Luciano Giubbilei has been busy. The Italian-born, London-based designer has spent most of the past two decades creating several gardens each year across a handful of continents. Recently, Giubbilei won both a gold medal and “Best in Show” for his sublimely elegant Laurent-Perrier garden at the 2014 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
In between working at his studio in London, developing plans for a new project in Formentera, Spain, and jetting to New York for a walk-through of a Long Island estate, he managed to find time to sit down with Cultured. The central theme: it’s time to slow down.
“Finding time” is a relatively new part of his process. Early in his career, Giubbilei described his design approach as “spatial art.” He has collaborated closely with prominent designers, architects and artists, like Nathalie de Leval, Kengo Kuma and Ursula von Rydingsvard. He was profoundly interested in trees, which he still describes as the “soul” of a garden. His career was built primarily on green gardens, which used the architecture of planting to layer hedges of different species. Modest, modern and exquisitely detailed, the spaces relied on their beautiful proportions to create rhythm and repetition. Above: Giubbelei’s design for the garden at The Boltons.
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