Star Gazing

Star Gazing

Hampshire based Gaze Burvill, designers and makers of fine outdoor furniture talk craft, skill and all things oak!

To make our furniture in Hampshire was one of our best decisions we made in the early days of Gaze Burvill. I have always been determined that there should be no compromise on quality, functionality, or environmental impact in producing our oak furniture, and, when everything is made right here under our noses, from the design studio to the craftsman’s finishing touches, we can be sure of getting things right.

Sourcing our oak is a high-rolling business, as we jostle with the French barrel makers for the very best of the prime grade oak crop. Although the portion of British oak we use is steadily growing, the French have swathes of beautifully well managed oak forests, which still follow the guidance set down by Napoleon, keeping a sustainable forestry tradition thriving through the centuries, as well as providing some wonderful wildlife and wild flora habitats.

We are of course very dependent on the quality of our raw material, as well as the French oak auctions, we inspect the wood at source, to check that it has been expertly managed to produce our prime grade oak, so we know it will survive the rigours of steam-bending and seasoning, and the weather of course, once it is living outside in its new home.

Oak is the perfect material for outdoor furniture – it is beautifully strong, naturally impermeable and durable, and, key to our signature design style, you can bend it when it has been heated in a steam chamber. The graceful and comfortable curves you see in many of our furniture pieces are not just about the aesthetic – by creating a curve which follows the grain of the wood, it will stay strong and solid.

Gaze Burvill works with some of the very best interior and garden designers in the world, sometimes they are looking for a simple dining table and chairs, some sun loungers to go by the pool, or something more adventurous like a bespoke tree seat for a special place in the landscape.

Our ‘A la Carte’ outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular with discerning al fresco home chefs who want the same quality of kit outside on the terrace as they insist on inside the house. Think top-of-the range grill, warming drawer, fridge and sink all correctly specified for outdoor use. A stunning outdoor kitchen made easy!

We work with private clients and professional garden designers and landscapers who can realise a dream for their client. I will often visit a site in the very earliest stages of work to advise on furniture placement, then I visit again when the magic has happened, and a beautiful garden has taken shape. Job satisfaction is high!

I would like to invite Brewin Dolphin clients to visit our workshop and factory in Hampshire to see how we produce our oak furniture, you will be amazed!

Call Caroline to book an appointment
Tel: +44 (0) 1420 588 444