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EE Glastonbury Festival 2016 Floral Styling Project

You can imagine how super happy I was when approached by Agrumi Topiary suppliers of bespoke topiary structures, to partner with them and provide the floral styling elements for their EE Glastonbury Festival 2016 project.

EE, the official technology and communications partner of Glastonbury Festival commissioned Agrumi to build three large 4G Wifi topiary hotspots to ‘echo’ some of Glastonbury’s most iconic areas/stages at the festival. These structures were to be working Wifi hotspots for the duration of the festival, providing free and super-speedy 4G Wifi to festival-goers.

The three topiary structures comprised of The Pyramid Stage (225cm x 400cm x 400cm), The Park Tower (255cm x 85cm x 85cm) and Arcadia Stage (225cm x 315cm x 315cm.).

My brief was the responsibility to a) source materials to be used for the individual branding of the structures, which was to reflect the brand/brand colours, b) style these fabulous handmade and gigantic structures incorporating ‘flowers that will withstand the great British weather’ – with the latter in mind, I opted safely for faux silk gerbera!

SO, armed with 1000 stems of silk gerbera, 500 metres of double faced satin ribbon, 2000 cable ties and 30 tubes of floral adhesive, I headed for Hampshire where I practically moved in for 4 days prior to Glasto with the Agrumi team.

Such fun! x

See more of EE’s stunning images at http://newsroom.ee.co.uk/ee-brings-4g-wifi-to-glastonbury-with-its-alternative-hedgeliners

2017-10-09T13:51:20+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|

Have you ever wondered…. What is a Parklet?

Would love to share with you my recent Parklet design, often spotted in the US but rarely seen in the UK – yet!!

A Parklet is a public space, usually an extension of an urban pavement which usually takes up two existing parking spaces and incorporates non-permanent materials. Trees, sustainable planting, bicycle parking, umbrellas and lighting can all be integrated. Parklets often add much needed green space to over populated and densely urban areas such as hectic city centres. Sometimes sponsored by local businesses, local councils or retailers, they make a great public space which can be enjoyed by all – sit read a book, sip a coffee, people watch, munch on your lunch or just take time to smell the roses!

My own conceptual Parklet scheme incorporated the following elements:

  • Access for all – the scheme is built on an adjustable raised frame of two sections that sits flush with the existing pavement kerb stone edge.
  • Recycled materials – All sleepers are 100% reclaimed and eco-friendly untreated. ‘Pre loved’ artificial grass which is maintenance free and does not require costly irrigation to be sourced from an identified supplier. The sub base for the green roof comprises of recycled crushed brick and recycled felt. The zinc edging which finishes the frames of the base and green roof is from a reclaimed source. All other timber used is from sustainable sources (FSC).
  • Seating – Integrated seating for six, moveable cube seating for five and for those who wish to stand and admire the view another comfortable 5 areas.
  • Biodiversity – Planting associations and a wildflower green roof have been selected for their alluring qualities to bees, birds and butterflies and offer an urban habitat for nature.
  • Sustainable urban drainage – Weep holes are to be incorporated into the lower areas of the sleeper planting compartments. A rain chain has been integrated into the wildflower green roof to allow any excess water to irrigate the rain border below.
  • Library – A small shelf area has been built into the scheme providing a ‘take a book/leave a book facility and offering recycling on a small scale for all those who visit.
  • Low key management – No waste bins have been incorporated in order to encourage visitors to take away and dispose of their own litter responsibly.
  • Delivery – This modular scheme is constructed in sections for ease of transportation and final assembly.

Hope to see you on my Parklet one day – we can ‘munch our lunch’ together’!

C x

2017-10-09T13:51:46+00:00 February 5th, 2016|

A winter wander along The High Line Public Park on Manhattan’s West Side….

An elevated public park which runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. Constructed on an existing and historic freight rail line, the last train ran along its tracks in 1980 and was apparently transporting three carriages of frozen turkeys! Rescued from further decline and demolition by Friends of the High Line who fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation.

In 2004 Friends of the High Line selected Piet Oudolf as planting designer, Piet focused on the existing landscape that adorned The High Line before its revitalisation into a public park for his inspiration.

I observe with great delight that the planting character is a combination of meadow, prairie and woodland with perennials in abundance. This style of planting requires little maintenance, is drought tolerant, sustainable and provides consistent displays of eye candy throughout all seasons. Grasses weave in and out of the exposed joints of the precast concrete paving units, these units sit handsomely with the introduction of Corten steel border edging which jointly provide a real ‘honest’ and industrial element to the overall ambiance of the park.

Cindy’s tip… Try out the sliding steamer chairs which have been constructed on the original railroad lines and take a ‘view and a pew’ at The High Lines own Amphitheatre at 10th Ave.

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2017-10-09T13:52:09+00:00 May 7th, 2015|