Modern & Asian/Zen Styles
My modern fences, gates, decks, and arbors are usually sleek with clean lines and dramatic design details. In contrast, my asian inspired garden architecture is usually based on traditional designs which highlight the beauty of nature.
Both Modern and Asian styles emphasize design elegance and simplicity. And I often use the natural beauty of the materials and the idea of "less is more" as major design concepts.
I find that the Modern and Asian/Zen styles are great for Art Moderne, Postmodern, Bauhaus, Contemporary and International homes, as well as Japanese Zen gardens and Asian inspired houses.
For examples of my work in these styles, click on an image above. Below is more information about these styles, along with links to related web sites.
Design Elements For Arbors, Fences, Decks & Gates
Wood: In modern and Asian designs, almost any wood can be used. The natural tones and grain of the wood can be highlighted or painted to provide a bold contrast with the surrounding environment. Bamboo is also a traditional fence material used in Asian inspired gardens.
Metalwork: For modern designs, I like to use modern brushed metallics which are sleek and understated.
Lighting: For night time use, I recommend using sleek modern fixtures for dramatic up lighting or traditional Asian lanterns adapted for outdoor use for a subtle effect.
Additional Resources and Related Links
Good resources for inspiration, ideas and design plans include:
Here are a few online resources to check out too ...
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Last Updated: Jul 26 2012