Giant Deckchairs and Friends began life by chance. Ben, our Founder, noticed an oversized deckchair whilst partying at a festival in 2011. As a carpenter by trade, the thought process was simple – ‘I could make these chairs, but better than this prototype and start my first business.’
Seven years on, Giant Deckchairs & Friends have sold over 2,500 chairs to all corners of the world and consider themselves as the original and the best chair makers in the business.
Our ethos very much stems from our founder – humble and reserved, Ben’s passion lies in using his hands, making beautifully crafted stuff that lasts and lasts whilst at the same time treads lightly on our fragile planet.
No shouting and ranting here, it’s about quietly and serenely going about our business, and showing respect to the world around us.
We don’t get up in the morning purely to slice off another quarter percent off our operating costs. Our world has more humility.
We leap out of bed to make, build and finesse. Every day, we obsess over the tiny details, constantly looking to make improvements, the difference between a steel bolt fixing and an elegant stainless catch matter to us. Really, they do!
In many ways we feel where we live, work and play, in Devon; has moulded the way we think and behave. We see the beauty of our surroundings every day which reinforces our desire that everything we do is as sustainable as possible.
We source our timber from local, family-owned companies and ensure the wood has the highest of sustainable certificates (PEFC). For our Giant deck chairs, the frames are treated only once the entire construction is complete, this ensures any wood cuts are sealed. Any wastage is used to keep us warm: recycle and upcycle – that’s the path for us please!
The world we live in inspires us; we like nothing better than to be out in the elements, embracing its beauty, from mountain biking across Dartmoor, camping in uncharted territory, to snowboarding whenever the opportunity arises. The outdoors is where we are when we’re not crafting chairs and thinking about our next business venture.