Where does the inspiration spring from? Where do you start if you truly want to reinterpret your space?
Firstly, you need to let your space speak to you. In the bush garden Brendan used the surrounding bushland views and circular in-ground tanks as a starting point. In fact the shape of the tanks are responsible for the circular elements found in the garden.
Once the circular seed was planted, Brendan found circular references everywhere, from cafes and IKEA to old house and garden magazines - an excellent source of inspiration. Circular shapes conjure up images of the 60s, fun-loving and nothing too serious.
The result is:
- An amoebic shaped deck
- Circular concrete stormwater pipe steps
- An oval landing platform
- Even wire balls at the end of the garden
When deciding on the type of materials to use to build the screens, Brendan was inspired by the long, thin gum trees surrounding the garden. The aluminium strips reflect the long silver trunks of the tree. The hardwood timber mimics the endless peeling bark.
The frame which sits above the deck, was initially inspired by the home owner. Anthony liked the idea of framing and capturing a vertical section of the landscape. What evolved was a 3 meter high, 6 meter wide aluminium frame.
The result is a garden which is fearless and irreverent and which works with the natural surroundings.
Gardens and designs evolve over time. There is no formula. Listen to your space and be open to ideas from everywhere and most importantly be brave.