Benchmark Wood Classics design and produce an extensive range of modular corner units, coffee tables, poolside loungers, recliners, dining tables, chairs, carvers, garden benches, swing-benches and planters in solid iroko timber.
Chelsea Garden and Home are sole distributors of this distinctive and exclusive range. Designed and produced locally from solid iroko timber, the aptly named Benchmark range is hand-crafted in Cape Town, using traditional mortice and tenon jointing throughout, and is suitable for indoor or permanent outdoor use.
Also known as African teak, iroko is a dense and durable timber that ranges in colour from yellow to light brown and darkens to a rich grey-brown as the timber ages. Like teak, the wood has a high natural oil content which makes it highly suitable for full outdoor use without any form of further treatment. If exposed to the elements the wood weathers over time to a pleasing silver-grey tone. Oiling of the timber is entirely optional and we use a top-quality Danish oil by ProNature as our standard finish, which produces a soft matt sheen and a lightly ‘washed’ appearance to the timber. The oil also acts as a sealing agent, protecting the timber, table tops in particular, from food and wine stains.
Our garden benches can also be spray-painted if required. In such cases, the unassembled components are first painted with an undercoat and the assembled bench is then finished with two coats of spray- paint. In short, the work is done properly and the bench will not require another coat of paint for many, many to come years.
Oiling is entirely optional and we use a top-quality Danish oil by ProNature as our standard finish, which produces a soft matt sheen and a lightly ‘washed’ appearance to the timber. The oil also acts as a sealing agent, protecting the timber, table tops in particular, from food and wine stains.
The Karoo Leisure Seating by Benchmark is modular and consists of the following options: right arm unit, middle unit, corner unit, left arm unit, armchair unit, coffee table and ottoman. Corner units can therefore be constructed to any required configuration. All unit dimensions are W750 x D750 x H650mm, with exception of the coffee table which measures L1000 x W650 x H350mm. Please add an additional 350mm for armrests and backrests for all seating units where applicable.
Our standard cushion pair supplied with the Karoo Leisure Seating consists of a 10cm solid foam base cushion, with a tapered, solid foam backrest cushion. We taper the backrest cushions for greater levels of comfort. All our cushions are wrapped with Dacron and include a lined inner cover for easy removal of the exterior cushion cover. We use a high quality Italian outdoor fabric for our cushion covers. The fabric machine washable, sun-proof and mould resistant, and comes with a five year guarantee against sun-damage. We can also supply backrest cushions with soft-fill inners if preferred, however this would be a custom order and one would need to contact our sales team for further information and assistance.
We offer a range of fabrics to give you the freedom to design your cushions as you choose. Colour swatches on this website are for illustrative purposes only and may vary from the actual product. Contact us directly if you want to select a custom fabric which is not displayed.
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