Petter Southall and his steam-bent Wave

Building the Wave: a short film

Petter Southall’s steam-bent Wave is now available to buy at Sladers Yard and install in its permanent location. Made over last winter for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 as part of Thomas Hoblyn’s Dubai Majlis show garden, as far as we are aware the Wave is the most radical steam-bent form ever made. The short film of its making can be seen below.

Thirty-foot lengths of solid Herefordshire Douglas Fir were bent using only skill, steam and man-power. This beautiful structure makes a remarkable feature in any garden.

With a glass back wall, it could frame a view and offer shelter from the prevailing wind. It could have a textured back wall as Tom Hoblyn used it, for shade and tranquility in the hectic Chelsea Flower Show. It could be a performance space or an elegant place to sit. Being Scandinavian, Petter imagines it surrounding a hot tub. It makes a remarkable feature and point of focus where ever it goes.

Could this be the structure you need?

The Wave at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Thomas Hoblyn’s Dubai Majlis Show Garden with the Wave

If you are interested in the Wave or in Petter Southall’s steam-bent designs, please contact Sladers Yard Gallery on t: 01308 459511 or email:

We have installed the Wave in the yard here at Sladers Yard with dry stone walls and a temporary wooden structure to anchor it in place however there are any number of potential ways this piece could be made to work in your space. Petter is happy to discuss ideas for its next installation and to develop the piece further if required.

View Petter Southall’s website
An overview of the furniture we hold in stock at Sladers Yard can be seen at

About Sladers Yard

Sladers Yard is an art gallery and cafe in West Bay, Dorset. Our art gallery showcases contemporary British Art, Furniture and Craft whilst the licensed cafe serves fresh, locally produced homecooked food and drinks.
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