Interview with Luigina Giordani
“Giardini da vivere”
Italia Bellissima tester in the Marche, in Italy, she is also the author of the book “Giardini da vivere”, recently published by Paysage.
Your working philosophy has a lot in common with the ecological conscience and ethic of places. How do you use the different conformations of the plants and their hues in order to complement the architectural project with the green?
Every green space must be thought starting by its typology. In spite of they are either public or private areas, terraces or courtyards, gardens or parks, residential or business areas, I work in order to achieve harmony thanks to architecture, landscape, natural forms of plants and flower that make up the texture. Therefore, I like creating sensory pathways that wind through a wide range of shrubs, herbs and oat grasses; I privilege minute and varied textures including colors that fade from light blue to blue, from pink to purple, always diluted with white and silvery-gray leaves and flowers. Of course, we have to be familiar with materials, techniques and plants, even know how to choose and compose a harmonious totality but, after agronomy studies supplemented by architecture ones, this phase is undoubtedly the most fun part of the project. Nature always acts a pivotal role in all my projects, supplemented by the use of stone and wood, preferring dry-laying materials. Spontaneity, naturalness, biodiversity, and sustainability, are the every-garden basis in order to create a “special environment”, due to open air, earth, sky and plants.
João Nunes says that the garden is different from the landscape in terms of context and sensitivity. Nowadays, nature is recognized as a fragile common good and we need to protect it. So, how is important to invest in green culture in order to devise tomorrow’s future?
I read more than a few interviews with João Nunes and I agree when he says: “landscape is a consequence of a relationship between man and his living area”. Likewise, I believe that landscape should not only associated with a natural environment, but it should rather understood as an aesthetic-evolutionary process. Notably, nature activities integrate themselves with humankind’s creative intervention. Investing in green culture is a relevant part of a good future. Landscape and garden, in all their forms, are parts of our history and identity. hey do not make sense if there are no men who watch at, or listen to or live them intensely, in an immersive sensorial experience.
by Fabrizio Aimar
In your gardens and greenhouses, have you got the chance to use corten equipment or furnishing made up by companies that cooperate with “Italia Bellissima”, such as Cuadra, in Macerata, or L’officina dei Giardini, in Turin?
I like using corten (or weathering steels) in garden designs. Thanks to its unique features, it fits perfectly in every context, from urban areas to natural environments, such as earth, wood, stone, gravel, and vegetation. I use corten in several ways: both to separate, contain, organize the areas of a garden (such as paths, borders and lawn) and balance out differences in height with ladders. Moreover, I usually utilize that in order to design containers or planters, if they are not commercially available. Skilled artisans such as Cuadra company’s ones, specialized in metalworking and corten steel, make those items. There I met the architect Cristina Malvestiti, owner of the company, and immediately we got on well thanks to the passion with she copes with her job. Cristina is always ready to listen and define every single detail. Her production is based on a creative interpretation of the garden, always handmade with care and attention.
Corten steel is a material even useful for the best garden accessories such as lighting, gates, fences or pergolas, gazebos, greenhouses, and verandas, year-round outdoor living spaces if you want a rest between plants and flowers. Once, at a trade show, I have seen the valuable craft works created by Officina dei Giardini. It was love at first sight! High quality, unique pieces, designed in every detail by Vittorio Cravanzola’s company, and fully realized in his Turin-based workshop by skilled artisans.