Grasses

Images of grasses taken at THEIR level place the viewer at a lower point of reference to the surroundings. Before, you looked down at it, now they are above you, or at eye-level and in this act become sculptural. The delicacy of detail in nature is overwhelmingly diverse and continually inspiring, as exampled on Scotland’s Cramond Island where grasses grow in vertical shafts with tight curled accents travelling up the stem. It is the circular grass shoots that create texture and interest, almost like a Kandinsky painting of interwoven concentric circles standing out against rectilinear branches. In terms of design you can find beauty in pattern and the repetition of simple organic forms to create something original. 

 

 

 

 

Grasses work as a mass, they form a texture and have a density. Alone a strand is weak, and yet grass is one of the most successful plant species spanning the world adapting to all kinds of environments. To think of grass as short and green i.e. a lawn, is to think of birds as either    pigeon or predator, but in fact many grass types are often structural and can transform exteriors and interiors into layered experience for the eye. 

 

The natural tones of the different grasses  employ either warmth through yellowed hues or exposed, dry colours suitable for open landscapes. A lot of our projects use neutral colours from natural materials, where the setting determines the colour scheme. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our residential projects with strong vertical timber slats, compared to a natural beach wood in Devon.

 

Here are several sample boards created for different residential projects. There is a overarching interest in materiality and the versatility and creativity you can have with different stone, marble, wood, leather or fabrics. A woven reed wallpaper amongst solids can add texture and therefore interest to the buildings and interiors we are creating.

By Freya Hodgkinson