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Next week is the late May bank holiday, which means time off work to spend with the family, hopefully in the sunshine, for all of us. However, if you happen to live near Cooper’s Hill in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, this holiday means a very unusual tradition as well!
For many years now, locals in this pretty village have congregated to chase a 9lb sphere of Double Gloucester cheese down the hill, with the first person past the finish line as the victor.
This madcap pursuit is rumoured to have started out either as a way to decide grazing rights on the hill, or as part of a pagan tradition of rolling objects which also saw bundles of burning brushwood sent down hills in order to symbolise a new year dawning after winter.
Although hazardous as times, the cheese rolling is hugely popular, with crowds of as many as 2,000 gathering to watch the race, the winner of which is expected to perform a shirtless dash back up the hill to place the cheese on its ceremonial plinth.
We don’t necessarily recommend that you try this at home! But if instead you feel like treating yourself to a lovely table full of cheese and biscuits to welcome in the start of summer, how about having a look at our range of dining tables? Our Castrum Fused Glass table, starting at £522, is the perfect size for a sophisticated cheese-board. Or, if your family is more the outdoors type, how about laying out a fromage feast on our Oliver Garden table, which starts at just £175? Whichever you decide to go for, there’s a Metal Design Furniture table which can support even the biggest cheese!
This weekend, Metal Design Furniture went on an outing to the ExCel centre in London to have a look around the Grand Designs Live exhibition. Packed to the roof with fantastic ideas and innovations for your kitchen, garden, living spaces and bedrooms, the show was a must for anyone with an interest in making their homes as beautiful and functional as possible.
We were especially taken with these handy outdoor tables, which had spaces that could be used as either a cooler for wine or a BBQ pit. One could quite easily imagine passing the long summer nights sitting around one of those with friends and family, a tipple in one hand and a hot dog in the other. We also enjoyed sitting in some amazing chairs that hung high in the air and had a gentle swinging action, reminiscent of a hammock, but with a little more structural integrity… and better cushions!
Over in the kitchen section, we were blown away by the amazing Vitamix blender, which can make everything from soup to ice cream within seconds. A very charismatic man explained how it worked, chucking in ingredients and producing restaurant quality dishes while we watched. After tasting his amazing soup, which went from ingredients to the hot finished product in the flash of a, well, blender, it took quite a lot of convincing to get Mrs Metal Design Furniture to leave without one tucked into her handbag!
We then ventured into the design section where we cooed over affordable art, relaxed on crazily comfortable chaise longues and were dazzled by pet jellyfish, if you can believe that. This is definitely a treat for anyone who loves amazing home living… and we know all Metal Design Furniture fans are in that group. See you there next year?
Have a look at this elegant yet understated laser cut fence we recently designed and made for a house in North-West London. Using a classic design of an English rose, the fence makes the house the envy of all the neighbours. The gate includes a humorous reference to Number 10, making it clear that people of great taste and importance live here!
This gorgeous fence was custom designed and made. If you want to make the front of your own house this unique and beautiful, contact us and we would be more than happy to work with you to design something for your own abode. We can make any pattern or size that would fit both your house and your heart’s desire. Perhaps you might want your initials or your family crest, or your favourite flower. You might even want to go for something a bit more abstract. We’re open to suggestions.
If you would are interested in talking to us about creating a fence like this for your own home, then contact us to have a chat about what we could do for you. We’ll be happy to hear from you!
Spring is in the air and it’s making us feel generous here at Metal Design Furniture!
With the weather hotting up and the summer holidays on the way, it’s time to start thinking about outdoor entertaining. And how better to keep your family and your friends comfortable while they’re enjoying the sights and scents of your garden than in some items from our affordable and elegant Oliver collection?
Oliver tables come in a range of shapes and styles and are suitable for outdoor or indoor use. You can complement these with a choice of chairs, with or without armrests and cushions. Have a look here for more information. All our Oliver pieces are Tuscan-inspired and built to last, so will keep your garden looking stylish for many years to come.
Another option is to go for the Oliver six-seater set, which features a hardy garden table as well as six comfy chairs. Available in a range of colours and patinas, the set starts at a very reasonable £845 and will keep the fussiest of families in al fresco dining comfort.
The best news of all is that if you buy a table and four chairs from our Oliver collection this week, we will give you this plant holder, worth up to £59, absolutely free! You can take your pick of a 22cm or 30cm diameter, whichever fits into your space more perfectly is yours free of charge when you purchase from our Oliver collection.
Now if that doesn’t put a spring in your step, we’re not sure what will!