Trends for the garden are constantly evolving, yet favorites from the past continue to make appearances. Terrariums are just one example of this—a fresh flashback from the 1970s, these fun, tiny gardens are making a comeback. Now Mod fanatics also have a new go-to piece for their garden with the timeless, chic, and functional Midge tile table from Potted. A multi-seasonal must-have, Potted’s co-owner Annette Goliti Gutierrez explains what prompted their newest design.
This article appeared in the June 2012 issue as "An Artist's Touch."
Stan Bitters is a 21st-century caveman. In a windowless steel building on an industrial strip of Fresno, California, the 76-year-old sculptor shapes earth, water, and fire into primal ceramic forms. It is a ritual based more on instinct than intellectual precept. “It’s not about thinking about the clay,” he says. “It’s really getting in there and manipulating it—mashing it and beating it—until it produces some feeling of wonderfulness, something earthy and textural.”
When Urban Outfitters took over a suburban Philadelphia nursery a decade ago, you got what you’d expect: Terrain, a store that combines the resources of a specialty nursery with the design-savvy furnishings and relaxed shopping experience of its sister store, Anthropologie.
Garrett Eckbo’s designs integrate indoor and outdoor living, providing “maximum pleasure with limited maintenance,” says Charles A. Birnbaum, president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
The centuries-old patio at the Barcelona, Spain, apartment of economist Peter Fehlbaum and his family strikes an exquisite balance—classic architectural bones, modernist touches, and a healthy dose of quirk. Fehlbaum’s playful sense of humor—he describes his style as “jive”—and his impeccable taste combine to form an area ripe for outdoor entertaining.
"Birds are Beautiful," at The Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair, 2008. Photo by Adam Kuban.
A slide show of beautiful David Austin roses, a variation of the old fashioned rose that was hybridized to smell and look like English roses,but that would also work well as cut flowers. Frequently referred to as "garden roses" by brides, David Austin roses have changed the trend in bridal bouquets and other cut arrangements away from the hybrid tea rose in favor of David Austin's lush, dense blooms.