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Solus Decor launch new fire and water feature at Chelsea Flower Show

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Solus Decor launch “The Pacfic Rim” the new fire and water feature at Chelsea Flower Show

 

Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The launch of The Pacific Rim; combined fire and water feature

Solus Decor launched the new combined fire and water feature at Chelsea Flower Show last week. The fire and water feature is called the Pacific Rim,  which takes inspiration from our Canadian roots. For years people have asked if they can have the best of both our products. As a result our team in Canada have worked hard over the last year to create the pacific rim. The pacific rim creates a spectacular focal point in any outdoor setting. You can hear the water gently cascading over the metal surface while you enjoy the warmth of the fire.

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The Pacific Rim, fire and water feature

 

The Trade Stand

Solus Decor worked with a number of suppliers to create the ideal outdoor setting to compliment the concrete fire and water features designed and produced by Solus Decor.  The stand was build by Thorburn Landscapes. This year we have been fortunate  enough to work with Envirobuild who supplied us with a fantastic composite decking. The composite decking compliments our products like our fire and water features it is designed to withstand the elements. Anti-slip and reversible Hyperion Decking comes with up to 25 year limited residential warranty against splits, splinters, rot and fungal decay. This low maintenance solution is perfect choice for any commercial space or residential garden deck. We used the Hyperion Pioneer decking in silver  birch and we couldn’t be happier with the finished result.

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Our planting was provided by Worlds End Nurseries a beautiful oasis in Chelsea. A sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle. Worlds End Nurseries is a family run business that has been serving the local area for decades and if you haven’t visited it’s a must!

The final special touch was bespoke chairs from Brent Comber Originals from our home town in Vancouver. Brent created the perfect seating for our fire and water feature made from hand carved cedar. The Brent Comber chairs share the same curved design as the Pacific Rim, which created an inviting space for guests to enjoy the calming sounds of the water and the warmth of the fire.

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We were thrilled to be part of the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show and receive such wonderful feedback about the new fire and water feature; the Pacific Rim .  To find out more about the Pacific Rim or any of our other fire and water products get in touch with our team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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D Day Celebrations at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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Solus Decor are exhibiting for the fourth time this month at RHS Chelsea Flower Show; the most renowned horticultural and outdoor living show across the world.

 

75th Anniversary of  D-Day Landing

RHS Chelsea Flower Show is held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Royal Hospital Chelsea is the home of the Chelsea Pensioners. The Chelsea Pensioners have become as much a part of the Flower Show as the gardens on show. This year is an extra special year for the Chelsea Pensioners at the Chelsea Flower Show as it marks the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings on 6th June 2019.

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The D-Day 75 Garden

The ‘D-Day 75 Garden’ will be exhibited at the Royal Hospital Chelsea during this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 21st-25th May and will celebrate the lives of our Normandy veterans.75 veterans have been invited to take part during Chelsea Flower Show. They will share their incredible stories with the Chelsea pensioners and the public. The garden will then be gifted by the veterans to the town of Arromanches in Normandy. The ceremony will take place on 6th June 2019.

 

D Day 75 Garden

 

We can’t wait to see this fantastic design created by John Everiss, a multi RHS gold award winner at Tatton and Chelsea.  To find out more about “75 Reasons” and see how you can donate take a look at D Day Revisited.

To find out more about Solus Decor at RHS Chelsea Flower Show take a look at our blog with our high lights from last year including the launch of our new metal table top and drinks ring. We look forward to seeing some of you at the show this year. Visit us at trade stand #608 and see new products for 2019.

 

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Metal Table Top Launch at Chelsea Flower Show 2018

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Another fantastic week at RHS Chelsea completed. Solus Decor launched the new contemporary metal table top as part of the our accessory range and here’s a look at Solus Decor’s highlights at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Solus Decor exhibited for third year in a row and as always it was a highlight of the year. We had a fantastic time at the show launching our new metal table top alongside our contemporary fire and water features. The Solus Decor stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show featured our contemporary fire pits and water features against a back drop of composite decking from Silvadec supplied by  Brooks Bros, bespoke screening from Screen With Envy and electronic awning to offer shade and all weather cover from FlyBird Installations all expertly constructed by TKE Landscaping to create the perfect setting for our luxury contemporary fire and water features.

Solus Decor launch the new metal table top as part of our accessories range:

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Metal Drinks Ring on Hemi fire pit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

 

The launch of the new Solus Decor metal table top proved a huge success at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year as part of our accessories range. The new metal table top is ideal for those seeking a contemporary addition to their garden design adding both style and function. The new metal table top is available for the Hemi fire pit and can be used in two ways with the drinks ring only when the fire pit is in use or as a full table top.

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BBC TV presenter James Wong visiting Solus Decor stand and taking a look at the new metal table top.

 

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SKY TV Presenter, Sarah Hewson visiting Solus Decor stand at RHS Chelsea to discuss fire pits and water features

 

Chelsea Flower Show 2018 Highlights:

The Chelsea Flower Show is set in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to the Chelsea Pensioners. Always a delight to see the historic architecture of the hospital and the Chelsea pensioners in their uniforms as the setting for the exceptional garden design exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show.

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A Chelsea Pensioner taking in the driftwood sculptures by James Doran Webb

 

The David Harber and Savills Garden designed by Nic Howard offers both a contemporary and thought provoking take on garden design.

This sensational garden designed by Nic Howard featuring David Harber sculptural pieces definitely caught our attention. Rich and colourful planting leads you through a sculptural tunnel, which draws you in. The garden is designed to show how sculpture and planting can tell a story and encourage reflection. In this garden, the different layers represent mankind’s evolving relationship with the environment.

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Savills and David Harber Garden designed by Nic Howard at RHS Chelsea

 

An excellent example of contemporary outdoor living; the LG Eco-City Garden designed by Hay-Joung Hwang

The LG Eco-City Garden represented a contemporary look at residential garden design incorporating the our growing dependence on technology in our lifestyle’s  today.

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LG Eco- City Garden designed by Hay-Joung Hwang at RHS Chelsea

 

A green space for residents, workers and visitors was at the heart of the design of the garden by Kate Gould; New West End Garden

Kate Gould’s garden was a space to breath and relax in the hustle and bustle of the the city with carefully thought out ideas to take the strain of city living. Kate Gould incorporated specialist plants that are able to cope with a high level of pollution and toxins in the city air, paving technology using Kinetic energy produced when people walk on the paving to power the lights and light boxes on the walls featuring a grid of London streets that light up as the sun goes down.

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New West End Garden at RHS Chelsea by Kate Gould

 

If you’re feeling inspired by Chelsea Flower Show  why not get in touch with us to find out more about our new metal table top or any of our other fire and water features and make the most of your garden this summer!

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017

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We’re back in the office this week and have a chance to reflect on the highlights of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017; the planting and flowers, sensational gardens and the colourful characters visiting the show.

 

The weather is always a question mark over the Chelsea Flower Show as it is in the majority an outdoor event, this year we had been anxious as the build up had seen torrential rain almost everyday.  However as the show opened the sunshine arrived and stayed for the duration, we couldn’t have wished for better weather; showing the gardens and all the outdoor products at their very best and putting a smile on all the visitor’s faces.

 

 

Best in Show

The gardens are the big draw for most visitors offering inspiration and insight into the incredible hard work involved in creating the show gardens for Chelsea Flower Show.  The Best Show Garden was the M&G Garden designed by James Basson.  The designer’s vision of a garden was created from a disused limestone quarry including a large botanical range of flora from Malta. Designed with great impact it delivers a hard message about the vulnerability of Malta’s natural landscapes and resources.

 

 

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Best Show Garden designed by James Basson

 

The Best Fresh Garden was designed by Kate Gould, City Living showing a an imagined space in an urban apartment block, providing the occupants with attractive and useable small gardens.  These multi-level gardens highlight the importance of greening inner city spaces, not only for residents’ enjoyment but also to benefit the environment as a whole.

 

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Best Fresh Garden designed by Kate Gould

 

The Best Artisan Garden was the Walker’s Wharf Garden supported by Doncaster Deaf Trust and designed by Graham Bodle. The garden reflects the beauty of industrial decay embellished by restrained plantings of conifers including pines and larch as well as lush woodland perennials.

 

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Best Artisan Garden deigned by Graham Bodle

 

WaterAid

 

This year we decided to collaborate with WaterAid by selling our concrete tea light holders at the show with all proceeds going to WaterAid, this proved a huge success and we are pleased to announce that we have raised £1,200, which will enable WaterAid to supply a school sanitation block for 250 children (£1050) and three wheelchair accessible toilets (£50 each) in Bangladesh.

 

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Solus Decor collaborate with WaterAid at Chelsea Flower Show

 

 

 

People Watching at Cheslea Flower Show

Of course RHS Chelsea is mainly about the gardens and flowers but it’s also a great spot for fantastic people watching; whether that’s getting a glimpse of a Chelsea Pensioner in their full regalia, a celeb spot on press day or simply somebody with fantastic style to match the gardens.

 

 

 

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Solus Decor CEO, Brad Carpenter learning about the history of the Chelsea Pensioners

 

 

 

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Fashion and Flowers; A glamorous couple spotted at Chelsea Flower Show

 

 

 

 

We have to give a big thank you to the fantastic suppliers who helped to create our stand for Chelsea Flower Show 2017; TKE Landscaping, Silvadec, Brooks Bros, Flybird Installations, Kyoto Design, Greenmatters UK and KG Lifestyle & Interiors.  Here a some highlights from our stand which showed our fire and water features in a great outdoor living space:

 

 

 

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Donate to Water Aid at Chelsea Flower Show

Solus Decor are collaborating with Water Aid UK at Chelsea Flower Show

 

 

We are always keen to give something back and collaborate with charities within our work.  We have worked with a number of charities back in Canada but we have yet to create a link with a UK charity. Given our involvement with water features we were keen to get in involved with a clean water charity that provides a basic resource to developing countries that is so readily available to us in the UK. Water Aid seemed the perfect collaboration and we are thrilled to be raising funds for such an important cause at Chelsea Flower Show this year.

 

What does Water Aid do?

 

Clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, yet millions of people around the world don’t have access to these basic services.  Across the world, women are forced to waste precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets, and young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases.

 

Water Aid’s whole approach is about getting safe water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone everywhere by 2030 .  They tackle the reasons why millions of the world’s poorest people live without these most basic human services. With hundreds of partners in civil society, government and the private sector, they deliver water, sanitation and hygiene to those most in need and make transformational change happen so that governments across the world provide all of their citizens with affordable, sustainable services.

 

 

What we’re doing?

 

Last year at Chelsea Flower Show many people were keen to buy our candle holders, which are given to clients as a sample guide showing colour and texture when selecting their water feature.  It seemed appropriate that this year we “sell” these to visitors to Chelsea Flower Show with all proceeds going straight to Water Aid.

 

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Solus candle holders

 

If you’re at Chelsea this year be sure to visit Solus in the Fresh Gardens at trade stand FR64 and make your donation.

 

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Find out how you can donate 

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Looking back at Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Every year the world renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show is held on the grounds of the Chelsea Royal Hospital, home to the Chelsea Pensioners.  For 5 days in May the grounds are transformed into an array of outdoor oasis’, offering inspiration for those visiting the show from near and far.

 

Last year we had a great time exhibiting with Jack Dunkley and were privileged to feature our fire and water features in the Urban Retreat designed by Jack.  Not only was it our first time at Chelsea but we also launched our Fire Cube in the UK at the show and we were thrilled to be shortlisted for product of the year for the Fire Cube.

 

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The Firecube, shortlisted for product of the year at Chelsea Flower Show 2016

 

The show is a great opportunity to see new garden and outdoor living products to inspire visitors and for many exhibitors The Chelsea Flowers Show is the perfect opportunity to launch new products. However for many the main draw is the incredible show gardens.  The show gardens take centre stage at the show with incredible vision and creativity displayed, not to mention the huge amount of hard work involved to create the gardens.

Here’s a reminder of some of the show gardens that made a big impact in 2016:

 

 

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Chelsea Gold Medal Winner by Andy Sturgeon

 

Andy Sturgeon made a huge impact at the show last year for his garden design, which was not only a gold medal winner but also won best in show .

 

Vestra Wealth’s Garden of Mindful Living by Paul Martin at chelsea flower show
Vestra Wealth’s Garden of Mindful Living by Paul Martin

 

The Chelsea Barracks Garden by Jo Thompson at chelsea flower show
The Chelsea Barracks Garden by Jo Thompson

 

We are looking forward to being part of Chelsea Flower Show again this year and the opportunity to see the wonderful array of exceptional garden design on show once again.

If you would like to visit the show there is still time to book your tickets, click here to plan your visit.  If you are attending be sure to visit us at stand F64.

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Garden Trends and Predictions for 2017

What trends can we predict for Garden Design in 2017?

 

 

 

 

 

We sat down with John Wyer from Bowles and Wyer to look at what 2017 has in store for their design practice and what predictions he has for garden design in 2017:

 

Based near Tring on the Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire border, Bowles & Wyer have become leading landscape and garden designers and contractors, working throughout London, Central England, and the South East. John Wyer officially founded Bowles and Wyer with Chris Bowles in 1993 and since then the business has continued to grow year on year.

 

Currently their work is 60% residential and 40% commercial with a focus on prime central London, which brings its own challenges with both access restrictions and interesting and unusual spaces where one needs to consider not only the horizontal but also the vertical space.

 

 

 

 

 

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City Garden, Belgravia, London by Bowles and Wyer

 

 

 

 

 

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The Lancasters, Bayswater, London by Bowles and Wyer

 

2017 looks to be an exciting year for Bowles and Wyer with 3 prestigious commercial projects in the pipeline; working with the Cadogan Estate on the Kings Road, Park Crescent West in Regents Park, and Audley House in Mayfair. As always, they will be combining these projects with their residential projects both in the UK and internationally.  As we talked about the projects for 2017 we discussed the differences between commercial and residential and the challenges that they both bring.  John says that “commercial and residential are very different but not always in the way you think”.  In commercial projects, there are many more meetings, more drawings and more information required due to the larger team that you are part of.  This tends to be a more decisive process due to the super structure in place but given the nature of large commercial projects developers often have bigger worries to focus on meaning the landscaping decisions can be pushed down the priority list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hampstead Roof Terrace, London by Bowles and Wyer

On residential projects, it is always about finding the balance between budget and design, Bowles and Wyer make it a priority to spend time educating their clients prior to the design phase; looking at their database of designs and costs per sqm, allowing the client to understand the true cost of each design.  John finds this key in helping clients understand what they can expect from their project based on their budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at 2017 John Wyer is optimistic for the London market post Brexit. He thinks the effect will be neutral if not positive as he believes foreign investment in London will rise and this will likely be reflected in garden design.  Looking back over the last few years garden design has been very much about twin trends: on the one hand right angles and minimalism, and a second trend for up-cycling and stripped back finishes. John believes these trends were partly caused by the influence of design software such as SketchUp and also the effect of the recession.

 

Firepits in garden design in 2017
Best in show at RHS Chelsea 2016 by Andy Sturgeon, exploring a different geometry

 

 

In 2017 John believes that we will be looking at different kind of geometry, moving away from the right angles, incorporating more curves in design and an introduction of more luxurious surfaces; etched metals and coated finishes.  The advancement in porcelain has also made a significant impact on design and we will likely see more of this in 2017 with substantial developments giving many more options for outdoor floor surfaces.

 

The use of fire and water in landscape design is something that is here to stay.  Bowles and Wyer have seen an increase over recent years in clients looking to incorporate fire pits into their designs, where they might have previously requested a hot tub or Jacuzzi.  The “plug and play nature” of a fire pit is something that appeals to clients. The biggest challenge with incorporating fire into the design is always about matching the cost to client’s expectations.

 

Design trends for 2017
London Roof Terrace by John Wyer – shortlisted for SGD Awards 2016

 

 

 

 

 

It’s safe to say that it looks to be another successful year for John and the team at Bowles and Wyer and with designs like this it’s not hard to see why. We wish John all the best for the SGD awards on the 27th January for this elegant roof terrace design in London.

 

Find out more about Bowles and Wyer at www.bowleswyer.co.uk or follow John on Twitter.