Southwold Side Chair
The Southwold Side Chair is part of our exclusive Southwold Garden Furniture Collection and has been thoughtfully designed to ensure great comfort with a stylish look, handcrafted in the UK and inspired by traditional Blacksmith furniture.
Made by us in the UK
The Southwold Side Chair is part of our Exclusive Southwold Garden Furniture Collection and has been thoughtfully designed to ensure great comfort with a stylish look, handcrafted in the UK and inspired by traditional Blacksmith furniture.
The chairs are manufactured using high grade steel which is hot dip galvanised and then 'acid etched' to achieve a stunning antique finish which only improves as the chair weathers.
Much thought has gone into the ergonomics of the seat design, with careful selection of the thickness of the steel used to ensure there is just the right amount of 'give' while retaining structural strength. The legs use 8mm thick steel for strength and rigidity whereas the seat base and back rest use 3mm slats to give comfort and spring to the seat base. We do also offer cushions for ultimate comfort which are available to buy separately.
The chair has a 25 year structural guarantee, but our testing suggests that all the Southwold Furniture Collection can be genuinely considered as heirloom pieces that will last for generations if looked after.
- Southwold Side Garden Chair
- Measures 55cm Wide x 67.5cm Deep x 88cm High
- Weight 14kg
- 25 Year Structural Guarantee
- Handcrafted and finished using high grade steel
- Tapered front and back shape
- Robust frame (8mm thick) with comfortable seat and back (3mm thick)
- Attractive scrolled leg detail and curved bracing
- Hot dip galvanised then hand dressed for exceptional corrosion protection
- Acid Etch finish for a unique antiqued patina appearance that improved as it weathers and ages
- Carver Chairs (with arms) are also available
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- 'White Glove' delivery service - furniture pieces positioned at the desired location within your property, all packaging removed, any necessary assembly undertaken (larger tables) and after care instruction provided.
- Supplied in 'Acid Etch' finish as standard - we can offer a painted finish as a bespoke option in either Lichen Green or Cream - please contact us for more information.
- Cushions are not supplied but can be bought separately. Tapered Cushion for Side Chair measures 47cm (at widest) x 44cm x 4cm thick.
SOUTHWOLD GARDEN FURNITURE COLLECTION
This new handcrafted traditional furniture collection takes its name from the popular Suffolk coastal town of Southwold, just a short distance from Harrod Horticultural where we design and manufacture the range in our workshops.
The range is inspired by traditional blacksmith furniture which became popular at the start of the industrial revolution over 200 years ago. Many of the shapes, forms and general look and feel quote directly from this heritage.
Where our designs differ from tradition however, is the depth of study and care we have taken to ensure that our furniture is as much comfortable as beautiful. Much thought has gone into the ergonomics of the seat designs and careful selection of material section and thickness to ensure just the right amount of 'give' is coupled with the required structural strength. The chair designs for example use a range of thicknesses of strip steel depending on the design need. The legs use 8mm thick strip for strength and rigidity whereas the seat base and back rest use 3mm slats to give comfort and spring to the seat. Cushions can be ordered with your furniture for ultimate comfort but we are confident that even without padding our chairs will be kind to your behind.
HIGH SKILLED PRODUCTION
All of our furniture is hand made by skilled technicians and finished in our workshops in Suffolk where we have been manufacturing for over 65 years. Due to the handmade nature of the products all pieces are unique, these slight differences add up to sets of furniture with real soul and charm in a world of mass produced conformity. Before final finishing all of the products are dipped in a bath of molten zinc which envelops the steel in a blanket of sacrificial rust protection. Each furniture piece is therefore extremely tough and durable, and with a substantial weight, so will withstand the most extreme British weather.
The furniture collection is structurally guaranteed for 25 years, but our testing suggests that the furniture can genuinely be considered as heirloom pieces that will last for generations if looked after. Before the final finish, all furniture is hot dip galvanised.
'Etched' finish - the product is chemically 'etched' by hand after the zinc coating is applied leaving an antiqued patina appearance which improves as the product weathers. The magic of the finish, is that the character of each piece only improves with age, the more the seasons pass the more the appearance is enhanced.
The furniture is supplied in the etched finish as standard, if you are interested in a painted finish, we can provide a powder coated finish in Vintage Cream or Lichen Green, but this would be treated as a bespoke design and would incur additional costs. For more information please contact our Customer Services Team on 0333 400 6400 or email email@example.com
Each piece of furniture is handmade and finished, the joy of this hand process means that every piece has its own subtle character that develops with age. The etched zinc finish evolves with time and use, colours vary from almost white to dark grey with occasional mottling of dark red oxides. When the furniture arrives it can take a few weeks for the aged patina to develop. This is normal and depends on the weather conditions, it is usually advisable to allow the furniture to be exposed to a few rain cycles so that the characteristic white dusty oxides form over the initial dark grey.
After a few weeks we then advise applying the beeswax provided with all of our etched Southwold Collection products. This can be applied with a cotton cloth, simply wipe on and buff into all surfaces of the furniture. The wax is easier to apply if it’s at room temperature.
It’s not absolutely essential to wax the furniture before you use it, but it will enhance the appearance, stabilising the patina. The beeswax will also give the furniture a ‘silky’ feel, and when it rains you should notice water now ‘beads’ on the surface, also making it easier to clean. Make sure that you allow the wax to dry fully, and that any excess is wiped off before sitting on the furniture or using cushions. We recommend waxing the furniture at least at the beginning and the end of each season, any natural beeswax can be used.
To clean your furniture use no more than mild detergent, water and a nylon scrubbing brush. The furniture can be left outside all year long in all weathers.
If you live very close to the sea please be aware that a salt laden atmosphere can greatly accelerate corrosion, so we recommend waxing frequently and ensuring that the furniture is washed down with fresh water before application. If at any point significant red iron oxide staining becomes apparent please contact Harrod Horticultural customer services.