The sun’s out and it’s time to slather on the SPF and get outside to soak up some Vitamin D.
It’s also time to ditch the current climate of ‘fast furniture.’ So turn your back on mass-produced sun loungers that trap you like a mangle, say ‘no’ to flat pack tables, allen keys and mind-boggling instructions and wave goodbye to nasty new pieces riddled with not-so eco-friendly plastic.
It’s time to go old-school, give a chair a home and enjoy the craftsmanship and engineering of old. They just don’t make them like they used to.
Reclaimed items have already proved they will stand the test of time and there is something special about welcoming an old piece into your home, giving it a new lease of life and a new family.
So whether it’s a quirky, retro fold-down table, stunning mid-century design or charming antique edging tiles, salvaged pieces really do offer something magical - each and every one unique with its own story to tell.
Another Brucey' bonus is you won’t see your neighbours with the same pieces so the Jones’s will be trying to keep you with you. Also let's not forget there is something extremely satisfying knowing your wonderful reclaimed relic is actually a positive thing for the environment and the future of our planet.
So keeping in line with the season here are some of our top picks to tickle your summer fancy.
Red Sky at Night - 4 Vernor Panton Delights: Splash some vibrant colour into your outdoor living space with these striking S chairs. Engineered so well in fact that one of the earliest pieces has a home in the Museum of Modern Art. Hats off to Danish designer Vernor Panton, these red chairs are made from one single piece of cantilevered plastic and scream Mid-Century design genius - not only are they stackable, they are robust enough to use both inside and out. £540 for the set of 4
The Fermob - Folding Bistro Table These space saving gems provide a functional table perfect for small patios, urban balconies or summer parties. With plenty of these reclaimed bistro tables in stock they also offer a great seating solution for a commercial eatery. £78 each, various colours available.
The EMU Round Chair: An engineering masterpiece and super comfy to-boot, these round Emu Chairs, designed by Christophe Pillet offer stackable exterior seating for your patio, garden, party or restaurant. In fact they are so handsome you might want to welcome them inside your home for a bite to eat. These chairs work great with the Fermob Table. Already a match made in reclaim heaven they were salvaged from the same Central London bistro. £48 each and many in stock.
Hakuna Matata! Bring the Circle of Life into your own Prideland. Bag yourself two Lion Kings with these fiercely proud, protective and guarding pair of monumental stone lions. £15,000 for the pair
Living on the Edge! - Antique Victorian Edging Tiles Create your own garden empire complete with borders with some original Victorian Staffordshire blue edging tiles. These charming antique tiles will bring that quintessential garden vibe to your exterior this summer. £5.40 per tile
I Don't Like Cricket - I Love it!: Oh Lordy! If Cricket's your thing then these glorious teak chairs reclaimed from the world famous Lords ground and Middlesex County Cricket Club might just be the perfect pitch for your garden seating. Produced by Royal Botanis, they are of exceptional quality and to get you out of a sticky wicket they are stackable too! £295 per chair, 5 available
Storage Alfresco: Wrought Iron Shelving Unit: Create your own micro Hanging Gardens of Babylon with this elegant shelving unit. Stock and trail the shelves with foliage or utilise the extra space to store pots, tools and trinkets. A great space-saver, this reclaimed beauty is perfect for outside or in the potting shed. Price £550
Ahhhhh Chic-Out with Mid-Century Chic: Typically Continental, whisk yourself away to a Parisian cafe where croissants and cortados are designed for dining alfresco with this mid-century French Rattan table & Chair set. Quirky, fun and totally unique the cream and green table and chairs bring colour, function and a bit of 'je ne sais quoi' to your indoor or outdoor living space. £500 for the setGreen Green Glass of Home: Sometimes it's the hidden gems in an exterior space that really give it character. Place these handblown, green glass Spanish Demijohns amongst the garden foliage for a subtle decorative element. The bulbous bottles also make fabulous vessels for sculptural or blossom branches especially in a small urban space. If your outside space has steps place them singularly on each elevation for a real Mediterranean vibe. And if you lack exterior space completely use a demijohn bottle as your own terrarium to create your own micro-garden inside. From £90
Another Continental delight, this magnificent, freestanding ornate Crucifix is made from cast iron and has the most wonderful detailing. Price £1500
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