The iconic design museum’s latest exhibition features stunning images that highlight the enormous architectural importance of gardens.
Even the most innovative building means little if its garden doesn’t reflect its spirit, or is neglected or boring—a rule well understood by the commissioners of the most beautiful palaces and thanks to which many chateau gardens have become as famous as the royal residence overlooking them, as in the case of Versailles.
When it comes to iconic buildings, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum has nothing to be ashamed of either, with the ambitious museum designed by Frank Gehry to match one of the world’s most famous design brands. Their latest exhibition, Garden Futures: Designing with Nature, explores the importance of gardens, which, according to the Italian design studio Formafantasma, are places that are closely linked to history, religion, and fairy tales, representing dreams, identities, and visions. Among the gardens on display are works by famous designers such as Aalvar Alto, Piet Oudolf, and Stephano Boeri, but besides the contemporary approach, there are also historical projects.
The exhibition opens on 25 March and is open until 3 October. Tickets are available on the Vitra Design Museum website.
Cover Photo: Julien de Cerval, The Gardens of Marqueyssac, France, photo by: Romain Laprade, 2020