I’m still in Detroit and processing everything I’ve seen so far. I was lucky enough to spend a few days with landscape designer Deborah Silver and her dog and human partners before the 2013 APLD Landscape Design conference started. One of the highlights was a side trip to Branch Studio where Buck Moffat and his crew of metal workers bend, shape, stamp, laser cut, weld, rivet, galvanize and patina steel into a variety of extraordinarily beautiful handmade containers and garden accessories–all dreamed up by Deborah. Attention to detail and the care given to each piece marks them as objects of beauty unto themselves. That we can have them in gardens when there is so much of the opposite out there is in itself a luxury for a designer. For someone who values fine craftsmanship and classic beauty, the containers and and architectural features created at Branch are worth their price.
I started out my professional life as a metalworker so the melding of landscape and metal in this particular environment was fascinating for me. It was the best of both worlds.