Gloster announces Elan, a ground-breaking new collection of teak furniture made from outdoor teak plywood, a highly innovative new material that can be curved for comfort and is set to revolutionise the teak garden furniture market.
According to Gloster, the largest producer of quality outdoor furniture in the world, teak is experiencing a resurgence in the outdoor living arena. Although it requires some maintenance, teak's natural beauty and ability to blend with both modern and traditional settings has seen its popularity rise in comparison to synthetic materials such as man-made wicker, stainless steel and plastic.
This season Gloster has brought teak right up to date by utilising a new technology and production process that can create curves and uses layers of teak veneer, glued and moulded into shape using a special, outdoor specification adhesive. These sleek, contoured shapes for the seats and backs are combined with sharp, angular side frames to create a highly distinctive design profile.
Gloster's new outdoor teak plywood is not only smooth to the touch and contemporary it's also completely weatherproof and extremely hard wearing.
Traditional slatted teak furniture has always been a little time-consuming to maintain but with Elan, maintenance is minimized thanks to the large, flat surfaces created by the plywood seats and backs. And with Gloster's timelessly elegant new Elan collection curved for maximum comfort and comprising dining tables and chairs, loungers, sofas and armchairs as well as accessory items, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of contemporary teak garden furniture in the world.
Dining in Comfort and style
The Elan dining range includes two sizes of slatted teak top dining table. A six seater spanning 02cm x 165cm and a larger 102cm by 195cm option that through the addition of two extensions, can be expanded to 318cm to seat up to 10 people.
There are two dining chairs - with and without arms – both offering exemplar y dining comfort thanks to curved teak plywood seats and backs that are contoured to the body. Stainless steel cross bars and detailing completes the streamlined, contemporary styling.
The Elan collection also includes the ultimate outdoor living accessory, an outdoor kitchen. There are two tables available both with a heat proof stone table top and electric grill/hot plate.
The low level Coffee Table option works well alongside Elan's lounge furniture, whilst the Serving Trolley with its useful lower shelf and stainless steel wheels sits perfectly alongside an Elan Dining Table. Both offer a practical alfresco cooking solution that is both fun and stylish and will keep chefs close to their guests.
Loungers for the Body Conscious
The Elan lounger combines simplicity of style with exceptional comfort where the length of the lounger is scooped and curved to mirror the contours of the body. Made from laminated teak plywood, it is smooth to touch, easy to maintain and extremely hardwearing.
The Elan lounger reclines to five different positions, and has integral wheels for easy manoeuvring.
Gloster's Elan range of outdoor lounge furniture, incorporating a Reclining Armchair, Sofa and Ottoman, continues the trend for outdoor furniture that mirrors interior furniture design. Retro in its styling, it is cool and contemporary with clean straight lines yet boasting exceptional comfort through curved teak outdoor plywood seats and backs.
Seat and back cushions can be added for even greater comfort, and the Armchair reclines to three different back positions. Accessory items include an optional headrest for the Armchair (below), a Coffee Table and Side Table.
The Elan collection was designed for Gloster by Axel Enthoven (above), President and founder of Enthoven Associates Design Consultants (Belgium).
Gloster Furniture is available from selected retailers and garden centres across the UK, including Harrods and The Chelsea Gardener in London. For more information please call 01454 631 950 or visit www.gloster.com
Notes to editors:
Based in the UK, Gloster is one of the largest producers of quality outdoor furniture in the world with over 350 product lines and a world-wide distribution network. The company designs and manufactures an exciting range of both traditional and contemporary outdoor furniture in a variety of materials including teak, teak plywood, man-made wicker, stainless steel, aluminium and vinyl sling. All products are designed and built to stay outdoors all year long, retaining their beauty and functionality for years to come.
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