Court Flower Show 2005 |
Flora on the Stand
Flora Design wins award!
Design and Steinworks Sculpture wins award at Hampton Court Show.
Flora designed and planted the stand, which was awarded a certificate
of commendation. This is the first year that exhibitors at Hampton
Court have been awarded commendations. It was lovely to receive
so much positive feedback from visitors, so a big thank you to all
those who came along to see us.
About the Design
exhibition stand is in essence a sculpture garden. The colour blue
acts as a background, weaving all the elements of the stand together;
picking up the grey blue tones in the stainless steel, the colours
in the plants and the dark blue-greys of the hard landscaping. We
decided that we wanted to achieve a calm space which reflected the
qualities of the sculptures and a real garden that people could
freely wander into to view and touch them.
The sculpture garden was planned to accommodate a chosen number
of sculptures (undecided at this point) and Matt being an artist
was constantly evolving new ideas. Therefore the plan had to stay
slightly flexible. This meant until the last minute decisions on
sculptures were still fairly fluid - which was more difficult in
terms of organizing final detailing and the planting plan. Space
was needed to show off the larger 2m pieces and also exhibit his
colourful wall mounted sculptures.
A boundary wall was decided for 2 of the 4 sides and was to be translucent,
to provide a feeling of enclosure but still allow views through
of the sculptures on approach to the stand. Nylon flyscreen panels
provided the ideal solution, it was strong yet the black mesh gave
unrestricted views and even shimmered when viewed through two layers.
Being a stand open to the elements, a shelter needed to be designed
in to tie in with the feel of the garden and would ideally protect
from sun and rain (for the record - not rain!) The initial plan
was a moveable sailcoth and adjacent tree. But it was complicated
and busy looking - an antithesis to the simple structural design
and simple lines of the sculptures. A roofed structure seemed ideal,
forming a strong architectural feel which provided a perfect situation
for the wall hangings. A subtle roof curve echoed the line of the
and would shed rain water away from the back of the stand.
Hard landscaping was to be simple neutral colours and the 2 contrasting
surfaces of the riven black sandstone and black basalt gravel complimented
the stainless steel tones.
was soft, to offset the strong lines of the sculpture. Grasses and
achilleas - a classic combination tied the scheme together. Because
the space was so small, plant varieties were kept to a minimum to
avoid cluttering, but still needed to compliment the individual
pieces. The colour palette was blues and yellows and deeper purple
accents. The mirror finished sculptures were the perfect reflective
a number of people asked about the plants, and so for those who
are interested, I have put together a planting
list together with the plant combinations. Just follow the link.
Flora and Matt on the stand
light through planting
and gravel drying up after the torrential rain.
Fireworks over Hampton Court Palace on Gala night
Other side view
out plan |
plan with sculptures
in place. Originally there
was to be a tree.
click here for Flora Design press release
click here for list of credits.
PLANT INFO PAGE:
click here for list of plants and planting combination
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