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Napoleon Bonaparte once declared, “The bed has become a place of luxury to me. I would not exchange it for all of the thrones in the world”… And we at Metal Design Furniture couldn’t agree more!
Kings and Queens, of course, could sleep in only the very best of beds… Here are a few royal beds, occupied by some of the greatest, if ill-fated, monarchs:
Marie Antoinette’s bed – the Queen of France slept in between beautiful fabrics interwoven with flowers, ribbons and peacock feathers. But the magnificent, golden headboard – embellished with Marie’s very own initials – no doubt steals the spotlight. During the French Revolution, Marie used a hidden door by her bed to escape to the king’s chambers!
Napoleon II’s crib – only the best for the next emperor of France! The crib was given to the infant heir as a gift from Paris, contained more than 200 kilograms of precious material and were decorated with bees, which was Napoleon’s personal emblem and symbolized the industrious citizens of Paris.
Metal Design Furniture’s customers deserve nothing less – you, too, can get to sleep in a bed made for kings! Our king-sized Gala Bed in Pearl Gold, 160cm with foot end, is now on sale for £490 instead of £670 – there’s only one left, so phone us for details!
It’s almost the holiday season, and we can practically smell winter coming!
And what says Christmas more than Christmas lights? Since the start of the month, some of the most iconic London spots have switched on their magnificent displays.
The Oxford Street lights were turned on earlier this month, while Regent Street had been shut off and attracted thousands of spectators as members of ‘Take That’ switched on the lights.
This has definitely got us excited… it seems that it’s finally time to start counting backwards to Christmas Day!
And you could always create your own lights display at home – whether it’s just a few lights around your tree, a bright, shining garland at the front door to welcome the guests and get them in the holiday mood, or even a full-blown whole-house lights display to let the whole street know just how much you’re looking forward to Christmas – you simply can’t go wrong!
And now, Metal Design Furniture offers you the chance to make your home even more splendid for the holiday season! The gorgeous 180cm x 90cm wrought-iron and glass Castrum dining table, an ex-display item in perfect condition, is now on sale for £590 instead of £793 – a one-off opportunity, and just in time for Christmas Eve dinner.
A few weeks back, we told you about the two brave athletes we were sponsoring to take part in the London Triathlon. The big day was on Sunday, and our duo finished the race in under three hours. Very impressive… well done boys!
The hardcore race involves a 1,500m swim in the Thames, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run. Here at Metal Design Furniture, we think that would take us an estimated three weeks to complete, so three hours deserves a big round of applause!
Our athletes were Avi Reisman (to the right in our right hand picture), an IT manager, and James Vallerine (left), a language centre administrator, both from London. Avi reports that the swim was the least fun aspect of the race, as there were around 250 people in the water… that’s a lot of splashing! However, the beautiful views of Greenwich during the cycle ride made up for that. Ending with the 10km run was a big challenge for our athletes, but the support and cheers from the crowd made them feel like the heroes they are.
Metal Design Furniture was happy to sponsor this winning team and suggests a comfy sit down in one of our Classico Armchairs, or perhaps a wee lie down on an Oliver Lounger for a little rest! Next year… how about the marathon?
This year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show was another triumph. Packed to the rafters with beautiful things to see and smell, as well as treats to eat and items to educate, it was a great day out for all the family. As you might remember, we teamed up with the fabulous Raine Clarke-Wills of Raine Garden Design to build a sumptuous summer garden.
The relaxing space, entered into the ‘Cool Gardens’ category and named Layers and Links featured violet and red luscious plants, a spot to stop and take some refreshment, and an elegant yet comfortable sofa, neatly tucked into the walls and provided by ours truly. All of these elements combined to create a truly restful garden in which one could easily imagine many happy hours being whiled away. The many layers cleverly constructed into the garden created the illusion of a magical hideaway, like something from a fairy tale.
We were very impressed – and clearly, so were the judges, as we were awarded a silver-gilt medal for our efforts; the second of these to put in our collection.
If you like what you see here, have a look at the Raine Garden Design website for more information… or browse through our extensive garden furniture collection, and your own garden could be medal worthy soon!