The original perfect English country garden seat, this scroll-armed bench is modelled on one by Sir Edwin Lutyens, a furniture designer as well as an architect. It was for Little Thakeham, in Sussex, where his regular collaborator Gertrude Jekyll created the garden. The Arts & Crafts symmetry works best not just outside the patio door, but as an accessory to one of Jekyll’s signature garden features: set against a water garden or a herbaceous border as capacious as you can make it.
This bench is made of teak and there is a naked version as well as this cream-painted one. There is also a four-seater.