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Spotlight on The Fan Back

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” - Charles Eames

All of the outdoor living swing seats available to buy in our range are made in the South West of England with dedication, skill, and passion. What unifies our furniture pieces is that they are all handcrafted and beautifully finished with the finest timber, making them the perfect focal centrepiece for your garden.

We currently offer five different back designs to our outdoor swing seats and benches, but the most popular is, and has been since we started, The Fan Back.

We consider The Fan Back a design classic of ours that has stood the test of time since its inception almost 20 years ago, and remains our best seller.

What Makes a Design Classic?

A design classic is a manufactured object with timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and remains up to date regardless of the year of its design.

It takes time to become a classic. If there's one definition of this often overused term, it's about resisting the inevitable ebb and flow of taste and fashion. Classics can't be invented, they evolve. They have to win approval and slowly acquire value & that is what we feel has happened with our Fan Back, a beautiful, and simple, understated back design that lends itself to many settings, seamlessly blending into its surroundings.

Characteristics of Classic Design

Anne-Louise Sommer, director of Designmuseum Denmark said:

“In my view, two things define a classic, on the one hand, a classic reflects the time when it was produced and expresses the needs of that time. On the other hand, it’s timeless.”

If you look up “classic” in a Danish dictionary, it’s defined as a “work of art or craftsmanship that is considered to be of high and lasting quality or to be a typical representative of a particular genre or style.”

And that is exactly what we believe our Fan Back to be, it represents our flagship piece and is as popular with customers now as it was 20 years ago.

But don’t let that put you off our other four back designs, they’re all stunners too!


Fan Back
Heart Back
Slat Back
Curve Back
Swirl Back

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Posted by Siobhan on June 5th 2023

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