Fermob continues to push the boundaries, exploring new terrain and experimenting with new materials. This time, the brand has come up with a warm, elegant blend of aluminium and teak – and it’s a winning combination. Metal is Fermob’s star material and the basis of its expertise, not least when it comes to making products built to withstand outdoor use. Teak, meanwhile, is a rotproof wood that offers unbeatable resistance to external conditions. Fermob’s untreated, unoiled teak is sourced from sustainably managed forests in Indonesia by a subsidiary of Vlaemynck – and it’s been that way for 30 years. What’s more, the brand makes a point of only using Grade C teak, the most environmentally friendly type that’s velvety-soft to the touch and completely natural-looking, complete with knots and other irregularities.

The Somerset bench, a fresh take on the iconic park bench, is very much a happy marriage of metal and wood – authentic to the original inspiration yet resolutely modern in its execution. Made from two materials and available in all 24 shades of the colour chart, the Somerset bench exudes British class and charm. Perfect in every sense!