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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A Recent Project...

A Recent Project...

A la Carte ‘Linear’ Kitchen to penthouse terrace in Antibes, France 

For this confined space, we designed a custom corner unit to include a sink and set back the return so that the space in front of the sink was easy to use.  We then stepped the grill unit forward as this required more depth creating a very interesting overall design.

Beyond Bespoke - THE SPRING GARDEN LUXE LIST

Posted by Claire Bowman, 3rd March, 2016

Spring is almost upon us, so make sure your garden is ready for lazy days and al fresco dining with this round-up of outdoor pieces, from new giant Anglepoise lights to water walls and bespoke seating.

Sunny side up
No more rushing back inside to fetch the bottle opener or barbecue tongs – this outdoor Linear garden kitchen from Gaze Burvill rather elegantly brings the inside out. The ultimate in al fresco dining.

First seen online here:

https://beyond-bespoke.com/spring-garden-luxe-list/

We're Going Greener...

Our biomass boiler, supplied by Glen Farrow, provides a sustainable heat source making use of the waste wood and dust, which is compacted into briquettes, The energy generated by the boiler provides heating across the workshops, offices, display area and two residential units. This returns considerable saving in fuel costs and waste disposal. 

In early 2016, the Rotherfield Park Estate, installed on the workshop roof a PV array that will generate 44Kw of power directly into the workshop and any surplus being fed back into the National Grid. This power will also be used to charge the two electric cars we use as company vehicles.

Beyond Bespoke - TOP GARDEN TRENDS OF 2015

Posted by Clare Foster, 12th April, 2015

These are the plants, people and products that will be shaping the way our gardens grow in the coming year, from the big names to watch at Chelsea to shrubs and British-grown flowers.

The trend for growing your own continues, and now everyone wants a slick outdoor kitchen area where they can prepare and cook the food they grow. The modular A la Carte Kitchen from Gaze Burvill is made from steamed European oak with stylish grey ceramic work surfaces. Comprising sink, fridge and storage compartments, the oak-fronted units are softly curved in their signature ‘wave’ design.

First seen online here:

https://beyond-bespoke.com/top-garden-trends-of-2015/