I really like the hand-woven outdoor rugs from Harbour Outdoor of Australia. Very ecological as well. The fibers are made from one hundred percent recycled plastic bottles, and they are hand-woven by artisans in India.
Check out the Harbour website here, download their catalogue, and if you scroll to near the end, you'll come across the accessories, including all the rugs. There are quite a few options for patterned rugs, as well as solid colors. Rugged and perfect for outdoor areas.
I also liked Harbour's fireboxes, your choice of white marble or black granite (shown here). Harbour has two showrooms in New York City, and also in Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, CA.
And don't forget to check out their terrific furniture collections. (More on those at a later time).
Next time you're flying through Colorado, make sure you take in the huge lily sculpture at the Denver International Airport. Denver Lily is by Denver-based artist Price Davis, and it will be on display through July.
The airport's art and culture manager, Chris Stevens, says the goal of the giant flower sculpture is to "surprise and delight passengers during spring, while showcasing a local artist's talent."
Artist Price Davis said the sculpture "embodies the components I strive to include in my art: conceptually simple, accessible and interactive. The purpose of art is to inspire, and I hope this work contributes to global inspiration in some way."
Seems like Davis would be a great candidate for custom-made garden sculptures -- large or small -- for commercial sites or private residences.
What's not to love about these fab New York Chairs -- an update on the classic Adirondack -- from Wishbone Site Furnishings. First, they're made from recycled plastic -- 100 percent. And they themselves are 100% recyclable should you ever get sick of them.
Second, they come in 15 -- yep, 15 -- lovely colors, from black and white to red, olive green, tangerine, lavender, sky blue, yellow, and many more.
The chairs have wheels on the back legs, so they can easily be moved, and they come semi-assembled with stainless steel hardware -- perfect for the outdoors.
There's also an optional footstool and table, and you can order them factory assembled. Great solution for the coming summer months and into the fall.
Landscape architect Ken Smith has done it again ... this time it's Fenway Deity, installed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The inflatable medallion, suspended from a gold necklace, faces the Boston Fens and echoes the large wheel window on the opposite facade of the building.
According to the museum, Smith feels the pop art medallion "will serve as a new conduit for the Museum's creative energy to protect the Fens from negative spirits and promote environmental renewal, health, and happiness along the Fenway and beyond."
This installation is just the latest in Smith's Garden Deities series. "What I really like about the Gardner collection is the eclectic mix of East and West in the selection of art," Smith said. "It's that mixing of ideas from East and West that is at the heart of what the deity is about. The deity is an Eastern idea that we are using in a kind of Western way."
Fenway Deity will be on view through September 28th ... and don't forget that Smith is speaking at the Museum -- part of its Landscape Lectures series -- on June 11th at 7PM. Details here.
It's been awhile since I've checked the Seibert and Rice catalogue for new terracotta containers -- and there are some very nice ones I've missed along the way.
Some might call them petrified stumps -- but they're actually planters designed by landscape architect Mario Nievera -- he calls them "faux bois" garden ornaments. They'd fit, obviously, in any natural garden setting. Two sizes: 17"x18" high and 20"x30" high.
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Nievera also designed this Chippendale bamboo box, which he says is large enough (at 23.5" wide and 20.5" high) for citrus trees, topiaries, standards, and multi-flowered combinations.
Artist, writer and gardener Abbie Zabar designed this lovely planter inscribed with critters, "homage," she says, "to my co-workers in the garden." Flying critters are along the top rim, crawlers on the bottom. Size 14" x 21" high.
And finally, this 12x12" cloche from renowned interior designer Bunny Williams, who's also a devoted gardener. It's simple, with clean lines and would be perfect atop a low wall or on the patio.
If you're thinking of Ipe or a different South American hardwood, you might want to consider Boulevard® structural wood tiles or decking from Tournesol Siteworks. The lumber is typically red oak or ash from Minnesota or Wisconsin, treated at high temperatures in a special kiln. The resulting wood tiles are said to be resistant to rot, decay, and pests, and the material weighs about half that of South American hardwoods.
The wood is also free of arsenic, chrome, and other hazardous metals that can be found in pressure treated wood. I like the look of it, too. It is a natural deep brown color that weathers to gray unless it is sealed, so there are definitely options.
And made in the USA makes it especially appealing.
This sculpture is called Egress -- one of four new limited edition offerings from Terra Sculpture in California. All of their works are a welcome departure from the fake lions and angels and greek maidens that adorn so many gardens, but you need a rather modern garden style to go with them.
Egress is fashioned from weathered and stainless steel and stands 75 inches tall and 30 inches in diameter, so you need a nice tall backdrop and some room to make it a noticeable focal point.
Gravity is a bit more funky, in stainless as well ... it almost looks like vertical pick up sticks. It's a bit taller, at 80 inches, and a bit narrower, too, only 28 inches wide. So it could easily fit into a garden corner, or perhaps be placed at the end of a long allee. Depending on the surrounding landscape, it would also be a standout with the sky as a backdrop.
Figure -- well, with a little imagination it could be the figure of a person -- is also fashioned from stainless steel and it's 73 inches tall by 24 wide. It's a see-through sculpture, so you'd need to carefully consider its background -- imagine this one against deep blue, red, or brightly-colored fence or wall. Perfect for the modern garden.
Joy. This sculpture has an exuberant feeling to it, and you can order this one in either weathered or powder-coated steel. It's 73 inches high and three feet in diameter, with a base of 24 inches.
All of these sculptures are hand-crafted by landscape designer Jennifer Gilbert Asher and architect Mario Lopez.