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Floating Benches in Two RHS Gold-Medal winning Gardens!

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

It’s been a busy summer for the new Sitting Spiritually ‘Simon Thomas Pirie Contemporary Range’ after its launch at the Chelsea Flower Show. The Floating Bench was shortlisted for the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year which gave it a very high profile, and although we didn’t win the public & press reaction was terrific. Needless to say we have been busy making them to fulfil Sitting Spiritually orders ever since.

The new range, and in particular ‘Floating Bench’ has also gone down very well with garden designers; hot on the heels of success at Chelsea Flower Show a pair of Floating Benches featured in the Gold-medal winning CCLA ‘Summer Retreat’ garden at RHS Hampton Court. Designers, Amanda Waring and Laura Arison of Catfoot Garden Design were inspired by the ethos of the Arts and Crafts Movement; the garden embracing its values of simplicity, elegance, style and craftsmanship. The Floating Benches beautifully illustrated the quality of contemporary British design and craftsmanship whilst their ‘barely-there’ appearance allowed the planting to be viewed virtually uninterrupted. CCLA-A-Summer-Retreat__1088x612-04

Catfoot Garden Design’s ‘CCLA Summer Retreat Garden’ which won a Gold-medal at RHS Hampton Court incorporated two 2-seat Floating Benches in the design.

The garden and the benches featured prominently on the BBC TV coverage from Hampton Court with Joe Swift talking about the medal wining garden at some length on and around the benches…

There was hardly time to catch breath until the opening of RHS Tatton Park (from 20th – 24th July), and once again a Floating Bench is in another RHS Gold-medal winning garden! This time it subtley makes its presence felt without dominating the ‘Waiting List’ show garden. Designed by Alison Galer, once a transplant nurse, this uplifting and calm garden has been created for patients who are waiting for a kidney transplant. The Floating Bench provides somewhere for patient and nurse to sit and talk surrounded by the beautiful planting and tranquility. The-Waiting-List-01__1088x612

A single 2-seat Floating Bench at RHS Tatton Park. Florence Garden Design’s ‘Waiting List’ garden was also awarded a Gold-medal by the RHS.

Not sure if the Floating Bench has become a bit of a garden designer’s lucky charm or whether Martin Young of Sitting Spiritually has a sixth sense to just back winning designers. Whatever it is 2016 certainly has been quite a year for the Floating Bench!

The story of how the Simon Thomas Pirie / Sitting Spiritually collaboration came about is featured in a previous feature on this blog. Click to read more. But you can also get a feel for the collaboration in our latest short film – from design, though the making, steam bending and scorching right up to when Martin from Sitting Spiritually delivers the furniture into the clients garden.

For more information about Floating Bench and the Yakisugi Swing Seat please visit the Sitting Spiritually website who sell both products exclusively. Click here…

Hold on to your Swing Seats

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The collaboration between Simon Thomas Pirie and Sitting Spiritually got off to a great start recently when the Floating Bench, one of the key pieces in the new ‘Simon Thomas Pirie Contemporary Range’ was announced as a finalist in the ‘Chelsea Garden Product of the Year’ awards for 2016. So how did Sitting Spiritually celebrate this? Hold on to your luxury swing seats – all that’s needed was a Floating Bench, a Yakisugi Swing Seat, a break in the weather, the whole of Lyme Regis and a drone. Enjoy!

The ‘Simon Thomas Pirie Contemporary Range’ is exclusively available through Sitting Spiritually. For further details and prices click here.

The range will be officially launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 24 to 28 May 2016. You will find Sitting Spiritually and a friendly welcome at Stand RHW 369.

Blue Sky Thinking Out In The Garden

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Swing Seats from Sitting Spiritually’s Current Range. Left to Right: Kyokusen Fan Back / Tranquillity Fan Back / Harmony Fan Back.

Always keen to find new ways of challenging ourselves, we are very proud to announce a new collaboration with Lyme Regis based company, Sitting Spiritually. Designers and makers of high quality garden furniture, Sitting Spiritually are renowned for their traditional swing seats which combine classic good looks with exceptional comfort and the durability of solid timber. A blend so successful that they are the ‘go to’ swing seat company for many top end garden designers and the only swing seat and bench manufacturer licenced by the RHS.

Brought together through social media, our two companies swiftly recognised a mutual design philosophy leading Martin Young, founder of Sitting Spiritually, to approach Simon with an idea which would result in this inspiring new relationship.

Consequently we are now working collaboratively to design a swing seat and associated range of outdoor furniture with a more contemporary twist. Early designs and prototypes have been encouraging and we are anticipating being able to share further details and possibly some more images with you in the spring newsletter. For now this is all we can give you, but you’ll already see a family resemblance to our floating bench which is no accident…

In addition Sitting Spiritually will now market the ‘The Floating Bench’ as part of their new ‘Simon Thomas Pirie Contemporary Range’. Originally inspired by our public seating outside Waitrose in Dorchester, this collection of contemporary garden furniture features clean lines of scorched and natural oak and looks stunning as a single seat chair or as a 2, 3 or 4 seat bench.

This is a very exciting project to follow last year’s successful collaboration with Makers’ Eye for which we received both a Wood Award and a Design Guild Mark. The new seat will be launched on Sitting Spiritually’s stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May so imagine spending next summer relaxing in one of our swing seats, the soft breeze gently rocking you as you gaze dreamily at the cloudless, blue sky…

The new Sitting Spiritually Simon Thomas Pirie Contemporary Range Swing Seat will compliment the existing ‘Floating Bench’.

Purbeck Art Weeks Open Workshop

Monday, May 20th, 2013

We are just getting ready to welcome visitors to our 2013 Open Workshops, as part of the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival (PAW). The workshop and gallery, based in the north of Purbeck near Briantspuddle, will be open from 10am till 5pm every day from Saturday 25 May through till Friday 7 June.

This year Simon will be exhibiting examples of his exquisitely designed tables, chairs, cabinets, desks and occasional pieces. You will be able to wonder around the workshops, see current work in progress and talk to the makers as they work. There will also be the rare opportunity to buy some ex-display pieces for sale at less than half price, it’s a real chance to bag a bespoke bargain! The dining tables pictured below are two such pieces, for more specific information about size materials and cost click here.

Most of Simon’s work is one-off commissions, unique pieces made to individual requirements, so if there is a piece you have always wanted made – whether it’s a small side table or fitted library, a dining set or one of Simon’s incredible kitchens, do come and have an informal chat about your ideas.

There will be a good selection of new work on show including ‘Rosa’, our stunning new dressing table. ‘Floating Bench’ a new garden piece recently taken on by Liberty’s as part of their ‘Outdoor Living Collection’ will also be on display.

Locally produced cheese and breads will be available over the weekends, along with a glass of something cold to compliment the warm welcome. If you hold the fairly commonly held opinion that things in this country are not made the way they used to be, then Simon’s workshop is a good place to go to dispel that idea.

Purbeck Art Weeks – Saturday 25th May – Friday 7th June, Open from 10am – 5pm. (Please note we are not open for the final weekend of the event which runs until Sunday 9th June). For information on performances and all the artists and makers taking part in PAW visit the event website.