Basswood Residence

June 4, 2009

Another great design and install project. We’ve been working on this project over the last several years. It’s one of our favorites. Here’s a little taste to show how the gardens are coming along in the front yard. Notice how the steps we designed shift gracefully through the gardens. The gardens are really taking shape. They were planted about a year ago. Keep posted. We’ll get photos of the back soon. IMG_0878 IMG_0880 IMG_0887 IMG_0879 IMG_0883 IMG_0884 IMG_0882

Phillips Garden Studio Space

December 18, 2008

Phillips Garden studio has a great history .  A gas station transformed into a design studio.  Not only is this space a great example of reuse but the space is downright beautiful.  Ed Burke, the owner of Phillips Garden, designed and built the studio from the ground up (with the help of others).  In 2005 a second floor addition was added.  Below is a photo journey of the studio space and all its transformations…

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The original structure for what is now Phillips Garden

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beginning the construction

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a fish sculpture was built out front by artist (and professor) Jeff Millikan

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In time the fish was removed and would be replaced by a new sculpture (you will see below), Jeff Millikan is still a good friend of Phillips Garden and comes has coffee with us from time to time.  We all miss the fish a little…

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at one point Phillips was also a coffee shop, now this space is closed to the public but still open for staff use.  It’s awesome.

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the downstairs studio…

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after the fish we got a new sculpture by Su-Chen Hung, a San Francisco based artist

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It is a large bamboo windchime with the beginnings of a blanket of thyme on the ground

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In 2005 a second level weeHouse was added to Phillips Garden studio

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… with a crane

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it looks great on the inside too

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we love it

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our studio today – 2008

Photography & Website

October 14, 2008

Website:  We have a new one. Please come have a look! www.phillipsgarden.com

Photography: These might be the funniest, most likable photos we’ve seen in a long time done by the London based artist Slinkachu. Slinkachu has spent the last several years photographing tiny hand-painted figurines all around London. These pictures deal with space and scale in a lighthearted way. Images are generally a long shot (from a more typical human viewpoint) to a tight small shot where one finds the figurines doing their thang. Slinkachu has a great blog as well. Check it out. A sampling of the photography is below.