| Modernist Landscapes

Happy April everyone! Spring is taunting us here in NYC—warm and wonderful one day and the next we’ve got our down coats back on. It’s making me anxious for reliably nice weather—let’s all cross our fingers we don’t skip straight to a blazing inferno summer, ok? We have big plans for all the amazing parks and playspaces this city offers. Which leads me to my next topic: Brazillian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.

Internationally recognized as the creator of the modern garden, the NYT quotes: ”Burle Marx always thought of himself first and foremost as a painter. Landscape design, he once wrote, ‘was merely the method I found to organize and compose my drawing and painting, using less conventional materials.’”

I was initially struck by the beauty of Burle Marx’s landscape plans—I stumbled upon them looking for something to blow up large scale for the blank wall in my kids’ room—but after a little research I not only find his art beautiful, but am so impressed with his understanding of botany and sensitivity to the environment. I love seeing his work across various media!

While I haven’t made it down to Brazil to see Burle Marx’s work in person yet, I feel lucky to live in a place that values design in public spaces.  A few of my favorites are Pier 6, the Highline, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Jane’s Carousel!)  New Yorkers, add to my list! Others, tell me the best spaces to visit in your town!

Images from newhousebooks.tumblr.com and nytimes.com

  • Mara @ {A Blog About Love}

    April 4, 2012 3:19 pm

    Linsey – Looove these. And dang, what a brilliant idea to blow one up for a wall hanging.

    Another public place that values design is Bryant Park. Right now they have tons of the CUTEST French kids chairs and tables. I found out they’re by Fermob.

  • katie

    April 4, 2012 4:56 pm

    dude. teardrop park in battery park city. you won’t regret it.
    also, the park across the street from our house is a park. you should come up and see it! anytime!

  • Linsey

    April 4, 2012 10:37 pm

    Mara—I will have to go see the kid chairs! Used to eat my lunch at Bryant Park as much as possible back in the office days; and I maintain it is the #1 best public restroom in the city. Fresh flowers in a public bathroom? Fancy.

    Katie—How could I forget Teardrop! That slide! And we really need to come investigate this Westchesterland we hear such great things about!

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