To celebrate our 10th Anniversary in 2014, we decided to mark this momentous occasion with a new addition to our range, The Heart Back and we were delighted that it was listed as a Finalist for The RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2014.
The first designs for this new piece were initially created by Martin’s daughter, the artist Lucy Young. We then looked to and involved Paul Reeves, the leading Arts & Crafts Movement Expert who is happy to advise us as he is the brother of Martin’s PA/PR, Siobhan and we always like to keep things “in the family”.
Paul’s expertise led us to be inspired by the work of two of the leading designers of the movement, CFA Voysey and George Walton, (a contemporary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh), to create a seat back which references them, but crucially acknowledges present day design sensibilities.
The form of the Hearts was debated at length, until we chose the shape of an elongated Heart very similar to one designed by CFA Voysey and used as an escutcheon (see illustration).
It is available across all our ranges as a two, three and four seater in Tranquillity, Serenity, Kyokusen, Harmony & RHS Chestnut and is Licensed by The RHS, meaning that we will make a donation to The RHS for every Heart Back that we sell.
The Heart in the top rail comes as standard, but customers can choose whether to have all the Hearts in the back slats, or none at all.
The Heart Back features subtle detailing of arms, referenced from The Abingdon Chair by George Walton and also has a front pelmet, to harmonise with the beautiful seat back.
“The RHS is very pleased to be associated with Sitting Spiritually’s new Heart Back range and delighted to be hosting its launch at the 101st RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We love gardens and this Arts & Crafts inspired Hearts design on Sitting Spiritually’s swing seats, rockabyes and benches will add joy to any garden"
Head of Licensing, RHS Enterprises