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Material Guide

Antique Brass

Antique Bronze

Beech

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Our antique brass finish can be see across kitchenware and homeware products. The base material is Steel, which is then powder coated to give an aged, vintage appearance. It’s the perfect accent to both lighter and darker colour pallets marrying in beautifully with our Chalk and Carbon colourways.

Used across our lighting range, this antique bronze finish is a brushed effect that sits upon a steel body. The aged appearance can vary from range to range, from a deep brown to a blacker bronze. The soft brush strokes will show hints of a lighter brass, echoing the antique style.

We choose beech throughout furniture and home accessories for its strength and durability. Unlike woods with larger wood grains, beech is the perfect choice when looking to paint furniture, as it’s less absorbent and leaves a smoother finish. It can be seen throughout our Clockhouse range in a variety of colours.

 

Brass

Bronze

Cast Iron

 

 

 

Used in our lighting the solid raw brass does not come with any lacquer or sealing coat. The finish will naturally dull and darken with time and may eventually display the brass patina known as Verdigris which is green. This natural aging process was the intention for this product. If you wish to retain a more polished brass appearance, this can be achieved by occasionally applying a good quality metal polish or wadding, and buffing for a bright, shiny brass finish.

A selection of our lights are produced in plated bronze. The material is electro-plated which is more effective than powder coating, giving a higher level of durability. The finish is an antiqued dark brown with a soft brushed effect.

A strong, durable material cast iron can be seen throughout our homeware and garden ranges. The deep brown material is hand welded to create structural shapes that will last.

 

Cement Fibre & Acacia Wood

Ceramic

Coir

 

 

 

Our Cement Fibre range is crafted from a compound of cement, sand and fibre to form a panelled boxed top. The material is unique and weatherproof set on natural acacia wood legs. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, to clean please simply wipe with a damp cloth. The surface is hardwearing but should not be dropped or man-handled else it may chip or scratch. We recommend fully covering these items over the winter months

We sell a range of ceramic plant pots where every piece is handmade in organic shapes with unique textures and glazes. Items are designed for indoor use only and the finish, markings and glaze colours will vary slightly from piece to piece, yet we feel this adds to the characteristic of each product.

Our range of coir doormats come with a vinyl, water resistant backing. Each piece is made from natural coconut fibres meaning some coir pith may be visible, yet this doesn't affect the overall functionality of the item. Recommended for indoor use only, to clean please vacuum rather than shake.

 

Concrete

Cotton

Enamel

 

 

 

Polymer concrete can be seen throughout our lighting ranges. The material has been left raw, with markings, flecks, indents and shades individual to each piece. The lights are moulded into simple, streamlined shapes paying homage to the organic appearance.

Sold in a variety of colourways and patterns the cotton we use is strong, hardwearing making it perfect for use in the kitchen and for furniture accessories. We recommend spot cleaning first and then washing at 30 degrees.

Traditional in style our vitreous enamel mixes crisp white tones with our signature Garden Trading colourways. The outer glaze may chip if knocked or dropped so please treat with loving care. Most items are dishwasher safe but please do not clean with abrasive sponges. Enamel is not microwave safe and can get very hot when in use.

 

Felt

Fibre Clay

Galvanised Steel

 

 

 

Our Fair Trade felt collection is handmade in rural Nepal from 100% sheep's wool. Using only natural dyes the neutral colourways will add a soft warm touch to your home. To clean simply hand wash separately in cold or luke warm water and do not tumble dry.

Extremely durable and tough, our fibre clay materials is used for our outdoor planters. The deep grey/black material is frost proof down to -20 degrees and heat resistant up to 40 degrees. The material breakdown is: 50% magnesia, 35% magnesium chloride and 15% fibreglass.

Galvanised steel will ensure the longevity of a product indoors or out, used throughout our homeware and garden products. The silver shine will dull over time but still ensure the product stays protected from the weather and UV exposure.

 

Granite

Hot Dipped Galvanised Steel

Leather

 

 

 

An extremely strong, durable material used throughout our kitchen ranges. The flecks and markings in tones of grey have been mostly left raw to allow the organic shapes, tones and colourings to shine through. Granite products should be washed in warm soapy water and not put in a dishwasher.

Our hot dipped galvanised range of outdoor lights are extremely durable and weatherproof, even in coastal locations. Each product is dipped in molten zinc after manufacture ensuring it will last outdoor for many years. The rough texture is a part of the process and an intrinsic part of the product. Over time the shine will dull to a soft silver finish in your garden.

The leather seen in our kelston range comes from Hungary, where the bulls are kept freely. The colour is completely natural with no stains, dyes of paint. The tanning used is completely ecological. This means each piece of leather will vary in tones, shades and markings. Naturally over time with exposure to light and air the leather will age to a darker brown.

 

Marble

Oak/Raw Oak

PE Bamboo

 

 

 PE Bamboo

Our marble is natural and unvarnished, selected from various quarries around the world for its colour and texture. As with all-natural stone products, care should be taken as items will crack if dropped. Please clean and maintain with hot soapy water. Not dishwasher safe.

Our oak products include both raw oak and oak veneer. Each version is extremely strong, hence its use in out indoor furniture pieces. Our raw oak designs are made using kiln dried oak in Hungary. The material selected is rustic with some knots visible. To clean we recommend wiping with a damp cloth. Water, wine and oil will mark the material, so we recommend applying a Hard-Wax Oil which adds a level of stain protection. Although our wood has been kiln dried please ensure all new pieces of furniture are not placed within one metre of a radiator/heat source as this may cause the material to shrink or even crack as it expands. These changes will not affect the durability or lifespan of your furniture, it simply shows us that wood is a natural material. On items such as our trays and table tops a light matt oil finish has been added to give a level of protection making them more practical for their intended use.

Like our PE rattan this plastic (PE/Polyethylene) weave cleverly imitates the natural bamboo material whilst making it entirely weatherproof. The phosphate treated powder coated steel frames have been wrapped with the PE ribbon and then mixed with strong rounded ‘bamboo like’ struts to create this open weave effect. It is both showerproof and UV proof, suitable for both indoors and outdoors but like all garden furniture should be covered if left outdoors over the winter months.

 

 

PE Rattan

Pine

Powder Coated Steel

 Rattan

 

 

Our pe rattan is made from recycled plastic (PE/polyethylene) and we have worked with the factory to make it as natural looking in appearance with an almost tufted finish on some weaves. The woven rattan is extremely hardwearing and durable, making it a very practical weatherproof material for outdoor garden products. The rattan is hand woven over a lightweight but immensely strong aluminium frame. It’s both UV proof so that it will not fade and waterproof however we still recommend covering or storing the furniture and cushions away from the elements over the winter months to help prolong their life. The cushions provided with our outdoor furniture are showerproof and

Our pine wood items from Poland have been dip treated with a water based non-toxic wood stain. They come in a variety of colours that allow the natural wood grains and markings to shine through.

Our outdoor steel products are 'electro coated' prior to the powder coating process to ensure that as much as possible this tough outer paint layer will act as an effective barrier to rusting.  Our colours are distinctive, and the powder coated metal finish provide a smooth food safe surface that can be easily cleaned. The GT colours are deliberately matt or glossy which provide contrasting finishes.

 

Rattan

Raw Metal

Reclaimed Pine

 

 

 

Our chunky indoor kubu rattan is sourced and hand crafted in Indonesia. Each piece is woven by hand to create intricate and organic shapes that sit beautifully beside a fireside, in a hallway or utility room. Being a natural weave, we recommend not getting these items wet.

We use Raw Steel hand welded for a range of outdoor products which when placed in your garden will age to a natural rusted finish. The strong and durable material will remain robust and requires no extra care once placed in prime position.

Produced from old shipping pallets, our reclaimed pine is designed for indoor use only. Its rustic appearance is peppered with nail holes giving it added texture and history. Each piece has been finished with a soft layer of grey paint to achieve a 'farmhouse' finish.

 

Recycled Glass

Reclaimed Teak

Slate

 

 

 

Produced in Europe and China our collections of glass are hand blown using 100% recycled glass to create beautiful organic shapes. Due to each piece being hand made the sizes, colourings, bubbles and textures will vary from piece to piece which we feel adds to the exquisite nature of the product.

Our reclaimed teak is well seasoned, naturally aged and inherently rustic in finish. The reclaimed timber is mixed with responsibly sourced (SVLK certified) newer teak to aid construction and is very durable in a UK climate and will not shrink, move or crack due to the low-level moisture. It has been finished with a wax seal but over time this richer honey shade will fade to a beautiful silver grey. To maintain and protect the wood we recommend using a natural teak oil or teak shield, reapplied annually. Water, wine and oil will stain if left unattended and hot items should be placed on a trivet or coaster. We recommend storing reclaimed teak under cover during the winter months.

Our slate is raw and untreated but naturally food safe. Like porcelain, slate is thin and strong but will break or chip if dropped or hit. To clean and maintain, please wash with warm soapy water after use. If you scratch your slate or prefer a darker subtle sheen, please wipe with a thin layer of olive or vegetable oil. Slate is not dishwasher or microwave safe.

 

Spruce

 

Our range of spruce furniture have been kiln dried and treated with a water-based wood stain giving a soft rustic finish. For outdoor products we advise placing in a sheltered area where possible. To maintain your spruce furniture, we recommend re-applying a light wood stain annually or when required.