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Holidaying at Home Giveaway

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We have partnered with Landmann UK and Chefs for Foodies to bring you an epic home garden prize for those who are holidaying at home this year! The sizzling prize includes:

To enter this competition you must visit our Instagram account and follow the competition directions. The competition will be live between Monday 5th July – Monday 19th July 2021. A winner will be chosen at random and contacted through Instagram by Desser & Co after 12pm on Monday 19th July.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The main Promoter of this competition is Desser & Co Ltd whose registered office is at 5 Bradstone Rd, Manchester, M8 8PS. Other Promoters include Landmann Ltd UK and Chefs for Foods Ltd.  
  1. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years and over except employees of the Promoters and their close relatives, and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition. 
  1. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. 
  1. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. 
  1. To enter this competition the entrant must perform the following actions: 
  1. Follow each of the Promoters profiles on Instagram, found at the following handles: @desserandco, @landmannbbquk and @chefsforfoodies. 
  1. Like the competition post on at least one of the Promoters’ Instagram profiles 
  1. Comment on the competition post tagging in the people they would invite to a BBQ – each comment will be classed as one entry into the competition, multiple entries are accepted. 
  1. Share the competition post to their own Instagram Story for an additional entry into the competition. 
  1. Closing date for entry into the competition will be at 12pm on Monday 19th July 2021. After this date and time no further entries will be permitted. 
  1. The Promoters reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, local or global disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the Promoters’ control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the Promoters. 
  1. The Promoters are not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition. 
  1. The prize is as follows: One Mink Woven Rattan Sun Lounger supplied by Desser & Co, one Kentucky Smoker Charcoal BBQ and BBQ tools supplied by Landmann UK, and a live cook-along with professional Chef Fernando Baena and a Mexican BBQ recipe box delivered to your door (The live cook-along will take place on Friday 30th July, at 6pm GMT, only. No alternative date or time is available). Please note that each item will be dispatched by each individual Promoter and may arrive at different dates and times. 
  1. The prize is as stated, and no cash or other alternative will be offered. The prizes are subject to availability, and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another equivalent value without giving notice. 
  1. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by the Promoters. 
  1. The winner will be notified by DM on Instagram within 5 days of the closing date by Desser and Co, only. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. 
  1. The Promoters’ decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. 
  1. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England. 
  1. The winner agrees to the use of their name on social media as method of announcing the winner. Any personal data relating to the winner, or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent. 
  1. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram. You are providing your information to the Promoters and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at https://www.desser.co.uk/privacy-policy/  
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Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Patio Furniture for your Outdoor Space

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The simple addition of great outdoor furniture holds huge power to transform an unused area into a plush, enjoyable and pragmatic space. Adding a large statement table with big, comfy chairs can turn a drab and dreary patio space into a luxurious alfresco dining experience. With the following top tips, you will be able to turn your garden into a lounging, dining and entertaining destination. 

Write a list of your outdoor furniture needs 

Grab yourself a note pad and pen, and think of how you would like to use your outdoor space, ask yourself the following questions: 

  1. What function will it serve to you and your family?  
  1. Do you want to create a casual dining area? 
  1. Will you use the space for hosting parties? 
  1. Do you want to create a peaceful space for relaxing and reading? 

Making a list of all the activities for this space will help determine what type of outdoor furniture is necessary. For example, if the main function of your 14×16-foot patio space is to create a casual dining area – you will need a dining table and enough chairs to accommodate your family and friends. 

Try outdoor seating before you buy 

As you are likely to use your outdoor furniture regularly, and for years to come, it’s essential to find a good quality set with comfortable seating. Firstly, shop around online to find a set that is perfect for its function, then visit a showroom, try out a few sets, and quality-check the furniture before you buy. Look for outdoor sets with water, mould and, UV-resistant qualities to prevent fading and the growth of mildew. 

And remember, low-price usually means low-quality, these sets are likely to only last one summer. If you can’t make it to a showroom, check out the retailer’s reviews to ensure they’re a trusted company. 

Go for easy-care garden furniture 

Your outdoor time is precious, use this for relaxing in the sun and getting the barbie out, not hours spent maintaining your furniture! Look for easy-care outdoor furniture to reduce the need for upkeep – most metal, cedar, and all-weather PE rattan furniture will withstand whatever the British summer throws at it and will minimise cleaning. With our guide to cleaning your outdoor furniture, you will spend more time enjoying your garden and less time scrubbing your set. You can also accessorise your furniture with waterproof outdoor cushions for additional comfort. 

Consider storage for your garden set 

Placing your furniture into storage throughout autumn and winter will ensure it lasts for many years to come. Moving your furniture from the garden into a garage or shed will prevent damage caused by the harsh winter elements. If your storage space is limited, look for an upholstered outdoor set that is made from durable, waterproof material like our Aruba Collection – this ultra-modern outdoor furniture is built for year-round use with waterproof, mould, UV, and stain-resistant fabric. All sets also come with a waterproof cover for additional protection. 

Invest in quality outdoor furniture 

The saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is typically true when it comes to buying outdoor furniture. Before you make a pricey purchase check consumer reports, as well as a range of different customer review boards, to ensure you are getting the best quality possible for your budget.

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Colorado Grey 4pc Rattan Outdoor Lounge Set with a Glass Top Table 

Looking for the perfect outdoor lounge or dining set? We have a range of modern all-weather furniture as well as more traditional PE rattan sets to choose from.  

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4 Top Tips to Create a Hygge Home

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Hygge – pronounced hoo-ga is a Danish life-style concept, creating joy, well-being and cosiness in every aspect of life. It is a state of mind to be present in your environment, using your home to reflect that life is filled with family, friends and nostalgia. The idea of Hygge is to create a home that is full of love, cheerfulness and most importantly comfort. 

In this blog we look at the four top tips to create a Hygge home. 

1. Choose a Natural Colour Scheme 

Too much colour can become distracting, evoking unsettling sensations for mind and body. Sticking to a neutral colour scheme will create a unified and balanced feel throughout the house. Natural furniture is also a great way to bring a Nordic touch to your interior, adding warm tones to your home. 

2. Less is More 

Rattan furniture can be both subtle and functional and will bring nature into your home. The Hygge trend is dominated by white or neutral walls when used throughout the house can produce a calm and tranquil atmosphere. Accessorise with your favourite books, candles, or a simple vase. 

3. Add Cosy Blankets and Cushions 

To encompass the true meaning of Hygge you will need to invest in an abundance of cosy blankets and cushions, these can be added to any space to create comfort. Soft textures like cashmere will allow you to indulge your senses. 

Styling tip: Change up your throws depending on the season. During spring/summer go for linen blankets and in the autumn/winter chunky knitted blankets are perfect for cuddling up on the sofa. 

4. Nostalgic Memories 

Bring in your own personal touches. This design trend does not need to be perfect, add in your own trinkets, photographs, and keepsakes that make you feel happy.  

Our selection of wicker furniture will be a great addition to any Hygge interior, shop the range here

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How to incorporate rattan into your home

How to incorporate rattan into your home

No longer resigned to conservatories and summer houses, rattan furniture has had a resurgence in the last two years and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  

For its durable and versatile qualities, the material has earned its rightful place in our homes providing elegance and sophistication as well as a casual laid-back look that works wonderfully with all interior design themes.  

However, if you haven’t yet brought this natural vine-like material – grown sustainably in tropical rainforests into your home, we’ve put together a few ideas to get you started. 

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Natural Beijing Coffee Table

Bring a touch of nature into your living room 

Lightweight and durable, rattan furniture is a great addition to any living space, whether that be country chic or modern minimalism, you’ll find a stunning wicker piece that will match all tastes and styles. Whether it be a Nordic living room or a bohemian staircase the paired-back, casual feel of rattan furniture will bring a touch of nature to your home. 

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Natural Shanghai Chair

Add texture to your bedroom 

The intricate weaving and cane detailing of rattan furniture will bring texture and allure to any bedroom interior. Place a statement chair in a unused corner to create an unusual reading space or as a finishing touch to a vintage dressing table. As the material is extremely lightweight, you’ll be able to move the furniture easily from one room to another, if needed. 

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Natural Moon Chair

Use wicker baskets to create nifty storage 

Available in a range of sizes wicker weave baskets can be used to create extra storage in any room of the house. Larger baskets can be used in living rooms to store blankets and cushions or in bathrooms to store towels and toiletries. Baskets can even be used in children’s bedroom to store away toys and accessories. 

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Set of 2 Black Storage Baskets

Create a statement with sculptural pieces 

Sleek and timeless designs, adding a sculpted chair to your living space will create drama and intrigue. Look for striking contours and organic forms that work best with luscious house plants, botanical prints and other wicker pieces, such as mirrors, tables and footstools. Sculptural rattan furniture can be both beautiful and functional. 

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Natural Teardrop Chair

Team rattan furniture with modern interiors  

Rattan furniture can produce a remarkable focal point without being too intrusive in a modern space. The traditional wicker weave of rattan furniture provides textural contrast in rooms that are dominated by white walls, smooth surfaces and exposed wood or brick. For more of a visual impact look for furniture with shapely silhouettes and curved designs. 

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Natural Porto Bar Stool

Create a vibrant space for the kids to play  

As a natural material, rattan is easy to clean making it ideal for a children’s room. Both, durable and fun rattan chairs are available in a range of funky colours that will brighten up a children’s bedroom or playroom. You can also add a fluffy blanket to create a cosy reading area. 

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Kids Wicker Loom Chair in White

Our woven rattan furniture is hand-crafted from natural, sustainable material and is easy to maintain. Look at the collection here.  

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A Mancunian Family Affair

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This past year, more than ever, has shown us the true meaning of family and friendship, and with World Family Day just around the corner on Saturday 15th May we look at the 102-year history of Desser and Co – a Manchester based family business.  

The story of Desser and Co starts back in the dark days of the First World War, where a British soldier named Issac Desser served on the front line in Belgium. It was here that Issac encountered a Flemish craftsman who was producing several types of basketware and the foundation of Desser and Co was born. 

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On his return from the war, Issac began a small business operating from the front parlour of his Mother-in-law’s house. Here, Issac’s wife, Anne and her family helped packing goods to despatch to customers. Realising the commercial potential, Issac began importing the baskets from Belgium to sell to retail outlets across the United Kingdom.  

When the family moved to a new house near to Cheetham Hill Road in Manchester, the business went with them and Issac was soon joined by his brother Simon – and in 1919, Desser & Co was formed. Following this in 1932 Issac’s son Morris also joined the company. 

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After the Second World War, Simon’s son-in-law Ronnie Stewart joined the family business, which was now housed at Lord Street, Cheetham Hill. However, shortly after this move Simon passed away.  

The family business continued to grow, necessitating another move to a large but still cramped basement on Robert Street. By this time, Morris’ son Gordon began working for the family business followed by Ronnie’s two sons Michael and Barry. Further expansion signalled another move in the early Seventies to an impressive purpose-built warehouse and showroom on Bradstone Road, Cheetham Hill, where the company is still based, today!  

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In 1975, sadly, Issac Desser passed away, working at his company until his 80th year. Proceeding him, in 1987, Simon Desser (Issac’s Great Grandson) joined the business kicking off the fourth generation of the family business followed by Mark Stewart in 1997 and then David Stewart in 2017 (both Ronnie’s Grandsons).  

Unfortunately, sadness descended on the family once more with the passing of Morris in 1997, Ronnie Steward in 2000 and Simon Desser in 2018.  

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The family and business have shared many hardships throughout its 102-year history but with its Mancunian spirit and the will to succeed, has kept the family business alive. The Great Grandsons – Mark and David have great ambitions for the company for many more years to come.  

Not only does Desser and Co celebrated four generations of a family run business, but many also committed employees have been with the company for over 30 years, bringing family members of their own into the business – making it a true family affair! 

All this from one man who had a simple idea whilst serving on the front line for his country. 

Anything is possible.  

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How to clean your indoor rattan furniture

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Natural materials are big news in interior design right now and rattan furniture has seen an explosion in popularity throughout 2020 and 2021. Apart from making a style statement in your home, rattan furniture is a lightweight, durable and sustainable material. The hardwearing properties of the vine-like plant, grown in tropical rainforests will last a lifetime if cared for properly. 

However, as a porous material, rattan will suffer from damp if stored in a moist environment. Care to keep it clean and free of dust will ensure your furniture will last for many years to come.  

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The Chelsea Natural suite in Texture Blue fabric

How often should I clean my rattan furniture? 

The traditional weaving technique used to construct rattan furniture means there are many nooks and crannies for dust to gather. Therefore, the furniture should be dusted with a soft cloth or vacuumed with an upholstery brush on a weekly basis. A more thorough clean using a damp cloth should take place monthly, ensuring any food or drink stains are cleaned away immediately. 

What equipment will I need to clean my rattan furniture? 

  • Duster 
  • Soft cloths 
  • Vacuum with upholstery brush 
  • Toothbursh 
  • Two clean buckets 
  • Warm water 
  • Washing up liquid 
  • Chlorine bleach 
  • Boiled linseed oil 
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The Clifton Natural suite in Athena Check fabric

Cleaning instructions – weekly 

  1. Dust the furniture 

Using a duster or a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery brush, dust over the furniture to remove any dirt that may have formed in the weave. To remove stubborn build-up, use a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove dirt from corners or the joins of the furniture. 

  1. Cleaning stains 

With a damp cloth (using a solution of warm water and washing up liquid) wipe away any stains as soon as possible. Do not try to rub these stains with pressure as this will push the matter deeper into the weave of the furniture, then leave to air-dry.  

Cleaning instructions – monthly 

  1. How to make the cleaning solution 

Mix four cups of warm water and a tablespoon of washing up liquid in a bowl or bucket. Stirring the solution until suds form on the surface. 

Fill an additional bucket with fresh water to rise off the furniture using a clean cloth. 

  1. How to clean the rattan furniture 

Using the cleaning solution run a damp cloth over the furniture, starting at the top then down over the rattan piece. Ensure you are rising the cloth, frequently in the fresh water and wring until slightly damp.  

Again, if you have any dirt build-up in the weave of the furniture, use a toothbrush but do not over-saturate the piece with water. 

  1. Allow the furniture to dry 

Allow the furniture to air-dry. If there’s excess water, use a soft cloth to dry the piece. 

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The Camden suite in Pimlico fabric

Cleaning instructions – yearly 

Each year, remove the cushions, inspected the furniture for issues and condition the rattan. Before you begin the thorough yearly cleaning, follow the steps for weekly and monthly cleaning first. 

  1. Inspect Rattan for issues 

Remove the cushions from the furniture and look for any splits or breakages in the structure. If you’ve stored your furniture in a damp space, check the legs for mold or mildew. 

  1. Clean off any mold or mildew 

To remove any mildew, make a solution of equal parts of chlorine bleach and water. Wearing rubber gloves, dip a soft cloth in the bleach solution and apply to the affected area only. Do not saturate the rattan and move the piece into a sunny spot to dry as quickly as possible. 

  1. Condition the Rattan 

Once you’ve followed all the cleaning steps and allowed your rattan furniture to dry completely. Dip a clean, soft cloth into boiled linseed oil to condition the rattan – boiled linseed oil is used over regular linseed oil as it dries faster and can be bought at most DIY stores. 

To prevent any drip marks, start at the top of the piece and wipe downwards over the furniture. The oil will add moisture to the fibres, helping to prevent breakages. Allow the furniture to dry for at least 48 hours before replacing cushions. 

Looking to add to your collection of rattan furniture or making your first purchase? Check out our range of sustainable, luxury furniture.