The outdoor design at service of the landscape's architecture

Gardens, terraces, squares, parks... designing external spaces, fascination and relax.

Word to the landscape architects S. Naretto and C. Otella of "LineeVerdi"


Flower Moscow Show (Moscow, July 2014), Arketipos (Bergamo, september 2014), Flormart (Padua, september 2014), Design Junction (London, september 2014) and Voronezh (Russia, september 2014): the outdoor design at service of architecture and design of the landscape doesn't have space and time limits. The events follow one another in the interest of innovation and creativity. And Serralunga, obviously, will be present with its original pieces Made in Italy for outdoor design.


But... what really does a landscape architect do and how does she put outdoor design into the design and creation of an environment? 


In order to answer to these questions we talked about outdoor design, plants and vases with Stefania Naretto and Chiara Otello of "LineeVerdi", who told us about their job, which is made of a constant dialogue of nature with design, of plants and flowers with furniture.


1) Let's start from the beginning: how do you choose the plants you use in your projects and the vases in which you put them into?


The actual place to design (indoor/outdoor - exposure - climate - requested by customer) usually suggests the plants that could be put inside of it. Only if the choice turns out to be the correct one, the plants will live healthily and  be luxuriant in the most appropriate plant racks.


2) Being landscape architects, which would you say is the role of the vases: simple pieces of furniture or something more?


Not only vases represent a very important piece of furniture, but they are also always chosen to reinforce the project idea and to highlight, with coherence and balance, the characteristics of the plants chosen for the environment. 


3) So we can say that the right vase can improve the plant's "life"? Are there more appropriate vases for specific kind of plants? And which are the styles that adapt most easily to different compositions and to the dimensions of every (or almost every) plant?


After having decided the kind of plant we want to put into a design, we choose the dimension of the vase, because every kind of plant has a radical, precise and different progression. The Serralunga collections offer a wide range of vases with different shapes, colors and dimensions. For instance, for trees you need at least 80 cm of underlayer, for small bushes 60 cm and for herbal plants and even smaller bushes between 20 and 40 cm. 

In general, resin vases, like Serralunga's, usually connect a good aesthetic impact to practicality and to the creation of good life conditions for plants. 


4) Let's make a real example. Do you remember collections that you thought were particularly appropriate for specific plants and for design's demands?


In the outdoor project of the residential building "I Graffiti" Vas-One and Vas-Two were used just like real front architectural elements. The big dimensions of those plant racks made the choice of medium arboreal species possible, like Acer saccharinum and Acer campestre. 


We particularly saw  that Vas-One, given its dimension and the original design, is very good for bushes of a certain dimension (for example bamboo, osmanthus, photinia as a bush) or, on the other hand, it is very suggestive when it has only one plant, maximum 20-30 cm high like liriope muscari or miniature bamboo. 


5) Any other example? 


It recently had huge success the herbal species Hibiscus moscheutos o Hibiscus palustris. It classifies as water hibiscus because, in order to grow, it needs big and constant amounts of water. It has upright posture, the trunks usually have a woody structure and pubescent stems with star-shaped section. Leaves are ovate and, in most cases, entire. They are deciduous leaves, the species is always BARING. Roots are the only perennial part of the plant, event the trunk dies. Flowers are white or dark red; they can reach a 18 cm diameter and they blossom from July to September. At the moment some varieties of hybrids are popular with flowers that are of a really intense red. 


It can be grown in a vase only if you can give it a constant water-reserve. It is important that the water always maintains an height equal to one third of the vase depth: this is the only way the plant can grow at its best. There, this plant perfectly fits with Serralunga's Cache Pot New Wave.


6) Colors: flowers and plants VS vases... Do you prefer chromatism in harmony with a continuity logic or, to the contrary, in contrast? 


The style chosen by LineeVerdi, in most cases, considers the leaves and flowers pick basically according to a chromatic continuity logic. Contrast is created with the presence of an "unordinary" element, for example a red vase surrounded by many white vases. 


7) In outdoor design vases usually have an important allocation function: do you remember a particular project created by LineeVerdi in which this function stands out?


In the project "A look to Turin", being a wide and long terrace, vases and pieces of furniture were used to create ideal rooms where the outdoor space was divided: entrance - living room - relax - game - study.


8) One last question. Which are the last two outdoor or indoor projects where vases played a leading role and for which peculiarities did you choose them? For what reasons were they good for planning and creative needs? 


New offices Novacoop srl in Vercelli: in this case we decided to use some Vas-One and some Kabin. Vas-One were used in two different ways: in the main atrium, where there were more than 5 meters of height at disposal for plants, we used them for some example of Canfora, (cinnamomum camphora) of big dimensions. Only this kind of vase, given shape and dimensions, guarantees survival of plants this big. In other environments, where the requested effect was of a modern and of great impact composition, we combined Vas-One with herbal plants in big uniform masses, such as sanseviera or spathiphyllum


Attic with swimming pool in Turin: in this terrace we chose to use Top Pot Hard model in red and in white-black. This vase with a very original shape, well inserted in the surrounding context and enhanced with the right plants (miniature nerium oleander) leaves a characteristic sign in the space where it is placed. 


Thank you Stefania, thank you Chiara!