Early in October at Lodge Farm, Gaze Burvill hosted two events, the first to celebrate the near completion of our four year project with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew called ‘Remembrance and Hope’ and the second, our annual Autumn Open Day.



In the first weekend of October, British weather truly brought back the amazing summer we have just enjoyed for one last day, allowing us to make the best use of our display garden designed by Ann-Marie Powell and relish in the sunshine one more time.

With talks from our Managing Director, Simon Burvill, and Head of Arboretum at Kew, Tony Kirkham, the day turned out to be a fascinating learning experience.  Guests were also allowed a special preview of the ‘Remembrance and Hope’ Seat, one month before its unveiling at the Gardens on 8 November 2018, three days before the centenary anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Following this, our workshop team got involved and took the time to demonstrate how our furniture is created, giving guests the opportunity to try their hand at Steam Bending.  They were also shown our 5-axis CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine in action, and learn how the extensive knowledge base within the team has led to the evolution our current collections today, how different joints reinforce the strength of a piece, and how the ever-changing weather has influenced the design of our furniture.


Gemma Klein Photography

Gemma Klein Photography


All present were treated to canapes created by Sub Zero Wolf Chef, Elliot Johnson Paul, who provided a continuous flow of delicious treats throughout the event.  Beautifully demonstrating the use of the Grill and Gaze Burvill outdoor kitchen, it was a wonderful opportunity to show guests how one of these exceptional pieces can transform your outdoor living space.

O P E N  D A Y

The weather on Saturday may not have been Englands finest, but the combination of the two days truly summed up Britain’s topsy-turvy weather conditions.  The rain poured but spirits remained high and did not stop us from carrying out a wonderful Open Day.  The TUUCI parasols provided shelter in the courtyard while the 150 year old Flint Barn proved, once again, to be a charismatic setting for our talks and showroom for our pieces.

Throughout the day a number of guests turned up to hear talks from our Design Manager, Charlie Dedman and Managing Director, Simon Burvill, and to partake in two workshop tours which took place throughout the day, with similar demonstrations of the various divisions of the workshop.

Gemma Klein Photography


Head Chef Ross Anderson cooked and demonstrated for guests the incredible qualities of the Big Green Egg – did you know it is ceramic and if taken to 1,800ºC, then covered with ice cold water it does not break?  They are modelled from the same ceramic used in Space Shuttles and inspired by Vietnamese barbeques.

Throughout the day our guests were fed, despite the weather, with deliciously cooked Asian spiced pork belly, coq au vin and harissa baked cauliflower with chicory and blue cheese. What a way to spend a typical Autumn day!


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