Thursday, 8 October 2009


A classical urn: everyone loves the style and elegance but few have the kind of garden that lends itself to displaying them to full effect. Some may have a pair to accompany the stone dogs atop the garden gate posts, others may have dozens of them around their stately gardens. The classical Roman urns were copies of classical Greek urns which themselves were copies of classical Egyptian urns.

The classical style or something very similar has been around for at least a couple of thousand years - and we think a car looks dated after five years! There is a new slant on the classical urn though: the Beachcomber. Designed by Chris Kabel, this urn reverse recycles. In other words it takes something very modern: the shape of a beach ball, a hub cap, a washing up bowl, a food tray, a lifebelt and turns it in to something old: the classical urn.

In the same way that the classical urn needs the right location, so too does this interpretation. A nightclub perhaps or a quirky modern residence. A little more mainstream is another design by Chris Kabel: the Shadylace parasol. Mimicking the view from under a canopy of a tree, this is such a simple and elegant design, we can all kick our collective backsides for not thinking of it ourselves!

Although not yet shown on our website:, the beachcomber is currently available for purchase. A number of other new designer plant containers will also be added to the website in early November 2009.

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