Probably the most famous designers and manufacturer of garden benches is the English company Coalbrookdale. It took advantage of the new technology in cast iron and produced some of the finest examples of garden furniture and ornaments of the 18th Century.
Highly collectable, Coalbrookdale pieces are characterised by their designs featuring garden plants. Other major foundries of the period include the French equivalent of Coalbrookdale, André (J P Victor, later Barbezat & Cie)
The renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens was also a garden furniture designer, possibly inspired by his work with garden designer and horticulturalist Gertrude Jekyll. He designed small runs of pieces like the famous Lutyens bench to create a very specific effect in a garden landscape.