This is an excerpt taken from the book: INEX by Wolterinck. It is one of my favourite books as it features the interiors of homes and shows how the surrounding gardens have been designed to compliment the interiors, creating a total lifestyle concept. This concept is especially more relevant at this time of year when the weather is warm and invites us to spend more time outdoors, thereby extending our useable living spaces. In 1986 Marcel Wolterinck opened a flower shop in the village of Lauren, Holland. His concern for perfection and versatility later resulted in his own furniture range and his passion developed for incorporating the interior of the home with the gardens.
The above pictures are part of the garden that surrounds an updated 70's house. Both the garden and the house breathe an Oriental atmosphere. The garden by the bamboo planting around the house, and a Japanese touch is provided by the oak fence which turns gray when weathered. The garden fountain is lead produced by W, and the table in the upper left is a work of art in bronze by the Dutch Sculptor, Huub Kortekaas. The garden chairs are teak and metal.
This Provencal Villa (above and below) is situated in St. Tropez. where the emphasis is placed on the exterior life. This is expressed in an outdoor room and outdoor terraces. How very pleasant to sit at the large, wooden table with a zinc base underneath the pergola overgrown with Wisteria. The presence of an outdoor kitchen provides an additional dimension to being outdoors and can be used as an exterior fireplace lit on summer evenings. The planting is a combination of old and new. An age-old olive tree dominates the view (below) and is surrounded by a row of box trees and a wealth of plants such as Santolina, Pittosporum, Senecio, Helichrysum, Laurus nobilis, lavender, thyme, and Westringia fruticosa, all creating a subtle interplay of greens and grays and a perfect match for the various local types of stone.
Paradise in Algrave: This beautiful villa (above) is located in Portugal. Wolternick arranged the seating areas surrounding the villa like rooms. The floor lamps, tables, and chairs with cloth upholstery have been assigned a permanent place in these comfortable outdoor areas. Taste and rhythm also apply to the exterior kitchen with its fireplace to grill dishes. Meals can be prepared on the worktop that flanks the fireplace on either side. At right angles with the fireplace is a bold U-shaped zinc table surrounded by delicate director's chairs.
The above photos are part of a 20-hectare estate in Bremen, northwestern Germany. The 16th century farmhouse on the estate is surrounded by ancient trees and hedges. The farmhouse court, where horses once stood, was all stone, but was given an intimate character by Wolterinck by means of 60 year old beech hedges, walls, and trained box trees. The garden has many exotic varieties of plants. "The people who used to live on estates like these traveled extensively and brought back with them plants from distant places. This is how many exotic varieties ended up here, like Brugmansia, Hibiscus trees, Agapanthus, lemon trees, figs and Plumbagos. In summer these are put outside in pots, in autumn they find shelter in the orangery". The teak bench from the Lister Collection in the top right picture is in the style of the English Architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869–1944) who collaborated with Gertrude Jekyll the renowned English artist and gardener.
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