Author(s): Ian Rudge
The way we view our outside space, whether roof terrace, balcony or garden, has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. Today we realise the potential of exterior domestic spaces as outdoor rooms, a fact that has led to an unprecedented growth in design products for outdoor settings. Leading designers like Marcel Wanders, Philippe Starck and Ross Lovegrove have created furniture and lighting ranges specifically for the outside. Their work successfully challenges traditional garden design, developing the use of new materials and the idea of the garden as a site for installation. With more than 1,000 full-colour images, "1000 Designs for the Garden" is a lavishly illustrated sourcebook focusing on the best in contemporary garden design. Each of its ten chapters is headed up by an interview with a leading expert in garden design, architecture, product design or fine art. Packed with the very latest in outdoor furniture, garden art and both practical and luxury garden items, the book features web addresses and full specifications for every product and will appeal to both gardeners and lovers of contemporary design alike.
Ian Rudge is the co-founder of 100%Design, the UK's leading design event, launched in 1995 with sister shows in Moscow and Tokyo. He is now joint-director of Tent London, a group of cutting-edge design shows launched at the Truman Brewery during London Design Festival, 2007. Geraldine Rudge, Ian's sister, was editor of Crafts magazine, the international applied and decorative arts title, for 18 years. She has written for a range of national newspapers and magazines and is author of Garden Crafts (Conran Octopus, 1999). Together Ian and Geraldine are the authors of 1000 Interior Details for the Home and Where to Find Them (LKP, published Autumn 2009).
Wildlife: bird baths and feeders, hen houses, bat boxes. Outside shelter: parasols, awnings, gazebos, sheds, treehouses, home offices. Outdoor furniture: sofas, tables, chairs, benches, swing seats and loungers. Water features: showers, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, ornamental pools and eco ponds. Art for gardens: decorative and applied works in metal, wood, mosaic, glass, and marble. Lighting for outdoors: lighting for the garden and for shelters. Play: swings, roundabouts, playhouses, seating and play equipment, plus outdoor entertainment systems. Cooking and heating: barbeques, kitchen islands, patio heaters and fire baskets. Boundaries and surfaces: fences, gates, gravels and paving. Containers: window boxes, planters, water butts, compost bins. Interviewees: 1) Wildlife: Resources Tools Design. (Denmark) 2) Outside Shelter: Jun Ueno, architect designer for Magic Box. (US) 3) Outdoor Furniture: Dirk Wynants, founder of Extremis. (Belgium) 4) Water Features: Ulf Nordfjell, garden designer. (Sweden) 5) Art for gardens: Andy Sturgeon, garden designer. (UK) 6) Lighting for Outdoors: Jason Bruges, lighting specialist. (UK) 7) Play: Alberto Perazza, founder of Magis. (Italy) 8) Cooking and Heating: Wolfgang Pichler, designer. (Austria) 9) Boundaries and Surfaces: Patrick Blanc, vertical gardener. (France) 10) Containers: Michael Hilgers, product designer. (Germany)