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Stour Valley Oak at the Chelsea Flower Show

We were delighted to collaborate with iconic lighting and home furnishing brand Jim Lawrence, creating a bespoke oak frame for their trade stand, which went on to scoop the coveted ‘5 Star Gold Award’ at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show.


Stour Valley Oak Jim Lawrence Chelsea Flower Show

Proud to be appointed by such a prestigious company, our brief was to design and craft a robust oak framed structure that would give a ‘modern rustic’ backdrop for Jim Lawrence’s range of glittering lights at The Chelsea Flower Show.


“We needed a sturdy build that would accommodate all our lighting whilst allowing for customer space and lending itself to our modern, rustic style,” explains Grace Clements, marketing coordinator for Jim Lawrence. “Supporting local businesses is very important to us,” she continues, “So we were thrilled to team up with Stour Valley Oak for this project. So many people stopped and remarked on the quality of the buildings construction at the show, and it was an absolute pleasure to be able to showcase the craftsmanship of such a fantastic local company.”


“It was an absolute pleasure to be able to showcase the craftsmanship of such a fantastic local company.” Grace Clements, Marketing Coordinator, Jim Lawrence

The design of the trade stand featured a hand crafted, solid oak frame, devised in an L-shape configuration with open front and sides to allow maximum space for visitors to browse. The perfect complement to Jim Lawrence’s elegant products, the stand was finished with featheredge boarding and grey slate roof tiles to give a charming aesthetic that would synergize with the range of beautiful lighting on offer. “Many of the lights we featured on the stand were shown in our antique brass finish,” explains Grace. “In the trade this finish is often referred to as a ‘living’ finish because of the natural oxidisation process that occurs to the brass over time, leaving it to dull down to an authentic, antique look,” she continues. “Combining these rustic tones with the natural texture of wood is a go-to in many modern country homes, and we feel they complement each other beautifully - inside and out.”

Similarly to Stour Valley Oak’s cartlodges, all Jim Lawrence’s lights are made using traditional working techniques and are hand finished to the very highest standard in their Suffolk workshop, making the collaboration between our two companies a perfect marriage of skills and ethos.


“Paul and the team at Stour Valley Oak took on our rather unusual building brief and helped and guided us all the way with the construction of our exhibition stand,” cites Cassie Rowland, senior creative manager at Jim Lawrence. “As you can imagine, we were particularly delighted to be awarded the ‘5 Star Gold Award’ for our trade stand; and having such a stunning oak framed building in which to display our lighting most certainly helped us towards this prestigious award!”

“We were absolutely delighted with our amazing oak framed exhibition space.” Cassie Rowland, Senior Creative Manager, Jim Lawrence

Do you love the look of the oak frame we custom made for Jim Lawrence? Contact us to discuss how we can create something spectacular for you too.


See our photo gallery to view more of our stunning oak frames


Jim Lawrence recommends…

To add the perfect finishing touches to an oak framed building, Jim Lawrence recommends antique brass for external lighting, to compliment the traditional look of the oak.


Granary Wall Light, £320.80 www.jim-lawrence.co.uk


“Bring a beautiful designer touch to your outdoor lighting scheme with our striking, swan necked Granary Wall Light, which is hand crafted from solid brass.



Peacock Wall Lantern, £346.50 www.jim-lawrence.co.uk


“This Georgian style wall lantern is one of our most popular outdoor wall lights as its design features a hand blown mirror at the back that will reflect the light from the bulb at night and the beauty of your garden during the day.”

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