Michael Bates on Timeless Design – Habitus Living

Timeless design which delivers enduring visual value is something we all strive for in our homes and gardens.  Recently, Michael was interviewed on behalf of King Living by Habitus Living, a online design publication owned by InDesign Media.  The following is an extract of this article, which focuses on achieving timeless design in the garden.  The complete article and images can be found at the link below.

“A sense of timelessness is at the heart of celebrated landscape designer Michael Bates’ design philosophy. Here, the Australian creative shares his insights for crafting a garden that will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Michael Bates is one of Australia’s most celebrated landscape designers, and in his three decades of practice he has brought more than 1200 gardens to life. While each project draws inspiration from current garden design trends, it is his guiding philosophy of creating timeless design that elevates his vision. “If you’re creating a beautiful garden, it will transform over time,” he explains. “Yes, it needs maintenance, but it’s going to get better and better every year.”

One recent project in Vaucluse, Sydney, exemplifies this simple approach, creating an outdoor space that will be enjoyed by generations. The children of the couple who own the home are now grown with children of their own, and so the brief was to transform the garden so it could be enjoyed by three generations of adults and children as they grow and their needs change.”



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