Kate Design's RHS Chelsea Show Stand
For Oxley's Furniture
Those of you who have had Vectorworks Landmark training or Interior Design training with us, will know Kate Pearson well and be full of awe for her talents as a trainer and her knowledge of Vectorworks. However, before joining us in 2010, Kate completed her training as a Landscape Designer with the Oxford College of Garded Design. That's where we found her. She doesn't often get the chance to use her design talents, so when she was invited by Oxley's Furniture to design their stand for RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014, we were delighted.
Oxley’s furniture is a traditional brand of garden furniture. Many of their current customers are based in Europe and especially in Italy. So Kate took her inspiration from traditional Italianate designs. The main design is based on a central axis with a central raised platform. This raised area has been designed to showcase the more casual lounge furniture, and provide a meeting area for visiting customers to discuss their requirements. Each of the four corners has been designed to fit around different sized furniture and different styles.
Kate found that the greatest challenge was in making a commercial stand work as an inviting garden space. Five separate styles of furniture had to be incorporated to show off the full and varied range of furniture. As time progressed, more elements were requested, so she also had to incorporate pots, statues and plinths as well as a large gazebo. Because it is a working exhibition stand, a store cupboard was also necessary. For this Kate added a sedum roof to help it blend in with the garden. The remaining planting follows a repeating theme thoughout the four corner segments to provide unity the stand. Different paving styles are used in each of the corners, to complement the furniture style on display there. However, Kate used just one type of paving for the central raised platform, steps and paths to provide continuity and unity. Of course, Vectorworks Landmark has been invaluable for creating her concept board, model, plans. sections and elevations as well as pulling off the necessary quantities.
As well as providing the design, Kate has also sourced and cared for the plants, and is away from the office this week, getting the stand planted. She's loving the experience, and the weather has been kind to her. Her only complaint is that she's manage to get sunburnt wrists in the gap between her sleeves and her gardening gloves!
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And of course, we wish ALL exhibitors at RHS Chelsea a wonderful show. Many of our Vectorworks Landmark customers are exhibiting, and if the previews are anything to go by, it's going to be a wonderful show. Judging update: Kate won a 5 Star Award for her design which is the same as a Gold Medal for the show gardens! Amazing work—well done Kate!