Posts Tagged ‘plants’

Concrete planters. What happened? Whither minimalism? Whither design?

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Whatever happened to planters like these two? They may still be in production, but wherever they are still available, and that’s nearly nowhere, they’re civic-sized, weigh 500-1000 pounds, and are out of scale for people’s home gardens. Why? Whither modernism for domestic landscaping? After a golden age of simple, sophisticated design in the 60s and 70s, the commercial design industry is taking us in the direction of cheapness, ornateness, bad nostalgia and the whole philosophy that goes with it.

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Kitchen garden outside the studio

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008


Outside the studio door: herbs, lettuce, arugula, chives, tomatoes, artichokes, peas, strawberries, chard and kale. For pest control reasons and to boost nutrients, they’re planted with yarrow, zinnias, clover, petunias and nasturtiums. The fence was made from the encroaching bamboo grove next door. When whitefly began to move into the bamboo, hordes of bush tits and dragonflies flew in to eat them.

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