2006 ASLA^rmual Meeting Minneapolis, Minnesota October 6-9,2006
To date, over 40 artists have donated works including landscape photographer Victoria Cooper. Her auction contribution, Greywacke (pictured here), is also featured in the forthcoming exhibition:
Altered Landscapes: Central and Rock Creek Parks
May 5 - July 28 | AIA Headquarters Gallery | Washington, DC
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is pleased to announce its second annual silent auction of sketches, paintings, watercolors, and photographs, by notable landscape architects and photographers to be held at the 2006 ASLA Annual Meeting. The auction benefits TCLF's free, video archive, Landscape Legends, which features videotaped oral history interviews with visionary designers who have played a key role in shaping the built American landscape. To date, such luminaries as Dan Kiley, Lawrence Halprin, Richard Haag, Ruth Shellhorn and others have been filmed. The proceeds generated by this silent auction will directly support the oral history project.
Learn more about participating in the Auction or previewing the videotaped interviews by visiting WWW. tclf.org
the 2000 Bubble Club series, are quintessential Starck statements. Inflated versions of traditional interior lounge chairs and sofas, they are made from polyethylene, a kind of plastic. The series is a blend of fantasy and function, Felliniesque in humor, iconoclastic, yet highly functional.When I asked Star-ck recently about the inspiration for these pieces, he said the idea came to him as he was kayaking to one of his oyster beds in the south of France. His boat was made using a strong, durable and cheap material, and he decided it might work just as well in outdoor furniture. Bubble Club is the result.
But in general Starck and his retailers avoid labeling his furniture "indoor" or "out." Advances in durable plastics and new technologies have allowed him to apply his creative talents to a range of furniture that can be used outdoors, from the polypropylene (read plastic) Dr. No chair and Prince Aha stools in the 1990s to his recent polycarbonate Ghost Family of products. But his motivation was not so much the versatility of use between the in-
terior and exterior as the availability of well-designed furniture for the masses.
What makes these pieces singular, and why have they been so successful?There is no mystery here. It is all about "play."Tradition-ally, outdoor furniture has been treated as a serious matter, constrained by a limited palette of materials. Prior to WorldWar II, the materials best able to endure the elements were limited to teak and coated cast iron. In the years since, modern materials such as stainless steel, aluminum and plastic resin have become available. But gardening traditionalists, whether their styles fyi Philippe Starck's range of indoor and outdoor furnishings are available in the United States through Design Within Reach (www.dwr.com; 800-9442233) and Kartell (www. kartellus.com; 866-8548823). See also www. philippe-starck.com.
Above: Made of polycarbonate, Starck's Louis Ghost stools, like the rest of the Ghost line, are practical, colorful and adorable.
are Japanese, French or English, have typically favored the old standards. Designers have not had much latitude —or attitude—for experimentation. So even today, most outdoor furniture is proudly derivative.
Starck, in contrast, brings an Alice-in-Wonderland sensibility to this genre, producing colorful, oversize pieces with lounge and living-room references. He tweaks the appropriateness of tradition as he upends the notion of appropriate materials. Much modern architecture and design is associated with connecting the outdoors with the indoors, which usually translates into making the outside accessible and visible to those inside. Starck's Bubble Club group goes further, literally turning the inside out, transporting the living room to the garden.This reversal results in what Starck would call "surrealism," merging modernism with classicism.
There is one obvious and inevitable criticism that can fairly be leveled at this work. To be truly modern today, designers and manufacturers must take into account issues of sustainability and recycling. In a time of justifiable environmental consciousness, Starck's otherwise admirable pieces are questionable.While such big, bulky objects technically can be recycled, many will end up in landfills, creating another surreal, if unintended, image. Starck should play around with this concept a little more. But then again, he is less interested in the "responsible" side of modernism. He leaves that to us as well.—rob forbes
■ Rob Forbes founded Design Within Reach in 1999, where he works with all aspects of design, and edits Design Notes, DWR's highly regarded online newsletter.He can be reached at [email protected].
on the road with garden design
Last fall,while iwas"researching"a book on great garden walks, a sojourn to Vancouver Island, B.C., reminded me how its temperate climate—and British gardening tradition—has contributed to an inspiring collection of horticultural riches. For anyone interested in gardening, the island is brimming with evocative landscapes that extend well beyond The Butchart Gardens, a destination point for droves of tourists— highly pleased tourists, I should add.
VICTORIA,THE ISLAND'S JEWEL The capital of British Columbia, at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the city of Victoria boasts an English ambiance and 19th-century architecture.Visitors typically arrive en masse by ferry from Seattle or mainlandVancouver, especially in midsum-
Top left, clockwise: Garry oaks with blooming azalea at Abkhazi Garden. Sooke Harbour House on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Restaurant at Harbour House mer, which is also high garden season—but don't let the crowds scare you off.
Horticultural feasting peaks from late February to the end of May, as flowering cherries and plums brighten city streets. Look for magnolias and billowy, double pink Higan cherries, crabapples and horse chestnuts. Come summer, Victoria's Inner Harbour lampposts, among some 1,000 citywide, are bedecked with hanging baskets trailing bright blooms—these are the postcard baskets that have come to symbolize the city.
Among many choice places to stay, con-siderAbigail's Hotel, where you'll enjoy luxe lodgings and proximity to Beacon Hill Park.Wild-flowers blanket the park in springtime, followed by radiant Victorian bedding schemes in summer and fall. At the park's boundary with Dallas Road, a waterfront path reveals grand vistas of the Olympic Mountains and dazzling sunsets.
Enchanting Abkhazi Garden is tucked away in a quiet Victoria neighborhood. Garry oaks preside over a panoply of species, including 100-year-old rhododendrons, in the garden's artistically planted rocky terrain. Created over a span of more than four decades by Prince and Princess Abkhazi, the glorious land-
Top left, clockwise: Garry oaks with blooming azalea at Abkhazi Garden. Sooke Harbour House on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Restaurant at Harbour House
Vancouver is lovely—anthony m. hall
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