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New Nordic Gardens: Scandinavian Landscape Design
     

New Nordic Gardens: Scandinavian Landscape Design

by Annika Zetterman
 
The first overview of contemporary landscape design in Scandinavia—minimalist and attuned to nature—inspiring for design professionals as well as amateur gardenersFew people have difficulty conjuring images of modern Scandinavian design, whose influence over the past century has extended around the world. More difficult for many is imagining the vast

Overview

The first overview of contemporary landscape design in Scandinavia—minimalist and attuned to nature—inspiring for design professionals as well as amateur gardenersFew people have difficulty conjuring images of modern Scandinavian design, whose influence over the past century has extended around the world. More difficult for many is imagining the vast landscapes of the Nordic countries, which range from the quiet flatlands of Denmark to the dramatic mountains and fjords of Norway. These majestic environments, combined with long summer days and dark winters, raking light and dense birch forests, and a lifestyle that embraces nature have given rise to exceptionally refined examples of garden and landscape design.This richly illustrated volume presents the best Scandinavian gardens to have been produced over the past ten years. Organized by themes that encapsulate the special ambience and lifestyle of the Scandinavian landscapes and lifestyles—Simplicity, Silence, Fragility, Nakedness, Attunement, Boldness, Openness, and Care—each garden is extensively illustrated and accompanied by text noting its unique attractions and the qualities that make it an exemplar of Nordic design.The timelessness of Nordic design has proven itself around the world for many decades, and this volume shows how the quality of its gardens and landscapes follows suit, providing inspiration for all climes.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/20/2017
This beautifully illustrated book serves as a informative guide to the principles and techniques of contemporary Scandinavian garden design. Garden designer Zetterman sets out principles, organized by chapter, that clearly analyze the structure of Scandinavian gardens and explain their distinctive and dynamic features. The author has a keen sensitivity to the natural elements of the landscape, especially light and stone. Hardscape is the skeleton of gardens, and the author gives it an appropriately prominent place, incorporating stone and wood into the gardens’ fundamental vocabulary. The color palette of these gardens may be pale or sober, but the resulting character is not unemotional. One minor aesthetic quibble with the book itself: the text is grey and hard to read. This is a coffee table–worthy lookbook brimming with ideas and aesthetic integrity. It will stimulate possibilities for gardens well below the northern reaches of the Scandinavian latitudes. Color photos. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500519455
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
04/11/2017
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Annika Zetterman is a professional garden designer with over ten years’ experience working throughout Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.