landscape design

Cacti Paradise

Spanish architect Jacobo García-Germán has designed an experimental garden centre for exhibiting, breeding and growing cacti near Madrid. The gardens include 400 species of plants from five continents, which are grown in beds recreating arid and semi-arid conditions. Some beds are covered in sand to evoke desert settings, while others are topped by soil or gravel. source : dezeen

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The Elder Statesman opens in Los Angeles

After seven and a half years in business, picking up the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award along the way, The Elder Statesman has finally opened its first brick and mortar store in its hometown of Los Angeles. Founder Greg Chait—recognizable by his full beard and regular rotating stylish eyewear—calls himself an “accidental” designer with roots in the music and entertainment business. It’s this non-traditional background and his very hands-on approach that has catapulted The Elder Statesman into an understated luxury brand that guarantees the finest craftsmanship for all things custom and cashmere.

With the help of LA-based studio Commune Design (whose recent work includes the American Trade Hotel in Panama) and contractor Loren Crawford, Chait created his ideal “hang-out” spot from the ground up. source : cool hunting

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PC Garden House by Kengo Kuma, Japan

Renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has crafted a private single-storey house in eastern Japan entitled the ‘PC garden’. The program is arranged in a windmill formation with four distinct and independent rooms originating from the center-point of the design. A garden encircles the home, with each area relating its neighboring room allowing the dwelling to form a strong association with the natural environment.

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