Stella Blinova. Outdoor. November 26th , 2017.
This viewing platform by Austrian architect Zamp Kelp, was created for the EXPO 2000 in Hanover, Germany. Curiously sited on the border of an old quarry, the platform juxtaposes a statuesque staircase made using quarry stone with a spectacular cantilevered glass and steel platform. Architectural studio Cooke Fawcett designed a 3.5-metre-wide and thirty-two-metre-long raised platform, that spans the width of a multistorey car park in Peckham, south-east London. Sited on the car park’s rooftop deck, the elevated steel and hardwood timber promenade was completed this year. Called the Peckham Observatory, it offers views across the London skyline as well as the capital’s much overlooked southern neighbourhoods.
There is something so familiar about a white picket fence that it immediately draws us in. It is compelling to look at, urging us to get closer to it and the breathtaking garden that’s lying behind it. We can stare at the fence in fascination, wondering if the interior of the house does the marvelous exterior justice. A home with a conservative style and patriotic appeal is ideal for a white picket fence! It’s the classic model for an American dream – a simple suburban family lifestyle. Red brick houses are so captivating! They have a raw look that radiates a strong character which makes them very noticeable. Soften their look with a charming white picket fence.
Even when you group “like” plants, sometimes less is more. The neatly spaced succulents below are striking in their form, and the fact that they are separated by a blanket of basalt gravel makes them all the more prominent: Just as many modern landscaping techniques involve using gravel as a base, the use of greenery as a base can add interest and a sense of abundance. For example, planting rosemary around the base of a tree creates a green “stage” and makes the tree’s setting all the more special. Above and below, we see rosemary at the base of a crape myrtle tree. The tree’s pink blossoms are extra vibrant against the greenery that surrounds them. You can take this same concept and apply it to smaller additions around your yard, such as greenery in planters. For example, moss beautifully offsets the green succulent in the next featured planter.
The Calyx series of armchairs, loveseats, coffee tables and bistro tables hold you with their intricate diamond-shaped weaving pattern and a breezy modern vibe. Each of these fits into a wide array of outdoor lounge decorating styles that range from coastal and shabby chic to modern and minimal. For those who love something more dramatic, curvy and artistic, the Croissant series with its hand-sculpted frame is a great choice. Be it the easy armchair or the spacious sofa, this elegant collection manages to enthrall without disturbing the aura of the natural landscape it sits in. Finally there is the beautiful Oasis Collection – a series where the silhouette of every décor piece is inspired by the shape of a tulip. Built using a polyethylene and aluminum frame, its inherent organic vibe and inviting form bring serenity and style to the modern pool deck, patio or any other outdoor hangout.
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