About Us


Nick Martel single-handedly launched Avant-Garden in March 2000 – 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. Nick initially set up a charming shop in the Saint Sampson region, and has since established a national and international online presence for Avant-Garden and dedicates the majority of his time to ensuring his customers have the highest standard of service from start to finish.

Avant-Garden Guernsey today…

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

We provide the local residents with exquisite items such as our fine cast bronze garden sculptures, interior furnishings such as luxury beanbags, sheepskin covers, and special gifts from hand carved birds to stunning wall art. We export all these goods internationally so everyone can enjoy the unique products Avant-Garden has to offer.

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 key 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. We strive to provide you with products that will outlive poor-quality alternatives – “Bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”

Our premium range of Outdoorchef BBQs will make you the envy of your friends when you invite them over for some alfresco aperitifs and a meal and whether you live in a rustic cottage or a modern house in the city, our bronze garden sculptures will add a touch of creativity to your garden. No matter what you’re looking for, Avant-Garden are committed to helping you achieve your dream.