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”

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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. 

Contact
Tom Evans, Marketing, Gaze Burvill
01420 58 88 01 - tom@gazeburvill.com

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GAZE BURVILL UNVEILS NEW CONTEMPORARY DESIGNS AT RHS CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2017

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

Levity

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.

Levity

 

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.

Contact
Tom Evans, Marketing Manager, Gaze Burvill
tom@gazeburvill.com
01420 588801

Caroline Burvill
caroline@gazeburvill.com
01483 418307 / 07712543290

Patricia Fox, Managing Director, Aralia Gardens
www.aralia.org.uk
01279 721 461

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HORATIO’S GARDEN READY TO START BUILDING AT STOKE MANDEVILLE

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


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.


Contact
Tom Evans, Marketing, Gaze Burvill tom@gazeburvill.com 01420 588801
www.gazeburvill.com/curves-cube 

The SGD Awards took place 27 January  2017 at the Landmark Hotel in London
http://www.sgdawards.com/


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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

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.


Contact
Tom Evans, Marketing, Gaze Burvill, tom@gazeburvill.com, 01420 588801

Abby Blackwell, Marketing Assistant, David Harber, Abby@davidharber.com, +44 (0) 1235 859300

www.gazeburvill.com/curves-cube

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


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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.

Contact
Tom Evans, Marketing, Gaze Burvill tom@gazeburvill.com 01420 588801

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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.

 

Christmas at Gaze Burvill HQ

Dec-16 2017, Hampshire

This morning Gaze Burvill were delighted to welcome esteemed Garden Designer, TV personality and now inaugural Gaze Burvill Christmas workstation decoration judge, Ann-Marie Powell.

With a combined total of over £200 pledged to a charity of the winner's choice, the competition heated up throughout the week, culminating in last minute entrants, an explosion of tinsel and flour. Reports of sabotage are unconfirmed at this point.

Running out to a quick lead in the competition, the design team has pulled out all the stops. Footprints up the stairs, handmade crafts and a classic Christmas screen saver looked the part. But eyebrows were raised at the young man seated on Santa's lap.

Other than an underwhelming stop at the desk of our founder ... "must try harder" ... the standard from the office team was high.

But the highlight was yet to come. As the judging team moved across to the workshop the quality of the decoration rose dramatically. Here the work of the master craftsman shone.

We gathered in the barn.

A chill ran through the crowd. Possibly from excitement, possibly because the heating was off and it was freezing.

Winner: Paul Wheatley. Much deserved with a rousing display of festive cheer.

His selected charity: Hannah's Holiday Home 

Merry Christmas from all at Gaze Burvill

 

As seen in the press - The English Garden Magazine January 2017 edition

Featured in the craftspeople section of the January 2017 edition of The English Garden Magazine, Gaze Burvill are delighted to be the subject of a beautiful feature written by Deputy Editor Greg Loades.

"Simon Burvill co-founded Gaze Burvill with designer Christian Gaze in the mid-90s, we take a look at their trademark oak designs which adorn many of the country’s finest gardens as part of our craftspeople series"

Pick up your copy today from news stands or subscribe today to The English Garden a glossy, inspirational magazine for everyone who loves beautiful gardens.

Gaze Burvill and Aralia reveal scorching designs for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Gaze Burvill and Aralia reveal scorching designs for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

Progression through design should be embraced, according to luxury furniture designer and manufacturer Gaze Burvill. Simon Burvill, Managing Director, was speaking at the reveal of the plans for the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show today, which marks his 22nd year of exhibiting at the event.

House & Garden - STYLISH SWIMMING POOLS

LOUNGER

'Lizard Lounger', 48 x 207 x 63cm, £2,850 including cushion, from Gaze Burvill.

First seen online here:

http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/interiors/swimming-pool-ideas/pools-lounger

A fabulous 23rd year at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

A fabulous 23rd year at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Thank you... 

To all those who came to see us at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, we had a fabulous week at the show, and were pleased to announce that we won another 5 gold star award for our trade stand, designed and built by the award winning Bowles & Wyer team. 

For all those who did not manage to see our display this year here are some of the highlights...

In celebration of our growing business in the USA the Gaze Burvill stand had a distinct New England Theme. The upper level of the stand featured both painted and weathered Oak, drawing inspiration from celebrated locations on the Eastern US seaboard including the Hamptons and Nantucket. Alongside various pieces in the 'New England' Finish we also showcased Splash Lounge and unveiled new additions to our Tree Seat collection, our Broadwalk Planter collection and our A la Carte outdoor kitchens 

In addition to having our own stand we also had furniture on nine other stands and show gardens including The RHS Health, Happiness and Horticulture Garden; Raymond Blanc's Jardin Blanc and Horatio's Garden exhibit. 

Click here to take a look at our Chelsea 2016 photo gallery. 

House & Garden - THE BEST GARDEN BENCHES

THE BEST GARDEN BENCHES

GAZE BURVILL CLOISTERS BENCH - 2-seater oak bench, 'Cloisters seat', from Gaze Burvill

As first seen online here:

http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/outdoor-spaces/features/garden-benches/gaze-burvill

 

The English Garden - New Garden Furniture To Covet From Gaze Burvill

Gaze Burvill have launched four new products at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The Reedback Tree Seat from Gaze Burvill is the ideal choice to encircle a beautiful specimen tree and boasts many of the company’s trademark features including wonderful curves achieved by steam bending the oak, and the traditional craftsmanship of mortice and tenon jointing. Available in half, three quarters or whole circles, with different diameters to fit around any sized tree.

Additions to the A la Carte Grill Station range will take cooking outdoors to the next level, while the generously proportioned Broadwalk Planter is just the right size to create statement containers, perhaps a pair either side of a front door.

The company also showcased a new finish for their furniture – the gleaming silvery-grey New England finish. Beds of white Astrantia, blue-purple Aquilegia and Camassia and white-flowered Cornus kousa were the perfect complement.

If you are not able to make it to see the stand at Chelsea, head to Gaze Burvill’s East Tisted showroom on 18 June for a Royal Celebration of Summer Event. Click here to find out more.

First seen online here:

http://www.theenglishgarden.co.uk/expert-advice/design-solutions/new-garden-furniture-covet-gaze-burvill/

 

Jaguar Advert Starring our Broadwalk Table

The Broadwalk collection has always been one of our most popular and we are very proud to see one of the most iconic Gaze Burvill Broadwalk pieces starring in the new 2016 Jaguar Advert. 

Check the advert out for yourself by clicking here

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