Young Designer Profiles

We profile two young hot shots who are giving the old guys a run for their money in terms of new ideas in landscape design. These are two people we are sure to see a lot of in the near future. With impressive portfolios of work already, these guys are designing the gardens of the future.

Jack Merlo

At a very youthful 23 years of age and with 13 years of experience a;ready under his belt, it's no wonder that Jack's designs are as sophisticated and cutting edge as someone twice his age. But it's at the garden expos where he really gets to act his age by pushing the boundaries in garden design as far as they will go. His display at the 2004 Melbourne Garden and Flower Show did just that. With barely a blade of grass or plant in sight, this converted outdoor space cum room is slick, contemporary design at its best.

David Vago

Like Jack Merlo, David Vago has already achieved a vast body of commissions from some very big, high-profile clients and he's less than 30 years old. David is breaking new ground in garden design with the incorporation of traditional interior architectural materials such as stainless steel and glass and the general use of prefabricated elements into his gardens and outdoor spaces. The effect is the integration of space from inside to outside, a natural flow that provides a seamless transition between the two spaces.

David Vago's display last year at "Sydney in Bloom" can be described as clean, stylish and incredibly sexy - the epitome of cool. A glass bridge is the most cutting edge stand out feature which transports you from the internal space to a decked area for lounging. It is an amazing small space solution, packing in a water feature, enough decking space for entertaining, plus full garden beds on all 3 sides.


Jack Merlo
Jack Merlo landscape Design and Construction
17 Were St, Brighton Vic
Tel : (03) 9592 1700

David Vago
Habitation Landscape Architecture Urban Design Environment

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