February 22, 2018

Peace Prize – Richard Miers

Richard Miers

Richard Miers talks us through his entry for the Gardening World Cup in Japan in September 2012 The Gardening World Cup, held in Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki, was conceived by Japanese designer Mr Ishihara (Japan’s equivalent of Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don rolled into one) who lives near to and was affected by the bomb dropped close to Nagasaki by the Americans at the end of World War 2. Its theme is world peace, through the therapeutic act of gardening and enjoying well designed gardens, and it is held in a replica Dutch theme park the size of Monaco. For ‘locals’ from the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, and Taiwan, it is also a substitute for a long-haul,…

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Spiritual Retreat – Blue Stream

Blue stream

Blue Stream street furniture has enhanced the environment surrounding the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque while remaining sympathetic to the iconic structure Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, covering an area of more than 30 acres. Adorned with 82 domes and chandeliers that are gilded with 24-carat gold and millions of Swarovski crystals, it can accommodate up to 41,000 worshippers at any one time. Its spectacular architecture includes white marble walls, painted columns and unique vitrals. The scale of landscaping around the mosque is breathtaking, with reflective pools that illuminate the white and gold colours during the day and the…

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The Big Interview – Nehme Moujaess

Nehme Moujaess

Nehme Moujaess established TerraVerde ten years ago. Here he talks about the challenges of running an outdoor design company in the UAE How did you develop your interest in garden design and landscaping? I have always had an appreciation for beauty. Naturally, I like to look at beautiful things and this is where my interest in design originates from. I look at gardens and landscapes specifically as it adds value and enriches the way we live. A garden isn’t just an outdoor space, but an extension and reflection of peoples’ personality and style. What training and qualifications do you have? I graduated from The American University of Beirut, achieving a…

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Peace prize

Richard Miers talks us through his entry for the Gardening World Cup in Japan in September 2012. The Gardening World Cup, held in Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki, was conceived by Japanese designer Mr Ishihara (Japan’s equivalent of Alan Titchmarsh and Monty Don rolled into one) who lives near to and was affected by the bomb dropped close to Nagasaki by the Americans at the end of World War 2. Its theme is world peace, through the therapeutic act of gardening and enjoying well designed gardens, and it is held in a replica Dutch theme park the size of Monaco. For…

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Inside out outside in

outside

A seamless connection between inside and out maximises perception of space and makes for a harmonious domestic environment, says interior designer, Anji Connell. The location, setting and your view are all determinants for both indoor and outdoor design. A fabulous view (if you are lucky enough to have one) maximises your interior space by leading your eye outside, making it feel larger, lighter and more open. If you are not lucky enough to have an exciting urban skyline, rural or sea view, you need to look at ways to cheat the eye. An ‘eye catcher’, something placed in the landscape…

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Spiritual Retreat

mosque

Blue Stream’s street furniture has enhanced the environment surrounding the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque while remaining sympathetic to the iconic structure. Located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, covering an area of more than 30 acres. Adorned with 82 domes and chandeliers that are gilded with 24-carat gold and millions of Swarovski crystals, it can accommodate up to 41,000 worshippers at any one time. Its spectacular architecture includes white marble walls, painted columns and unique vitrals. The scale of landscaping around the mosque is…

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The big interview: Nehme Moujaess

Moujaess

Nehme Moujaess established TerraVerde ten years ago. Here he talks about the challenges of running an outdoor design company in the UAE. How did you develop your interest in garden design and landscaping? I have always had an appreciation for beauty. Naturally, I like to look at beautiful things and this is where my interest in design originates from. I look at gardens and landscapes specifically as it adds value and enriches the way we live. A garden isn’t just an outdoor space, but an extension and reflection of peoples’ personality and style. What training and qualifications do you have?…

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Top Deck – Karl Harrison

Karl Harrison

Timber specialist Karl Harrison extols the virtues of good quality external wooden flooring Timber flooring for outside Whether it’s a new development, private garden or the most opulent roof top terrace, timber should form an important and integral element of the design. Provided the right specification of timber has been considered, and the installation has been well thought out and managed, it will justify the designer’s choice of material. Natural and tactile Nature has provided us with some incredible materials. Timber is one of its most versatile and works perfectly as flooring for high-end gardens. The colours are varied and the many different grains range from straight lines to complex swirls and patterns…

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High Life – Patricia Fox

Patricia Fox

Patricia Fox, founder of specialist landscape design practice Aralia, explains how a well-planned roof terrace can add significant value to property developments and help corporates boost their staff morale and productivity With outdoor space at a real premium in urban settings, the addition of a roof terrace can have a significant return on your capital investment. UK-based specialist landscape design practice Aralia insists the past three years has seen a major uplift in such developments, both in London and internationally. In the summer of 2012, for instance, property developer St George (Berkeley Homes Group) commissioned Aralia to design a series of penthouse roof terraces for its prestigious development at Chelsea Creek, London. It was an open brief…

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Growing Up – Planters Horticulture

Planters

A Dubai restaurant wanted a much greener look without eating up any floor space. The solution? A plantwall This project involved one of Leopold’s of London’s biggest restaurants in the UAE. The clients wished to introduce a significant amount of greenery in their space to enhance their existing interior design and approached Planters Horticulture to provide them with a solution. Keeping in mind the brief that minimal floor space should be employed, Planters recommended the Plantwall System. This met both the client’s main requirements: not using any floor space and making a big impact with a lot of greenery. The plantwall has since become a focal point in the restaurant. Planters encountered a…

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