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The Wave

About this project

One of the most radical steam-bent structures ever made, as far as we know, The Wave was made using ancient techniques, skill and man-power. Made from 10-metre-long boards of Douglas Fir, its simple form is incredibly striking and beautiful.  The natural character of the wood speaks for itself and the irregularities are part of the great beauties of this technique. Built for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, it will age beautifully forming a harmonious place of tranquility in any garden.


£30000 — £35000


pavilion, Steam-bending, garden, tranquil, quiet, natural, radical


Wood, Design


The Wave at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
Photographer: Anna Powell
Designed and built by Petter Southall for garden designer Tom Hoblyn's Dubai Majlis Desert Show Garden as a place for coming together in peace and tranquility.
The Wave in the Dubai Majlis Show Garden at RHS Chelsea
Photographer: Anna Powell
Sitting peacefully amongst the curves, winding lines and natural planting of the desert garden.
Petter Southall celebrates finishing The Wave
Photographer: Jim Tory
Brand-new and still in the grain shed where it was built, the Wave can be seen here from the back, showing the full extent of the steam-bent curve
Harpist in the Wave at Sladers Yard
Photographer: Anna Powell
The wonderful acoustic of The Wave make it a brilliant performance space.
The Wave at night
Photographer: Petter Southall
Using one light, the Wave makes a compelling impression at night