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Introducing our Chelsea Flower Show Garden Stand 2020

28 February 2020

Discover our exciting plans for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

Tom Raffield Full Circle garden stand 2020 – Illustration by Callum Kiss.

Our 2020 Chelsea Flower Show Garden Stand brings a spiralling steam bent wooden pavilion with a large-scale sculptural bench and a thought-provoking woodland regeneration planting scheme to Main Avenue, drawing synergy from our rural Cornish studios and highlighting the importance of reducing the human impact on the planet through caring for nature, sustainable design practises and promoting a conscious lifestyle.

We are delighted to be working alongside acclaimed garden designer John Ward and partnering with The Tree Council and specialist wood supplier Beach Bros on this exciting project that has the careful consideration of our planet at the helm. The collaboration of high-quality sustainable materials, ecological-steam bending processes and the beauty of nature creates something we hope is truly original. Our Full Circle Garden Stand seeks to highlight the importance of actively caring for and nurturing the natural world that surrounds and inspires us.

- Founder, Tom Raffield
Steam bent cladding
Over the last few months, our talented bespoke workshop team have been busy preparing for this project.
Steam bent oak
Lengths of sustainably sourced steam bent oak are skillfully twisted to create the sculptural bench.

The focal point of our sustainability-focused stand will be a spiralling 100-meter timber bench, designed and handcrafted in Cornwall with seasoned hardwood transparently sourced and supplied by Beach Bros Limited. The fluid form of the peeling oak bench captures the essence of our steam bent aesthetic and demonstrates how we have reinvented this low-energy, ancient craft for a very twenty-first century purpose.

These limitless wooden curves will appear to evolve out of the surrounding undergrowth and trees, symbolising the connection to nature. Meandering its way through the ‘woodland regeneration’ meadow garden, the bench has been expertly designed in collaboration with RHS Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist, John Ward, and depicts how plentiful natural materials have the ability to both inspire design and become physical resources that don’t cost the earth.

Amble Hanging Seat
Our favourite pieces from our steam bent lighting, accessories and furniture collections will feature inside the pavilion.

Inside the pavilion itself will be a range of our bestselling designs, each of which will respond intuitively to the outdoor space, closing the loop between raw materials and the final product.

This year, our planting scheme will incorporate British native trees and other indigenous woodland-esque species.
The choice of foliage will highlight the ever-importance of connecting with nature and plants in the modern-era.

This year, our planting scheme will incorporate British native plants, foliage, trees and saplings chosen for their positive ecological influence and wildlife enhancing properties and supplied by The Tree Council.

Silver birch, hazel and oak trees interspersed by pockets of indigenous woodland-esque species such as ferns, ivy and woodruff surround the pavilion creating a sculptural effect. An array of lush-toned foliage will descend from roof-top planting pockets, elevated by our iconic Green Range Planters.

Yeo Valley Egg
Artist's impression of the ‘Yeo Valley Organic Garden' designed by award-winning Landscape and Garden Designer, Tom Massey

You can also see our work during Show Week at Tom Massey’s bio diverse ‘Organic Yeo Valley Garden’ in the shape of an interactive steam bent egg pod, which suspends its passengers over the Show Garden’s wetland habitat to provide a birds eye view.

Posted: 28.02.20
Updated: 15.04.21

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