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.
Often when specifying planters for a commercial space the reasons are less about necessity and more about creating the right image. A planter can offer a lot to a scene as it frames the life that sits inside it.
There is a new TV show on Channel 4 that goes by the name of ‘Inside Out Home’. The series follows the development of 2 houses per episode that are the brain child of architect Zack Monro.
The concept is that we redesign our homes and living space to bring the outside in and vice versa and when you see the results you will very much agree with the philosophy.
It is easy to create some style with not a lot of space and my fiance is great at it so I took the chance to photograph some on the flower pots that we have around the flat and see if I can create a bit of a feel.
Please excuse the dead lavendar, we have tried too much water,too little and just the right amount but clearly we have offended each one as this plant does not like us. Still it looks good for a week in the flower pot whilst it’s alive.
Pots and planters are my game and so when I see some nice settings I tend to try and get a few pictures. I may get the odd look from passers by but sometimes it is worth it as a street landscape can really come alive with some nice planting.
When non Scandinavians hear someone say ‘fjord’ they cundjure images of cruise ships edging between vertical cliff faces as the passenger gawp in awe of the views from the boat.
We usually associate blue swimming pools, contemporary garden terraces, and sea views with tropical islands or Mediterranean resorts. Perhaps you would not expect turquoise outdoor swimming pools and jacuzzi’s lined with stylish planters and tropical flowers over looking a sun kissed ocean in Scandinavia?
Bamboo in recent years has become a much more popular choice for gardens in northern Europe as it offer fast growing and dense foliage at a low price. There are various different types available and you should do your research before you buy as some can be pretty viral and take over you garden.
I was recently walking around London and realised just how many planters and flower pots there are. It sounds like a silly thing for a concrete planter designer and producer not to have noticed but there really are so many and we just pass them by. I think it’s a situation where you would miss them it they weren’t there but they blend into the landscape when they are.
Garden design like many other forms of design starts off life by putting pen to paper and sketching something out. I see many nice gardens, contemporary or traditional, all over the internet and I they are all inspiring works. So inspiring in fact that I decided to paint the images so have a look and see what you think.
With websites like Etsy and Houzz the internet is a wash with creative souls getting out their dirty clothes and making stuff. One of the most popular it seems is concrete flower pots in tiny incarnations with succulents and cacti nestled inside. They weren’t the first though as concrete has long been used for flower pots due to its strength and durability.
In recent times though concrete has developed an image of style and class with many top designers and architects using it in their ideas. There are now a few companies that make stylish planters but use this old school material to give it a designer edge.
Having a nice garden space is usually the last thing people tick off on their to do list in their house but if the project involves landscaping the space then I can really recommend getting some lighting installed to give the design a new dimension.
Vertical gardens? What the bajingle is one of the those? Some clever sole invented a racking system that enables you to put lots of tessellating plant pots next to each other to give the impression of a full wall of vegetation. That’s the quick answer anyway but since then the art has evolved and there are other solution. The point is though that it gives designers and owners and opportunity to add a new dimension and use plants that would otherwise have been ignored.