About Avant-Garden Guernsey

Nick Martel outside his Avant-Garden Guernsey shop
Nick Martel outside his Avant-Garden Guernsey shop

Nick Martel single-handedly launched Avant-Garden in March 2000 and is located on the stunning island of Guernsey, with the vision of providing unique and impressive items to be displayed in homes and gardens throughout the world. Now well established with a charming shop in the Saint Sampson region, Nick also exports his highly sought-after products internationally.

Avant-Garden Guernsey today…

Nick still works to the same ethos as they did when the company was launched, using his knowledge and expertise to create stunning and unique products that don’t compromise on quality to live in your homes and gardens for many years to come.



We provide the locals with exquisite items such as our bronze garden sculptures and elegant water features for the home and garden from our boutique store, as well as exporting these goods internationally.

Our unique retail business has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, helping us advise our customers on what would work well in their homes. We pride ourselves on establishing long-lasting relationships with our customers built on honesty, reliability and the wisdom that our products will stand the test of time and be a fixture in their lives for many, many years to come.

As Guernsey has extremely high humidity, air salt content and sun intensity, the materials used for our products have been thoroughly tried and tested.

Made with marine-grade stainless steel, grade A teak, scratch-proof ceramics for our table tops and weather-proof materials for our cushions, we know that you are buying high end products, which we guarantee will stand the test of time. You can be assured that they will not be bleached by the sun or rust. Buying from a garden centre means you are buying something with a shelf life but when you buy at Avant-Garden, you can be confident that this is not the case. We strive to provide you with products that will outlive poor-quality products – “Bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

Whether you are looking for one of our ceramic tables to enjoy your summer BBQs (which are scratch-proof, weather-proof – and red wine-proof!), weather-proof cushions that will make you the envy of your friends when you invite the over for some alfresco aperitifs or bronze garden sculptures to add creativity to your garden, we are committed to helping you achieve your dream.