About adambarnes

Adam Christopher is a designer with an automotive background. Having studied transport design at university he went on to become a toy designer in Denmark for LEGO. From there he has been building a reputation for interesting concrete designs and flowing, beautiful sculpture


A good sofa can go a long way to make an outdoor space feel welcoming and warm. Increasingly we are seeing the lines blurred between inside and outside as people want to make the most of the space they have and enjoy open plan living. The durability of materials has improved as well so the furniture can withstand more weathering than they used to.


Shortly after the arrival of the first batch of studio produced planters came in I photographed the entire range in a studio. These photos came out well and can bee seen as the promotional images for all my range but it is always nice to see the pots in a real life setting.


Having the right furniture in the garden can set just the right tone. Whether it be contemporary or classic it will go a long way to set the style off your environment and may even be the focal point of the whole garden or patio. There are a huge amount of options out there for you to choose from so you need to get inspired to see just what might be around and how something different might be used. Don’t fall into the trap of going down Homebase and buying some rattan, be different!


Summer is nearly upon us and I thought it time to dig through some inspiring images that I found for planter trends and ideas. From the small to the large, the right planter can present our plants in just the right manor. So whether you be looking for a light, elegant and small product or something a bit heavier with presence there should be something over this article to give you some ideas.


When designing my own wedding invites I wanted to use my knowledge and love of origami  to create the invites. As a result I came up with something that I think is pretty cool and I thought I would show you how to do the fold so you can try it. I will be using the a similar fold to create some wall art so stay tuned if you like what you see.


Our outside space is becoming more and more precious and we are taking on more of the outdoor lifestyle. With products becoming more durable it is more feasible to leave rattan chairs outdoors all year and them not perish. Outdoor heating has also become more stylish and usable so we don’t get cold.

I have picked 10 outdoor patio designs that look great and bring so usable style to our new favourite social spaces.


Contemporary garden design is big now and there are people the world over implementing their own style. It is amazing how many designers can input their own touch on garden design and it stand out as uniquely them.
When looking for images for this article I was looking for designs that echoed the straight lines of modern English designers like Charlotte Rowe but what I found was many different styles, all that I liked but all a bit different.

Planters, as I often preach, are a great way to do so many things in the garden. Not only do they allow you to plant in places you can’t usually but they vary the height of foliage, add colour to a design and can make a focal point which is crucial to a successful garden design.

Rosemary Coldstream is a successful, award winning garden designer with many projects to her name. She started her company in 2006 and offers design services from small village courtyards to urban roof top terraces so I had a look at some of her work.


Having had a great response from kronen and prisme  I wanted to extend the range to encompass a design that lent it self more to standing in a pair either side of a doorway. I took the same shape as the other two contemporary planters and increased it’s height while narrowing the frame. The result is a very elegant and slender design that gives more opportunity for the use of the range.  Kronen 90 tall contemporary planter


After a long lead time for the poor customer due to supplier letting me down he finally got the Eggs I promised him which will adorn his garden next year.

The process started earlier this year when I was contacted and asked to make 2 Egg scupltures and supply 4 planters. It was a great order but I had no planters to offer anymore and don’t make the Eggs anymore. Having given up my manufacturing facilities I no longer had anywhere to make them. A problem made even more acute by the fact he wanted 2 1 meter wide ones and the side gate to my parents house is 80cm.


In September 2016 both myself and the studio that I work with to produce my planters exhibited at GLEE Birmingham. Every year they have a competition for new products and as Kronen 65 has been remoulded to a high standard and relaunched it seemed like a great opportunity to enter it for some publicity.


Concrete designer and interior craftsman Daniel Wanat is the owner of ‘Living Concrete’, a company specialising in decorative concrete design. They have some stunning work on their portfolio and the quality really stands out.

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