Timeless Inspiration in Landscape – “Classical Nature”

Inspiration from beautiful landscape design can translate to interior design. Classical principles of design including organization of  site lines, formality and stylistic periods in history are common to both landscape and interior design.

As a member of the Tennessee Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, I have the privilege of meeting other design professionals who share my interest in the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts. One such individual is Gavin Duke, landscape Architect and one of the principals of Page-Duke Landscape Architects in Nashville, TN. At a recent Chapter meeting, Gavin presented a talk entitled “Classic Nature”. He addressed some of the ways he thinks about creating garden structures and arrangements. Gavin discussed some of the influences that inspire the direction of the design and about his passions and vision for built environments, its context to the owner, architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture, and craftspersons, and their collaborative effort. His  reference to classical is “in regards to a garden that displays a planned organization as related to site lines, edges, formality and stylistic periods in history”.

Gavin’s discussion included the three aspects of garden structure: the formal – main sight line/ axial relationships, the utilitarian with its formal/ structured/ and functional qualities, and the arranged garden with rooms, enclosures, mystery and intimate spaces. These ideas are his thoughts and passions of personal experience and observations through his years of practice and opportunity to work with people who share like interests. Gavin stated “some ideas are felt, some are subconscious, and some regulated by governing bodies. Each Garden has a unique story”.

Gavin spoke of “moments” in the landscape (those moments of surprise, the unexpected, elements that make you stop and focus). I think in similar terms when I design interiors, so this intrigued me. Inspiration for my designs is everywhere, even in the landscape!

The following beautiful photography is from Gavin Duke’s travels and inspiration. These include images from  Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., Hicote Garden in Gloucestershire, England, Hestercomb in Taunton, England, and Vaux le Vitcomte, France. Enjoy!

Landscape as interior design inspiration
Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hestercomb

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hestercomb

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hestercomb

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hestercomb

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hestercomb

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Vaux le Vitcomte

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hestercomb

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Dumbarton Oaks

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Dumbarton Oaks

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Dumbarton Oaks

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Dumbarton Oaks

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Dumbarton Oaks

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Landscape as interior design inspiration

Hidcote Garden

Thank you to Gavin Duke for sharing these beautiful images with me so I could share them with you. I hope you enjoyed the beauty and inspiration!

Jennifer

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