I love clean lined modern gardens and don’t get the opportunity to design one very often. I was going to make a mood board of what I thought I’d like to use in a new client’s contemporary garden design, but I went off on a detour. Frequently, I start down one road and end up completely sidetracked by another. I try to allow this open ended exploration as much as possible since it leads me to places I might not get to otherwise.
Maybe because it’s been cool at night, but I began thinking about one of the most basic and traditional elements of outdoor use–fire. I wanted these stylish versions of a campfire to be intimate, suitable for a patio or suburban garden. I’ve had the opportunity to incorporate a few fire elements for my clients, but many people don’t want to make a large investment in an outdoor fireplace yet want the warmth and comfort of fire on cool evening. I found, that for a small modern garden, there’s some really great options.
Photo credits/links: Top row–Wittus; Solus; Harrie Leenders. Second row–Ore Containers; Modern Metal Work; John T. Unger Studio; Third row–1st & 2nd images Extremis; Eichler Homes. Bottom row–Bodie and Fou; Blomus; Columbo Construction Company