If David Bowie was a botanist…

He would totally be Patrick Blanc. Or vice versa? I dunno, the thing is Blanc somehow seems just as crazy and passionate about gardens as Bowie is about music. His friends call him “Green man”. From his green dyed hair, to his nature inspired outfits, this world famous botanist that modernised vertical gardens is like a character from a novel, a superhero  that inspires me to go into my garden and get my fingers green. And get some funkier clothes in my wardrobe.

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He created vertical gardens almost everywhere in the world, from museums in France and Japan, to commercial spaces in the USA and hotels in Abu Dhabi.

And why would people want vertical gardens?

“More than half of humanity now lives in cities, which is a relatively new phenomenon. The amount of space in these cities is increasingly at a premium so vertical gardens can provide a welcome oasis. There is also growing alarm about things like climate change and deforestation so anything that evokes nature is becoming increasingly sacred.” , said Blanc for wsj.com.

Or as David Bowie would put it: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.”

 

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There is nothing uglier than an open door…

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“From the very first film I saw, Flavor of Green tea over Rice, I was fascinated by the way japanese use space in their lives, and by these doors that slide and move quietly along invisible rails, refusing to offend space. For when we push open a door, we transform a place in a very insidious way. We offend its full extension and introduce a disruptive and poorly proportioned obstacle. If you think about it carefully, there is nothing uglier than an open door. An open door introduces a break in the room, a sort of provincial interference, destroying the unity of space. In the adjoining room it creates a depression, an absolutely pointless gaping hole adrift in a section of wall that would have preferred to remain whole. In either case a door disrupts continuity, without offering anything in exchange other than freedom of movement, which could easily be ensured by another means. Sliding doors avoid such pitfalls and enhance space. Without affecting the balance of the room, they allow it to be transformed. When a sliding door is open, two areas communicate without offending each other. When it is closed, each regains its integrity. …”

 A great excerpt from a book which I heartly recommend: The Elegance of the Hedgehog, by Muriel Barbery.

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