Archives for the month of: January, 2013

Ricardo BofillRicardo Bofill is an acclaimed Spanish architect, with an incredible postmodern sensibility. He founded the Taller de Arquitectura, a studio of around 40 architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers who have undertaken a vast array of projects from private homes and interior design to airports, public gardens, hotels and retail spaces.

One of his most incredible projects is the ongoing transformation of an abandoned cement factory in Barcelona.

Ricardo BofillThis former industrial complex has become an incredibly inviting world, with huge cathedral like rooms and surrealist features. The surrounding grounds have also been transformed from a dusty scrap yard to an oasis of palms, olive trees, eucalyptus and cypresses. The vines growing up the walls and the big splashes of green that can be seen from inside the building add to its charm.

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All photographs from Ricardo Bofill.

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He may be a little old for me, but I’ve always had a bit of a crush on sweet Monty Don. He’s an English horticulturalist, TV presenter and author. I’ve watched ‘Around the World in 80 Gardens’ and ‘Italian Gardens’ but he has a pretty long list of shows he has been apart of.

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Monty has my absolute dream job – to explore private and open gardens and introduce them to others. So sit back, relax and enjoy a bit of Monty Don guiding us through some incredible ancient Italian estates.

Villa d’Este, Tivoli

The Garden of Ninfa, Latina

Villa di Castello and Boboli Gardens

Photographs by Marsha Arnold.

Raf Simons has a real knack for producing incredibly beautiful and delicate clothes and presenting them at impressive and unique shows.

Here are a few where he has incorporated his love of nature into the runway.

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/ Summer 2013

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Jil Sander Ready to Wear Autumn/ Winter 2012

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn/ Winter 2012/13

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I’ve seen a few photographers working with this theme lately, there’s something quite poetic about it.

Billy Kidd uses dramatic colours.

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Derek Henderson has a more natural aesthetic.

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Amy Merrick gives these poppies her Dutch master makeover.

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Jon Shireman is simple and striking.

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Derek Henderson

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Alex MacLean learnt to fly while studying architecture at Harvard University. His latest book gives a pretty spectacular glimpse into the rooftop gardens of some of New York’s luckiest residents. Imagine.

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For christmas this year I gave my uncles and aunties and family friends a pot of chilli. It’s a simple, pretty, inexpensive gift that I like to think most people would enjoy receiving.

ChilliFor my brother I bought a truffle inoculated holly oak sapling. I potted it in a wine barrel. When it gets a little bigger he can plant it in his newly purchased house and then in six to seven years they should be able to dig up some truffles!

Truffle OakI was given a terrarium couriered up from bosky in Melbourne which is an incredible little world unto itself and some great books, including a beautiful one by Grandiflora with photography of Saskia Havekes’s amazing floral creations by Andrew Lehmann (available here).

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From Stella McCartney’s spring campaign last year.

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AnOther Mag have recently posted a small list of their favourite gardens, including the gardens of Marqueyssac in Vézac, France and Keukenhof in Lisse, Holland.

Holland250061It’s worth spending some time exploring their website, as AnOther has a keenly curated collection of fashion, art and culture pieces, including these great photographs of the beautiful Rachel Weisz by Craig McDean.

RachelRachelI promise to create my own list of favourite gardens soon.

One of my all time favourites – whether it’s bare, with fruit, or flowering as it is here in spring at the old farm.

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