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Chelsea Flower Show 2022 Preview

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We will be displaying the ultimate in outdoor living as we team up with Cedar Nursery at Chelsea Flower Show 2022

For Chelsea Flower Show 2022 we are teaming up with Cedar Nursery where our UK showroom is based.  Cedar Nursery provides the one stop shop for everything you need for outdoor living.  Our UK showroom at Cedar Nursery is surrounded by everything you need to create your outdoor living space; outdoor kitchens, decking, planters, plants, outdoor furniture, garden rooms and of course fire pits and water features.

We are thrilled to be able to feature just a slice of these outdoor living components at Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Outdoor Furniture from the Cane line furniture range

 

Outdoor Kitchen featuring the impressive Wolf outdoor grill

 

 

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Wolf Outdoor Grill

 

Fire Pits; our signature firepits made from high performance concrete

Water Features; our range of water features including the Pacific Rim, which combines both fire and water

This year at Chelsea Flower Show we will be at stand PW608, if you would like to find out more about how you can create your own outdoor living space at home pop by and say hello!

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Metal Table Top Launch at Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Solus Decor, Chelsea Flower Show. Contemporary Design, fire pits, water features

Another fantastic week at RHS Chelsea completed. Solus Decor launched the new contemporary metal table top as part of the our accessory range and here’s a look at Solus Decor’s highlights at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Solus Decor exhibited for third year in a row and as always it was a highlight of the year. We had a fantastic time at the show launching our new metal table top alongside our contemporary fire and water features. The Solus Decor stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show featured our contemporary fire pits and water features against a back drop of composite decking from Silvadec supplied by  Brooks Bros, bespoke screening from Screen With Envy and electronic awning to offer shade and all weather cover from FlyBird Installations all expertly constructed by TKE Landscaping to create the perfect setting for our luxury contemporary fire and water features.

Solus Decor launch the new metal table top as part of our accessories range:

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Metal Drinks Ring on Hemi fire pit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

 

The launch of the new Solus Decor metal table top proved a huge success at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year as part of our accessories range. The new metal table top is ideal for those seeking a contemporary addition to their garden design adding both style and function. The new metal table top is available for the Hemi fire pit and can be used in two ways with the drinks ring only when the fire pit is in use or as a full table top.

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BBC TV presenter James Wong visiting Solus Decor stand and taking a look at the new metal table top.

 

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SKY TV Presenter, Sarah Hewson visiting Solus Decor stand at RHS Chelsea to discuss fire pits and water features

 

Chelsea Flower Show 2018 Highlights:

The Chelsea Flower Show is set in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to the Chelsea Pensioners. Always a delight to see the historic architecture of the hospital and the Chelsea pensioners in their uniforms as the setting for the exceptional garden design exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show.

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A Chelsea Pensioner taking in the driftwood sculptures by James Doran Webb

 

The David Harber and Savills Garden designed by Nic Howard offers both a contemporary and thought provoking take on garden design.

This sensational garden designed by Nic Howard featuring David Harber sculptural pieces definitely caught our attention. Rich and colourful planting leads you through a sculptural tunnel, which draws you in. The garden is designed to show how sculpture and planting can tell a story and encourage reflection. In this garden, the different layers represent mankind’s evolving relationship with the environment.

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Savills and David Harber Garden designed by Nic Howard at RHS Chelsea

 

An excellent example of contemporary outdoor living; the LG Eco-City Garden designed by Hay-Joung Hwang

The LG Eco-City Garden represented a contemporary look at residential garden design incorporating the our growing dependence on technology in our lifestyle’s  today.

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LG Eco- City Garden designed by Hay-Joung Hwang at RHS Chelsea

 

A green space for residents, workers and visitors was at the heart of the design of the garden by Kate Gould; New West End Garden

Kate Gould’s garden was a space to breath and relax in the hustle and bustle of the the city with carefully thought out ideas to take the strain of city living. Kate Gould incorporated specialist plants that are able to cope with a high level of pollution and toxins in the city air, paving technology using Kinetic energy produced when people walk on the paving to power the lights and light boxes on the walls featuring a grid of London streets that light up as the sun goes down.

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New West End Garden at RHS Chelsea by Kate Gould

 

If you’re feeling inspired by Chelsea Flower Show  why not get in touch with us to find out more about our new metal table top or any of our other fire and water features and make the most of your garden this summer!

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Outdoor Trends for 2018 including wabi-sabi…

With offices on both sides of the Atlantic (North America and the UK) Solus gets a unique insight into the plans of designers and architects.

This always leads to some interesting observations and noticeable trends. Such as water conscious gardening, embracing imperfections. As well as smart home and garden automation.

The Solus Dome water feature embracing wabi-sabi

Water conscious gardening is the more considered use of water for outdoor settings. This extends from understanding the most efficient uses of water. During droughts and to the most elegant uses in water-rich environments. In drought prone areas, outdoor landscape designs are using more appropriate plants, storing and re circulating rainwater. Also being installed are irrigation systems, that water the roots directly. In more water-rich environments gardeners are using water features and water gardens as part of the design. These features will maximise the ambience of their gardens and outdoor patios.

Smart home automation has been a major trend that is being seen throughout Europe and North America. Products like Amazon Echo and Google Home (that allow you to control everything in your home from your thermostat to your lighting) have made home automation achievable in any home or setting. This trend has been carried outdoors into gardens and outdoor spaces. Firepits, water features, hot tubs, irrigation systems and outdoor lighting are all examples of products that can now be controlled by smart devices. The water features and electronic ignition fire pits by Solus can be hooked up to home automation systems.

 

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The Japanese philosophy of embracing imperfection, called wabi-sabi, has become an industry buzz word of late. For gardens using or recycling materials like concrete, stone and wood and avoiding the use of plastics or synthetics wherever possible. These natural materials are all beautiful because they are not perfect.  They also help reflect the organic nature of a garden. At Solus we embrace this philosophy. Our concrete product features are hand cast and imperfectly perfect.

 

 

If you would like further information on any Solus product please Contact us.

 

 

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Donate to Water Aid at Chelsea Flower Show

Solus Decor are collaborating with Water Aid UK at Chelsea Flower Show

 

 

We are always keen to give something back and collaborate with charities within our work.  We have worked with a number of charities back in Canada but we have yet to create a link with a UK charity. Given our involvement with water features we were keen to get in involved with a clean water charity that provides a basic resource to developing countries that is so readily available to us in the UK. Water Aid seemed the perfect collaboration and we are thrilled to be raising funds for such an important cause at Chelsea Flower Show this year.

 

What does Water Aid do?

 

Clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, yet millions of people around the world don’t have access to these basic services.  Across the world, women are forced to waste precious time walking long distances to collect dirty water. Girls are dropping out of school because there are no private toilets, and young children are not surviving to see their fifth birthday because of preventable diseases.

 

Water Aid’s whole approach is about getting safe water, sanitation and hygiene to everyone everywhere by 2030 .  They tackle the reasons why millions of the world’s poorest people live without these most basic human services. With hundreds of partners in civil society, government and the private sector, they deliver water, sanitation and hygiene to those most in need and make transformational change happen so that governments across the world provide all of their citizens with affordable, sustainable services.

 

 

What we’re doing?

 

Last year at Chelsea Flower Show many people were keen to buy our candle holders, which are given to clients as a sample guide showing colour and texture when selecting their water feature.  It seemed appropriate that this year we “sell” these to visitors to Chelsea Flower Show with all proceeds going straight to Water Aid.

 

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Solus candle holders

 

If you’re at Chelsea this year be sure to visit Solus in the Fresh Gardens at trade stand FR64 and make your donation.

 

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Find out how you can donate 

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Garden Trends and Predictions for 2017

What trends can we predict for Garden Design in 2017?

 

 

 

 

 

We sat down with John Wyer from Bowles and Wyer to look at what 2017 has in store for their design practice and what predictions he has for garden design in 2017:

 

Based near Tring on the Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire border, Bowles & Wyer have become leading landscape and garden designers and contractors, working throughout London, Central England, and the South East. John Wyer officially founded Bowles and Wyer with Chris Bowles in 1993 and since then the business has continued to grow year on year.

 

Currently their work is 60% residential and 40% commercial with a focus on prime central London, which brings its own challenges with both access restrictions and interesting and unusual spaces where one needs to consider not only the horizontal but also the vertical space.

 

 

 

 

 

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City Garden, Belgravia, London by Bowles and Wyer

 

 

 

 

 

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The Lancasters, Bayswater, London by Bowles and Wyer

 

2017 looks to be an exciting year for Bowles and Wyer with 3 prestigious commercial projects in the pipeline; working with the Cadogan Estate on the Kings Road, Park Crescent West in Regents Park, and Audley House in Mayfair. As always, they will be combining these projects with their residential projects both in the UK and internationally.  As we talked about the projects for 2017 we discussed the differences between commercial and residential and the challenges that they both bring.  John says that “commercial and residential are very different but not always in the way you think”.  In commercial projects, there are many more meetings, more drawings and more information required due to the larger team that you are part of.  This tends to be a more decisive process due to the super structure in place but given the nature of large commercial projects developers often have bigger worries to focus on meaning the landscaping decisions can be pushed down the priority list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hampstead Roof Terrace, London by Bowles and Wyer

On residential projects, it is always about finding the balance between budget and design, Bowles and Wyer make it a priority to spend time educating their clients prior to the design phase; looking at their database of designs and costs per sqm, allowing the client to understand the true cost of each design.  John finds this key in helping clients understand what they can expect from their project based on their budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at 2017 John Wyer is optimistic for the London market post Brexit. He thinks the effect will be neutral if not positive as he believes foreign investment in London will rise and this will likely be reflected in garden design.  Looking back over the last few years garden design has been very much about twin trends: on the one hand right angles and minimalism, and a second trend for up-cycling and stripped back finishes. John believes these trends were partly caused by the influence of design software such as SketchUp and also the effect of the recession.

 

Firepits in garden design in 2017
Best in show at RHS Chelsea 2016 by Andy Sturgeon, exploring a different geometry

 

 

In 2017 John believes that we will be looking at different kind of geometry, moving away from the right angles, incorporating more curves in design and an introduction of more luxurious surfaces; etched metals and coated finishes.  The advancement in porcelain has also made a significant impact on design and we will likely see more of this in 2017 with substantial developments giving many more options for outdoor floor surfaces.

 

The use of fire and water in landscape design is something that is here to stay.  Bowles and Wyer have seen an increase over recent years in clients looking to incorporate fire pits into their designs, where they might have previously requested a hot tub or Jacuzzi.  The “plug and play nature” of a fire pit is something that appeals to clients. The biggest challenge with incorporating fire into the design is always about matching the cost to client’s expectations.

 

Design trends for 2017
London Roof Terrace by John Wyer – shortlisted for SGD Awards 2016

 

 

 

 

 

It’s safe to say that it looks to be another successful year for John and the team at Bowles and Wyer and with designs like this it’s not hard to see why. We wish John all the best for the SGD awards on the 27th January for this elegant roof terrace design in London.

 

Find out more about Bowles and Wyer at www.bowleswyer.co.uk or follow John on Twitter.

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Concrete water features new at Solus



Querini Stamppalia Foundation,Venice.
By Carlo Scarpa.
Photo Jean-Pierre Dalbera.


IBM Plaza, Honolulu.
By SurfacedesignInc.


Court of Lions, The Alhambra, Granada.
Photo by Carlos Jiménez Ruiz.
‘Dome’ in Halva & stainless steel.

‘Scupper w Basin” in Halva & Stainless

1/twelfth.  a new solus monthly
 
 
A few changes.
Solus has been creating concrete objects for the past 19 years. That’s a long time. In an effort to keep things fresh, we’ve decided to change things up a bit. This revamped newsletter/blog is just one
of many exciting things we will be trying in 2016, including a new website and some new products. So, please subscribe and share! 🙂

1/twelfth will be an exploration of things that interest us in the world of design and the built environment. Our bias is towards concrete, but we will also explore designers and makers of cool things around Vancouver, in BC & Canada, and the rest of the world too. So, on to our 1st post!


Water. Reflective, mercurial, living.
Concrete. Sculptural, solid.

Projects that incorporate water create tranquil and engaging spaces. The Alhambra in Spain, Carlo Scarpa’s geological constructions and the IBM Honolulu Plaza are all examples of how water can be used in architecture and landscape as a formal and functional element. Water beguiles us with its mercurial nature and sound. Water is fundamental and this is why we have started to design and make water features.

Our water bowls will alter the feeling and working of spaces by adding a visual focal point, reflecting light and adding sound. They can be a beautiful and functional part of a drainage, pond or pool system. And if you don’t have a larger set up such as this, we have self contained models too.

Self Contained water features allow you to incorporate the experience of water into a setting which does not have an existing water source.
Once you assemble your water feature and add the required amount of water you simply plug it in and enjoy it. This type of configuration holds and circulates all of its own water and only requires a standard electrical connection for the internal pump. Minimal maintenance is required to keep the bowl clear and the water level steady.

We offer 2 different self contained designs in 26”, 36” & 48” sizes, each has a unique nature. The ‘Scupper with basin’ creates a continuous curtain of water flowing from a wide metal spout and The ‘Dome’ highlights the rippling movement of water across a reflective surface.

In our next installment we will look at a few more examples of watercourse projects and some of our solutions for landscape integrated water features.
‘Scupper with Basin’ in Halva & stainless steel.