Monthly Archives: July 2013

Metal Design Furniture’s Men of Steel Complete London Triathlon

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?

Metal Design Furniture Wins Silver at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

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!



Metal Design Furniture Sponsors Triathletes

It’s a great time for British sport right now in summer 2013, with our man Andy Murray having just become the first UK Wimbledon champion since Virgina Wade in 1977. Here at Metal Design Furniture, we love a bit of health and fitness… so what better way to show our appreciation for athletes everywhere than to sponsor two brave triathletes in the Virgin Active London Triathlon?

James Vallerine (left), a language centre administrator and Avi Reisman (right), an IT manager, are both based in London and ready to take on the challenge. The race takes place on July 28th and involves three elements: swimming, cycling and running. As you can see from the photo, our boys are all kitted out and ready to swim, even if the British weather stops behaving itself.

The swimming element is 1,500 meters and takes place in the chilly Thames, so those wet suits will come in very handy, boys! Our athletes then have to cycle for 40km and finally run to the finish line for another 10km. They will be proudly wearing Metal Design Furniture at they complete the epic race… and we’ll be waiting to cheer them on at the end. Good luck, fellas!