For the seaside, rooftop or garden, the deckchair is a summer staple – although not always a stylish one. So this limited-edition charitable collaboration from an unlikely trio – international conservation charity World Land Trust, the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art and Southsea Deckchairs – is a welcome arrival on the scene.
On sale from this month at £150, each Sit to Make a Stand deckchair will allow the World Land Trust to buy half an acre of an ecologically threatened habitat in order to protect its wildlife. These regions include the grasslands of Bolivia’s Beni Savanna, the densely vegetated Mexican Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, and rainforests in Ecuador and Colombia (in the latter, gold mining and illegal drug crops have left many species, such as the spectacled bear, at risk of extinction).
Each of the collection’s five prints is designed by a final-year textiles student at the University of Southampton’s Winchester School and comes in a limited edition of 50. Depicted are animals that the Trust has helped save since its foundation in 1989, from Margarita Island’s yellow-shouldered parrot chicks to green sea turtles. Hannah Baker’s Big Cat deckchair (pictured) features a layered print of a Bengal tiger hidden among vibrant blooms, while Jessica Walsh uses stripes of geometric patterns and silhouettes of the world’s heaviest land mammal for Elephants. Shahnaz Binte Nazimuddeen takes a more picturesque approach with a detailed illustration of orangutans swinging in a hibiscus-filled canopy.
The Trust, which numbers Sir David Attenborough among its patrons, serves to protect ecosystems all over the world, and the materials used in the Sit to Make a Stand range are just as ecologically minded. Each deckchair is assembled using sustainably sourced timber by Portsmouth-based manufacturer Southsea Deckchairs, which supplied seating for last year’s waterside Olympic events and the Hay literary festival.
The Trust hopes to protect 125 acres with the collection – an excellent reason to be proactive about relaxation this summer.