Ricardo 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.
This 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.
This old factory is now his family home along with the headquarters for the Taller de Arquitectura, and a venue for exhibitions, concerts and lectures.
All photographs from Ricardo Bofill.
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.
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
Jil Sander Ready to Wear Autumn/ Winter 2012
Christian Dior Haute Couture Autumn/ Winter 2012/13
From Stella McCartney’s spring campaign last year.
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.
It’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.
I 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.