This unique, collection piece is an object of curiosity, a simple garden of nuances, where we can contemplate. An open-air museum exhibit.
From dreams to contemplation, deep to light, ethereal thoughts melt into this painting carried away by the wave of bluish plant tones. The swell of the blue wave washes over you and calms the torrent of crashing, frothing thoughts. Dive into this sea of blue on an internal journey. Contemplation works like a balm and this blue, a personal introspection, like a meditation. The layout of this garden takes us on a journey infusing us with wisdom and peace of mind, deep into our soul, where the different blues open up unsuspected horizons, a new perspective on the future and a new way of looking at ourselves.
Pierre LABAT, landscape designer and professor of landscape design at the École Supérieur d’Architecture Intérieure (IFAT), and Delphine GUERET, DE-qualified architect and professor of architect at IFAT
“My architecture, scenography and decoration agency is called “Atelier de Curiosité”, a tip of the hat to Marcel Duchamp’s work “La Boite-en-valise” (1936-1941/1968) and to cabinets of curiosities. That says it all! I see myself as such – a cabinet of curiosities in which I accumulate my passions for architecture, theatre, art history, landscapes, heritage, visual arts and applied arts. It all started in my first years at secondary school, when I decided to learn how to draw. I took extra-curricular class in sculpture, engraving and painting at Rennes School of Fine Arts. My interest in visual and applied arts was awakened early and I can’t imagine it ever leaving me. After obtaining an Industrial Technology and Science Baccalaureate in Applied Arts, I went on to study for a Higher Technical Certificate in Visual Design of the Architectural Environment, hoping to specialise in the realms of architecture, landscaping and scenography. I completed my studies at two different schools of architecture, Rennes and Paris la Villette, taking a course in scenography and museography at the latter. After graduating as a State-registered architect in 2007, I went back to Brittany, where I spent the next 5 years in various architectural agencies, including Philippe Madec’s in Rennes and Francis Boyer’s in Vannes. I was involved in projects in various fields (services, commercial buildings, healthy buildings and private housing) and on a range of architectural scales (from communal amenities to ports and railway station districts). One noteworthy experience while at the Francis Boyer agency was my work on designing the Chubert hospital’s new MRI facility, another being my contribution to creation of the Yves Klein exhibition at the Centre Pompidou’s Museography Department in Paris. I set up my own agency in 2013, and now work on furniture, interior architecture and architecture projects – one example being my participation in the competition for design of Budapest’s Museum of Music alongside the 1point61 agency in Rennes. I also teach architecture at the IFAT School of Interior Architecture in Plescop, France.”
“I made the decision to study landscape design early on. My love of gardens stayed with me, and I went on to take a degree course in environmental and landscaping project management with a view to acquiring the skills that would enable me to create environments in which humankind would rediscover its true place in nature. Since 2005, I have worked as an associate landscape designer at Horizons Paysage, a landscaping workshop in Brittany. As a lover of poetry and gardens alike, I believe that each and every composition should be a medium for transmitting emotion. In 2009, I set off on a series of travels that helped increase my knowledge of landscapes in a wide variety of cultures, acquainting myself with the know-how and techniques employed in a whole range of urban territories (Northern European cemeteries, occupation of public space in Southeast Asia, etc.). I provide designs that respect the environments in question and the expectations of future users by incorporating sustainability. The agency is developing its activities around urban and rural projects in Brittany and Loire Atlantique (spatial planning of town-centres, housing development, integration of industrial parks for small businesses, private gardens, etc.). I’m always on the lookout to widen my horizons and am currently active at IFAT Higher School of Interior Architecture in Plescop, helping to raise students’ awareness of the ways that architecture connects us to landscape. The Chaumont-sur-Loire experience has enabled me to put my design and creative skills to the test, and has proved to be a unique opportunity for experimentation in creation of a garden combining art and poetry.”