THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Mar19

Estudio Caruncho – Worth A Look!

Estudio Caruncho is the garden design studio of one of our favourite garden designers, the Spaniard Fernando Caruncho. Minimalist rather than maximalist, he has made some of the most iconic gardens of the last 20 years. Recently his own garden has taken something of a transformation too, as a plague wiped out the vast plantings of evergreen boxwoods and escallonia. Reduced as the evergreen components were, it allowed him to replace it with masses of the annual white cosmos – you can read and see photos here of Caruncho’s Temporal Cosmic Garden. But it is his work space we concentrate …

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Mar19

Fernando Caruncho – Temporal Cosmic Garden

A few years back now we wrote about Fernando Caruncho, the Madrid based garden designer known for his minimalist, evergreen planting designs and spaces shaped by geometry. His work has always fascinated us, the sense of calm and unity that pervades the gardens he creates. He speaks poetically about his work too, at times almost in riddles, philosophising about gardens as landscapes of paradise, that purvey atmospheres of stillness that seem at odds with our contemporary ‘constantly on’ lifestyle. Caruncho’s Contrast Between Words and Garden Style It is a strange contrast in his work – expressing himself through plants and …

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Mar18

Oneness – Learning To Live With Other People

This short, 4 minute film is about Yui and Takaharu Tezuka – a Japanese family who live in one room. Well worth a watch! Not only does it suggest that this type of communal living prepares you better for living with other people, learning to get along, but it showcases some fun ideas for how to make create separate areas within a room We also love how they have captured the light – the main window looks North, so they have ‘stepped’ the roof down on the South side and placed windows there, which allows in more light and more heat, while …

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