Monthly Archives: March 2015

Metal Design Furniture and the History of Garden Benches

Garden benches are something we all know and, at Metal Design Furniture, love – they come in all shapes and sizes, made from wood, stone or metal, simple and rustic or elaborate and elegant. But garden benches were not always so common and in fact have a long and interesting history behind them – who knew?

Garden benches met popular demand in the mid-nineteenth century with the rise of attractions such as public parks and piers – and the masses simply demanded a place to sit and rest after a long day!

1700s-1800s Bench. Image Credit: liveauctioneers.com

Initially, benches were not attractive, refined or comfortable… but thankfully, they were slowly being designed to provide both comfort and a subtle aesthetic.

Garden benches are an essential part of any garden – they act not only as a place of rest or relaxation, but also often as a decorative piece! A Telegraph article suggests that you match the size of your bench to the size of your home, so that your garden remains proportional and balanced. You might also wish to choose a different style of bench according to the way your home looks and is decorated.

Thankfully, at Metal Design Furniture we have a range of garden benches, with different styles to correspond with your taste – to find out more, look out for next week’s post!

Collaboration Series Part III: Sam Tinsley-Wood’s Shining Review of Metal Design Furniture

The Secret Garden in The Crimble, Rochdale. Image Credit: Tinsley Wood Interior Design.

You may have heard, in previous weeks, about our collaboration with Tinsley Wood Interior Design– first on an outside venue, The Secret Garden (pictured to the left), and then on an exciting new project for which Metal Design Furniture designed and produced special decorative pieces.

We will have more information about the second project soon – keep your eye out! – But until then, we’d like to bring another update, this time from designer Sam Tinsley-Wood herself!

The interior designer has recently posted a review on Metal Design Furniture’s Facebook page. “I have worked with Metal Design Furniture on two commercial projects now where timescales were tight,” she explains, and goes on to say, “Metal Design Furniture delivers exactly what it promises and its attention to detail and perfectionism is exemplary.”

We are so pleased by her positive review – and it has been a delight and a pleasure to work with her too!