How contemporary sculpture mixes with New Vintage



How contemporary sculpture mixes with New Vintage

I visited my friend Emma last week-end in Faversham, Kent.  You walk through the front door of her “town” house, through the house and very quickly find yourself in a small haven in the back garden which is hard-landscaped built on stone and broken up by lush planting and statues.  This could be London – the typical Victorian narrow hall taking you through the house to the reasonably narrow long thin plot. 

Fabulous clay pot in a New Vintage garden

Fabulous clay pot in a New Vintage garden

How has Emma achieved the mix of contemporary and New Vintage?

·        Emma has divided the garden into a series of three terraces. Two paved in stone and one with a small area of lawn 

Vibrant colours. Aquilegias and alliums. Very contemporary but very New Vintage too

Vibrant colours. Aquilegias and alliums. Very contemporary but very New Vintage too

·        She has incorporated plant pots and troughs full of lush traditional planting which work well beside her contemporary sculptures

Beautiful Acer planted into a large blue pot

Beautiful Acer planted into a large blue pot

·        Her colours are vibrant and strong but she has softened them by using vintage garden furniture

New Vintage look reflected by iron arbour seat, table and chairs

New Vintage look reflected by iron arbour seat, table and chairs

·        She has created different levels with three separate seating areas.  The big picnic table under the walnut tree, the iron table and the seat within the arbour.  All of these reflect the old with the new, the vintage with the modern style.

Emma’s background is in sculpture, crafts, culture and the arts and recently she has trained to be a bereavement counsellor.  Her garden illustrates the arts and crafts but also offers a quiet, reflective place much needed after a demanding day when her own resources might well have been drained.

Chinese style pot, very New Vintage, amongst traditional planting

Chinese style pot, very New Vintage, amongst traditional planting

Her sculptures are offbeat and quirky, but they fit harmoniously into her traditional planting schemes.

Contemporary sculpture in a New Vintage garden

Contemporary sculpture in a New Vintage garden

  

She has produced a wonderful juxtaposition of vintage and contemporary all of which thrives under her enormous walnut tree which gives the wrap around feel of a sanctuary.  What clever treatment incorporating interest and character in a small space so redolent of a London garden.

 

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