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This exquisite garden, designed by Citylaboratory for Les Jardins de Métis, is a fine example of designing with clarity. The egg shaped pool captures the beauty of the surrounding nature, reflecting and so transforming the space into a garden that sings with simplicity.

Citylaboratory say that “ROTUNDA is an elemental garden, based on an atmospheric and poetic perception of materials, light, plants and the passing of time. It is a reflection on the fundamental themes of the art of the garden.

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The garden is to be filled with water at the beginning of its life and to be left to evolve over time, becoming a climate register device. It will be sensible to changing light conditions, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, rainfall and evaporation.

Photo by Carlos Comendador

Water is used as a raw material to create a reflecting surface. The container is simply a frame that suspends water above the ground; a homogenous black object, assembled in a direct way, minimizing the expression of assembly joints and the contact with the ground.

The garden will over time accumulate leaves, dust and pollen, be inhabited by birds and insects, leading to the cultivation and growth of new life within the garden.”

The garden won 1st Prize International Design Competition.

 

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Photo by Carlos Comendador

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Today is the day we wish to praise the work of leading London based photographer Dan Tobin Smith.

In amongst his expert still life portfolio is a magical selection of shots that capture nature perfectly. Using a round mirror, Dan creates the illusion that there is a world within a world.

The results are both surreal and utterly beautiful.

by Dan Tobin Smith

by Dan Tobin Smith

After some time away watering and tending to my seedling daughter, I am again designing, writing and back in my garden.

We have not rested an our laurels, however – we have continued to search out inspiration; we have completed several projects and we have spent a lot of time planning the future for Cat Howard studios.

Beautiful meadow planting - happy summer everyone

Beautiful meadow planting – happy summer everyone

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