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Classic furniture design

Much as landscape design is a response to space, environment and buildings, these same characteristics should also influence the choice of all important outdoor furniture from which the environment will be taken in over time.

Some choices are relatively easy, for example, Lutyens benches will sit happily in an Arts & Crafts inspired garden and Steamer chairs will look perfectly in keeping on a wooden deck by water.

The fashion for low seating light in colour will provide an inviting and contemporary place for spending time outdoors informally, but some surroundings will take and indeed demand furniture with greater character.

A great example can be seen in these 1970s table and chairs set in sub-tropical grounds. Their shape and colour juxtapose perfectly with the lush border planting.