experience that embodies the Gaze Burvill ethos of quality and craftsmanship. Working with specialist outdoor fabric supplier Sunbrella, Butter says fabric is the one element of garden space that can get neglected. “If we treat the fabric on the furniture as important as all the other elements, then we can create something very special. I’ve been choosing stripes and geometric patterns with colour palettes of greys, taupes, black and lots of green. I think it will look stunning.”

Originally from Maryland on the East Coast of America, Butter says her love of gardening was inherited from her grandmother, mother and aunt who were all keen and accomplished gardeners.  However, it wasn’t until she moved to England that she began to understand the gift the generation of gardeners before her had given her.

 Sydney Buildings, Bath

Sydney Buildings, Bath

 Sydney Buildings, Bath

Sydney Buildings, Bath

After a busy week at work, you can’t beat going into your garden on a sunny Friday afternoon and cutting your own flowers, bringing them inside and arranging them.
— Butter

“I moved to the UK into an enchanting two-up, two-down Georgian cottage. I had special window boxes made and would fill them in the summer months with trailing geraniums. Neighbours and people I didn’t know on my street would stop by and say how I had created a happy vision for their street and how enchanting they looked. At the time, I was working for interior designers Colefax & Fowler, but it was only through owning my first little garden in London that I began to understand the huge importance of the green space outside; the vital role it played in our sense of well-being and the views created outside each window.”

Having trained at the English Gardening School and the London College of Garden Design, Butter recently won an RHS Gold Medal at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017. But she still makes time for the simple pleasures in life. Like her grandmother before her, there is nothing she likes better than going into her garden in the summer months and picking some flowers. “After a busy week at work, you can’t beat going into your garden on a sunny Friday afternoon and cutting your own flowers, bringing them inside and arranging them. I love that whole process. It takes me back to a time where the seeds were sown for my love of gardening.”

Gaze Burvill visits the Royal Air Force in partnership with Rycotewood College

In November Gaze Burvill had two wonderful interactions with the Royal Air Force and Rycotewood College on a project born out of the RAF centenary.

2018 marks the 100th year of the RAF and Simon was delighted to accept an invitation to tour the RAF Museum at the site of the former Hendon Aerodrome, with five major buildings and hangars dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force. The museum is part of the way through an incredible adaptation of its hangers bringing to life many aspects to the role of the RAF throughout the years.

Rycotewood College in Oxford is widely regarded as Britain's leading furniture design college and educates students who often go on to become real talents in the industry. After a successful partnership earlier in the year, it was a pleasure to receive an invite from Joseph Bray, Programme Leader Furniture: Design and Make to work together again.

There is a long history between furniture makers and the Royal Air Force as during WW2 the planes were often built in the furniture factories, most notably the Mosquito fighter bomber AKA the ‘Wooden Wonder'. In fact, regular furniture production was suspended in many factories as resources were redirected towards the war effort.

This is mainly due to the fact that these early aircraft were primarily constructed from timber and the skills the furniture makers had in frame making for a chaise lounge could transfer into fuselage construction!

The day began with a number of short presentations about the Lottery funded RAF Centenary Programme and Simon speaking about the properties of Oak and why it is Gaze Burvill's first choice of timber when designing for the outdoors.


The group was treated to a fabulous tour of the Museum and were able to see the incredible breadth of pieces that make up the collections.

The most notable wooden aircraft to come from WWII era is the ‘Mosquito', a twin Rolls Royce Merlin engined fighter bomber (see photo below) and both Simon and the Rycotewood students were captivated by the guided tour of the hanger it is displayed in lead by Ian Thirsk, Head of Collections who was a fountain of knowledge.

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The group met up again two weeks later at Lodge Farm where the students were given access all areas from the design lab through to the working factory. They heard short talks from Gaze Burvill's Designer, Charlie Dedman on how Gaze Burvill were embracing new technologies and opening up capabilities previously reserved for the MOD!


The next steps for the students are to create a project based on any aspect of the RAF Museum which could go on to become seating in the grounds of Hendon Aerodrome. Simon is heading back to the college in the New Year to help assess the work of the students and provide critical feedback.

RHS Global Growth Garden

Simon Burvill, Managing Director, and Annemarie Morris, Sales Manager, were delighted to receive an invitation from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to witness the opening of the new Global Growth Garden at Hyde Hall.

The new Global Growth Vegetable Garden will challenge perceptions of conventional kitchen gardens and will grow a range of edible plants, from the everyday to the exotic.

It aims to inspire gardeners and foodies alike with its vast array of amazing edible plants from around the world, from tiger nuts and lupin beans to edible dahlia tubers and hosta leaves.

Gaze Burvill were honoured to their Broadwalk seat included in the garden. The Broadwalk seats (based off an original commission from the RHS over a decade ago), were specially designed to fit the curve around the centrepiece glasshouse and feature Gaze Burvill signature steam bent elements.

Please do go and view this wonderful addition to Hyde Hall and learn about the wide variety of plants from across the globe.

The garden was designed by Xa Tollemache and opened by Adam Frost

For more information about the centre, visit

 Adam Frost, seven time Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner, opens the garden
 A curving out Broadwalk Seat aside the Glasshouse

A curving out Broadwalk Seat aside the Glasshouse

 Adam Frost, Garden Designer and seven time Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner, opens the garden

Adam Frost, Garden Designer and seven time Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winner, opens the garden

 One of the three Reedback Seats on display in the surrounding gardens at Hyde Hall

One of the three Reedback Seats on display in the surrounding gardens at Hyde Hall

Gaze Burvill ‘Stops Digging’ at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017

Stop Digging is our preferred partner to support us at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, providing a sustainable and biodiverse foundation system on which the Gaze Burvill stand is being constructed.

The inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is set in the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth house which is host to an array of areas of archaeological significance. Teams of Archaeologists have been consulted throughout the planning and building stages of the Flower Show, and their recommendations are taken seriously.

Gaze Burvill needed to install a load bearing, level surface which would cause minimal disruption to the site.

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 Gaze Burvill's stand at RHS Chatsworth

Gaze Burvill's stand at RHS Chatsworth

StopDigging is Europe’s market-leading supplier and installer of screw foundations for the garden and landscaping market. Originating in Sweden, the business now has a UK wide network of installers that are able to provide a real alternative to the conventional construction of excavated ‘dig & concrete’ foundations for outdoor buildings, home offices, outdoor living areas and decking.

The Stop Digging screw foundation system comprises a series of galvanized tapered steel screws, which when driven into the ground form a solid platform onto which a structural timber framework can be located. This in turn can then support a variety of structures or buildings. Built to withstand the Nordic climate, Stop Digging screw foundations are rugged, strong and come in a variety of lengths and diameters to suit various requirements including: the needs of the installation; the load requirements for the project; or the ground conditions where the screws are to be installed.

The organisers of the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show were consulted regarding appropriate foundation systems that could be used for the Gaze Burvill show pavilion. When it was suggested that a green solution could be provided, that was eco-friendly, non-disruptive, would require no excavations, would require no concrete or transportation of excavated material, the Stop Digging solution received a full seal of approval as it supported the ethical focus of the business and this solution fitted right in with our own sustainability policy.
— Fred McCaig, General Manager, Gaze Burvill
The versatile StopDigging screw foundation system offers customers the flexibility to create strong and effective foundations to suit their structural needs for a whole host of applications. Regardless of ground conditions, our solution can be installed quickly, efficiently and at a fraction of the cost of conventional foundation systems. The product is also totally sustainable, requires no excavation and can be easily removed, making it ideal for use with temporary buildings.
— Darryl Gregory, StopDigging UK


Celebrated British brands team up as part of the FreeForm exhibition
7-11th June, Chatsworth House

Award-winning artist and sculptor, David Harber, will collaborate with outdoor furniture brand, Gaze Burvill, to unveil a striking 14-metre installation as part of the FreeForm exhibition at the RHS’s inaugural Flower Show at Chatsworth House.

Titled ‘Curves and Cube’, the imaginative installation is set to explore man's impact upon nature. It will highlight the juxtaposition of rigid man-made elements, with the organic beauty of Chatworth House’s setting. 
Representing the impact of man, David Harber’s imposing ‘Cube’ is made up of airy, skinned steel frames with a rusted finish. Allowing a play of light to fall over the observer, a filigree of organic patterns mimic foliage and contrast with the sculpture’s engineered, resolute form. Each side of the Cube weighs approximately 400kg (880lb, 63 stone or 5 average men), making the installation one of the largest on display at the exhibition. 

On taking part in the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, David Harber says

I am delighted to be working with my dear friend Simon Burvill and for our idea to have been selected to be included in FreeForm.” He continues, “The Cube was inspired by the interplay of leaves and sky as seen through a tree canopy. I wanted to create an installation that provides a sanctuary with a defiant form, which mimics the formal architectural lines of Chatsworth.
— David Harber

Creating the ‘Curves’ and representing the natural world, Gaze Burvill‘s meandering oak bench is representative of the River Derwent, which envelopes Chatsworth’s Gardens. The fluid bench is designed to intertwine and juxtapose with The Cube’s stark facade and defiant architecture.

Gaze Burvill is delighted to show its bespoke design and manufacturing ability at the inaugural Chatsworth Flower Show, alongside David Harber. Using sustainably sourced European Oak, we are set to showcase the lifecycle of our wooden furniture with a set of curved benches in four uniquely finished sections: natural, fumed, weathered and scorched. Designed to mimic the bend of the River Derwent, which weaves throughout the Chatsworth Estate, the benches perfectly complement and contrast the sharp, angular nature of David Harber’s Cube.
— Simon Burvill, Managing Director, Gaze Burvill

Gaze Burvill and Harrier Garden Developments set to bring the heat at Chelsea

Harrier Garden Developments are supplying under grate heating including grates, on the Gaze Burvill tradestand at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show, showing that demand for creature comforts outside is as strong as ever.

Entertaining, dining or simply relaxing outdoors has never been more popular, but no-ones wants to sit in a cold environment for long periods of time. Under floor convector heating, covered by a beautiful cast grating, allows for a gentle circulation of warm air to heat the ambient environment no matter the weather.

My vision for the company has always been to allow cutting edge design to fit hand-in-glove with traditional craftsmanship and carpentry. We worked with Harrier at Chelsea several years ago and can say, hand on heart, most of the comments we had that year referenced the heating solution! I’m delighted to John Lawson has taken up our offer again on our stylish tradestand.
— Simon Burvill, Managing Director, Gaze Burvill

The heating has a choice of wonderful decorative covers with a range of beautiful cast iron and stainless steel grate which can be manufactured to fit your space. Harrier have also done a number of of special grates.

As all terraces are different, stone, cobbles, tiles and all tables are of different size and shape, Harrier is happy to work to ensure a satisfactory layout for heat output whilst marinating the aesthetics of the area.

The real benefit of below-ground heating is it gives a gentle warmth that percolates up from your feet, around your legs and torso, giving a sense of warmth and cosiness. This is in contrast to ‘heating your head like a ‘microwave’ (radiant heat), which some people find uncomfortable. The under grate heaters are both convection (hot air rising) and a little radiant heat as well.
— John Lawson of Harrier

Visit Gaze Burvill on Stand 333 at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Dekton® Surfaces Selected for Gaze Burvill Furniture and Outdoor Kitchens Chelsea 2017

Cosentino and Gaze Burvill are building on their strong relationship and are delighted to announce that Dekton® has been chosen to showcase the unique outdoor furniture by Gaze Burvill at the Chelsea Flower Show, 23 - 27 May 2017.  Located in the heart of Chelsea’s show gardens on Main Avenue, the Stand 333 will unveil Levity, the latest contemporary furniture exclusively designed by Katie Walker, as well as its outdoor kitchen displays

My vision for the company has always been to allow cutting edge design to fit hand-in-glove with traditional craftsmanship and carpentry. We are delighted to see continued success with Cosentino, who hold the benefits of a large company to handle our orders seemlessly whilst maintaining a personal touch in their customer service. Levity is a shift in our focus for the business and we wanted to work with partners we can rely on. We chose Cosentino with no hesitation.
— Simon Burvill, Founder and Managing Director of Gaze Burvill

Levity is not the only place you can see the Dekton® surfaces; it is the surface of choice throughout the A la Carte outdoor kitchens range due to its high resistance to UV rays, scratches, fading, scorching, freezing and staining.

Laura Davie, Marketing, Cosentino UK and Ireland commented “Dekton® represents the ultimate in hardwearing exterior surface solutions, and teamed with Gaze Burvill’s fine outdoor furniture designs, it’s the ideal pairing to bring style and longevity to gardens. Dekton® colours Sirius and Trilium were selected by Gaze Burvill to complement its furniture and outdoor kitchen pieces, creating a striking contrast to the oak craftsmanship”


Visit Gaze Burvill on Stand 333 at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Harrod Horticultural display their bespoke capability with Gaze Burvill at Chelsea

Harrod Horticultural are known for the best garden structures and Gaze Burvill are delighted to showcase the unique pergola designed and built exclusively for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

The pergola residing on Gaze Burvill tradestand 333 provides shelter from the rain and sun, with it’s one of a kind canopy in a striking yellow. Each element of the structure has been carefully considered, tested and made to order by the talented team at Harrod’s Lowestoft headquarters

My vision for the company has always been to allow cutting edge design to fit hand-in-glove with traditional craftsmanship and carpentry. I hold my relationship with Stephanie Harrod in the highest regard. It’s a total dream come true for me to be able to work on the biggest event of our team with not only a great team with a great product, but one of the best people in the industry.
— Simon Burvill

The pergola is not only on show at Chelsea this year! Gaze Burvill are so pleased with it that part of the structure is making it’s way to Chatsworth house for the inaugural RHS Flower Show running from 7-11 June. For those not able to make it to Chelsea, please come and view it in person at Chatsworth.

Chelsea is the perfect showcase for us, but this year we are pleased to be able to show off our custom options for our best selling pergolas on Gaze Burvill’s tradestand. Harrod Horticultural’s inspirational and award winning garden structure collection features unique designs that include arches, pergolas, obelisks, plant supports, wall trellis, raised beds and fruit cages – all of which are wonderfully handcrafted using premium materials at the home of the family mail order business in Lowestoft, Suffolk since 1954
— Andrew Barringer, Trade Manager, Harrod Horticultural

Visit Gaze Burvill on Stand 333 at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Gaze Burvill and Sub Zero Wolf show off must have kitchens at Chelsea Flower Show

Sub Zero Wolf and Gaze Burvill are teaming up again to create the world’s finest outdoor kitchens. Both companies are known for their attention to detail and quality finishes. 2017 marks the fifth year of their partnership and they are unquestionably showing their best outdoor kitchens to date.

My vision for the company has always been to allow cutting edge design to fit hand-in-glove with traditional craftsmanship and carpentry. We are delighted to see continued success with Sub Zero Wolf, a company who shares many of our values. This year our Linear collection of Oak cabinets are complemented with the new drawer fridge from Sub Zero Wolf, a best seller in the USA we are pleased to now offer in Europe.
— Simon Burvill
 A la Carte Outdoor Kitchen with Sub Zero Wolf Grill and Fridge

A la Carte Outdoor Kitchen with Sub Zero Wolf Grill and Fridge

The outdoor kitchen will be put through it’s paces this year by Shaun Rankin, two Michelin Star chef, who is cooking for the guests at Tuesday’s evening event at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on Gaze Burvill’s tradestand 333. Shaun will be cooking on a huge 54 inch grill, the largest in the Sub Zero Wolf outdoor range! The outdoor kitchens now feature soft close drawers, stainless steel liners, responsive LED lightning as standard with counter top lighting a popular addition.

 Shaun Rankin is cooking on the outdoor kitchen at Chelsea

Shaun Rankin is cooking on the outdoor kitchen at Chelsea

We all know everything tastes better al fresco. The Wolf outdoor gas grill gives you the same kind of precision control and ease of use features as its indoor counterparts. Sear a fillet or grill king prawns, the possibilities are endless.

This year the Gaze Burvill tradestand has really embraced the contemporary theme, both with scorched Oak and also their latest kitchen design. We’re delighted to partner with them once again to showcase the products now on sale in the UK.
— Ben Warbrick, UK Sales Manager, Sub Zero Wolf

Gaze Burvill appoints Barcham Trees for Chelsea Flower Show

16 May 2017, by Tom Evans

Tree Specialist company Barcham Trees has been selected by Gaze Burvill to supply the feature trees on their tradestand at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Barcham Trees are known for their exceptionally high level of Biosecurity, which is as important as ever in the fight against pests and diseases from imported plants and trees. They have been appointed to provide the Oak trees which tell the first part of the story for all Gaze Burvill furniture - the growth of strong, healthy Oaks from sustainable sources.
The tradestand, designed by Aralia, will feature Oak in a variety of finishes showing its versatility; fumed, scorched and weathered. Each finish is complemented by the beautiful styling of a vivid colour palette of yellow and orange hues. The appointment follows a long-standing relationship between Simon Burvill, Managing Director of Gaze Burvill and Mike Glover, Managing Director of Barcham Trees, and the two companies are working together again immediately after the Chelsea on the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Mike Glover said: "Simon had a requirement for Oak trees with a clean bill of health and tracking of their biosecurity. Barcham Trees take great pride in these aspects and we are honoured to be asked to provide trees for such a prominent location in the RHS’ most recognised event. The tradestand design is set up perfectly to enable our teams to highlight the Oak trees against a simple backdrop."

Gaze Burvill aims to celebrate recent accomplishments in both design and manufacture of their furniture using prime grade Oak as the principal material. The build will also tie together key highlights from the past year of design innovation from Gaze Burvill’s famed R&D department including Levity, shortlisted for Product of the Year, Splash Lounge, perfect for urban and country terraces and their latest iteration of outdoor kitchens.
Simon Burvill, Managing Director for the Gaze Burvill added, added: "It was key that the trees on our exhibit matched our company values. We wanted a partner who could encapsulate the importance of our sustainable
The Gaze Burvill Tradestand will be unveiled at the Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from 23-27 May. 

Tom Evans, Marketing, Gaze Burvill
01420 58 88 01 -




Award-winning outdoor furniture designer, Gaze Burvill, will unveil their latest contemporary furniture at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017. The Levity table and chairs, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (23-27th May).

My vision for the company has always been to allow cutting edge design to fit hand-in-glove with traditional craftsmanship and carpentry. Each year, our new pieces take furniture design to the limits of what’s possible, we learn and push forward again. Levity expresses a new lightness of touch. Lyrical, elegant yet immensely practical.
Simon Burvill

Levity. Designed by Katie Walker. Only available from Gaze Burvill

Levity is an exciting continuation of Gaze Burvill’s desire to remain at the forefront of British outdoor furniture design. Designed by Katie Walker, the chair is a juxtaposition of technology and tradition, with beautiful dovetail joints contrasting with CNC machined twists. In response to a brief requiring an arrangement suitable for the rooftop terrace, both the chair and table are invested with features to make outdoor living a breeze for the owner. A lightweight oak structure offers the best of both worlds; ease of furniture movement blended with a structural integrity set to last against the elements for years.

Levity. Designed to allow the chairs to tuck under the table


The design concept of the chair was built around the interplay of two visually dominant parts: the front legs and armrest; the back legs and backrest. These two parts are connected together by a stainless steel detail between the armrest and backrest.
The table also explores the idea of two interlocking parts. In this design, two arched leg sections come together to form a much stronger combined ’T’ leg section. The design also enables the table to be delivered flat and assembled on site, accommodating terrace areas with limited access.

The top is constructed out of Dekton®, a gorgeous material from Cosentino to the effects of UV light, heat, water and scratches. Levity is displayed in Sirius, producing a striking dark look that complements the overall contemporary feel.



This year, multi-award winning designer, Patricia Fox of Aralia Gardens, will design the Gaze Burvill stand for the first time. After beating out exceptional competition for the chance to take the project on, Simon comments: “Patricia’s passion and ability to push us away from what we typically do showed us a vision of an exciting future. Chelsea Flower Show is a critical part of our annual calendar, expectations are high, so it is really important for us to work with focused, grade-A talent with a flair for the unusual. Our stand is set to be bold and contemporary while maintaining a strong sense of our traditions and core business values”.

Gaze Burvill RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 tradestand 333. Designed by Aralia Garden Design.

Hoping to capture another ‘5 Star Trade Stand’ award win, Patricia reveals: “It’s both a joy and great privilege to team up with Simon and the Gaze Burvill team for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. My 2017 design is a contemporary take on traditional craftsmanship, with a striking and bold colour palette made up of Moroccan hues set against the stunning scorched black of the oak. Initial plans were formed in August and have evolved ever since! I’m excited to see our display take residence on the show’s renowned Main Avenue”

Visit Gaze Burvill on Stand 333 at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

Company Information
Gaze Burvill are the designers and manufacturers of Britain's finest outdoor furniture & kitchens. The core values inherent in all pieces and collections are the attention to comfort, sustainability and design. Gaze Burvill furniture enhances the outdoor environment of many of the finest private residences and open spaces around the world.

Tom Evans, Marketing Manager, Gaze Burvill
01420 588801

Caroline Burvill
01483 418307 / 07712543290

Patricia Fox, Managing Director, Aralia Gardens
01279 721 461




Simon Burvill was delighted to be a guest of Horatio's Garden last night at an evening of dining and auction held at Eton College's Dorney Lake. Gaze Burvill donated a May Throne to the auction and were pleased to see it sold off as part of the auction to raise money for the Stoke Mandeville Hospital Garden.

Horatio’s Garden announced that the fundraising appeal to create a third garden sanctuary for patients with spinal cord injuries has reached its £850,000 target. The build will soon be underway at the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Bucks.

Designed by BBC Gardeners’ World presenter, Joe Swift, it will be the most ambitious Horatio’s Garden yet. There will be secluded areas where patients can find peace and privacy, surrounded by sensory planting in gentle swathes of colour. A beautiful garden room, designed by Andrew Wells of 3W Architects will create a warm focus to the garden so that patients can enjoy the space in any weather. A stunning greenhouse will be a hub for the charity’s gardening sessions.

The last £84,000 needed to reach the target was raised when two hundred of the charity’s supporters came together for a fabulous evening of fine dining and friendship at Eton College’s Dorney Lake.

Dr Olivia Chapple, Chair of Trustees, commented: “The generosity of our supporters is a tribute to Horatio’s ideas and understanding that gardens in hospitals are vital. We’re so grateful to everyone who has helped us to reach our target of £850,000. Horatio’s Garden at Stoke Mandeville will be an idyllic retreat for patients and their families. We can’t wait to start the build.”

Work on the garden is due to start in May with a planned opening in October. Once the garden is open, the charity will fund maintenance and events and activities for patients such as music, art and garden therapy.

Gaze Burvill presents Large Residential Award to Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD

The Hermitage Garden scoops the large residential award at the 2016 SGD Awards in London

Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD, The Hermitage, Photo: Jason Ingram

Gaze Burvill were delighted to present Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD with the large residential award at the 2016 Society of Garden Designers Awards held at the Landmark hotel in London.

The level of competition in the 2016 SGD awards was incredibly high with comments from both the evening's host Joe Swift and noted garden designer Anne Marie Powell highlighting the quality of the nominees in both the student and established designer categories.

Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD, The Hermitage, Photo: Jason Ingram

Nowhere was this more apparent than in the Large Residential Award, sponsored by Gaze Burvill, where Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD took home the honours with her spectacular design for The Hermitage.

“A garden that uses levels very successfully.  A playful design with excellent planting. Sophisticated interpretation of the classic style with good treatment with views.” Judges commented. “Responds beautifully to the landscape. A very competent design.”

Simon Burvill, Managing Director of Gaze Burvill presents Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD with the Large Residential Award

Simon Burvill, Managing Director of Gaze Burvill remarked “The standard of garden design in Britain is higher than ever. It’s wonderful to be linked to such talent and I’m personally delighted that Arabella has won.”

Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD, The Hermitage, Photo: Jason Ingram

Judges are formed of a panel of independent and respected experts, including designers, academics, journalists and horticultural professionals. They selected the shortlisted and winning designs.

Arabella Lennox-Boyd MSGD, The Hermitage, Photo: Jason Ingram

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Gaze Burvill are the designers and manufacturers of Britain's finest outdoor furniture & kitchens. The core values inherent in all pieces and collections are the attention to comfort, sustainability and design. Best known for their iconic range of traditional British outdoor furniture, pieces such as the May Throne and the Broadwalk table reside in many private residences around the world.

Tom Evans, Marketing, Gaze Burvill 01420 588801 

The SGD Awards took place 27 January  2017 at the Landmark Hotel in London


RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Gaze Burvill and David Harber partner for Curves and Cube at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Outdoor furniture and sculpture weave in harmony at the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Gaze Burvill were thrilled to be accepted as one of the FreeForm participants at the 2017 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. In a partnership with sculptor David Harber, Curves and Cube is a contemporary twist on man’s relationship with nature.

Drawing on both the formality of Chatsworth house and also the vast expanse of natural beauty it resides in, the installation of Curves and Cube has powerful echoes of nature dominating whatever structure man places in the landscape.

Curves and Cube artist’s impression

“In 1992 Christian Gaze and I set out to create the finest outdoor furniture through an honest commitment to design integrity, comfort and craftsmanship, while holding true to our values for respecting and not harming the environment.” Managing Director, Simon Burvill, commented. “This wonderful event promises to touch upon many of these values we hold as core tenets. It’s our first foray into the world of sculpture, but we’ve partnered with one of the best to guide us.”

The statement Cube, with striking textures of patternated steel, geometric precision and a height that draws the eye ever upwards is balanced against the ever-present force of nature, with curving oak pieces punching their path through any objects they meet.

The curved seating echoes the snaking river of the site, while the Cube counters nature’s ephemerality with a grounding presence.

Curves and Cube moodboard

A focus on the impact of time on nature is highlighted by the changing bench textures. Beginning with freshly cut oak, progressing to the silver patina created by weathering and finally, a blackened section brought on by scorching.

The whole design is a commentary of the artist's recognition of nature’s irresistible force meeting man’s immovable object.

Gaze Burvill are delighted to be working with the RHS once again, building on their relationship which stretches back 23 years from our first appearance at the Hampton Court Flower Show, then later in 1994 at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

A Jubilee spiral from Gaze Burvill

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Gaze Burvill are the designers and manufacturers of Britain's finest outdoor furniture & kitchens. The core values inherent in all pieces and collections are the attention to comfort, sustainability and design. Best known for their iconic range of traditional British outdoor furniture, pieces such as the May Throne and the Broadwalk table reside in many private residences around the world.

Tom Evans, Marketing, Gaze Burvill,, 01420 588801

Abby Blackwell, Marketing Assistant, David Harber,, +44 (0) 1235 859300

The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show takes place 6-11 June, 2017 at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire


Gaze Burvill and Royal College of Art partner to take British design into the future

Gaze Burvill was delighted to welcome 10 students from the Royal College of Art (Design Products course) for a day experiencing how Britain’s leading outdoor furniture manufacturer balances cutting edge design techniques in a commercial setting.

Towards the end of 2016, two institutions forged a unique partnership with one another to forge forward together in functional design.

The Royal College of Art, notably recognised as the world’s leading design college, and Gaze Burvill, designers and manufacturers of fine outdoor furniture, were pleased to be able to not only partner for this project, but also to help educate the upcoming minds in design on the practicalities of designing in a commercial environment. Craftsmanship and the act of prototyping and making is deeply embedded in the Design Products programme.

The day came together after a serendipitous encounter between Dr Robert Phillips, Senior Tutor, Design Products at the Royal College of Art and Simon Burvill, Managing Director of Gaze Burvill at the New Designers Show on Roy Tam’s Plymouth University.

Both Simon and Robert were struck with the similarities between the 2nd year course program “Design through Making” and the current drive at Gaze Burvill to push the boundaries of what their 5 axis Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine could produce.

The two are working together on a platform project. The MA experience at the RCA is very student-centric in that they help each to pursue their own design agenda/goals according to where the students see themselves in the world.  The implication of this is that the brief would need to allow room for material / process experimentation and research without the necessity to deliver a commercially viable product at the end.

Simon was delighted to welcome the students to GB HQ where they got a full site tour, and were able to witness the steam bending of oak firsthand.

As well as an education into the reason GB use only the species Quercus Robur and Quercus Petrae, the students were given a detailed demonstration of Gaze Burvill’s state of the art 5 axis CNC machine. This setup allows the machine to function in almost the same way as a human hand would, bringing the various tools for cutting, drilling, sawing and shaping into contact with the wood from any conceivable angle.

The challenge laid down to the students was to see what practical, design led products they could conceive which drew from the art of steam bending, CNC technology and the use of wood as the prime material.

The students were given an introduction into the reasons behind the choice of Oak as Gaze Burvill’s primary material, then were given a tour of the workshop viewing the traditional craftsmanship blended with the CNC machinery. Finally each of the students had an opportunity to try their hand at steam bending oak.

A few weeks later Simon travelled up to London to visit The Royal College of Art, the world's leading university of art and design, to visit the students, see what they had worked on since their visit and review their progress alongside the course tutors.

It was clear that some students were thriving with projects showing real lustre, combining well thought out designs from concept through to initial product offering.

With designs from showers, through seating, to kitchen utensils, there was a wonderful array of structured thinking around the creation of a practical product.

The students now take on the critique of their tutors, with a view to bringing a final design to submit as part of their examinations at the end of the course.

Gaze Burvill wish all the students the very best in their exams and eagerly look forward to seeing how the products evolve.

Company Information
Gaze Burvill are the designers and manufacturers of Britain's finest outdoor furniture & kitchens. The core values inherent in all pieces and collections are the attention to comfort, sustainability and design. Best known for their iconic range of traditional British outdoor furniture, pieces such as the May Throne and the Broadwalk table reside in many private residences around the world.

Tom Evans, Marketing, Gaze Burvill 01420 588801


The Kew Gardens Verdun Bench

19 December 2016, Richmond, UK

On the 100th anniversary, plus one day, of the WWI Battle of Verdun a select group of Kew Garden staff, historians and the iconic Chelsea Pensioners gathered alongside the Mayor of Richmond, between the Palm House and Temple of Aeolus at Kew Gardens to unveil a commemorative piece, the Verdun Bench.

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The Battle of Verdun was one of the costliest battles in human history, with over 714,000 casualties over the span of 303 days.

Many Kew Gardens staff were serving during this period and in January 1919 two oak trees were planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew from acorns picked up from the battlefields of Verdun in 1917, which grew into a ‘living memorial’ to those who lost their lives not only in the Battle of Verdun but also the Great War.

One of these ‘Verdun Oaks’ was planted in a prominent position beside the Chinese Lions and lake, near to the war memorial plaques situated in the Temple of Arethusa and Victoria Gate.

For 94 years it grew to great stature - and great girth, thanks to its sunny position in the garden, with no other trees to compete with for light - and became a magnificent oak tree. But just 6 years short of its 100th birthday, it was severely damaged by ‘St Jude’s Storm’ on 23rd October, 2013, and in 2014, one hundred years after the start of World War I, it had to be felled.

In 2014, Tony Kirkham, Head of the Arboretum at Kew contacted Simon Burvill of Gaze Burvill. Tony had a plan to commemorate not only this magnificent tree, but to make a mark of remembrance for all the staff from Kew who lost their lives in both devastating World Wars. Tony wanted to make a special seat to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War on 11th November 2018.

Simon was honoured to be asked to come and have a look at the fallen tree to see if it was going to be possible to use it for the seat. Anything that Tony does not know about trees is probably not worth knowing, so he was aware that an oak tree that had not been nurtured in a carefully managed forest does not usually yield good wood for furniture making - or at least for good quality furniture making.

Gaze Burvill have 24 years experience in designing and making oak outdoor seating, with craftsman-made seats gracing the finest private and public gardens in the land, including, they are very proud to say, The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Oak may be the craftsman’s favourite wood, and a good choice for an outdoor seat, being naturally impermeable and durable, but the tree, especially one damaged by a storm, must be treated with special care.

Assessing the tree and understanding the best way to cut a trunk into boards in order to get the most stable, warp-resistant, strong wood is specialised work, so in April 2015, we took the Verdun Oak to Helmdon Sawmill, placing it in the hands of Geoff Tyler of Tyler Hardwoods and sawmiller Steve and his experienced team.

Watching a tree trunk going through the sawmill is one of several knuckle-biting stages in the transformation of trunk to usable wood board. It is all the more exciting when the oak is to be quarter sawn - a highly skilled cutting technique which, as well as revealing unique and beautiful medullar rays in the wood grain, also produces the strongest and most stable cut from the oak - the fillet steak of the tree, so to speak.

Trees do hold secrets, however, and there were eight potentially lethal ones hiding in our Verdun tree trunk - eight nails, probably used decades ago to pin a poster to the trunk, and over time, enveloped into the growing tree, eventually becoming completely hidden from sight.

Secrets will out, as we all know, and this one came out with a very big bang indeed, which called a sudden halt to the sawing process, in the very last cutting section.

18 strong, clean boards were successfully produced from the trunk, but were left with a broken sawblade and the last ‘V’ shaped portion in a state too dangerous to saw into.

This orphan piece, a sculptural ‘V’ shape, possibly for ‘Verdun’, had its own beauty about it - with dark streaking marks from the iron nails reacting with the oak clearly visible, like a dark wound, and rather haunting.

It felt right to celebrate the 'injured' board just as much as those who survived their sawmill ordeal intact - returning heroes all. And so, the Verdun Bench was born - a raw, evocative seat, which shows its
scars proudly.

The solid oak seat from the wood from the fallen Verdun oak has an inverted triangle shape. A bronze plaque is fitted into the top, flat surface, to mark the history of this terrible battle and a second showing the annual rings of the oak counting back to the date when the nails were driven into it.

Of the other two sides of the triangle, one is specially ‘scorched’ black, in reference to the horror of battle and loss, while the third side is left to weather naturally. The legs of the Bench are made from Corten steel - a raw, yet warm, dark orange ‘rusted’ metal, which will provide a beautiful, textured support for the Verdun Bench. The bench is mounted on an old brick surface which ties in with the red of the corten and it’s final resting place is close to the one remaining Verdun Oak still growing on the slope leading up to the rotunda.

The unveiling ceremony took place at noon, led by Richard Deverell, Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and accompanied by Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboretum, Gardens & Horticulture Services and Simon Burvill, Managing Director of Gaze Burvill. The bench was kindly gifted to gardens by Ian and Carol Sellars.