Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Interiors: DFS and Team GB team up to create Britannia

This is a paid for advertorial with DFS

I can't believe the Olympics have come around again so soon. Doesn't feel like four years have passed since the last one, does it? I remember the buzz around the London 2012 games - visiting the capital, we came across mascot statues at every turn, and stumbled into the victory parade where athletes walked the streets between London landmarks.

The big kids in our house are the ones most interested in sports (the Euro 2016 wall chart is at the ready!) and talk of athletes doing magical things on the track or in the pool or on the pitch is never far from their minds. These people are big heroes to our small ones. Although they can never fully appreciate the hours and years of practice that goes to make an Olympic athlete, they see that this is no ordinary human being. In their eyes, athletes are part human, part superhero - super human!

So why am I talking about sport here on a lifestyle blog? Well, I'm interested in what happens off the pitch. What athletes do in their down time. How do they relax? Last year, I interviewed Amy Williams, Olympic gold medal winner, for The Guardian, and we *might* have ended up talking about her favourite shops and cafes rather than her sporting achievements...

DFS, the British sofa retailer and official homeware partner for Team GB at this year's summer Olympics in Rio, has designed the Britannia, a classic Chesterfield sofa with a twist. With its swooping back and gold stud press detailing, it's made for relaxing, celebrating and connecting with friends and family.

I hadn't realised that DFS hand make all their sofas in their Derbyshire factory to order, and the attention to detail is great. Have a look at this video to see just how the Britannia was made, and for whom:

Find DFS on Twitter and Instagram. And if you'd like to be in with a chance to win a trip for two to Rio 2016, enter the DFS competition now!

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