When Simon Burvill predicted at the start of the year that spending more time in our gardens would be a huge trend for 2020, little could he know that a countrywide lockdown was imminent. As the importance of having an outdoor space has grown, so has the interest in choosing exterior furniture – which is where Gaze Burvill comes in. Founded in 1993, the company makes the finest outdoor furniture and kitchens using prime grade, sustainably grown wood from well-managed forests. Every piece is designed to last for generations, adapting to the caprices of the climate and gently turning silver with time.
Good design and true originality that doesn’t compromise on craftsmanship or the eco-minded ethos is the byword at Gaze Burvill
Consideration for the environment has always been at the heart of the business. Oak, the primary wood, and chestnut, are both sourced from certified, sustainably planted and re-planted British and European forests (Simon is a Trustee of Woodland Heritage). These materials are also greatly valued by craftsmen as being lovely to work with, and, unlike tropical hardwoods, can be steam bent, to give graceful, strong curves which contribute to comfort as well as to the aesthetic. The Hampshire farm where the company is based is also a beacon of environmentally-friendly practice with solar panels to help power the site and a biomass boiler that’s fuelled with sawdust.
However, Gaze Burvill’s biggest counter to throwaway culture is to offer well-made contemporary classics such as poolside sun loungers and parasols; generously proportioned sofas; dining collections such as ‘Levity’ made with Dekton® tabletops; and the renowned ‘A La Carte’ (ALC) kitchen, which pushes the boundaries of cooking outdoors through its design and engineering. It includes a ‘Grill Station’, a mini-kitchen in its own right, with exquisite oak cabinetry for a grill or ceramic oven, plus a fridge, worktop for prep, and plenty of storage. For the quiet moments there is seating, such as the popular Cloisters and Court seats, and the sculptural ‘Broadwalk Spirals’ which creates a visual point of interest in a garden’s composition.
Having a team that includes both designers and craftsmen enables Gaze Burvill to make custom alterations to individual pieces from its extensive range with ease, and also produce unique, bespoke, site-specific designs to a brief. Dimensions and detailing can be adjusted; customers often come looking for a solution to a specific outdoor furniture problem and in solving it, new creations are made. For instance, both the concept for the Broadwalk collection and the newest garden seat, the Wisley seat, came from a commission from the Royal Horticultural Society. Good design and true originality that doesn’t compromise on craftsmanship or the eco-minded ethos is the byword at this company whose outdoor furniture elevates any alfresco space.
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