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View Archive Thursday, 22 November 2012

The Photo Showcase:


Competition Update: The "Imagine" Bench/Picnic Table Cover competition is now closed!


 Congratulations to Suzanne ONeil from Worcester, who is our latest winner! We will be touch on Monday to organise delivery of your chosen Bench/Picnic Table cover. 


Don't despair if you didnt get lucky this time, you'll have another chance to compete in our prize draw next week so stay tuned to our Facebook / Twitter for more updates!


The beginning of our trip - Vernon Jackson Subway

In this blog post we will showcase photos taken whilst in NY, and describe some of the other influencial themes and styles that will be providing us with inspiration for the forthcoming year. 

We also will be announcing our latest competition to win a free Bench/Picnic Table Cover.

This year the Benches development team have been on a few "excursions", Thailand, Indonesia and last but not least, New York.

Our most recent trip to the Big Apple became a wonderful opportunity to let the cities wealth of inspiration sink in.

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, visited the Rockafella Center, Central Park, Bubba Gumps Restaurant and many other iconic places.

Check out the images below and go to the bottom of the post to read how to enter our latest prize giveaway competition. 

Classic Benches on Brooklyn Bridge

A perfect spot for a rest

These traditional Benches are plentiful across NY

Theres a few variations to the classic style, but most are old and weathered , giving a rustic feel.

Recognise this scene from the movies? Maid in Manhattan?

Classic detail on a large tree bench in Central Park
An inviting looking reclaimed Bench

A small but perfectly formed "tree bench"

These modern benches are simply but stylishly decorated

Many old benches have lost their place to more contemporary styles or stonework in downtown Manhattan.

Waldo Hutchin's Memorial Bench
This "Exedra" (a curved outdoor bench) is elaborately adorned with Latin writing dedicated to a State Congressman and Central Park Champion Waldo Hutchins. It was built in 1932, and the Architect included lines which mark the shadows seen at different times throughout the Autumn equinox.

Another shot of the large tree bench and other decorated benches in Central Park

One thing we noticed throughout NY was the varying textures observed on benches, this one was gorgeously finished.

These benches are more like pool-side recliners, great for sitting back and reading a book in the summer sun.

This bench was barely managing to stand up straight, but the simple traditional style is still just as relevant now.

These benches that are dotted about the highline look sleek and fit perfectly with the decor.

This innovative bench was seen in the centre of a water feature in NY, looks perfect for skaters!

What a difference a spot of colour makes in this brooding dark city!

Skating at the Rockafella Center - a center for commercial decadence

These teak benches are at the top of the Rockafella Center... Impossible to escape these wherever we go!

"I'm Forest. Forest Gump. People call me Forest Gump." - in Bubba Gumps Restaurant

This concrete bench is similar to the ones showcased on Pinterest by us a few weeks ago.

 Competition: Prize Giveaway - A Bench/Picnic Cover Worth up to £29.99

The last time we ran this competition it was hugely popular, so we've decided that considering the time of year, we best run another for all those unfortunate people who didnt win last time round! 

Now take a look at the pictures below: 

"Imagine" Memorial in Strawberry Fields

The memorial attracts huge crowds

At certain times this Memorial becomes a mecca for die hard fans.

Competition Question: Who is this memorial dedicated to?  (Strawberry Fields NY)

This time you have more chances of winning! 

  • As usual, enter your full details on the blog, and you'll get one entry into the draw.

  • If you like our business page on Facebook you'll secure yourself another chance of winning.

  • If you follow us on Twitter you'll get a further chance to win.


The competition will end on Friday 30th November 2012.  Enter now to avoid missing out.

We will endeavour to deliver the Bench/Picnic Table Cover to an agreed standard UK mainland address as arranged in advance with the winner.

Minimum age for entry is 18.

The winner will be chosen by us at random.

Automated sign-ups or clicks will not be accepted and we will reject any suspicious entries.

This competition is not associated with any other company.

Please include a current email address above, one that you check regularly, so we can contact you if you’re a winner.

The winner will be notified via the email list entry and must claim the prize within 30 days.

We reserve the right to end the competition at any time.

There’s no cash alternative – it’s a fun competition! 

Good luck!

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