RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018
Jo created a striking space for a strong, successful woman for the Wedgwood Garden at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.
Nature, flowers and horticulture have always been at the heart of Wedgwood’s design work and this has been Jo’s source of inspiration for the garden. The centrepiece of the garden is the amazing sculptural pavilion which represents the curves of femininity and innovation at the same time. It will appear to sweep as if tracing the path of a firefly and will touch the ground with an almost imperceptible lightness.
Inspiration for the pavilion was drawn from renowned sculptor Barbara Hepworth’s delicate Winged Figure, crafted in 1961 for the flagship John Lewis store in Oxford Street. The sweeping lines of Hepworth’s String Figure, described in art literature as ‘rejecting the weight and solidity of male forebears’, are also referenced in the weightlessness of the bronze structure. The curved structure is a collaborative effort with ‘The Seduction of Curves’ author Allan McRobie and the department of engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Behind the sculpture sits a pond with stepping stones, leading to a terrace stone seat and coffee table, looking as if they’re from the same boulder split in half, from which the whole garden can be admired.