One of Terence Conran's favourite ever designs, the Clifton, with traditional exposed jointing and an oiled finish, is made from solid ash that has been grown in Britain.  This clever design folds flat by simply releasing the curved tensioned bar making it a great option for moving around the home.

This design has become part of our Archive Collection. We do not hold stock and it is not on display in our showroom but can be viewed by arrangement and made to order. Please call us on 01488 608020 or email sales@benchmarkfurniture.com for pricing information and delivery times.

Dimensions: w210 d85 h70 to seat 8



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Aptly named after the Clifton Suspension Bridge because of it's curves and tension, this range also includes a console table and bench, both made in ash with the same beautiful through wedged tenon joint detail.

Officially certified...

Officially certified...

If your piece of furniture has been made from timber that has been grown in Britain it will be stamped with the official  'Grown in Britain' mark which means that not only does it come from Britain but that the forests and woods were managed to the government's UK Forestry and public procurement standards.

Material & colour swatches

Timbers & Finishes

Ash - Raw/Untreated
Ash - Raw/Untreated

Ash - Raw/Untreated

Ash ranges in colour from olive tones to white and has a lovely open grain.  Here it is left raw, without sealant or oil, and is intended to be treated as a scrubbed surface.

Ash with white oil
Ash with white oil

Ash with white oil

Ash ranges in colour from olive tones to white and has a lovely open grain.  Here it is oiled with whitened hard wax oil to keep it looking pale and close to its raw state.

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Care guides

Care instructions for raw and oiled tables

 

Our furniture is very easy to look after, and with a little care, will continue to look beautiful for future generations.  We like to keep wood looking and feeling as natural as possible so we firmly recommend an untreated or raw table top which we believe is the most family friendly finish and is easy to look after. However, we understand that sometimes our customers prefer a level of protection from everyday spills and stains and so we offer the option of a hard wax oil finish.

Caring for a raw/untreated surface

It is intended that the table top is treated as a scrubbed surface.  To clean the top on a daily basis simply wipe with a damp cloth. To remove more stubborn stains we recommend that you use a green scouring pad and white Cif cream cleaner. Use a little hot water and simply scrub the whole top as necessary, working with the grain. The first few times that this is done, the water will raise the grain and leave a slightly rough feel to the timber. This will only persist for the first few scrubbings.

Damp, untreated, steel items will react with the timber and can leave a dark stain. This stain can be removed with a mild solution of Oxalic Acid, available from most chemists.  Any scratches or surface damage can be easily removed by sanding the surface.  Dents may be steamed out using an iron applied on top of a damp cloth.

Caring for an oiled surface

We use Osmo Polyx Oil  which is a hard wax oil that is lightly applied to keep the timber looking and feeling as natural as possible.  Our clear oil gives a warm,honey tone whereas our white oil keeps the timber looking closer to its raw state. The wax will be fully hardened after 4 weeks.  Particular care should be taken in the first few weeks after delivery.

To clean on a daily basis simply wipe with a damp cloth and then remove any moisture with a dry cloth.  Wipe off anything that will stain straight away, eg red wine, balsamic vinegar, oil, tea, coffee, alcohol, etc.
Occasionally spills may penetrate the oil and you may need to re-oil.  Make sure the area is dry. Lightly sand the stain along the grain with a fine grade sandpaper until you can no longer see the mark.  You will be removing a thin layer of the wax oil.  Blend in the edges of the stain by lightly sanding the surrounding area.  Apply a thin layer of Osmo Polyx oil (two teaspoons of oil should be enough to cover 1m2) to the sanded area on a soft cloth.  Concentrate on the sanded area and then blend in the edges by wiping the cloth across the surrounding area.  You may need to reapply the oil after 2 hours to provide a match with the existing finish.
 
Dents and scratches may be sanded out with sandpaper or steamed with heat from an iron applied on top of a damp cloth.  You will notice that it now feels slightly rough where the grain has come out.  Use fine grade sandpaper to lightly sand and ‘de-nib’ the grain.  The sanded area can then be treated as above. 

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01488 608020 or e-mail sales@benchmarkfurniture.com
 

We're here to help....

If you need any help making a decision on what will be the best finish to suit you or  have any questions about caring for your furniture, please don't hesitate to call us on 01488 608020. We will be happy to send you samples.

 
 

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